The Revival Trap
December 19, 2008
“Therefore say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, “Return
to Me,” declares the Lord of hosts, “that I may return
to you,” says the Lord of hosts.’” – Zechariah
It is easy to fall into the revival trap: to pray for revival
but to take no personal responsibility for it.
It happens when we want the outward fire and emotion and fervor
of revival … but we don’t want to make any changes
to the sin that saps our inward strength.
It happens when we want unbelievers “out there” to
experience salvation … but we don’t realize that we
ourselves are in desperate need of sanctification.
It happens when we want to see God do a great work for us … but
we don’t want to put forth any effort to do great works for
Zechariah declares God’s response to the revival trap: “Return
to me, that I may return to you.”
It is as if God is saying, “So you want revival? You want
the fire, the zeal, the conversions, the miracles? The ball is
in your court, not mine! What will you do about it? Will you confess
and repent of your sin? Your apathy? Your ignorance? Your rebellion?
Your laziness? Will you return to me with your whole heart and
an undivided spirit? Will you follow me 100%? When you do, then
I will open heaven and pour out a revival like nothing you have
ever dreamed of! But it starts with you.”
important is it to you that you, your
church, and your community experience revival?
- Is there anything that you are you doing or not doing
that could prevent revival from happening in your life, your
church, and your community?
- If there is something you need to
change in your life, what concrete steps will you take to “return to the Lord” so
that God can bring revival to your heart, your church, and your
- Spend time in prayer for revival in your heart, your
church, and your community.