“Now, therefore,” says the LORD, “Turn to Me with all your heart, With fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.” So rend your heart, and not your garments; Return to the LORD your God, For He is gracious and merciful, Slow to anger, and of great kindness; And He relents from doing harm. Who knows if He will turn and relent, And leave a blessing behind Him— A grain offering and a drink offering For the LORD your God? Blow the trumpet in Zion, Consecrate a fast, Call a sacred assembly; Gather the people, Sanctify the congregation, Assemble the elders, Gather the children and nursing babes; Let the bridegroom go out from his chamber, And the bride from her dressing room. Let the priests, who minister to the LORD, Weep between the porch and the altar; Let them say, “Spare Your people, O LORD, And do not give Your heritage to reproach, That the nations should rule over them. Why should they say among the peoples, ‘Where is their God?’ ” (Joel 2:12-17)
- When our pursuit of God exceeds our passion for all else, we will have revival.
- When our desire for Him surpasses our delight in food, we will have revival.
- When we would mourn over our loss of the sense of God’s presence more than the loss of any material thing, we will have revival.
- When there is an inward disposition of repentance and not just an outward display of religion, we will have revival.
- When we are more concerned for confessing our sin than covering it up, we will have revival.
- When we are more interested in meeting to pray in church than gathering to play at church, we will have revival.
- When the preachers are desperate for God’s name than for their own fame, we will have revival.
Let’s be desperate for God!