If you knew that there could be a cure for cancer, what would you personally give to make this happen? If you knew that you could keep your children from making destructive decisions, what would you personally give up so that they would make constructive decisions? If you knew that the world’s poverty issues could be solved, what would you personally do to see it resolved? There are many things that we would like to see changed in our families, schools, churches, communities and the world. We could go on and on using the word “if.” However, my primary concern is not about the word “if” but with our personal willingness.
Have you heard someone say that they would “give their right arm” to see something happen? What a statement that is to make based on a personal desire of theirs. Very likely, they didn’t literally mean it. Many people are good at boasting about doing something difficult but not good at actually doing that difficult thing. However, God “backed” up his heart desire by actually doing something about it. 2 Peter 3:9 says that God was “not wanting anyone to perish, but (for) everyone to come to repentance” (NIV). John 3:16 tells us how He backed this desire up. It says, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (KJV).
There are many things in life that I would like (in my mind) but I really don’t want them because I am not willing to change my ways to see them accomplished. Think of some things in your life that you would like to see happen. Do your actions back up your desires?
I conclude that if I want to have a personal revival or a community revival, it will not come without prayer and possibly fasting. I can say that I want or need a revival. I can cry out against the ungodliness in our nation. I can be frustrated at the spiritual apathy of many in the Church. But, until I really pray and seek God, I really don’t want revival. Actions and not words demonstrate my desires. What are your actions saying about your desires?