The word Revival conjures up nostalgic memories of yesteryear. Some remember the “protracted meetings” of their childhood, held in big tents erected on vacant lots, featuring a well known evangelist. Others, of the more emotional persuasion, think of a local event in which they claim some supernatural “manifestation of the Holy Spirit” prompted people to fall on the floor, speak in unknown tongues, or laugh hysterically. But the revival that I long for, is not a social event, but an increased awareness of the presence of God, and a lasting resolve to live in the light of that presence.
Something is desperately wrong with our Christianity when the people of God are content never to experience the presence of God. O that we might develop a desire to Practice His Presence. Interested? Try this:
First, you must examine your “want to,” or desire. If you don’t care to live in the presence of God, you never will. Consider the benefits for a moment. “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. (Psalm 16:11).”
Secondly, confess your known sin. Sin separates you from God and destroys your fellowship. “If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: (1John 1:6).”
Thirdly, set aside a time each day to have nothing on your mind but God. Speak to Him in prayer and allow Him to speak to you through His Word. David said, “My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up. (Psalm 5:3).”
Fourth, make a conscious effort in every event or activity of the day to remember that God is near. Our Lord has promised, “…and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. (Matthew 28:20).”
Finally, an act of total surrender. “Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. (Psalm 37:5)
By the way, these five steps are not my suggestions, but God’s instruction.