Dear friends - It’s hard
to believe, but FBC’s 24 hours of prayer ministry started right before the
COVID outbreak! Registration was held in late February/early March of 2020, and
you have been faithfully praying for personal/corporate revival and spiritual
awakening in Jacksonville ever since.
Thank you! For the next two
months we’ll be in Isaiah 64 and 66, asking, “How do you maintain an attitude
of ongoing revival?” Thanks for studying
His word and praying!--Bob Fielding
Over this year we’ve approached
revival as an ongoing attitude and condition of the heart. A heart that is bent towards God and the
things of God.
How do you maintain an attitude of ongoing revival?
BEGIN WITH PRAYER. Please stop and read Isaiah 64 — the entire
chapter is a prayer.
Isaiah was dealing with
people who had a rich history with God. Can
you imagine having in your ethnic and religious heritage such figures as
Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Elijah, King David, and the great Old Testament
Also, take a moment to
ponder those times when God acted and intervened in their history – a history
that Isaiah’s contemporaries knew full well: calling Abraham to a new land that
would be the place for the future nation of Israel…..God’s miraculous rescue of
the children of Israel when He sent the plagues to Pharoah then parted the Red
Sea as they escaped Egypt……The return of the exiles and the rebuilding of the
walls under Nehemiah…..Daniel and his friends in the Lion den and that
What a heritage! And
yet – we find throughout the book of Isaiah that as a whole – God’s people at
that time had fallen into the rut of going through the motions. They were doing the ritual of religion with
little regard for the object of their religion – God Almighty.
Find the verses in chapter 64 that record their regret over their spiritual
condition. It is good they recognized their condition, but we should
note that we do not have to live a life that results in regret when it comes to our walk
with God. Yes, we can sin, but it is also possible to walk faithfully with the Lord! They
let themselves get in that condition.
Take another moment to review the verses that express their prayerful desire
to come back to God!
Do you realize that
every Christian believer shares the same spiritual heritage, and even more,
with the people Isaiah was dealing with?
For example, we are also the spiritual children of Abraham! Galatians
3:6-9 – 6 So also Abraham “believed God, and it was credited to him as
righteousness.” 7 Understand, then, that those who have faith are children of
Abraham. 8 Scripture foresaw that God would justify
the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: “All
nations will be blessed through you.” 9 So those who rely on faith are blessed along with Abraham, the
man of faith.
The people in Isaiah’s
day had plenty of light from God to know who God was – but……They were on that
side of the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. We are on this side of
the Cross and we
have much more light! And with that comes what? More responsibility! If with Isaiah’s preaching they knew something
was wrong – and they knew who to pray to for revival – how about us?
Church– we must pray
for revival and NOT let go of God until He sends it. We’ve been praying for
revival as a group for a year already. Let’s continue to pray for personal and
I detect humility in Chapter 64. Do you? Let’s join together in humble, heartfelt,
God-dependent, confessing, God-seeking prayer for ourselves and our fellow church
members. If we are going to see spiritual awakening in the name of Jesus spill
over into the community, then revival must happen among the people of God. Thank you for praying and God bless you and
Spoiler: we’ll continue
in Isaiah 66:1-2 next month!
Also this week:
Pray by name for our
new pastor and our staff.
Pray for personal opportunities
to share the gospel.
by name for lost people you know.