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True Revival

“The radical element in testimony and life that once made Christians hated by the world is missing from present-day evangelicalism. Christians were once revolutionists—moral, not political—but we have lost our revolutionary character. It is no longer either dangerous or costly to be a Christian. Grace has become not free, but cheap. We are busy these days proving to the world that they can have all the benefits of the Gospel without any inconvenience to their customary way of life. It’s ‘all this, and heaven too.’

This description of modern Christianity, while not universally applicable, is yet true of an overwhelming majority of present-day Christians. For this reason it is useless for large companies of believers to spend long hours begging God to send revival. Unless we intend to reform we may as well not pray. Unless praying men have the insight and faith to amend their whole way of life to conform to the New Testament pattern there can be no true revival.”

—A.W. Tozer in
“Keys to the Deeper Life”

My prayer this week: It cost you dearly to love me, Jesus. You gave your life in exchange for mine. It was a revolutionary act of salvation — and you require the same of me — today. Help me daily take up my cross and follow you, committed to the Gospel with my hopes, dreams, possessions, passions — even my very life. Reform my thinking and revive the depth of my faith in you!