“Do we have to hold revivals every year?” Don’t be in shock, but that was one of the first questions I asked when I became pastor of Antioch.
40 Days of Increase | Day 28
–by Pastor Don Weeks, Antioch Missionary Baptist Church
When it comes to our faith, there are few things I fear more than vain repetition. Jesus told us not to pray with vain repetition and holding a spring revival just because we always have could easily become vain, empty repetition. We basically have ten days left to make sure we do not simply go through the motions of “having a revival.”
Jesus knew we were prone to say vain, empty prayers. That’s why He told us to beware. He also knows we are prone to do the same with our worship. He said,
John 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
As a pastor who has been planning and praying for this year’s spring revival, I am sincerely concerned. “Lord,” I pray, “Help us. Help us to know You. Help us to understand the fellowship of your suffering. Help us understand what it means for You to truly increase. Help us to understand revival. Help us to be refreshed in You. Revived in You. Alive in You. Help us to be willing, if need be, to suffer for Your name. Help us to be a living, loving, hard working, unified body of believers.”
I may have mentioned this verse recently, but I love David’s boldness in this portion of Scripture where he says,
Psalms 119:126 It is time for thee, LORD, to work: for they have made void thy law.
How bold! Will you join me in this bold prayer today? It is time for thee, LORD, to work. In Jesus’ name. Is it a bold prayer? Yes! Does Jesus want bold prayers? I would say this, He does not want vain, repetitious prayers. Amen?
Consider the following five things about bold prayers:
- We are commanded to come to God boldly. Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
- Bold prayers demand the one saying the prayer to participate. It is totally vain and empty recitation to pray a bold prayer and not be personally involved. It’s hypocritical to ask God to work, for example, when the one doing the praying isn’t willing to lift a finger.
- Bold prayers excite the one praying, and excite God. A vain prayer is a boring prayer to both God and the one producing the useless words. Jesus said in His teaching on prayer that, “the Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself.” Vain, boring prayers do not even get to God. They stay inside the one praying and go nowhere.
- We are given the Holy Spirit to speak boldly about Christ. Acts 4:31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.
- Timidity is not a characteristic of Christ’s followers. 2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
It is obvious, isn’t it, that revival is needed in Milton, Ona, and Barboursville, West Virginia. Why is it that with all the churches around here and with so many believers attending them that there are still strip clubs and pornography shops in our towns? Are we just going to have a revival, or are we going to be the salt and light in our community that we ought to be? It is time, LORD, to work.
Be careful, though, when you pray a prayer for the LORD to work. Before you become judgemental about the sin in the outside world committed by unbelievers, beware. The LORD works from the inside out. When we look outside ourselves and ask God to do something, He begins on the heart of the one praying. When a church looks outside her walls and asks the LORD to start working, the LORD begins working inside the church.
1 Peter 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
If Christ must increase, judgement must begin first with us.
Your daily practical task
Write out Colossians 3:16-17. Recite it from memory, or at least try. Then, write down this prayer: It is time for thee, LORD, to work. Once you have written it down, look at it. Consider it. Then, if you are bold enough, pray it. But get ready, For Christ to increase in the world around us, judgement must begin in our own hearts.
Have an awesome and inspired day in Christ. Remember the countdown. Only ten days left until the revival!
HE MUST INCREASE
You are invited.
May God revive us through His Word.
All are welcome for our 2017 Spring Revival at Antioch.
Sunday, March 26 at 11:00 am
Sunday, March 26 at 6:00 pm
Monday, March 27 at 7:00 pm
Tuesday, March 28 at 7:00 pm
Wednesday, March 29 at 7:00 pm
Bible preaching: by Pastor Christopher Weeks
Special music each service.
Wednesday is youth emphasis night with the young people leading the service and providing the music.
Nursery for babies and young children provided each service.