i wanted to write something down again: do you notice that temptation at the start of a blog post to write something that grabs the reader? Well, I thought I wouldn’t succumb tonight.
Perhaps if we genuinely write for ourselves, then someone else may find it useful. Where am I at spiritually then? I know that I have not experienced genuine revival. Yet. But I am actually more privileged than I realise in knowing a very powerful level of God’s reality in my life. Not everyone has the gift of tongues. I have it, and yet I am even blasé about it. I just realised this earlier tonight: I said to my son, shall I pray for you in tongues tonight? He was keen for me to do so, and so I did. He tried to copy and speak a little in tongues himself (he is eight years old).
Children like to copy what is good. There is a purity about children that shows where the Father is. He is a perfect father unlike me. I explained to my son that I didn’t actually know what I was praying when I prayed in tongues, but that I was thinking of him as I prayed. I then said: I’ll pray in English too so that you know what I’ve said, and did so. After praying in tongues, it helped refresh my prayer for him.
Coming back to revival, I have been aware of the challenge of living in personal revival for a number of years, and have made some progress in it. Enough to be more repentant and broken. Enough to be less guilty! Enough to desire more of the revealed word of God in my life with an ache and a longing.
There is nothing more important than communing with Jesus. After a difficult day today, I have found my refuge in the Bible, in the Lord, in enjoying Him. Run to Him when you don’t know where else to turn. He will refresh you and fill you with joy.
The deepest and best joy is in our daily service, whether for our family, in our job, or just in the daily routine. It is a delight to have things to do (to paraphrase Screwtape from C.S.Lewis) that do not upset the Father in the least. In fact, just as I delight in seeing my toddler rush around, whatever he is doing, so the Father takes pleasure in seeing us up and about, heart attuned to the dove of the Spirit, about our daily business, and looking up for His smile and nudge.