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Why waste time arguing over what revival is when we can roll up our sleeves and bring about the Kingdom in our own communities?

From Reverence Journal. The following post is an excerpt from the book “Make Disciples that Sustain Revival” which will be released in April 2023.

Whether its personal renewal or corporate revival, many people take a “wait and see” approach.  When we observe a little burst of life, growth, progress or energy in a person’s life or in the culture and atmosphere of a spiritual community, some are hesitant to bless what’s happening until they’ve had time to discern.  I get this.  I really do.  I also don’t want to hastily lay my hand on something that may not be from God.

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However, the Kingdom of God often comes in the form of a seed.  The seed does not look like the mature fruit.  Waiting to see the fruit and being able to recognize the seed are not mutually exclusive.  I know what an apple seed looks like, and I also know what an apple is.  I don’t have to wait for the apple to be full grown before I can identify it.  If I need the apple to be full grown before I can identify it, that doesn’t mean that I have discernment, it means that I lack discernment.

It’s possible that no spiritual fruit could be born because we didn’t water the seed when we should have.  Anyone that’s ever grown a plant knows that you can’t just “wait and see”—we have to water while we wait.  If the plant dies from lack of care, that’s not the plants fault, it’s ours.

I think that sometimes taking solely a “wait and see” approach to revival is just a form of self-preservation.  If people are confessing sin and getting saved, what is there to “wait and see” about?  Are you concerned that you also might be convicted of sin and sent to the mission field or called to some other form of radical obedience?  The “wait and see” approach is predisposed to find imperfections and errors.  But historically, revivals have occasionally had imperfections and errors.  Perhaps if the “wait and see” crowd had participated, they could have prevented the errors from coming about with their discerning insights.  (You can read the previous sentence both with and without sarcasm.)

Sometimes discernment is not passive.  Sometimes you can be proactively discerning as you participate in something and contribute your wisdom.  Passive discernment often becomes criticism and accusation.

I’m going to mix-metaphors here and say that in the Kingdom it is possible to get your hands dirty while also having clean hands.  We get our hands dirty when we actively contribute, participate, steward and celebrate revival.  We keep our hands clean when we discern from up close, providing insightful nudges as the momentum grows, rather than calling out criticisms from the sidelines.  Sustaining revival takes all of us watering the seed while we wait for the fruit.

How are you praying for revival? Share your prayers and scriptures below.

(Used with permission. From Reverence Journal. Photo Credit: Intercessors for America)

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February 25, 2023

I stand convicted of not praying but just keeping up with the news. I have been through other revivals and promises of revival that didn’t happen or petered out, which has left me jaded, but that is no excuse. The marks of true revival are here so I’m going to jump in with fasting and prayer and hope that we all do. I see ‘The Chosen’, ‘The Jesus Revolution’ and ‘The Asbury Revival’ happening around the same time and wonder if this is part of a many pronged work of God touching ‘Everyone’- ‘the Young’- ‘us Boomers’ from the 70’s. I’m ready to stop the ‘wait and see’ and start some “Spirit watering” the Lord’s seeds.

Maria Morais
February 24, 2023

Holy Spirit have your way in Asbury University and all Universities and Colleges in our nation !! Hallelujah!!! Have your way in this nation, Israel and the world Lord Almighty🔥⚔️🙏✝️🕎❤️

Allena Jordan
February 24, 2023

Lord, I am willing for You to use me to start the spark that’s needed for my community and my family. Lord, I will continue to prayer-walk around the neighborhood, pray over our local government, cover my church in prayer, prayer-walk the two-year university, and whatever else You call me to do. I will sow seeds of encouragement among the leaders of our church youth. Lord, where there is doubt or only a spark of hope that this revival will come to our community, by Your power I will stand firm in believing that what You began at Asbury is only the beginning of what You promised for America. Come Holy Spirit, we need You. Amen.

Carol Dowe
February 24, 2023

Oh Lord, may this revival continue. Show us
your way, even in our old age. Give us strength.!
Praying for hearts to be moved.

Steven Armstrong
February 24, 2023

Bring healing to Your people, O Lord, so that that which has hindered us from following You, no longer hinders us and that which has been a stumblingblock for us and others will no longer stand in the way of our obeying You wholeheartedly as Your faithful disciples making disciples of others. Help us Lord. We don’t want to grieve You by giving in to self-centered comforts or worldly pursuits or fears. We don’t want to quench Your Spirit in us by refusing to trust You or yield to Your promptings. Teach us how to pray according to Your will that Your Kingdom rule may come throughout the earth, in our hearts, as it is already for those with You in heaven.

LeCora Taylor
February 24, 2023

Father, continue to pour out Your Spirit and revive the lives of those who attend and cause revival to spread till all are touched by Yor Presence.

Janet Smith
February 24, 2023

Water the seed!!!!!!🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥Fire of God continue to fall. Spread all over this nation and into other nations!! May we be ready to make disciples as You, Lord, told us in Your word to do!! May we love like You love!!! In Your Mighty Name, Jesus, we ask these things!! AMEN ❣️❣️❣️🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥👏❤️❤️🙏🙏🙏🙏❤️😊❤️

Michael Robert Blevins
February 24, 2023

Some till, some plant, some water, some harvest… I know what missing a revival is like…..and wondering if He will pass this way again . I won’t speak against it, and pray it’s for real and continues . We need revival, especially in the colleges , maybe this is what this is about, just maybe………and that would be awesome, for this group to come out stronger .
His will be done…


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