God’s Remedy For Today’s Emergency
A revival of righteousness is God’s remedy! God has not made unsaved statesmen responsible for averting national disaster. He has placed this responsibility upon His own people. "If My people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land" (2 Chr. 7:14).
Time is hastening on! The meeting with the Lord approaches! The time of reckoning draws nigh, when every one of us shall give account of himself to God (Rom. 14:12). Shall we not, therefore, pitch in now and get revival fires burning and blazing in our own hearts, in our homes, in our churches, in our city, in our nation, and around the world – without delay?
Christians, we are in an emergency. We cannot afford to be giving our time, our strength, our money to anything but to the one unutterable need of getting God on the scene in the power of a mighty, Holy Ghost awakening! Away with idleness, contentions, wasting precious moments and priceless dollars on useless things. God help us! The hour has struck. The times are desperate but the saints are not! Let’s agree (Matt. 18:19) from this very moment to call upon God, to stir up ourselves and take hold of God (Isa. 64:7) for a heaven-sent revival to meet today’s needs.
How can we drift listlessly along, idly chatting with anyone we chance to meet, wasting, squandering the precious moments God has given us in which to battle through in real prayer for revival! Oh, to realize, once and for all, that if we do not shake ourselves from the deadening dust of our shameful lukewarmness, the Lord will spew us out of His mouth! (Rev. 3:16).
The Travailing Burden
"...As soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children" (Isa. 66:8). We must have a revival of righteousness! We must have God on the scene in the manifested power of His might – in revival outpourings of His Spirit to meet this present day’s needs. Wherever you are, never let the devil steal away your burden for revival until you have prayed through and the burden is thus lifted.
It is in travail that children are born into the world, and it is in soul travail that people are born again into the kingdom of God.
Be true to the burden for revival that is upon your heart, put there by the Spirit of God. God would not put that cry upon His people for revival if He did not intend abundantly to answer as we steadfastly press on. "...I [the Lord] said not...Seek ye Me in vain" (Isa. 45:19). "Shall not God avenge His own elect, which cry day and night unto Him?...I tell you that He will avenge them speedily" (Luke 18:7-8).
If you are born again, and do not have a burden for revival, hear this Word: "...Look on the fields…white already to harvest" (John 4:35; Luke 10:2). Look at the frightful needs, the souls en route to hell all around you, the people in trouble, the wrongs that need to be righted – and PRAY!
It is going to take God to change things, and God works in cooperation with His people. We are laborers together with God (1 Cor. 3:9). We are ambassadors (representatives) for Christ (2 Cor. 5:20).
The Word of God says, "...greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world" (1 John 4:4). Let us, therefore, take God at His Word, and rise up and defeat the enemy, using the delegated authority which God has given us, in effective wrestling against the powers of darkness (Eph. 6:10-20). "Behold," Jesus says, "I give unto you power [authority] …over all the power of the enemy" (Luke 10:19). This is a true Word, but it must be put into execution by God’s people.
It is the wicked spirits behind the scenes, the "rulers of the darkness of this world" (Eph. 6:12), that are causing the confusion today, and we, taking the whole armor of God, are set to wrestle effectively against these evil spirits by using the delegated authority which Christ has given us over all their power, "praying always" (Eph. 6:18).
Oh, to focus, to concentrate, to unite in calling on God, in faith, to revive us again! (Psa. 85:6). Let us unitedly, in Jesus’ name, resist the devil till he flees from us (Jas. 4:7). Fritter not away your time in self-indulgence, in useless chatter and gossip, in non-essentials, but rather "seek ye the Lord while He may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near" (Isa. 55:6). Start now! Cry unto God! Press on in the battle of prayer. "Pray without ceasing" (1 Thes. 5:17).