Can I create an awakening or revival? with my prayer? with my actions?
Folks have been trying to bend the Holy Spirit into a full scale revival for 2000 years. He is sovereign and reigns over all. When He sees it is time, He stirs hearts to respond. He can do that in a spot or a nation or worldwide. He can do it with a singular outpouring, a spread awakening, or an explosive encompassing revival. His call. Our obedience.
It is easy to be out of position and miss Him
….We can position ourselves to participate. In Psalm 119 we are pointed to being revived according to His word, His way, and His lovingkindness. And He is the one that revives.
Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, And revive me in Your way. Ps 119:37 NKJV
My soul clings to the dust; Revive me according to Your word. Ps 119:25 NKJV
Revive me according to Your lovingkindness, So that I may keep the testimony of Your mouth. Ps 119:88 NKJV
…We can position ourselves in His presence. Through contemplative prayer and praise centered on Biblical truth we open ourselves to connect with God. He is always here. We need to get rid of our hindances to enjoy Him fully.
Worship the Lord with gladness. Come before him, singing with joy. Acknowledge that the Lord is God! He made us, and we are his. We are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation. Psalms 100:2-5 NLT
…We can position ourselves and respond to conviction of the Holy Spirit with confessing our sins and allowing the realization of His forgiveness to flow.
But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts. 1 John 1:9-10 NLT
If we position ourselves humbly and obediently in this ways, we will find ourselves being revived no matter what others experience. When a community connects together like at Asbury, we see a community awakening. When multiple communities awake, that just might be a revival that started in individual hearts.