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Erika Biscoe writes

Today we continue our series on preparing for Revival both in the morning and evening services.

Last week in the morning service, Roger reminded us of the need for reading God’s word and the importance of prayer during this time of preparation for Revival and in the evening Sharon shared a word God had laid on her heart over eighteen months ago around Matthew 25, the parable of the Ten Bridesmaids.

This parable is about a wedding. On the wedding day the bridegroom went to the bride’s house for the ceremony; then the bride and groom, along with a great procession, returned to the groom’s house where a feast took place, often lasting a full week.

These ten virgins were waiting to join the procession, and they hoped to take part in the wedding banquet. But when the groom didn’t come at the expected time, five of them ran out of lamp oil. By the time they had purchased extra oil, it was too late to join the feast.

Are you ready for Jesus to return? Are you ready for Revival? Spiritual preparation cannot be brought or borrowed at the last minute. Our relationship with God must be our own.

What does your relationship with God look like now? Are you serious to see Revival in Bicester?

Maybe this is God’s question to us. Spiritual preparation requires sacrifice of prayer and perseverance to pursue the God who longs to share an intimacy with us and bring revival to our church and beyond.

It is at times like this that we need to rend our hearts and go back to the start, when we first encountered Jesus, when we weren’t afraid to tell others about a God that has changed us from the inside out.

And remembering that revival is as Arthur Wallis states;

‘Divine intervention in the normal course of spiritual things. It is God revealing Himself to man in awful holiness and irresistible power. It is such a manifest working of God that human personalities are overshadowed, and human programs abandoned. It is man retiring into the background because God has taken the field. It is the Lord making bare His holy arm and working in extraordinary power on saint and sinner.’

May our prayer be;
Come Holy Spirit and prepare my heart, fanning into flame your life in me and in your Church. Amen.