Read Psalm 85:1-13
“Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?” (v. 6).
The familiar hymn by William P. Mackay had three verses of praise to God before this plea from Psalm 85:6: “Revive us again.” This is a good way to begin seeking revival. Give thanks for all God has done. Then begin considering what we believers should do to promote revival.
Four potted plants may serve to illustrate the likeness between plants and the Christian walk. One was healthy and growing. One was very droopy. One was not the right shade of green. One was too small and spindly and had grass growing in the soil. The learners observed that water, sunlight, and plant food were all needed for healthy plants. Grass should be removed. When all that is done, healthy plants grow and become stronger.
Christians should be growing in grace and becoming stronger in faith. God increases our capacity to be like Him, and to influence others for good as we grow. In order to grow we need:
Prayer -- Constantly keep in touch with God and pray specifically for revival and the needs of the local church.
Bible study -- Feed on God’s Word.
Walking in the light -- Be totally obedient to the known will of God.
Getting rid of the weeds -- Receive God’s grace to remove addictions
and bad habits.
Thanksgiving and praise to God -- Appreciate Him! (SSC)
“Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you” (Jas. 4:8).
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Photo credit: "Hiking boot plant pots" by Bods used under CC BY 2.0 / Resized and cropped.