Work with God in seeking revival-Part 3

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Work with God in seeking revival-Part 3   

Jeremiah 51:10 “The Lord has vindicated us; come, let us tell in Zion what the Lord our God has done.”

Extra Reading: Jeremiah 51:1-12

Telling what God has done spreads revival. Recounting the great works of God strengthens faith and produces a longing for a similar experience with God. So, if we desperately need revival in our country we must pray to be filled with the Holy Spirit and His power, find out what you can do about any revivals springing up in parts of our country and how the Lord worked, what means He used, and what the results were. Attend a prayer retreat, prayer convention, and a prayer seminar. Preach or teach on repentance, confession, and holy living. Organize Bible study and prayer group in homes and focus on revival. Confess your fault to anyone you have wronged, ask for forgiveness, and do what is necessary to make things right. Give more time to prayer. Some Christians play too much rather than pray a lot. Talk with other Christians about what God is doing. Make a list of people who used to attend your church and no longer do. Pray for them, visit them, and show them Christian love. Find out why they no longer attend. Welcome them back. This will go a long way in helping spark a Holy Spirit revival in your local church or area.

The news of the Welsh Revival of 1904 brought a great desire to pray for revival in India. Dr. J. Edwin Orr, writing in ‘The Evangelical Awakening in India’, stated: ‘The burden of prayer spread from Moody Bible Institute to believers around the world. There were prayer meetings in India and East Asia, in various parts of Africa. More particularly, the Chicago prayer meetings were related to a chain of prayer meetings held in Melbourne and a prayer circle of multiplied thousands radiating from the Keswick Convention. All these factors influenced Indian Christians….Missionaries prayed definitely in Kodiakanal, South India, for a mighty awakening in the Indian Church’ (1970:61-62). The 20th-century Pentecostal revival started almost simultaneously in several countries and spread as revived Christians told others what God was doing. A personal letter and pamphlet from India telling about the outpouring of the Spirit in a Church Missionary Society mission in India went to W.C. Hoover in Chile. He shared the news with his Methodist congregation. They prayed with increased faith and experienced the beginning of the great Pentecostal revival in Chile. The charismatic renewal has brought new life to millions in recent years. Personal testimonies, books, and taped messages about the work of the Holy Spirit have had a great part in the spread of this revival. You can use the same methods to help bring revival to your church and spread it to others.

Revival can turn either inward or outward. God does an inward work in the church, separating Christians from sin. But He does not want us to become content with enjoying His blessings in our own little group. He gives us the Bread of Life not just for ourselves but so that we can share it with a starving world.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, help us to share your love with a starving world. In your name we pray, Amen!

Rev. Samuel N. Modise

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