Never miss Christian news that matters to you. facebookLike twitterFollow
pop up close

An Invasion from Heaven

0
Sign Up for Free eNewsletter ››
By Greg Laurie, Christian Post Contributor
September 16, 2013|8:57 am

Will You not revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in You?
- Psalm 85:6

What does the word "revival" mean? We can gain a better understanding of this word by looking at its close relative, "revive." To revive something means to bring it back to life again. We could just as easily use the word "restoration" in its place. To restore something is to return it to its original state.

Revival is kind of a church word. By that I mean, the secular culture doesn't need revival; they need evangelism. Here's the interesting thing: evangelism doesn't necessarily produce revival, but revival always produces evangelism. Whenever there has been a spiritual awakening, there has been an evangelistic thrust that has come as a result. When God's people are awakened, when they are restored, when they are revived, then they go out and start doing what they should have been doing all along, which is proclaiming the gospel.

One author wrote that revival is "an extraordinary movement of the Holy Spirit, producing extraordinary results." Another said, "Revival is a community saturated with God." And A. W. Tozer defined revival as "that which changes the moral climate of a community." When we pray for a revival, we are praying for a restoration.

In Psalm 85 we find this prayer for revival: "Will You not revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in You?" (verse 6).

A revival is an invasion from heaven. It is when God is at work and we can't explain it. That is what I want to see again-a time in which Christians are saying, "We don't know how this started or entirely what is going on. All we know is that people are packing out our churches. People are coming to Christ. People are praying."

Follow us Get CP eNewsletter ››

We need revival, and the world needs the gospel. Let's pray that God will revive us.

Copyright © 2013 by Harvest Ministries. All rights reserved.

Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Bible text from the New King James Version is not to be reproduced in copies or otherwise by any means except as permitted in writing by Thomas Nelson, Inc., Attn: Bible Rights and Permissions, P.O. Box 141000, Nashville, TN 37214-1000

Used with Permission
 

Videos that May Interest You

Christian Film Producer Discusses What She Doesnt Like About Christian Films

Advertisement