It is almost impossible to step in through the Mainstream Building entrance doors these past two Sunday nights of 2017, and not be inspired or changed in some way. As the grey and black seats have begun to overflow with people, each seat has been filled with new dreams, more hope, changing outlooks and an overall desire to seek after God and what He wants to do through our life.
Recently, Mainstream Orlando has joined together for “The Price of Revival” series, to pray and fast for not only our ministries as a whole, but for each other. Whether it has been for jobs, restoration, family members, or even healing; there is no denying that that the spirit of God has continued to push us in a new way.
Christine Caine one stated how “we do not pray for revival to fall from the sky. God has poured his revival into each of us. WE are the revival we are praying for. It is the Spirit of God inside of us.” As we continue to walk into 2017 with expectancy and a deeper desire to seek after God, here are 3 steps to being the revival you are praying for.
1) Fall in love with relationship
As James 4:8 states, “come close to God and He will come close to you.” Recently in my own personal walk with Christ, I have been learning that everything I do can be infused with the spirit. In other words, God is with us in all that we do. From cleaning a room, hanging out with friends, serving, to even driving; putting our relationship with God first influences the way we view and behave in all of the different aspects of our lives. When our relationship with God is a top priority in our life and we spend time with Him, recognizing his voice in everyday scenarios begins to get easier. Revival starts with our relationship with Christ.
2) Pray for anything and everything
Pray. This one appears simple, but it shouldn’t be overlooked. One of the reasons WE are the revival we are praying for is because any renewal or change in our lives begins with God and our choices. Martin Luther King Jr once said how “ to be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.” Learning to pray for not only your own life, but the lives of others sparks the change that influences how you serve, how you treat other people, and how you might choose to see yourself. Lately I’ve learned that even when I feel like my motives are not fully pure as I would think God would want them to be, to still pray. He cares. Even when you don’t know what to pray, “the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words”(Romans 8:26).
3) Be the Change you wish to see
Whether it is in church, at your work place, in your home, or among your friends; you can be the change that you wish to see. One thing that is so life transforming about Jesus dying on the cross is the fact that he didn’t wait for us to adopt his thinking of love and grace to fulfill what God told him to do on this Earth. It’s a motivating moment when we realize that as a Christ follower, we don’t have to wait either in extending that love and heart of serving to others. Being critical or making excuses is the easy thing to do and seldom leads to impactful change. As Evangelist Jason Alvarado once stated, “When something can be made better in the Church, God is calling YOU to serve as the solution. No one has the spiritual gift of “Suggestion.” You can be the revival in the problems you are a solution to. Ask God to show you, trust in Him and we will be bound to see Him move in unthinkable ways!
“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.”- 1 Corinthians 12:4