Gypsy Smith was a nineteenth-century revivalist who did something unusual when he came to a new town. He’d stop on the outskirts and draw a circle in the dirt. Then he would stand inside that circle and say, “O God, please send a revival to this town, and let it begin inside this circle.” Of course, none of us need to literally draw circles anywhere; the illustration serves to remind us that Holy Spirit is wooing our hearts toward a turning point, a moment of surrender, a change of heart marking the difference between those who would pray, ‘Lord, change them’ and those with the humility to plead, ‘Lord, change me! For any revival to sweep through our churches, or for any great spiritual awakening to blaze through our communities, the work of the Spirit must begin in individual hearts. It must begin in us. As we partner with the Lord’s desire for a sweeping move of His presence at the Together Conference, and among the women of Trinity Church, let’s allow Holy Spirit to draw a circle around our hearts and let’s pray, ‘Lord, let revival begin in me.”
“For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it; You do not delight in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart—These, O God, You will not despise.” – Psalm 51:16-17
“and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.” Ephesians 4:23-24
“but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.” – John 4:14
“For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.” – 2 Chronicles 16:9a
- Revival history gives powerful evidence that revival often starts in the hearts of average people whom God prompts to pray, repent, obey, take risks, and make sacrifices.
- Begin asking the Lord to show you how to make a way for revival within your own heart. Write down what Holy Spirit speaks to you.
- Ask Holy Spirit to help you develop action plans for partnership with Him.
- The women at the Together Conference experience personal revival that remains, and spreads like a wildfire among their families, their churches and throughout their communities.
I choose revival—the life of God abiding within me and overflowing to the people and circumstances around me. As I allow the plumb line of God’s Word to prevail within me, my heart becomes a resting place for His presence and power. I surrender.