They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.  Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles.  All the believers were together and had everything in common.  Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need.  Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts.  They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people.  And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.  Acts 2: 42-47

Do you remember being in a service where you felt the Holy Spirit descending upon the groups of gatherers and saw the miracles that followed?  I wish that I could say that every Sunday morning worship service was this way for me, but it’s not.  There have been a few overwhelming services like this for me — often in very small groups of very close believers like the believers in the early church.  Yet, I know that God wants this sincere worship from me each time that I approach His throne.

My heart has been longing for a revival – a personal and a corporate revival.  I want to see the Holy Spirit moving in my lives and in my church just like the church in Acts.  This sense of revival was personal with members aligning themselves with God.  The sense of revival was also corporate with a sense of oneness among the members.  Over the next few blogs I’m going to look at each of these concepts in more detail.  I want to fully explore how a person invites and embraces God’s revival in their heart and in their church.  I want to experience this in my life, my worship, and my church.

My prayer for this revival is simple.  Lord Jesus, come.  Prune me as I need to be pruned so that my vine best communes with you.  Use me in the body of Christ as you would use me.  Remove me so that I can be full of You.  Amen and Amen.

Join me as we explore the personal and the corporate changes that need to happen to measure up to God’s standards for our lives and for our church.  Revive me again!

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