Sunday is for Prayer
Before Matt Chandler, before Francis Chan, before David Platt, (three young men we should all be thankful for God raising up in this generation), before even John Piper, there was George Verwer. Radical, passionate, creative, missional, fully engaged and calling the Christian world to be more and do more for the Savior, all of these men are worth listening too. This week, I ran across this quote from George and it struck me as spot on.
“In my experience throughout the world, an over-emphasis on revival leads to a subtle form of extremism and a ‘copping out’ from the basics of obedience, discipline and action-taking. If revival hits your church or region or university, [or town, or high school], there will be more intense spiritual warfare the very next day. There may even be greater heartbreaks and disappointments than there were before it came. There is no substitute for daily denying self and taking up the cross, regardless of your circumstances. To think that great revival or spiritual experience will make Christian living a kind of ‘automatic pilot’ experience, is to make a huge mistake.”
—George Verwer, Out of the Comfort Zone, 31.
I think George is right and that knowledge is not comforting. What George observes around the world, I suspect is true of we American Christians in particular. We like instant things. We like easy. We like comfortable. We want progress, but we want it to come effortlessly. We want a three step process, a pill, a patch, or a formula. And all of that makes it extremely unlikely that we will see a revival in America. So now you know what we need to pray for.
“Lord Jesus, we can do nothing without You. We are so satiated with our comforts and toys and games and achievements and power. We fail to take up our cross, we fail to speak,we fail to live with a zeal and passion for You and Your kingdom and world sees nothing supernatural about the lives we live.
They see nothing exceptional or noteworthy about how we love them and sacrifice for them. Instead, they see us live for the same things they do, our families, a little more comfort, a few more toys.
Forgive us Lord, but change us too. We need a revival of our love for You.
We are desperate for it–or we should be.
Whatever it takes Lord, revive us for Your name’s sake.