Truly, prayer is the birthplace of revival!
Before any big event – a wedding, graduation, road trip, or major holiday – a great amount of planning must take place. Before being able to serve in any job, a skill must be learned and obtained. Before a work is performed or a speech presented, time is set aside to decide how to speak, how to interpret, how to persuade.
Preparation. Without preparation, opportunities may catch us off guard. Lessons can’t be grasped. Challenges overwhelm us. Distractions may divert us. If we aren’t prepared for what is before us, how will we face it?
On the eve of the Ten Days of Prayer, let us prepare ourselves. Let us “take the sandals from our feet.” Let us approach God with humble and contrite hearts. Let us open our ears to the voice of the Holy Spirit and our minds to His guiding whispers. Let us prepare ourselves for a word from the Lord.
To be prepared does not mean you have to have everything figured out. What it does mean if that we must always be watchful and attentive – God is speaking. Do you hear Him?
He is longing to bear fruit in us. Fruits of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. These fruits are gifts, are you ready to accept all that they entail? They are also gifts that are meant to be shared, are you ready to disperse them?
Before we receive, before we go, we must pray. Pray that the Lord prepares us, for like a fruit tree we must be pruned, fertilized, and watered. Before there is a revival, there must be prayer for it is by prayer that all these acts of gardening will take place in the life. Will you let the heavenly gardener work on you today?