Read: Psalm 80:4-19
Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved! (v. 7)
The psalmist is longing for the restoration of God’s people to a strong spiritual condition. His desire grows in intensity. In verse 3 he says, “Restore us, O God.” In verse 7, “Restore us, O God of hosts.” And in verse 19, “Restore us, O LORD God of hosts.” He also prays, “Give us life” (v. 18).
What is the condition in our churches today? That varies. But in the United States there is a great deal of lukewarmness, of “business as usual.” In most parts of the church in the United States there is no outpouring of wholehearted prayer for a great revival. Most believers seem to be much more interested in enjoying their luxuries.
I pray every day for a great revival, a great work of the Holy Spirit throughout the church, for purer doctrine and life, for more love within each congregation, for a greater enthusiasm in spreading the wonderful gospel of Jesus Christ.
If all who read this page today would join in praying every day for a great revival, surely God would hear and answer such prayer. Commit yourself to doing just that and great things will happen in your church. Then it will make a great impact on the spiritual and moral tone of our nation and the world. —Harry Buis
As you pray, pray for revival for yourself, your church, and for all believers.
About the Author
The Rev. Harry Buis served as a Reformed Church in America pastor for 41 years, serving six congregations. He had a consuming passion for the Word of God, preached and written, and would take up his pen to share that passion at a moment’s notice. His enthusiasm for God and the Bible was his signature. Rev. Buis edited the Words of Hope daily devotional for twenty years, and wrote several books and numerous articles. He also taught as an adjunct at Hope College, Western Theological Seminary, and Kuyper College. He served the church in many capacities, and was elected President of General Synod of the RCA in 1980. Rev. Buis died of cancer in 2001.