“If my people, who 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 Chronicles 7:14
We need revival. We need the latter rain. Jesus will not come in our lifetime without it. Renewal will not come until we truly seek it; unless we thirst for it. This is a call to surrender and service. How can we experience the latter rain today?
First, by focusing on the Bible. There is nothing more relevant today than the Word of God. In the last book of the Bible encapsulates the most urgent message, given to every race, age, and geographic location existent at the end time. It is the Three Angels’ Message, found in Revelation 14:6-12. It is a message that calls us to realize God’s great sacrifice of love through the cross, the everlasting gospel; a call for us to lovingly obey Him and His commandments, to give Him total worship not only in word, but also in our lives. It calls us to come out of any system that negates our faith in Christ and His righteousness or promotes man’s ideas above God’s word.
Furthermore, it warns us that the decisions we make today bear eternal consequences. We are living in the judgment hour and God has given us the freedom to choose. Who will receive our worship: the world or Christ? Everything at GYC comes out of that intense desire to lift up Christ and His end time message for us today. This is our prophetic identity as Seventh-day Adventists. Jesus is coming soon!
Secondly, revival will not come without commitment. We must seek to experience Bible-based revival today, by living a life of service for our Savior. A life of service is more than just what we do; it’s at the root of who we are. It is about character. Because God is love, He sent us the most excellent gift Heaven could ever bestow—His only begotten Son. Because God is love, He gave us the best. A life of service is total commitment to excellence in any sphere of influence we are placed in. It pours out as a result of love and respect for Christ.
You do not need to be a full time church employee, a pastor, a Bible worker, or a nurse to be used by God to seek and save the lost. Joseph was a civil servant, Christ was a carpenter, Mary was a homemaker, Paul was a tent maker, Luke was a physician, Daniel a governor, and Lydia was a business woman. What they all had in common was their willingness to use their intellect, heart, and resources to promote the gospel and glorify God, resulting in some of the greatest revivals ever seen by man. I imagine most of the time it was not in the words these individuals spoke, but in the quality of their work and character. For thirty years, Christ worked as a carpenter and the way He worked was a reflection of His Father’s character. God gave all because He loved us to the end, and He calls us to do the same for one another. Share your faith and if you have to, use words.
Lastly, we as Christians must seek to experience the latter rain by not only engaging in serious Bible study, singing spirit filled songs, and seeking Godly relationships; but most importantly through prayer. What the church needs today is not better machinery, new organizations, or more novel methods; but men whom the Holy Ghost can use–people of prayer. People mighty in prayer. Many talk about it, but we at GYC must practice it.
The disciples never asked Jesus, “teach us how to preach,” or “teach us how to give a Bible study.” The one discipline they wanted to learn above anything else was expressed in their plea: “Lord teach us how to pray” (Luke 11:1). Imagine what God could do if we would humble ourselves, turn from our wicked ways, and approach His throne of grace! What could happen if not just one or one hundred men and women, but thousands from every nation, kindred, and tongue united in prayer, approach God’s throne seeking the latter rain? What would happen if our local churches gave God their time and prayed for the Holy Spirit? We would behold the greatest revival ever seen by man.
Why not start now? On November 17, we will begin a 40 days of prayer initiative on our social media platform. Commit with us in daily claiming a promise from God’s word and adopting a specific prayer focus for each day leading up to our GYC conference in Phoenix. When GYC begins on December 27, we will have a prayer marathon where individuals can sign up to pray at all hours of the day. On the last day of GYC, we will hold a special consecration service and see what God has in store for us, as we humble ourselves for His glory.