O LORD, I have heard your speech and was afraid; O LORD, revive Your work in the midst of the years! In the midst of the years make it known; In wrath remember mercy. Habakkuk 3:2 (NKJV)
Habakkuk was written during a time like that of the other Old Testament prophets. Israel is in rebellion and they are on the verge of suffering for it. When we get to Habakkuk 3, he’s praying for revival. He’s not praying for God to save the Babylonians, or the Syrians, or any of the Gentiles. Instead, he’s praying for God to revive His people so their hearts will be turned back to God and they can be all that He wants them to be, and do all that He wants them to do.
Revival, genuine God sent revival, always starts in the church. While it is true that revival typically flows onto the lost around the church, it always starts with, and is primarily, for the church. Keep in mind that the church is people not an organization. If the church experiences revival, it’s because you and I as individuals experience revival. How do we know if we are in need of revival? To determine if we need revival we need to honestly answer some questions about our spiritual lives. Our honest answers will reveal to us if are in need of revival.
Are My Sins Serious? The Bible is clear that all sin is serious. But do you know what happens when I begin to drift down the path of being lukewarm? Your sins become worse than mine. I begin to justify my sin. It’s really not that bad. How do you view your sins? Are they as serious as your neighbor’s sins? Do your sins make you deserving of God’s judgment?
Do I Have A Desire To Pray And Read My Bible? The two best ways of getting in touch with God is through prayer and reading your Bible. Someone once said that when you pray you are talking to God. When you read your Bible He is talking to you. Do you want to talk to Him and let Him talk to you?
Am I Bothered By The Spiritual Condition Of The Lost Around Me? Since part of the new life that God gives us helps us to become like Jesus, then when we look at those around us we should see them as Jesus did. As you go to Wal-Mart or anywhere where there are crowds of people, what do you see when you look at the people? Do you focus on skin color? Do you focus on what nationality? Do you focus on what language they speak? Or do you focus on the fact that if they don’t believe in Christ they will go to hell?
Am I Bearing Spiritual Fruit? Bearing spiritual fruit brings glory to God and is sign of being filled with the Holy Spirit. Therefore it is the privilege of every Christian to bear fruit for the glory of God. Can you look at your life and see real and definite spiritual fruit?
Am I Aware Of God’s Presence In My Daily Life? Since God has promised never to leave you nor forsake you, He is always with you. Just because He has promised to be with us doesn’t mean we are always aware of His presence, but we should be. Are you?
Am I Excited About Opportunities To Serve And/Or Worship The Lord? Does service to and worshipping of Christ excite or bore you? Do you wake up and say, “Hooray I get to go to church” or “Hooo me I have to go to church”? Do you wake up and say, “I want to do something for Jesus today” or “I hope I don’t have to do anything for Jesus today”?
If you answered “no” to any of those questions that should be a warning sign to you that something is wrong. If you had “no” answers, do those answers bother you? They should. There’ll be no revival in your life until you seek God with all of your heart admitting your need for revival. Take time to seek the Lord about these things. As you pray, ask God to show you if you need revival because of these things. If you already know that you do, start praying for God to revive you now.