I encourage you to read Psalm 145. Verse 4 says, “One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts.” It is very important - even commanded - that we pass on the mighty acts of God to the next generation. We, as parents and grandparents, have the responsibility of communicating the truth of God’s Word to our offspring. We are to show the generations to come the praises of the Lord, and His strength, & His wonderful works that He has done (Ps 78:4). We are to “set up monuments” of God’s works (Josh 4:6-7). If we don’t, our children and grandchildren will forget God, and suffer the consequences (Judge 2:10-13).
However, as important as this is, we should not stop there. We should desire and pray for God to do mighty works IN OUR DAY. Let us cry out in prayer as Habakkuk did (Hab 3:2), “O Lord, revive thy work in the midst of years!” In the middle of what years do we want and need revival? In the middle of OUR years! Give us revival now, in this time! Yes, God has forgiven our iniquity and covered our sin in Jesus; but will He not revive us again, that we may rejoice in Him (Ps 85:2, 6)? Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the LORD; awake, as in the ancient days, in the generations of old… (see Isa 51:9-11).
John Gill says this concerning these verses:… “a prayer of the prophet, or it may be rather of the church represented by him; and are addressed either to God the Father, who, when he does not immediately appear on the behalf of his people, is thought by them to be asleep, though he never slumbers nor sleeps, but always keeps a watchful eye over them; but this they are not apprehending, call upon him to "awake"; which is repeated, to show their sense of danger, and of their need of him, and their vehement importunity; and that he would clothe himself with strength, and make it visible, exert his power, and make bare his arm on their behalf…. awake, as in the ancient days, in the generations of old; which is mentioned not only as an argument to prevail with the Lord that he would do as he had formerly done; but as an argument to encourage the faith of the church, that as he had done, he could and would still do great things for them”.
Matthew Henry says this: … “He that keeps Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps; but, when we pray that he would awake, we mean that he would make it to appear that he watches over his people and is always awake to do them good. The arm of the Lord is said to awake when the power of God exerts itself with more than ordinary vigor on his people's behalf… God needs not to be reminded nor excited by us, but He gives us (permission) to be humbly earnest with Him for such appearances of his power as will be for His own praise. “Put on strength,” that is, “put forth strength: appear in Thy strength…” The church sees her case bad, her enemies many and mighty, her friends few and feeble; and therefore she depends purely upon the strength of God's arm for her relief. “Awake, as in the ancient days,” that is, “do for us now as thou didst for our fathers formerly, repeat the wonders they told us of,” … They plead precedents, the experiences of their ancestors, and the great things God had done for them. “Let the arm of the Lord be made bare on our behalf; for it has done great things formerly in defense of the same cause, and we are sure it is neither shortened nor weakened.”
We see this principle in the New Testament as well. We want revival, first and foremost, that the Name of Jesus will be exalted in all the earth! That God‘s holy Name would be glorified in every place! Act 4:29-33 - And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word, (30) By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus. (31) And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.
Are our hearts not broken? Are we not grieved that sin abounds, & Jesus is not worshipped and exalted? Psa 119:136- Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because they keep not thy law. Psa 119:53- Horror hath taken hold upon me because of the wicked that forsake thy law.. Psa 119:158- I beheld the transgressors, and was grieved; because they kept not thy word. God marks those who sigh and weep for all of the abominations done in our midst (Ezek 9:4). Jesus was grieved for the hardness of Man's heart; He wept over Jerusalem.
We should pray, as in Psa 71:18 “Oh God, may I show Your power and strength to this generation before I die! You are the same God of Moses & Abraham! Of Elijah & David! Of Peter & Paul! Of Edwards, Whitefield, Wesley, & Finney! Do Your work here O Lord! Revive Your work here! Show Yourself strong! Do in our day what You did in their day! I love the stories, but I want my own stories! Fresh manna, fresh oil, fresh filling! Let’s lift our hearts and hands to heaven (Lam 3:40-41), and pray for God to do a mighty work in OUR day, as in the days of old! Pray everyday! Pray with all of your heart! Pray expecting to be heard and rewarded! Pray for a monumental revival before the coming of the Great Day of The Lord! Until next time, rejoice in The Lord!