When I am depressed, frustrated or find myself falling into bad habits, I cry out to God. This prayer in the form of a Hail Mary, a sports related phrase, doesn’t always work. The best way to explain this lack of response from God is that I have already made up my mind, not open to applying God’s advice. Until I reach the point of a contrite heart, turning 180 degrees from sin toward God, the Lord isn’t ready to take me serious.
Restore us, O Lord God of hosts! Let your face shine, that we may be saved! – Psalm 80:19
During periods of the Old Testament, Israel was waiting on a movement of God. The Bible refers to this process as a revival, where God resuscitates, restores and relaunches souls back on track toward God’s will for your life. However, Individuals must display acts of contrition before a move of God will commence. An Old Testament prophet eludes to this principle in Isaiah 1:15-20. Isaiah talks about a time when God will not answer your prayers. According to Isaiah, until you wash yourself by purging evil from your life, God will not bless your life or move in a mighty way.
Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you? – Psalm 85:6
The author of Hebrews adds one key step to jump starting a move of God, belief must come first. This first century apostle states that you can’t please God unless faith in God is acted upon. This is why many Christians end up falling short of experiencing the abundant life of Christ, John 10:10. Hebrews 11 serves as the Bible Hall of Fame as each candidate is recognized by the faith they displayed. If this blog finds you like me, frustrated and hopeless, may these promises in the Bible revive you so that a move of God will uplift your soul and re-energize your life.
by Jay Mankus