Don’t pray for Revival, Pray for the harvest

AWhat we are witnessing now in the West and in America in particular is an inevitable cycle we see repeated in the Old Testament with God’s people Israel. After the Lord graciously revealed Himself to His people, the first time in Exodus delivering them from slavery in Egypt, the people acknowledged Him as God and followed Him out of Egypt. But almost immediately at the Red Sea and in the wilderness the backsliding began with murmuring and rebellion against the One who had saved them with an outstretched hand from Egypt.

After the forty years of wandering in the wilderness the Israelites invaded and possessed the Promised Land of Canaan, the Lord graciously accompanying them with visible might and power. After Joshua led them in mostly victorious campaigns against the Canaanites, they succeeded in possessing the Promised Land. But afterwards the Israelites began to backslide from the Lord during the era of the Judges, and then suffering defeat at the hands of their enemies as a consequence. Eventually they repented and cried out to the Lord at which time the Lord would send someone a “judge” who would deliver them. This cycle was repeated time after time in the book of Judges. Yes, there was a Golden Era under King David, but it turned out to be only temporary. We see the cycle of revival, backsliding, painful correction, repentance, and subsequent deliverance repeated in I Kings and II Kings ad nauseam.

The pattern is a result of human nature. When times are difficult, a “Christian” nation will turn to the Lord in repentance. He is gracious to forgive us and deliver us. We will experience a season of blessing on earth. But with prosperity the following generation of “Christians”—who never endured suffering and then witnessed the Lord’s miraculous deliverance—will inevitably take for granted God’s gracious blessing. They will inevitably backslide, focusing on the material blessing and no longer on the Author of the blessing.

We in the West and in America in particular have arrived near the end of our “cycle.” We have enjoyed the greatest measure of God’s material blessing in the history of the world, and have come to take it for granted—even to the point of denying the very existence of (or in some cases even hating) the One who delivered and blessed us and who called us to live a life of righteousness.

But since we are in or near the end times, the cycle will not be repeated again. The terrible events prophesied in Revelation will be played out in full color in the lives our children. And depending on your view of the timing of the rapture, we may still be on earth when those dreadful events begin to unfold. We have had our chance, and now the Lord’s focus in terms of evangelism and mission has shifted elsewhere.

Galatians 6:7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.

We cannot continue to mock God. Eventually our nation will reap what we have sown. Our children, now adults and future leaders, have been educated in universities where an overwhelming majority of liberal professors have inculcated values in them which to varying degrees are based on lies from the mainstream culture.

It may be too late to pray for revival. We will reap what we have sown for over an entire generation. It is an immutable law. And God’s patience is not unlimited.

What then should we pray for?

Let us pray in accordance with the times we see around us—as Jesus taught us.

Luke 10:2. “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.

Matthew 24:14  And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

Let us pray that we the Church will go into all the world to preach the gospel of the kingdom of God and to disciple all nations, especially the nations who have never heard the gospel. 

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