"O LORD, I have heard your speech, and was afraid: O LORD, revive your work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make it known; in wrath remember mercy."
The story of the five foolish virgins who missed the feast with the Bridegroom was very pathetic. It would not have been if they had not bothered to wait. Can you imagine that you prepare so hard, leave your home and wait several hours to meet a guest only to be told that the meeting held while you were waiting outside? However, the marriage feast of the lamb was a lot more than a meeting. It was Jesus illustrating how the story of rapture would be.
In my opinion, the biggest error of the foolish virgins was their lukewarmness. (Matt 25: 1-13) And you really couldn’t blame them. They had got to the venue. They had been admitted in. They had oil in their lamps. Notwithstanding all of these they still lost. They lost because they thought they were already around the venue. The easiest way to miss heaven today is “being so used to church” that you take the injunctions of heaven with familiarity.
Dear friend, one thing is for sure in the race of life: You cannot prepare too much. In fact, the only way to win is to prepare more than is required.
What does revival really mean?
* Revival means waking up from one’s slumber. Once in a while in life, we may get cold. We may lose some steam because we are often beset with the cares of life. Were it not so, Prophet Isaiah would not have admonished thus “Those that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength”(Isa 40:31). As you may know, one compelling advantage of the eagle is in its ability for seasonal self renewal. Every once in a while, the eagle ascends to the hills and sheds its old feathers to grow newer ones. That brings me to my second point.
* Revival is shedding unnecessary weight. The Bible, speaking in Heb 12:1 says “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us” No man can run with a weight on his head. As Christians, every weight of sin is an impediment to growth. If you seek revival you must let go of the weight.
Lastly, I must say that no one can be revived who has not first found Jesus. The Bible tells us that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Him.
Brethren, the signs of the end times are here. It is time to seek the Lord. It is a season to pray for revival fire as in the day of Pentecost to keep us moving in our Christian journey as we look forward to the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.