In last week’s Connecting Point HERE, Pastor Patrick Eagan spoke about the Revival movemements that have been taking place on College campuses across our nation. The revival began at Asbury University in Kentucky on February 8, 2023, when a number of students decided to stay after a chapel service to worship and pray and seek the Lord’s presence. And those daily almost 24-hour services continued throughout most of February. The fires of awakening have also begun to spread to other College Campuses. Over thirty college campuses in our nation have been affected so far.
What is “revival” and what causes it to occur? A “revival” is a spiritual awakening that occurs when people become so hungry for God they are willing to turn from their sinful lifestyles and pursue the Lord’s presence through extended times of prayer and worship. And when that happens the Lord shows up, and His presence and power is experienced in new, fresh ways.
The bottom line is this – personal and corporate “revival” begins when we want more of Jesus than we currently have. And when we are really seeking after the Lord’s presence, we will find ourselves with a hunger to worship Him personally and collectively with other Christians. We will find ourselves with a desire to pray to Him and read His Word. We will find ourselves with a desire to know the Lord more intimately and powerfully in our lives. And when we have a real passion to encounter and know the Lord in deeper ways than we’ve previously experienced, we will find ourselves connecting with His presence, experiencing His peace, and accessing His power in newfound ways in our lives.
The good news is that we don’t have to travel to Asbury University or any other University to experience personal “revival” in our lives. We can experience the Lord’s presence in profound ways today as we read His Word, pray to Him, and worship Him. And we can experience His presence in even greater ways as we worship Him with other Christians.
A number of our Celebration Campuses are having special Worship and Prayer times tonight. I encourage you to join them if you can. I believe if you do you will encounter the Lord, and encountering God is what transforms our lives, perspectives, circumstances and relationships. And remember what the Psalmist wrote: “In Your presence O Lord is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore” (Psalm 16:11). We will experience God’s best in and for our lives when we pursue Him as young people on College campuses are doing around our nation.