The Book of Habakkuk

“Lord, Send A Revival”

by Pastor Frank J. Cuozzo

Lesson 11 - “O Lord, Revive Thy Work”

Pastor Frank Cuozzo

Habakkuk 3:1-2, “A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet upon Shigionoth. O LORD, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O LORD, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy.”

We’re continuing our series on the Old Testament prophet Habakkuk. God was not only going to judge the nation of Israel because of her backsliding, but He was also going to judge Babylon as well for the great wickedness and sin of this former great national power.

King Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonians had great pride in what they had accomplished as a nation. In Habakkuk’s day, Babylon became known as the strongest nation in all of the world. The problem was that they had accomplished all of that by destroying everything and everyone that got in their way.

In Habakkuk chapter three, the prophet declares, “O Lord, revive thy work.” The great need of Habakkuk’s day and the great need of our day is for God’s people to be revived. Revival does not come to churches; they first come to individuals and then hopefully spread through the church.

Remember that Habakkuk was standing on the eve of the captivity of his nation. The nation of Judah was a tiny nation in the eyes of the world but this is where God’s people were and where God chose to make Himself known to the rest of the world in the Old Testament. In our New Testament churches today, God also wants to make Himself known. The truth is that this will not happen unless we have a revival.

The only hope for our nation and really for the world is for God’s people to be revived. If we believe that the only hope for our nation and world is for revival among God’s people, then we who know the Lord as Savior hold the key to hope.

I certainly do not believe that revival will come to a church that does not believe the Bible. I also do not believe that revival will come to a people who do not know the Lord as Savior. Dr. Vance Havner used to say that, “You can’t have revival until you have “Vival.” This simply means that you must have “life” before that life can be revived. Those who are spiritually dead cannot have revival!

The nation of Judah was about to be taken captive. Sin abounded in the lives of God’s people and God was about to pass judgment on them. God was not going to change His mind. This calamity was inescapable. Judah was going into captivity and the prophet said, “The only thing that we can do is ask God for a revival among His people.”

America is a nation that is sure to face the judgment of a Holy God. It is inescapable and inevitable. Our nation will be judged for her sins and the only hope that we have is for God’s people to rise up and be revived in these last days. Our prayer like Habakkuk’s must be, “O Lord, revive thy work!” When we come to Habakkuk chapter three, we see the prophet’s cry for revival. Let’s look at three things here,

#1) The Burden For Revival.

Once again Habakkuk 3:1 says, “A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet upon Shigionoth.” This word used here “Shigionoth” means an expression of profound and strong emotion. It means that Habakkuk came with a heart so burdened and so broken that he couldn’t go anywhere else but to God! Remember Habakkuk 1:1 said, “The burden which Habakkuk the prophet did see.”

And so Habakkuk prayed and cried out to God. True revival always begins with heartfelt prayer to God. Revival will only happen when we pray and cry out to God because we are burdened to see God work like He has in the past and still can in the present. We must do what 2 Chronicles 7:14  says, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

We looked at the burden for revival,

#2) The Basis of Revival.

Habakkuk 3:2 says, “O Lord, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid.” All revival begins with God and the fear of the Lord is a vital part of revival. Habakkuk said he heard God speak and he was afraid. Speaking about sinful men, Paul wrote in Romans 3:18, “There is no fear of God before their eyes.” You see as Habakkuk realized what was about to happen to his nation, his heart was stirred. The fear of the Lord caused him to respond in obedience and service.

The Bible teaches us that Jesus Christ is coming again. This is a Biblical certainty. Hebrews teaches that we all have an appointed time to die. If the Lord doesn’t come soon, we will all face death. We all have the same kind of appointment. If we ever intend to do anything for the Lord, we had better do it now! The basis for revival is for God’s people to pray and call upon Him because they know His word and they fear Him.

We looked at the burden for revival and the basis for revival,

#3) The Blessing of Revival.

The prayer of Habakkuk in Habakkuk 3:2 is very revealing. He said, “In the midst of years make known; in wrath remember mercy.” Habakkuk recognized that God’s judgment was coming and that God’s wrath could not be removed. We cannot change the coming wrath of an Almighty God, but we can pray that the Lord would remember mercy.

This is our hope! That God will be merciful towards us. This means that if He does not clean up everything in our town, we are still to be merciful and that He is still able to bless our outreach and various ministries. This means that if the drug situation continues to worsen that in the midst of it all we can pray, “God, please remember mercy!” This is the blessing of revival. In the midst of all of His wrath, God will remember mercy.

Let’s pray.

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