America's desperate for revival
by Daniel Ausbun
This past Thursday our country celebrated its 237th year since it declared independence from Great Britain.
The Declaration of Independence, the most cherished of all documents for our country, references God, our Creator, the Supreme Judge, and the divine Providence. The Founding Fathers were men of deep faith in God. Our country has experienced two Great Awakenings, one as a colony in the 1730s and a second as a young nation in the 1820s.
Times have really changed over the past two centuries.
Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage. Romans 1:26-27 says homosexuality is a sin. In 1973, Roe v. Wade made abortion legal in every state. Jeremiah 1:5 says we are formed in the womb by God. These two court cases, redefining marriage and on-demand abortion, are evidence of change in America.
The United States desperately needs a third Great Awakening. We need a God-sent revival in four main areas.
First, America lost has forgotten the authority of the Bible.
Once God’s Word loses influence, anything can happen. Christians need to read, pray and obey the Bible every day. God chose to reveal Himself through His Word. It’s completely sufficient for parenting, sexual ethics, marriage, divorce, financial decisions and how to be saved. If you’re a Christ-follower, God’s Word is your authority. The Bible points readers to repentance.
Revival begins when people repent.
Second, America needs a revival among families. A family is the most fundamental unit of society. Once families begin to crumble, parents and children suffer. Children need leadership and stability in their lives. They need parents to teach them God’s Word and bring them to church. They must be taught to obey and honor their parents.
There is a rising generation living in perpetual adolescence. When a young man wants to spend 10 hours a day playing video games, something is wrong. When a teenage girl is always holding her iPhone in her left hand, anxious for the next text, priorities have been misplaced.
Parents establish the example.
Third, America needs a revival among churches. The purpose of the church is to glorify God by making disciples of all nations. Churches should be mission sending centers in their communities, their country and throughout the nations. Psalm 67:1-2 says God blesses His people for the purpose of taking the Gospel to others.
If you have no passion for evangelism and missions, something is seriously wrong with your spiritually life. God ignites His people for His glory. Joining the church softball team is not biblical. Hold your church’s leadership accountable to how they spend money. The church in America needs to be reducing the lostness in America. We a great harvest here and over there.
A church is a body of believers, not a building.
Fourth, America needs to rely upon prayer. National Day of Prayer is always the first Thursday of May.
Our nation need more focused prayer than once a year. Prayer is the glue that holds personal Bible reading time, families and churches together. When Solomon dedicated the new temple, he prayed and fire came down from heaven and consumed the offering. II Chronicles 7:1 says, “the glory of the Lord filled the temple.”
Solomon prayed and God’s power was shown.
The reason Christians, families and churches don’t experience the Lord’s power today is their lack of dependence upon prayer. I’m absolutely convinced in the eight-plus years I’ve attended church meetings, the best meeting is a prayer meeting.
Do you want change in America? The 200 million-plus professing Christians in our country fall to their knees and pray and America will quickly become different.
Independence Day should remind every believer of our desperate need for revival. Through prayer, the authority of the Bible, growing a godly family and refocusing the purpose of the church – a spiritual revival can occur in America.