” Then the LORD appeared to Solomon in the night and said to him: “I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for myself as a house of sacrifice.
When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command the locust to devour the land, or send pestilence among my people, if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayer that is made in this place.”
2 Ch 7:12-15 K JV
These days I have been using mass transit fairly often, which includes the city bus line. There are several “hubs: in the city where I live where one can change buses. There are always people sitting around and standing, waiting on their transfer to take place. There are also many homeless people who hang out at the hubs during the day. Many of them ride the buses on cool days to warm up, or to just have a place to sit comfortably.
Recently I was waiting at one hub, waiting on my bus to go home, and I overheard a lady ask a young man what he was doing. He said simply, “I am just waiting around for my bus to take me home..” The thought occurred to me, that was a perfect analogy of many Christians today. It seems that the body of Christ is full of people “Just waiting around for that Gospel bus to move them, or take them home.” all the while the homeless, sick, poor, and spiritually needy are sitting all around them, especially the lost. Church members are just sitting around, waiting for something. At the same time, there is an indignation that exudes from them over the profane and sinfulness of our nation, and many of our government leaders. The same inactive Christians waste no time in criticizing the state of our union. (see Romans 13:1 ff)
But I am reminded of the verse in II Chronicles, chapter seven when the Lord speaks to Solomon about the people and the land, in connection with revival. God does not say for him to sit around and wait for the healing of the land to come, like folks waiting on that Gospel Bus. Rather, the Lord specifically states that it is up to HIS people to bring the healing, to usher in the revival primarily in three ways> The first is to bring a Sacrifice to the consecrated place of the Lord, and secondly to humble themselves, and thirdly to pray.
We are not to sit around a wait for a revival in the land, or a healing of the land. We are to usher it in through our obedience to the Word of The Lord, and do our part. Not through complaining and criticism of the ungodly and lost, nor of the Government. No – we are to repent and pray as God’s house.
I believe America will experience a cleansing and revival when the American Church repents, offer’s herself a living sacrifice, thru humility, and prays earnestly for our own healing first, then for the lost, the poor, and the government. If we are to experience revival, we need to remove the veil that covers our hearts, and really intercede for the lost. We need to really help the poor, and we need to uphold all of our leaders in prayer. If we want to see a return to morality in and through our government, we need to first obey the Word of the Lord, and then uplift our government in supportive prayer and intercession.
It is time to stop waiting for the bus to come take us. It is time for us to put one spiritual foot in front of the other and stir up the gift that is in us (II Timothy 1:6-7). Fan the flames of revival, properly and according to God’s will. We as believers cannot afford to pick and choose what scripture we will listen to: we mus obey the full counsel of the Lord.