An Article of Faith
As we continue: Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (see Matthew 5-7) clearly reveals the essential elements for personal revival. If you will live in light of these truths, you can experience daily, continuous revival. To fail to heed Christ’s words will lead to fruitlessness and despair.
Carefully read each Scripture and search your heart in light of Christ’s words that they might bring you to a greater repentance and a hunger to be conformed to the image of Christ. As you proceed, circle the areas of greatest need and seek God for cleansing through confession and repentance for revival.
Matthew 6:9 (NASB) – “Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.’” Am I acknowledging and praising God in prayer? Am I honoring His Holy name? Do my requests reflect a desire for His glory, not just a desire for my own comfort, pleasure, and good will?
Matthew 6:10 (NASB) – “‘Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven.” Am I aggressively praying for God’s kingdom – His rule and reign – to be established? Am I praying for God’s will to be done and not merely that my selfish desires be granted?
Matthew 6:11 (NASB) – “‘Give us this day our daily bread.” Am I depending upon Christ alone as the Source of my every need? Do I come to Him with every need in my life?
Matthew 6:12 (NASB) – “And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” Am I consistently dealing with sin in my life, seeking God’s cleansing and forgiveness?
Matthew 6:13 (NASB) – “And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”] Am I praying for and depending on God’s protection from temptation and deliverance from evil and the evil one?
Matthew 6:14-15 (NASB) – “For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.” Is there anyone who has sinned against me, offended me or harmed me in any way that I have not truly and fully forgiven? (Taken and adapted from: OneCry: A Nationwide Call for Spiritual Awakening. Visit www.onecry.com.)
“If My people,” declares the LORD, “who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14 NKJV.)
Jessie J. Charpentier Sr. is pastor of Jenkins Memorial Baptist Church in St. Martinville.