This past Friday night and Saturday we spent thirty hours worshiping God and asking him to revive us and grow us so that we may be mighty and mature in Him. We prayed, proclaimed, praised, and preached, and my heart is full. As I participated in the worship service this weekend, I asked God to reveal themes that were in common throughout the thirty hours that we can take with us in the days, weeks, and months to come.

The primary theme I saw was that of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit was mentioned in many of the messages we heard this weekend. The Holy Spirit resides in the believer, and we need to depend on Him for guidance. The Holy Spirit is powerful and we have access to Him, but far too often we rely on our own leading rather than the Spirit. A life submitted to the Spirit’s control will yield the fruit God desires. The Spirit was not only taught on but His presence was felt. It was evident through the way the speakers’ messages flowed well together and the way worship ministered to many.

The second theme that stood out to me was that of seeking after God for revival. It was evident throughout the prayer, proclamation, and teaching and seen in the expressions of those who attended. The pursuit of God reminded me of a Psalm of David, chapter 63, verse 1 which says, “You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.” May I desire God as David did, thirsting after him, seeking after him with all my heart.

The third theme that stood out to me was that we need to take our next step in faith and God will see us through. Hebrews 11:6 says, “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” What is God asking you to do in faith? Will you be bold and courageous enough to start that business, have that conversation, make that change, or whatever else God is calling you to do? I want God to show me the whole plan in advance, but often he shows us only the next step. I am trying to be faithful and trust God one step at a time.

My prayer for you and me is that we depend on the Spirit’s leading as we step out in faith. May we pursue God with our lives and may he revive our souls.