Welcome to Renewal Journey

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Do you know of the great revivals of the past? There is reason to hope that God may bring another great awakening to the Church in our generation. But we must prepare ourselves. We must become instruments of God’s purpose.

Welcome to Renewal Journey, a devotional tour of some of the greatest revivals in Scripture and in history. On this tour, will not merely peer through the window of time as we observe what God has done, but we will stop the bus to participate. As you set aside anywhere between 15 and 50 minutes each day, depending on how you choose to use this guide, you will find personal understanding and application carrying you in 30 days through the progression of nine areas of focus for your spiritual walk:

  1. nurture
  2. scripture
  3. repentance
  4. hope
  5. prayer
  6. guidance
  7. surrender
  8. empowerment
  9. faithfulness

Each topic will be explored consecutively from an Old Testament example of revival, from an account of revival in church history, and from insights given to us in the New Testament.

You are encouraged to enjoy this journey personally, and if it benefits you, to do it again with family or friends in a group context. Or you may be led by God to start out using this series in a group context. Renewal journey is a good tool for family devotions as well as a useful vehicle for church leadership development. Questions are provided at the end of each lesson to help you engage in personal reflection and small group discussion.

Please note that you need to come to this page our website to find each new daily entry (on weekdays only; suggestion: bookmark this page’s URL). We will send you a weekly reminder and encouragement to keep on the tour. It doesn’t matter when you start this journey, but aim to keep with it as best you can on a daily basis. Alternately, you can subscribe to our blog and you will automatically receive the posts as they are put up, one a day.

Okay. Let’s get started …

 

Renewal Journey

A 30-Day Excursion for Personal and Corporate Revival

Day 1: Why Pray for Revival?

 

Read

But you, O LORD, reign forever;
your throne endures to all generations.
Why do you forget us forever,
why do you forsake us for so many days?
Restore us to yourself, O LORD, that we may be restored!
Renew our days as of old—
unless you have utterly rejected us,
and you remain exceedingly angry with us.

— Lamentations 5:19-22 ESV

Optional fuller reading: Lamentations 1-5

Reflect

Revival begins with desperate prayer. The book of Lamentations, written in carefully crafted Hebrew poetry, evidences an author (likely Jeremiah) and a people who had been crying out to God from the depth of their beings. They longed to be restored to God.

Jerusalem had been destroyed in 586 B.C. because God’s people had not heeded several generations of escalated warnings from the prophets that their sins would soon catch up with them. So horrific was the judgment of God that prophets, priests, the people, and even the king would find solace in Lamentations, a book written with the tone of an ancient a funeral dirge. The book laments that traditional systems for worship that had been devastated (1:4, 10), that the economy was in ruins (2:20-22), and that the Babylonians had become God’s chosen instrument of chastisement, dragging the many of the people into exile (2:1-8).

Eventually, the prayers for God’s restoration offered by Jeremiah and his contemporaries were fulfilled. The people were released from exile. They rebuilt Jerusalem. However, the rebuilt city did not carry the glory and grandeur of the former Jerusalem. They were to wait for something more. In the same way, our longings for revival will not be completely fulfilled until the Lord returns to unite us with Jeremiah and his people, and to make all things new.

In our day, God may allow difficulties and decline until the cry, “Renew our days as of old” is heard echoing through our cities once again. Such a longing for God and God’s kingdom will position us for a great and mighty work of God. We cannot predict exactly how God will respond to such humble and contrite prayers, but we can be sure that God will respond. Not only will we find the assurance in our hearts that we are right with God and with each other, but our prayers will usher in the day when, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah, and he will reign for ever and ever.” (Revelation 11:15).

“However,” Jesus pined, “When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8). Let us be faithful, praying as Jesus taught us to pray: “Your kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven.” This is a prayer for restoration, for revival.

Does such a yearning mark your life? If so, you are positioned to be led by God and to be used by God, supernaturally. And when the Lord returns, you will be rewarded for your godly passions. The prayers of your heart will be fulfilled as the kingdom of God reaches its culmination and as eternal celebrate fills the air.

Pray

As Jerusalem was restored following their years of captivity, help us to be faithful in prayer until you renew us again. Let your kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven. Change me, my family, my church, my friends, my community. Impact even our nation. Help us to heed your chastisements and to rise as one body, as a mighty army to advance your kingdom cause! Restore us to yourself, O LORD, that we may be restored! Renew our days as of old.”

Ponder

  1. Does the book of Lamentations cause you to feel depressed? Or, does it give you hope? Explain.
  1. Read Jeremiah 1. What do you know about Jeremiah, who has been labeled, “The weeping prophet”? How does his life challenge or inspire yours?
  1. Do you believe that our nation is under God’s judgment in some shape or form? If not, do you think it could come under such judgment? Under what circumstances?
  1. Anticipating what is ahead, do you know of any historic or biblical revivals? If possible, reference one that particularly inspires you and gives you hope.

 

Comments

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