A prayer for revival

By Liza Kittle

In a few weeks, over 8,000 women will be calling out to God for revival. Anne Graham Lotz, founder of AnGeL Ministries and daughter of the Rev. Billy Graham, will bring her “Just Give Me Jesus” conference to Augusta, Georgia, on September 21–22. This conference is billed as a means of “reviving the hearts of women across the area by experiencing a fresh encounter with Jesus” (justgivemejesusaugusta.org).

One of only two of these conferences being offered in the United States in 2012, it is generating tremendous excitement. Called “the best preacher in the family” by her father, Anne’s goal for these revivals is “to fan into flame your love of Jesus…calling people into a personal relationship with God through His Word.” We are praying expectantly that this event will have a phenomenal and far-reaching impact.

After witnessing the confusion and chaos of General Conference 2012 this past May, Renew prays that the entire United Methodist Church will seek this type of revival. A revival that brings us to our knees, renews our hearts, and restores our purpose as a church.

The disruptive protests and rule violations of some groups, the failure of the UM restructuring plan, and the lack of efficient time management were a few indicators that we are a broken church in desperate need of refocus and revival.

While the conference did not achieve the restructuring plan deemed so important for the sustainability of the UM Church, the separation of the Women’s Division from the General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM) was passed.

Disappointingly, Renew’s legislation to allow for the affirmation of other women’s ministries in addition to UMW, which overwhelmingly passed in legislative committee by a vote of 47–5, was never brought before the entire conference for a vote. This was also the fate of over 150 pieces of legislation due to time constraints. Renew believes the committee passage was indicative of church support for other women’s ministries.

What would revival bring? Psalm 85 tells us exactly what the Lord will do when revival comes. “For He will speak peace to His people and to His saints,” and “Truth shall spring out of the earth, and righteousness shall look down from heaven,” and “righteousness will go before Him and shall make His footsteps our pathway” (Ps. 85: 8, 11, 13). The Lord will bring peace, truth, and righteousness when
revival comes.

Renew desires peace for the women of the UM Church — peace to be able to discover who they are in Christ and God’s calling on their lives. Peace from the brokenness in their hearts that binds them and inhibits their walk with Jesus. Peace that comes from an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.

Renew desires truth for the women of the UM Church — a biblical truth through the study of God’s Word. Women don’t want new-age ideologies or a watered-down gospel. As Denis Kinlaw writes, “One thing should encourage us. The graveyard of human history has many stones to mark the passing of various ideologies that have for a time enamored the human spirit. One marker is not there. It is the marker for historic biblical faith, which lives and will continue to do so, for God’s Word
is eternal.”

Renew desires righteousness for the women of the UM Church — righteousness that only God can impart as we put our faith in Jesus, believe and trust in His promises, and walk with Him in humble obedience.

Join Renew as we pray for revival in our hearts, families, churches, and denomination, and throughout this land so that the whole world will know peace, truth, and righteousness through His mercy and grace

Liza Kittle is the President of the Renew Women’s Network (www.renewnetwork.org) P.O. Box 16055, Augusta, GA 30919; telephone: 706-364-0166; lkittle@renewnetwork.org.