“Will You not revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in You?” (Psalm 85:6)
Our God is a ‘re-God’! What He once did, He does again and again and again! He is able to revive, restore, reconcile, regenerate and replenish.
The impact of Covid-19 through 2020 has affected us all and for most, there will have been additional trials, temptations and pressures whether in physical health, financial changes or challenges to those we love. All of these can drain us, leaving us feeling flat, disconnected from others and distant from God. Even as part of ministry, Jesus described how he felt power go from within him (Luke 8:46).
But God is fully present and available to answer us, to answer the cry of the psalmist through this all to revive: that is, to bring the fullness of life again.
Isaiah 57:15 says “For thus says the High and Lofty One Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, With him who has a contrite and humble spirit, To revive the spirit of the humble, And to revive the heart of the contrite ones.”
God sets out keys to this revival starting with a view of His enormity and greatness.
Revival thrives where the worshipper is humble and contrite. In this place, God loves to revive both the ‘spirit of the humble’ and ‘heart of the contrite’, bringing life again.
Fasting is a great tool to achieve this: it practically helps to humble our flesh and creates opportunity through prayer, worship and meditation to gain perspective of how big and how amazing our God is, which leads to humbleness. As we marinate in His presence, we understand and experience our Heavenly Father on deeper levels and can see ourselves clearer.
For many, this leads us to cry with David “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me (Ps 51:10)”.
There is nothing like the joy and peace that pours out in His presence – this is revival; this is life again!
– Dr Ian McHardy