My Desire For Our Church
What Every Church Needs
A little boy went to church with his father one morning. That night before he went to bed he knelt down and
said his prayers. He said, "God, we had a great time at church today. Wish you would have been there. All to often
this is the case. We go to Church but the presence of God is not evident. We need revival. Isaiah
chapter 64 is a plea from the great prophet for revival among the people of God. In this text we see three very key
facts about revival. We see what revival is, what revival looks
like, what we can do to hasten it.
I. A DEFINITION OF REVIVAL (V1)
A. God’s people where in bondage (why? Turned from God to gods of this world)
B. God’s people where in exile (there home land had been taken away)
C. God’s house had been trodden under foot by the Babylonians
D. God’s people were “shallow,” listening to the false prophets. (America?)
E. In bondage, shallow, no sense of the presence of God. Sound familiar?
3. Divine presence
A. Now Isaiah didn’t have theological problems!
1. He knew that God is everywhere. He knew that God sat on the circle of
the universe, He knew that no temple could house God’s presence.
B. We need to experience the presence of God in our services again. (As before)
C. We need to be like Jacob and cry out," surely the Lord is in this place and
we knew it not." Remember Exd. 3:5 .All to often our services are dry and
ritualistic, there’s no presence, no life.
D. Revival is the presence of God among His people once again.
A DESCRIPTION OF REVIVAL (2-6)(experience the presence and power of God)
1. What happens when God
does make His presence known?
A. A Shaking Up
1. When God shows up things are shaken up. (Acts 16:25-30)
B. A Moving Up
1. What are mountains?" A mountain is a large earthen fixture that
you and I can do nothing about. We have mountains in the church and in
Our lives. Have you ever heard the expression, "We’ve always done it this
way". Those mountains get shaken up when God visits the church in
revival. How about those mountains in your life?
B. A Firing Up (experiencing the power of God)
1. The Power Of God to empower (Mat. 3:11)
2. The Power Of God To Refine (Mal. 3:2-3)
3. The Power Of God To Bring Reverence (Lev. 26:1-4)(II Chr.7:14)
4. The Power Of God To Judge (II Cort. 5:10)
III. A DIRECTIVE FOR REVIVAL (7-8)
1. What can we do to hasten revival? Or can we? Isaiah
explains in verses 1-6
why God’s people are in such a sorry condition. In this verse he outlines
three things we can do to hasten God’s presence among us.
A. Fervent prayer--He
says, "No one calls on your name". This describes a
desperate plea to God for His presence and help.
1. We like Isaiah must begin to cry out to God for personal revival.
B. Wake ourselves up---the prophet says we must "stir ourselves, or wake
ourselves up". Many church members sit and wait for a preacher to stir them
up with a fiery sermon, or a wonderful testimony, or a moving song. God
says, quit waiting to be moved, and move yourself, wake yourselves up.
Wake up to the state of our sleepy Christianity, wake up to the lateness of
C Lay Hold of God---How do we do this. Easy! Do what you know to do. Make
bold move toward God. Discipline yourselves to pray and seek God even when
you don’t feel like it. Go to church, even when you don’t feel like, repent and
confess sin, even when you don’t feel like it. James says if you "draw near to
God, He will draw near to you."