Scripture Reading: Habakkuk 3:1,2
“O Lord, I have heard the report of You, and Your work, O Lord, do I fear. In the midst of the years revive it; in the midst of the years make it known…” (Habakkuk 3:2a,b
In the midst of a message of judgment, Habakkuk prayed that God would bring revival among His people. The Hebrew word which is translated “revival” refers to something already alive but that needs revitalization. It speaks of new life, refreshment, and new power. We know that the Agent of revival is the Holy Spirit. Revival comes as a result of the work of the Holy Spirit.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon wrote these words about revival: “It is the extraordinary power of God, not talent, that wins the day. It is the extraordinary spiritual unction, not the extraordinary mental power, we need. Mental power may fill a chapel, but spiritual power fills the church with soul anguish. Mental power may gather a large congregation, but only spiritual power will save souls” (Robert H. Lescelius,” Spurgeon and Revival”).
God’s people in Habakkuk’s day desperately needed revival and so do the people in our day. We need a fresh work of God’s Spirit in our lives — “In the midst of the years revive it; in the midst of the years make it known.”
We must pray earnestly for these three R’s — Reformation, Repentance and Revival. The three belong together. Reformation means that we are always reforming our beliefs and actions in accordance to the Word of God. We must constantly be reforming ourselves and bringing our lives in line with the Scripture. When we do this, we will come to repentance. We will see our sins in light of the holiness of God and we will be filled with godly sorrow. Repentance leads to brokenness and broken people are the ones to whom God brings revival.
O Holy Spirit, revive Your work in the midst of the years; in the midst of the years make it known. I pray for a fresh movement of Your Spirit among Your people. Let it begin with me. Fill me fresh with Your love and power. Let me experience true reformation, repentance and revival. I know as I humble myself before You and seek You, You will come to me. Revive me, O Lord! I pray in Jesus name.
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