This prayer reverberates in my mind.
Revive us, oh Lord!
I hunger for personal revival, the presence of the holy God who stirs me as in days before. I long to hear Him speak to me, through His Word in the early hours of quiet, as I walk in the beauty of creation, as I gather with the saints to worship, in the stillness of my own heart.
As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?
Psalm 42:1, 2 NKJV
Repeatedly Scripture tells me that if I seek Him, I will find Him. He is not far away. He is as near as my breath, as close as my thoughts. What in this life of mine distracts me from the knowledge of His presence?
He offers Himself to me in a way I am yet to comprehend. He created me for relationship so I could be called a friend of God. And like the Lover of my soul, He wants me to want Him.
Does it grieve Him when I only want His blessings and not He who blesses? Do I seek after the gifts, forgetting the Giver?
Oh Father, forgive me! Create in me a longing heart so that I want You more than anything.
You who granted life to every living thing, be my life. Sweet Jesus. Be. My. Life.
Then, may all other people, gifts, and trappings fall into their proper places.
Let Your abundant life, the promised life, be fully mine.
This song, by Carmen, is what I’m singing. Will you join in?
Revive us oh Lord, revive us, oh Lord
And cleanse us from our impurities
And make us holy
Hear our cry and revive us oh Lord