Friday’s devotional from Charisma Online has several thoughts that I would like to share. Is it even possible for Revival to come to your city? I have even read a number of articles lately (I refuse to link) which claim that America is past saving. I believe that Francis Frangipane puts that idea to rest with an affirmative perspective that really includes us all:
Your City Is Ripe for Revival
Today’s message is from Francis Frangipane.
Today many cities are ripe for revival. What hinders the turning of the people’s hearts? The answer lies with the church, with our sins of self-righteousness, apathy and unbelief.
The Lord said, “If My people humble themselves and pray . . . I will heal their land.” Whether or not we actually attain Christ’s level of faith, God “desires all men to be saved” (1 Tim. 2:4, NAS).
With this in mind, Paul taught that entreaties and prayers should be made on behalf of all men, “for kings and all who are in authority” (1 Tim. 2:2, NAS). The sacrifice of Christ provides for the salvation of all men, and since the Father Himself desires all men to be saved, heaven waits only for the church to act.
One may say, “But that was then. Our cities are worse now. They are beyond redemption.” Not so. Jesus continued His rebuke of cities by saying, “If the miracles had occurred in Sodom which occurred in you, it would have remained to this day” (Matt. 11:23, NAS). Amazingly, Jesus said even Sodom could find repentance!
I have heard many ministers compare Los Angeles or New York to Sodom. Fine, but these cities have seen hell, so now let the church show them heaven. They need to see Jesus revealed in His church.
The promise of Christ is that even Sodom could repent in the atmosphere and revelation of Christ’s power. If there is hope for Sodom, there is hope for your city as well.
Lord, I ask You to extend Your mercy and compassion to my city today. Bring revival to our churches and demonstrate Your love and power to the lost.