One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in his temple. —Psalm 27:4
Your Challenge: Make your personal devotional time with the Lord a way of life.
If you only asked the Lord for one thing, what would it be? What’s at the forefront of your mind right this moment that you would ask of Him?
Would that one thing be to dwell in God’s presence? David’s was.
One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in his temple. (Ps. 27:4)
What if we had the same desire as David: to dwell with God every day, to soak in His beauty, and to discover more of Him? To seek Him simply to be with Him.
Prioritizing a personal devotional life, spending consistent time each day dwelling with the Lord, is the key to revival becoming a way of life. He transforms our hearts and minds as we seek Him all the days of our life.
Look Up: Seeking Him in Praise
Every morning you get to spend time with the Creator of the universe. Let that be your thought the next time you reach for the snooze button or stumble out of bed to turn on the coffee. Spend some time praising God for the opportunity to be in His presence.
Look In: Seeking Him for Our Own Hearts
As you make a habit of dwelling with the Lord each day, pour out your heart before Him in prayer. Dig into His Word. Ask God what He wants to show you in that time. Try journaling or writing down what He reveals to you.
Look Out: Seeking Him on Behalf of Others
The more time you spend with Jesus, the more you will become like Him. Look for ways to serve others and bring a deeper awareness of His presence to your home and your community. As Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth has said:
Authentic, effective ministry always, always flows out of union and communion with God. Then, if we’re going to be effective servants of the Lord, if we’re going to have something to give to others, we have to cultivate and maintain a growing, vital, intimate love relationship with Christ.1
Reflect and Respond:
- Read Psalm 27 and Psalm 63. Take some time to pause and behold the beauty of the Lord.
- When do you meet with the Lord? Listen to this podcast for some practical ways to develop a daily devotional life.
Life is full of “mountaintops” and “valleys,” but let’s face it—the majority of life happens in the seemingly mundane moments. Whether you’re washing dishes, running errands, or making the morning commute, every moment is an invitation to seek the Lord in prayer.
Seeking Him doesn’t just happen in the “big” moments. The challenge to seek Him for revival isn’t over with this final email. By turning our face to Him daily, surrendering our fleshly will, and responding to His Spirit in obedience—this is how revival begins.
We hope this challenge has impacted you in mighty ways as you’ve recognized the joy that comes from asking the Lord to send revival.
We started by reflecting on God’s power to reveal Himself to us, bringing remarkable revival. This begins through a simple action from us: seek Him.
You who seek God, let your hearts revive. (Ps. 69:32)
We poured out our prayers for revival in three ways that you can continue:
- Look Up: Pause and give thanks. Remember the One you are praising.
- Look In: Pray for revival in your own heart. Ask God to work in you.
- Look Out: Pray for corporate revival and for the ways God is revealing Himself on a broader spectrum.
Our hope is that you continue seeking Him in prayer today, tomorrow, and for the rest of your life.
Go deeper in your relationship with the Lord through Seeking Him: Experiencing the Joy of Personal Revival. In the form of a personal workbook, a small group study, audio sets, or DVD videos, this newly refreshed and updated study will walk you even further through elements of personal revival.
1 Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth, “A Daily Devotional Life, Day 1,” Revive Our Hearts, January 4, 2016. https://www.reviveourhearts.com/podcast/revive-our-hearts/daily-devotional-life-day-1/