Today we begin 21 days of fasting and prayer. Today we begin to seek God for Him to start a revival in our hearts, our homes, our church, and our world. When thinking of the word “revival,” it brings to mind the famous evangelist, Billy Graham. His impact on the world was certainly a revival as he preached to over 215 million people through hundreds of crusades around the world resulting in countless thousands placing their faith in Jesus Christ.
One of the great stories from Graham’s early years centers on his visit to tour the home of John Wesley, the famous English preacher who played a significant role in the First Great Awakening. In Wesley’s bedroom, the group noticed actual indentions on the floor where he knelt to pray each day. After the tour, the tour guide noticed Graham was missing and found Billy kneeling in the imprints by Wesley’s bed praying, “Do it again, Lord, do it again!”
Little did Graham know what the Lord would do through him, but it is clear that he understood God’s work through him would begin with a personal desperation to see God move.
The prophet Habakkuk records the same kind of cry in Habakkuk 3:2, “Lord, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, Lord. Repeat them in our day, in our time make them known…” The ESV says, “in the midst of the years revive it.”
As we ask the Lord to send revival, it is critical we realize that revival starts in us. Let’s make it our heart’s cry to ask the Lord to send revival, beginning in our own hearts and lives!
Habakkuk 3:2 (NIV) — Lord, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, Lord. Repeat them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy.