Summer Prayers: Lord, bring revival
This week’s post falls between the Republican National Convention that occurred last week and the Democratic National Convention scheduled for next week. This post also falls at the conclusion of a summer class during which I became privy to the cares and concerns of the 20-somethings in our country.
I get to ride the waves of societal issues through my students, which is a good thing. Each semester the topics of conversation change. I get to hear them express their thoughts. This summer’s hot issues (no pun intended) were:
- Police brutality. It is hard to be an African American in America right now.
- An inadequate voting system. Our vote doesn’t matter. The government is just a big machine. We have no voice.
- Immigration concerns. I arrived with my parents as a toddler. Now I am in college and face laws and attitudes that threaten my future.
- Economy. We are getting these degrees, accumulating debt, then may not even get a job.
- ISIS. My Muslim friends say Islam is peaceful. Why ISIS, then? Curious. Want to understand.
The hopelessness this semester was as palatable and oppressive as the late-July sun.
My heart was more moved than usual. Maybe because we are in a presidential election year. Maybe because emotions are more raw than usual as media reports are unrelenting and visual. Maybe because I stood in front of real people with uncertain eyes and pleading voices just a few days ago.
Whatever the reason, my heart is physically pained.
One of the photos I saw this week was taken in 1961, the year I was born. Fire hoses were aimed at my beautiful African American brothers and sisters. I had to ask that the PowerPoint photo be taken down because it hung up there just a bit too long and I couldn’t bear to look at it any longer.
1961. The year I was born.
This happened so recently. Are you kidding me?
We need healing.
- We need a healing government can’t provide.
- We need a healing a new president can’t provide.
Only God can heal hearts.
We need revival.
Would you pray with me this week? “Lord, bring revival!”
Pictures: So this is what I looked like celebrating 55. As much as I appreciated the opportunity to blow out a candle and receive gifts, what I want more is the breath of God to heal my land and the gift of revival. He is the only one who can do it.
My friend Jewl has experienced a revival and just finished a two part podcast that is very well done, published on longstoryshortpodcast.com. If you want to learn more about revival, these are worth a listen.
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