Opening up your heart to a revival

By Debra Whittington

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. Isaiah 57:15 

The recent tragedy that forever changed one Tucumcari family had a ripple effect in our community. For the church where the woman was a member, it left the congregation in shock and disbelief that something like that could occur to one of their very own.

  Her children came home to that horrible scene which changed their lives forever. Members of the church along with numerous friends of the children gathered outside the emergency room in disbelief at what had transpired. They were there to offer their support to the children and to comfort one another.

When an impromptu prayer meeting was called the next night, something miraculous happened. Over 150 people gathered to pray and it was said if more people had known about the meeting, the number would be double. It was remarkable that so many people were coming together to seek God and comfort as they couldn’t believe such a horrible thing could happen to someone they knew.

It was such an inconceivable event that it left everyone shaken and asking God how such a horrible thing could happen. While we may never know why, it is more important than ever to turn to the Lord for comfort and guidance.

For several months, First Baptist Church prayed for revival, not only in their church, but also for the entire community. Excitement and anticipation grew, as the date of the Revival was only two and a half weeks away. Now with the church reeling from the grief resulting from the murder, some questioned what would take place next.

Now is the time for revival in our community more than ever. While Satan intended to prevent this revival, I am more convinced than ever that revival is starting even now.

Revival is more than a series of meetings. Revival is a change of heart and humbling one’s self that begins within the believer. It begins when a believer acknowledges that they are in disobedience toward God and resolve to turn away from those things that come between them and God and place God first in their lives. In return, God promises healing. In 2 Chronicles 7:14 it states, “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.”

Growing up, I heard about revivals, but had no idea what took place at one. I thought it was just another church meeting. I must admit that I have attended revival meetings that were just another meeting. However, when God’s spirit begins to move, revival can break out in a church and sweep across a community.

At Pentecost, the spirit of God swept through Jerusalem. In Acts 2, we learn that 3,000 were added to the church. These were people of different beliefs and nationalities and yet the spirit of God was poured out on all of them.

Some people may say they can’t attend a revival meeting because it isn’t at their church. People of all beliefs and denominations are invited to attend. Over the years, churches supported each other when they had meetings of this kind. In Tucumcari’s early years, when meetings outgrew a church building, they moved to another church or even put up a tent to accommodate all of the people.

  In 1921, a major revival broke out in Tucumcari that lasted for weeks. A special tent or tabernacle as it was called, was put up downtown and meetings were held in the morning, another one for businessmen at noon, and a final meeting every evening. Services in the church buildings were moved to the one central location so all believers could worship together. The result of the revival was over 100 people accepting Jesus as their Lord and Savior and hundreds of rededications.

  This same thing could happen again as First Baptist Church prepares for revival services to begin on Sunday, through Wednesday.
However, revival doesn’t rely on a set date and could begin anytime.

I firmly believe something positive is about to happen in our community and I want to be on hand when it begins. What about you?