Over these past 21 days of Prayer and Fasting, we have set aside some things in order to fill our lives with something better. It is not possible to spend time seeking the Lord, asking Him to send revival, and something not happen, because God is faithful, and His Word promises that He responds to the prayers of His people.
The prophet Joel records a promise of what was to come for God’s people:
“And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. Even on the male and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit. And I will cause wonders in the heavens and on the earth.” Joel 2:28-30a
He goes on to say in verse 32, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
The book of Acts records what happened in the upper room as people were fervently calling on God. In Acts 2, Peter addresses a crowd and quotes the prophetic words of Joel declaring its fulfillment as the Spirit was being poured out on people.
This powerful promise from Scripture is available to every believer today. How encouraging to know that the God of the universe want to use us in such a dynamic way! His desire is to speak through us that His presence might be displayed to those around us.
Notice this happens as the Spirit is poured out. One of the most powerful prayers we can pray is for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on our lives, in our cities, on our nation, and throughout the world. God’s desire is always to answer that prayer, but it begins with His people crying out for more!
Charles Finney says this about revival:
“A revival may be expected when Christians have a spirit of prayer for a revival. That is, when they pray as if their hearts were set upon it. When Christians have the spirit of prayer for a revival. When they go about groaning out their hearts desire. When they have real travail of soul.”
Finney says a revival may be expected as we desperately call on God. As we have committed ourselves to prayer and fasting these past 21 days, God has moved and is moving and responding to our prayers, and we can believe with all of our hearts that revival is upon us!
Joel 2:28-30 (ESV)
“And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. Even on the male and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit. “And I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and columns of smoke.
Joel 2:32 (ESV)
And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be those who escape, as the Lord has said, and among the survivors shall be those whom the Lord calls.