Today we invite the people of God to join us in fasting and prayer for a revival in America. Beginning at 6 am we will be giving a focus area of prayer for each hour until 10 pm. Please join us each hour in prayer. We are continuing with a heart of repentance and this hour we are focusing on our complacency.
1 pm Revival prayer focus:
This hour pray that God will reveal to His people their attitude of complacency that has contributed to the state of our nation.
Revival begins with God’s people.
In the last hour we identified that apathy and complacency are two contributing factors for how our nation has been on a spiral decline of sin over the last several generations. We looked at the role our apathy has played and confessed it to God. In this hour we want to focus on our complacency.
What exactly is complacency?
Complacency is defined as a feeling of smug or uncritical satisfaction with oneself or one’s achievements. It is one of Satan’s biggest tools to use in the lives of God’s people. Because when we become complacent, we become ineffective in God’s work. When we are complacent, we are not even aware of our own deficiencies. We live smugly with our entrance ticket into heaven and ignore the areas of sin in our lives. We can become complacent in our jobs, relationships, ambitions, and in our spiritual lives and never see the danger signs that destruction lies ahead.
How has complacency contributed to the state of America?
The danger of complacency is in how easy it is. Complacency doesn’t require discipline. It doesn’t require accountability. It doesn’t require action. When we are complacent, we just sit back, go with the flow and never stir up any waves. But that isn’t what Jesus called us to do. We are supposed to stir up the waves so that people will recognize their need for Christ and then we are to bring them to Christ. This is the idea behind Jesus telling the disciples he would make them “fishers of men.” We draw them into Christ by helping them understand their lostness and brokenness then Christ cleans them up through His shed blood and sets them free to reel in more lost and broken people. We are all called to be fishers of men.
Stirring up waves means conflict
We don’t like stirring up waves because it means conflict and we don’t like conflict. As long as we can be Christian and the world can live their way, then we don’t have to get involved. We don’t have to step on any toes. Complacency in the church then, means we avoid teaching about sin, eternal death, God’s judgement on the world, and hell. Instead, we teach that God is love and He is full of grace and forgiveness. Thankfully these are true, but by neglecting to also teach about sin and its consequences, we’ve allowed complacency to prevail.
Stirring up waves takes work
If we are going to stir up waves, then we have to be deep in Bible study. 2 Timothy 2:15 says we are study to show ourselves approved. a workman that needs not be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth. You can’t rightly divide what you don’t know.
Bible study is much more than simply reading God’s Word. We need to meditate on it, ask the Holy Spirit to give us wisdom into what we are reading. And we need to know we understand what we reading within the context of what was written. To do so, we need to understand the culture of the day. We need to know how to use Bible study tools such as commentaries, concordances, and Bible dictionaries. Studying God’s word is work, but it equips us. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, “All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”
In the early church, the majority of the disciples were killed for their faith. In America, we are still able to express our faith without fear of death. But as a melting pot of culture, there are some who are kicked out of their families for becoming a Christian. Some of us experience jeering and being made fun of. Some of us experience family and friends who turn their back on us for standing up for what we believe in. Whatever the cost may look like, you can bet that when we start stirring up spiritual waves for God’s Kingdom, Satan will counter attack. So you can be sure there will be a cost.
No room for complacency in God’s Kingdom
As people of God, we are servants of God. And servants have work to do. Each one of us are gifted and empowered to do the task that God has for us. All of us are commanded to make disciples and develop disciples. We’ve been given our marching orders and we’ve been called up to active duty. What is the task God is calling you to do?
Complacency is a Personal Problem
Everyone of us is either growing in Christ and becoming mature believers or we are drifting away. If you are not growing and maturing, then you’ve become complacent. Growing into spiritually mature believers requires a strong habit of Bible study and prayer and then applying the truths of God’s Word to our lives. We can’t be content with just enough of God’s Word that is preached to us on Sundays. If your pastor preached something that was not Biblical, how would you know it? You should be examining the scriptures for yourself. We also need to approach our Bible study with prayer first, asking the Holy Spirit to give us wisdom as we read the Bible, to speak to us through it, and help us apply what we read.
The Non-Complacent Christian
A Christian who has kicked complacency to the curb is one who hungers and thirsts for God. They are being conformed into the image of Christ. We are to press on towards God’s calling in our lives. We are called to fall on our knees in prayer every day. Our Bibles should be worn out from all the use it gets. It is a life that mirrors Christ so the world will see Him in us. We are to finish the race well. And then when our work on earth is done and we enter heaven, the non-complacent Christian will hear, “Well done! My good and faithful servant.”
“The coming revival must begin with a great prayer revival. It is in the closet, with the door shut, that the sound of abundant revival will be first heard. An increase in the secret prayer of ministers and members will be the sure herald of blessing.”Andrew Murray
Join us in prayer:
Father, I confess to you my own complacency. For not stirring up waves and being content to sit on the side lines just enjoying my fellowship with you. In my complacency, I’m guilty, in part, of the state of our nation. As laws have been passed that moved our nation away from you, I sat on the sidelines. Even though I went out to vote and cast by vote against such ungodly ideas, I did not speak up and allowed my voice to be heard. I did not call my senator, congress person, mayor to task and say, “we the people do not support this course.” As a result, Satan won that round and America declined a little more.
Father, forgive me of my complacency. Empower me to be the Your voice. Empower me with the ability to do the task you’ve sat before me and to finish the race well.
Father, we are here. The people called by your name. Today, we come to you brokenhearted, acknowledging how we, your people, have allowed this nation to turn so far away from you. And today, we ask you to revive our hearts. Revive your Church. Revive our homes, families, and marriages. Move among us. We invite you to be Lord in each one of us.
In the name of Jesus, Amen.
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