How do I prepare to experience an awakening?

SUN, MAY 17, 2020 – Revelation 3:14-22

14 “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write:

These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. 15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. 17 You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. 18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.

19 Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. 20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.

21 To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne. 22 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”











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How do I prepare to experience an awakening?

MON, MAY 18, 2020 – Revelation 3:15-16

Jesus said that the people of Laodicea were neither hot, nor cold in their faith. They were lukewarm. Lukewarm is not a good place to be!

Describe the characteristics of a lukewarm faith. What can we do to overcome the pull from our world to be satisfied and not keep Jesus Christ as our first love?


A “lukewarm Christian” is not somebody only showing up on Christmas and Easter, or only on Sundays. It’s somebody who says, “God must be pleased with my devoted church attendance. What more is God requiring of you?


Read Matthew 7:22-23. Jesus said, “Only one thing is needful,” and it isn’t to do great works for Him. Jesus wants us to trust Him, rest in Him, believe in Him, see our need for Him, get to know Him, let Him get to know us. It’s called Faith. If you don’t have this kind of faith, what steps do you need to take to heat up your faith life?


PRAYER: God, we take to heart your Son’s warning not to be lukewarm in our faith. Merciful Father, make us hot! Whatever it takes, whatever it costs us, give us the Spirit-salve for my heart-eyes so that we may see what is Real, believe what is True, treasure what is Valuable, and forsake what is worthless. In the name of Jesus, Amen.


TUES, MAY 19, 2020 – Revelation 3:17-18

The people of Laodicea were self-reliant, independent, and wealthy people. They didn’t think they needed God. In America, we have such an individualistic society, and most of us live with more money and resources than people in other countries could ever even imagine.


Reflect and share on verse 17, how often in our own lives we may not say, but think, “. . . I am rich. I have prospered, and I need nothing, . . .” especially when we contrast our lives with others in more persecuted and impoverished circumstances. Reflect on ways in which you are actually poor.


What does the Lord mean in verse 18, “. . . buy from me gold refined by fire that you may be rich, white garments so that you may clothe yourself . . . and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see?” Contrast these with the thought of “poor, blind and naked” in verse 17. Isaiah 55:1-2 speaks of “buying without money”, how do we do buy gold, garments and salve from Him today?


PRAYER: God, thank you that You have invited us to come and buy gold refined in Your fire. Anoint our eyes with the eye salve that enables us to see things as You see them. We pray for an awakening in our spiritual lives! Amen.

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WED, MAY 20, 2020 – Revelation 3:19

In this verse, Jesus asks the Laodiceans to mend their ways, to be fervent about repenting. They need to turn from their lethargy and restore their relationship with God. In spite of their wretched, poor, blind, and naked condition, Jesus still loves them. God rebukes and corrects those that He loves! That is good news! We are loved.


Hebrews 12:10 says that God disciplines us for our own good. Even though this discipline might be painful, it doesn’t last forever. When we undergo discipline, we shouldn’t think that God has abandoned us. Instead, He is investing time in our spiritual education.


What sin do you need to confess today?


What commitment do you need to make in order to avoid falling back into the same sin patterns as before?

Now that God has forgiven Your sins, how can you move forward to making amends to others if necessary and forgiving yourself.

PRAYER: God, we want to say “yes” to your mind-blowing, soul-enriching, faith-strengthening, joy-increasing discipline. Do whatever it takes to draw us closer to You! Discipline us for our own good. Refine our hearts to follow only You. Amen.


THUR, MAY 21, 2020 – Revelation 3:20

John Maxwell says that this verse about Jesus knocking “has been used in countless tracts and evangelistic messages to depict Christ’s knocking on the door of the sinner’s heart, but it is broader than that. The door on which Christ is knocking is not the door to a single human heart, but to the Laodicean church. Christ was outside this apostate church and wanted to come in—something that could only happen if the people repented. The invitation is, first of all, a personal one, since salvation is individual. But He is knocking on the door of the church, calling the many to saving faith, so that He may enter the church.


On an individual level, do you hear God knocking on the door of your heart? If not, what do you need to do to prioritize prayer in your life?


As a member of Oakdale or Hannibal UMC, how can you prepare your heart for the knock of the Holy Spirit? How can you encourage others?


PRAYER: Gracious God, thank you for your forgiveness. Thank you for not abandoning us to our mistakes, but for reaching out instead to bring us home. Help convict us of sin and help us accept your mercy without shame. Help us live out Your love today. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

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FRI, MAY 22, 2020 – Isaiah 57:15

Isaiah 57:15 says, “For this is what the high and exalted One says— he who lives forever, whose name is holy: “I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.” He will revive the heart of the contrite.


Have you or anyone you know ever gone to a white tent revival? What do you think of when someone starts speaking about revival?


When was the last time you clearly sensed the presence of God and His voice in your life?


When are you setting aside time for spiritual renewal?


PRAYER: God, pour out Your Holy Spirit like a mighty flood into the hearts of all Your people – those who are called by Your name. We pray that You would revive the hearts of all believers and draw each one back into a right relationship with You and with each other. Amen.


SAT, MAY 23, 2020 – Revelation 3:21-22

Revelation 3:21-22 continues with Jesus promising that those who repent of their sin and turn from their ways will sit with Him on His throne. This promise of eternal life is something that will happen in the future, although we know that God will walk with us here and now.


Does this promise of a special place in heaven with God motivate you to repent and place God first in your life?


How do you envision a life walking in God’s footsteps? How is this different than your current life?


PRAYER: Jesus, sit in the throne of our hearts and direct us in the right path. We trust that You will do just what You have promised. Thank You for accepting us into Your Kingdom. Use us to accomplish Your will in the world and bring forth a revival among Your people. Amen.

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