Oh, to long for the great works of the Holy Spirit! Although many would not like to admit it, this is easier said than done. It requires a spiritual hunger that exceeds an earthly hunger. It requires a kingdom ambition, not just career ambition.
It is very common for Christians to believe in Christ to the point of being blessed. However, for some believers, the fight for faith ends there.
Most want salvation, but not as many desire for the salvation of others. Any believer can cry out for one’s own healing, but you often don’t find someone passionate to see the healing anointing upon the entire church. Most would welcome the strength of the Holy Spirit while they are at work, but not too many have the unction to pray for God’s great power to manifest in signs, miracles, and wonders in the workplace.
It has been said that you can assess the spiritual hunger within a spiritual community according to how many willingly turn out for the prayer gatherings. You can be a Sunday Service attendee because you enjoy the fellowship, the music, or at least the mental satisfaction of knowing that you did your religious duty for the week. But, those that show up for the less crowded gatherings, the gatherings that require faith, are the ones whose hearts are in pure pursuit of God.
If you truly love someone, you would be interested in what they are up to. I am a 32-year-old woman, and to this very day, both my parents read this blog, follow my Instagram handle, and check my Facebook profile for updates. Although we live in different states and time-zones, because of their love for me, they are always on the lookout for what I am doing.
The lovers of Christ are always curious as to what He is up to.
I believe there are many lovers of God on this earth, hungering for another great outpouring of the Holy Spirit. They are hungry to be a physical witness of what God is doing today, rather than being a hearer of what God had done in the past.
It reminds me of the epic prayer of Habakkuk, a prophet and revivalist of his day. He said, “Lord, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, Lord. Repeat them in our day, in our time make them known…” (Habakkuk 3:2). Here was a man who hungered to be a witness!
So many of the faithful are deep in discouragement because, although they are faithful, they are few.
They are the foolish ones that relinquish free time for prayer time. They are the focused ones that fast while others feast. The are the convicted ones that worship aloud in a silent sanctuary.
Many are afraid to be one of these few, and that fear is understandable. Sometimes, it’s a fear of being alone. Other times, it could be a fear of loss. However, oftentimes, it is the question of whether the sacrifices will be worth it.
If I am the only one that believes in revival in my region… if I am the only one sacrificing to see God move… will it be enough?
The answer is yes.
God hears the prayers of the few. Sodom and Gomorrah were ten righteous believers away from destruction (Genesis 18:32). Can you believe that? Sodom and Gomorrah were ultimately destroyed for their sins. However, Abraham’s plea unto the Lord for mercy upon this city revealed that God was willing to withhold His wrath against an entire city on behalf of the faithful few. Unfortunately, He did not find them.
God also hears the prayers of the one, the one who dares to believe and pray alone. God saved an entire nation because of the cries of one man – Moses (Deuteronomy 9:13-29). God did not need to destroy this nation, for they were destroying themselves with their own sin. However, Moses, a man who believed in the goodness of God, lay prostrate before the Lord for forty days and forty nights, fasting and calling out for revival in a time of great sin and darkness. Even Moses’ own siblings didn’t believe like this. He was alone, but he was enough for God.
So, here’s to the foolish ones. The fiery ones. The few. May you not scorn the size of your faith or be discouraged by the lack of results. Keep that fire burning, for as long as we breathe, God is not done with us yet.
(Read Part 1 of the “Believing in Revival” series here)