O Jehovah, revive Your work in the midst of the years; in the midst of the years make it known…
Let Your hand be upon the man of the right hand, upon the son of man whom You have strengthened for Yourself;… Revive us, and we will call upon Your name. O Jehovah of hosts, restore us; cause Your face to shine, and we will be saved.
In his prayer for revival, Habakkuk represents all God‘s elect throughout the generations [Hab. 3:2]. Among God’s elect there has always been an inspiration to be revived. Moreover, since the fall of man there has been in all creation an aspiration for revival (Romans 8:19-23). Adam’s fall brought corruption, slavery, and death into the whole creation (Romans 5:12); everything is decaying and is under the slavery of corruption. All the things that are under this slavery aspire to be revived.
We may say that this matter of revival is the “kernel” within the “shell” of the books of the Minor Prophets.
The universal need for revival, for restoration, can be met only by Christ and in Christ. Only Christ, who was resurrected on the third day (1 Cor. 15:4), is the renewing power. For the whole universe and for all mankind, Christ is the reality of the third day (John 11:25). The reality of the third day is the person of the resurrected Christ with the reality of the revival. Christ, therefore, is the element of the revival for which all creation aspires. The corruption and desolation can be swallowed up only by Christ’s resurrection. The way to experience revival is to contact Christ by repenting and confessing our sins, failures, and darkness, thereby entering into Him as the resurrection. (Hab.#:2, footnote 1)
Among God’s elect there has been an inspiration to be revived; although we may not realize it, such an inspiration has been within us through all the years of our Christian life (cf Psa. 80:17-19)