Give Me Children
Revival is not a luxury, but a necessity for the nation; not an alternative but an imperative. The main reason we do not have a national revival beginning with personal revival, is that we are content to live without it.
-Leonard Ravenhill (1907-1994)
How desperate are you for revival? How hungry are you for His presence? When was the last time you cried out to God with a passionate plea for more of Him? How moved with compassion are you to see the lost saved?
In this Scripture, we find that Rachel is barren and cannot have children with her husband Jacob. Rachel watches as her sister Leah has children, but yet Rachel has none. We can compare Rachel to Hannah. Hannah was also barren and was unable to have children. She came before God, and was moved with such desperation that as she prayed, her lips moved, but no sound came out. The priest thought Hannah was drunk. But she was only desperate.
In Rachel’s desperation, she cries out to Jacob, “Give me children, or else I die!” She was so grief stricken over her barrenness that she looked to her husband for a miracle that only God could provide.
Have we been lulled to sleep, and passively go through life with no urgency or desperation to produce spiritual fruit? As Christians, we are created to reproduce spiritual babies and nurture them into mature adulthood. Do you have a desperation that God might heal your spiritual womb and produce spiritual babies from your life? Do you long for spiritual children? Give me souls, Lord, lest I die!