February 6, 2020

I have learned to check my phone when I get up in the morning, as my children often send me a message the night before for me to remind them of something, wake them up at a certain time, etc.  Well, this morning was no exception.  My son sent me a text late last night:  "Please make sure I'm up and walking around before you leave."  I am accustomed to this message, but it hit me a little differently today.


It stirred in me to ask the same of my Father.  I need to be awakened.  I need revival.  I would insert "we" in those previous statements rather than "I", but I want to deeply acknowledge that the need for revival starts at a personal level.  


I in no way want to come to the spiritual bedside of those I come in contact with and try to shake them awake if I am doing so while sleepwalking.  I think of a statement that the apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthian church:


"But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified."


I choose to blow the trumpet in Zion, making sure that I, myself, am also listening to its call.  I want to set off alarm clocks to make sure the body of Christ isn't found sleeping, so I better not be wearing out the snooze button myself!


I don't want to wait for a devastating wake-up call to jar myself from the comfortable, complacent place in which I too often find myself. 

What will it take to get us out of bed?


Father, I don't want to try and shake others awake while I slip back under the covers myself.  Please bring revival in me.  In Jesus' Name.  Amen.


1 Corinthians 9:27, Ephesians 5:14, Psalm 57:8, Joel 2:1

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