“Will You not revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in You?” (Psalm 85:6)
On 4th of July we celebrate our Independence. We come together and have family get togethers and watch fireworks. This is a tradition that Americans have celebrated for close to two hundred and fifty years. But we need to ask ourselves this one very important question today?
What is the future of the United States of America? Are we doomed to just go the way that so many other once-great nations have gone? Is America headed to the ash heap of history? Are our greatest days behind us, or could they still yet be ahead? Is there any hope for America?
No one can answer those questions with any certainty, but we know this much: America is not the superpower of the last days. The greatest nation on earth is conspicuous in her absence from the world stage in the end-times scenario given to us in the Bible. America is not the first, nor will it be the last, nation to rise and fall. Every nation’s days are numbered; America is no exception.
Rome was once the mightiest empire on the face of the earth. But she collapsed internally before she was conquered externally. We as a country can be diligent to guard against enemies on the outside, but we would be wise to look within.
Historian and author Will Durant, published in his book (Rome’s history, Caesar and Christ) said, “A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within. The essential causes of Rome’s decline lay in her people, her morals. . ..”
The difference between Rome and the U.S. is that we were founded on Judeo-Christian values. We’ve strayed from the original vision of our founding fathers, the vision that produced “America.”
What was once “freedom of religion” has now become “freedom from religion.” We have succeeded in getting God out of our schools, sporting events, public venues, and workplaces. Instead of Christmas, when we should focus on Jesus, we have Happy Holidays and Winter Solstice. Instead of Good Friday and Easter, we have Spring Break. It seems to me that America has gone out her way of late to turn from God. But America needs God’s intervention.
We saw many people turn to the Lord after the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Remember all those prayer vigils on street corners and packed churches? Remember the members of Congress spontaneously singing “God Bless America”? These memories give me hope that there could be at least one more great revival in America’s future.
If we do not have revival, I do believe that judgment is inevitable. The choice before us is plain, Christ or chaos, conviction or compromise, discipline or disintegration.
God was able to turn the very wicked nation of Nineveh around in the days of Jonah. We know there have been some great spiritual awakenings in our history as well.
America needs an awakening, but the church needs a revival. We often use the words revival and awakening interchangeably, but there is a distinction. An awakening is when a nation comes alive spiritually, sees its need for God, and turns to Him. A revival is when God’s people turn back to the true word of God, not the watered down feel good social club that many of the Churchs has become. A revival is when Gods chruch body comes back to life again spiritually.
“Then we will not turn back from You; revive us, and we will call upon Your name.”(Psalm 80:18)
Revival is coming back. It is waking up. Revival is getting back to the Christian life as it was meant to be lived. Revival is being in the bloom of first love for a lifetime, walking closely with the Lord. Our love for the Lord can grow deeper. Our love can grow stronger.
That is how we need to be as followers of Jesus. We need the faith of the Christians of the first century, the faith that turned the world upside down.
Only God can send an awakening to America. But revival can happen right here, right now.
“Let’s pray that America will turn back to God in these last days.
Heavenly Father, I humbly plead for Your underserved mercy upon my life, the church, our great nation and the world. Lord, help us and the leaders of this country come before You with deep awareness that we deserve
Your judgment far more than Your blessing. By Jesus’ blood alone, we plead for Your merciful grace to revive and bless us once again. Lord please send overwhelming conviction of sin, deep brokenness and genuine repentance among Your people. Grant to us the true godly sorrow that leads to repentance. Fill us with holy fear and reverence for Your name. Mighty God, please come upon our pastors with deep repentance, dynamic power and renewed passion for Yourself. Grant to him a mighty wall of protection from the world, the flesh and the devil. Righteous God, grant to us a burning hunger for Yourself and a passion for fervent prayer. Help us draw near to You and seek You with all our hearts. Lord, cause
us to hunger and thirst for You above all else. Help us lead our churches to become houses of prayer for all nations. Lord, please bring us to loving unity in our churches and a deep harmony between our churches. Help us tear down the strongholds of bickering and disunity that so ravage Your Church. Please fill us with a burning passion to pray for and witness to the lost. Cause our eyes to weep for souls that we may reap in joy. We humbly ask for a mighty move of conviction and salvation in government leaders and others who influence culture. We ask You to pour out convicting, saving power upon our government, colleges, universities, media networks and the Hollywood movie industry. We ask that you so move that millions will be converted to Christ in these
strategic communities of cultural influence. Righteous Lord, we ask You to send sweeping revival even if it
takes hard times and great trials to prepare the soil of our hearts. Father, we pray not for shallow selfish ends, but for Your great glory and kingdom. Cause us to come to You in true humility, brokenness and contriteness of heart. May this be time Lord, that this nation falls on its knees in prayer. In Your Glorious and Holy Name. Amen!
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