Day 02 - Pray for Revival in Our Churches
PASTOR John Ward
SENIOR PASTOR - WORD OF FAITH TORONTO, CANADA
Today, we’re going to take a look, beginning in Acts, chapter 2, verses 17 through 20. I am just going to read a couple of these verses. It says, “And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:” Here, Peter is speaking right after the Holy Spirit had filled all of the disciples on the day of Pentecost and they were filled with the Holy Ghost. As a matter of fact, they were so filled with the Holy Ghost that the people all around them thought they were drunk and Peter had to explain, “These are not drunk with wine as you suppose. But these are very, very filled with the Holy Ghost.”God’s will for every single believer is that we are filled with the Holy Spirit. When we are filled with the Holy Spirit, revival is going on the inside of us; and that’s where revival begins. Today’s devotion is all about revival in the churches.
We need to remember that we are the church. The Bible says that we are, in the Greek, the ekklesia. We are the called out ones, and we have been called out to shine forth and show forth the praises and the goodness of God. God has put His power on the inside of us. Sometimes in this world—day to day—when things are going on in your life that fire—that power—can get squashed a little bit but we need to stir ourselves up. In Second Timothy, chapter 1, verse 5, Paul told Timothy to stir up the gift that is on the inside of him. And you and I need to do that every single day. My prayer for you and for me today, during this 30 days of prayer, is that revival fire is stirred up on the inside of us, stirring up in our families, stirring up on our jobs, stirring up everywhere we go. And when the power of God is flowing in our lives, then we are going to see exactly what will happen—even as it happened with the disciples and the apostles in the early days. And that’s what we see in Mark, chapter 16, verse 20, “And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them…”The word‘them’is in italics. It’s not in the original text. “And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.” What was happening? They were so full of the Word… so full of the Spirit that everywhere they went they were declaring the Word of God and signs and miracles were happening. My prayer for you and I today is that we are stirred up and we are doing the work of God. God bless you.