Scripture Readings: Matthew 26:40-41, Acts 1:8, 1 Timothy 4:12
“Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.” 1 Corinthians 16:13. NKJV
Jesus must have watched the disciples for a while before he woke them up. It must have frustrated Him that they were sleeping because He knew what was coming and needed his disciples to stand with Him in prayer.
If we knew ahead of time what we would be facing everyday whether spiritually, physically or emotionally, we would easily be able to WATCH AND PRAY for at least one hour. Therefore, as human beings, we must continually discipline ourselves, and revive ourselves in the Lord.
Revival comes from God. Revival brings about restoration to what was lost. Revival brings about reversal, revival must be one of the most exciting words in the Christian Youth vocabulary. It literally means to revive and to make alive again. You can link the word revival to other words such as restoration, rejuvenation and renewal. Notice how those words start with RE; to do again is what that means. The good thing about reviving something is that you’re not bringing something back from the dead, but you’re bringing something back to life that had been neglected.
As young people we have the advantage of our energy, strength and time. We can dedicate more to Christ to set a better foundation for our future. The more we trust in God, the more courageous we will become. It is time to WAKE UP, WATCH AND PRAY. Because we may not know what lies ahead of us just yet, but with a revived prayerful spirit, we will be able to equip ourselves spiritually to walk through any difficult situation. God will give us the tools to stand, fight and remain strong through any hard situation with the Holy Spirit, we just have to show willingness.
It is my prayer that as youth in Wolverhampton PIWC, we get to see a generation that is extremely zealous about Jesus Christ and enthusiastic about people enough to want to take the saving and loving message of Jesus Christ to their friends at school and colleagues at work.
Questions for Reflections
We must give ourselves a spiritual check-up and ask some personal questions,
‘Are you hungry for God to move in your life? Are you making God proud of your lifestyle as a Christian? Are you ready for Godly desires to be stirred within you?’ Why not take a moment to pray and invite God to begin to stir your heart in a new and fresh way.
Dear Heavenly Father, there is no one like you. You are great and awesome. I thank you for the life of these precious Youth. I repent of my sins as I turn to you. I ask that you work in the lives of all young people who have stepped out in faith. Lord, make me ready for revival. Revive me, Oh Lord! Gracious Father rekindle my passion for prayer. Search my heart and reveal anything in my life that is not right with you. Develop in these young people, the heart of an evangelist and the opportunity to share the good news of the gospel of grace to those that are lost and in need of a Saviour, in Jesus’ name,
- Michael Sampong