Looking To The Lord For Revival
By Rich Carmicheal
Someone arguing that revival is impossible in the U.S. would certainly have much supporting evidence these days. The nation seems to be in a spiritual and moral free-fall, and political division and social unrest are intensifying. Much of the nation has lost any awareness of the true and living God, let alone any sense of reverence for Him and His Word. In many ways, the situation seems hopeless.
And yet, no matter how bleak the situation, our God is able! While we may feel and lament, “My strength and my hope have perished…,” we can in the next breath rejoice, “The Lord is my portion, …therefore I hope in Him!” (Lam. 3:18, 24). Our God brings life from death (Ezek. 37:1-14); He heals incurable wounds (Jer. 30:12-17); He commands “light to shine out of darkness” (2 Cor. 4:6); and He opens “rivers in desolate heights, and fountains in the midst of valleys” (Isa. 41:18).
How good it is to know that there is still a remnant of believers in this nation whose hope is in the Lord, and who are looking to Him for revival! This year’s National Day of Prayer (NDOP) was an encouraging reminder of this truth as an estimated 35,000 to 40,000 groups of various sizes gathered that day to call out to God for spiritual awakening. And as we well know from Scripture and from church history, good things happen when God’s people turn to Him in response to His promptings. As we humble ourselves, pray, seek His face and repent, He forgives, intervenes, heals, saves and revives. And given the sad state of affairs in the U.S. and the world, our role as His people is all the more vital!
To encourage you in all of this, the messages in this issue of the Herald focus on prayer and repentance for revival, including on pages 2-5 the message and prayers from the NDOP Observance held in Washington, D.C. on May 4th. We also include the text of Daniel 9:1-23 (see adjacent) which a U.S. Senator read at the assembly in preparation for the message. That text in itself is a powerful reminder of the vital role of intercession for God’s intervention in the midst of national crisis.
While we hope this issue inspires repentance and prayer on behalf of the United States, we also hope that it does the same for other nations as well. The “Praying Through The 10/40 Window” calendar printed on pages 10-11 will help you pray for some of the nations most resistant to the Gospel.
May the Lord in His great mercy send spiritual awakening around the world to revive His people and to bring many lost souls to salvation – all in anticipation of the glorious Return of our Lord Jesus Christ!