With the coming of the New Year, the Lord gives us a new yearning for His kingdom. As we clean out our homes from the revelries of Christmas, we sweep pine needles over the thresholds and greet a new beginning.
We pray that this year, O Lord, the long-awaited revival that our region needs so desperately will begin in earnest. We have learned about the Great Awakenings of the 18th and 19th centuries, and we remember how evangelists like Billy Graham stirred hearts in the 20th. But now our corner of the country, once the cradle of American Christianity, has grown cold to the gospel, ignorant of its heritage, deaf to truth, and blind to the emptiness of life in a postmodern, post-Christian society.
We yearn for revival, Lord. Let it be this year.