Turning the Father's Heart
The biggest revival in the history of the world is simmering just under the surface in Judea. It is getting ready to explode. A faithful priest is doing his duty when an angel shows up in the temple during the hour of incense. The elderly Zacharias is startled and afraid at the appearance but is even more startled at the words of the angel: “You are going to have a son. Call him John. He is going to be filled with the Holy Spirit even in his mother’s womb. He will turn many in Israel to God. He will have the same power and spirit that Elijah had on him and turn the hearts of the fathers to the children. He will make ready a people prepared for the Lord!”
John the Baptist is going to prepare the people of God for the coming of their Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ. He is going to perform this feat by the power of the Holy Ghost! There are several things the angel mentions that will prepare God’s people for Messiah. I want to draw your attention to the one Malachi also mentioned: “He will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children.”
God is getting ready to unleash the greatest outpouring of the spirit that will ever happen in human history through John and ultimately Jesus. Why does he say that hearts of the fathers will be turned to their children? Obviously, the hearts of the men of Israel were not fathering their kids. They had disconnected. With that said, what difference does it make? What does it matter?
In order for anything lasting to happen, families need to be intact. Specifically, fathers need to be in the homes instructing their sons and daughters. Fathers give a strength and authority that children must have. The fathers in Israel were having their hearts turned to their children to instruct them in the things of God so they could be prepared for the outpouring of the spirit coming to Israel.
Oh, how important our fathers are in this present day. We need for God to do a work in men to desire to impart godliness to this generation. Many are talking about revival today. However, what kind of real, lasting results of a move of the spirit would be realized with the absence of men, fathers? Statistics reflect that three out of every four suicides of U.S. teens have no father in the home. Men, fathers, our children need us. Not only our biological children. Look around. Perhaps there are some fatherless young guys in our churches that you could take under your wing and give a little time to nurture, love, and instruct their hearts. This is the work of revival. It is preparatory work. John the Baptist worked in the power of the spirit to turn the fathers to the children….to make a people prepared for the Lord’s coming.
May the Lord do a mighty work of the spirit in the hearts of men in Shawnee, Ok!