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A Practical Revival- Saturday, March 10th

 "For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.'
~ Matthew 25:35-36

Quick question for each of us.  When the Lord places something or someone in our path, do we make ourselves available to be used by the Lord?  Are we willing to help others?  Or do we view those in need as an inconvenience?  I believe that when our heart and mind goes towards those "less fortunate," we are practically integrating our biblical faith into our everyday life.   

 As an encouragement, take for example one of our elders at our church.  Yesterday he explained to me how was opening the church for early morning prayer time for revival, when at approximately 6:15 a.m., a homeless man approached him for help.  Immediately this elder could have viewed this man as an inconvenience.  The thought could have been, "We will be praying soon, we don't have time for you."  Instead, the elder brought him into the church.  The homeless man joined the prayer warriors in praying for revival.  The prayer warriors took him to breakfast.  And now, our church is looking to help him find work.   

How practical?  Our church and others in this city are praying for lives to be transformed.   But aside from praying, we need to be in the trenches with those that need help.  We need to be there to invite them in.  We need to be there to feed them.  We need to be there to give them water.  We need to be there to clothe them.  We need to visit them.  Revival will come in our city when we are practically living out our faith. Revival will come when we experience a life-transformation for not only our lives, but for others as well.  The elder commented on this very issue, when he wrote what God would be thinking about this situation, "Son, I sent this homeless man to you to see how much you really want revival.  If you won't take care him, what will you do with the potentially hundreds who'll come to the tent on Gaston Ave?"

 Revival will come when we act upon our faith. It is said that there are 6,000 homeless in the city.  Wouldn't it be amazing to see the Lord bring all 6,000 to the tent?  Everyone needs Jesus. Those that have homes, and those that don't.  Now, please hear me on this, I live downtown, I know what it is like getting hit up for money or food all the time.  But let's pray for the Lord to work in our hearts, so we are willing to help others.  Because as Christ said to His disciples in reference to helping the poor, the sick, the hungry, the prisoners, "Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me."  Please join me in prayer, so that each one of us (you and me) go out of our way to help someone in need.  Let's pray that the Lord brings revival to the homeless in Dallas.
" We cannot organize revival, but we can set our sails to catch the wind from Heaven when God chooses to blow upon His people once again."

- G. Campbell Morgan