As I continue to think, study, and pray about revival, I cannot escape this one thought: If there is not complete repentance, there cannot be revival. Repentance is absolutely essential to revival.
We can have prayer meetings, fasts, evangelistic gatherings, and all-day worship meetings, but until there is repenting of sin, there can be no real revival.
Luke 15 gives us one of the Bible’s most well-known and well-loved stories in the whole Bible. We often call this parable “The Prodigal Son.” The young son asks for his inheritance early. He leaves for a distant country and quickly squanders the inheritance. Now penniless, he finds work feeding pigs. To Jesus’ Jewish audience, this boy is as far away from his father’s house as he can be—in Gentile land, among the forbidden pigs. At that point in the story we get a classic description, even definition of personal and complete repentance. Don’t miss it.
When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired hands have more than enough food, and here I am dying of hunger! I’ll get up, go to my father, and say to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight. I’m no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired hands.’ So he got up and went to his father. (Luke 15:17-20 HCSB)
Repentance must include…
• A Change of Mind—“He came to his senses.”
• A Change of Will—“I’ll get up, go…”
• A Change of Actions—“So he got up and went.”
At First Baptist Lafayette we have scheduled and planned for weeks what we are calling the “This One Thing” Prayer Revival. We invite everyone to join us. The prayer revival is Sunday through Wednesday, October 8-11. Sunday night’s service begins at 6:00 p.m. On Monday through Wednesday, the service will begin at 6:30 p.m. We have childcare available each night for children through the 6th grade.
We would love for you to join us. As you prepare to come, prepare your own heart for praying by repenting of any sin that the Lord would make known to you.
The Psalmist prayed, “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my concerns. See if there is any offensive way in me; lead me in the everlasting way. (Psalm 139:23-24)
Are you willing to pray this as you prepare for revival?
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