Jonah 2:7 “When my soul fainted within me, I remembered the Lord; and my prayer went up to You, into Your holy temple.”
God told Jonah to go and preach to the people of Nineveh, but Jonah boarded a boat and went in the opposite direction. When a violent storm hit, the sailors cried out to their gods. But Jonah told them, “Throw me into the sea; then the sea will become calm for you. For I know that this great tempest is because of me” (Jonah 1:12).
You know the rest of the story. They followed Jonah’s advice, and the Lord brought a “great fish” to swallow Jonah. I have to say Jonah was very stubborn. He spent three days and nights inside the fish’s stomach, wrapped in seaweed, swimming in stomach acids, and humidity like you wouldn’t believe. Yet he refused to budge.
Eventually, Jonah came to his senses. He prayed in the belly of the fish, he had a personal revival. Jonah was ready to do what God had called him to do. He was revived and recommissioned by God.
First God sent revival to Jonah, then Jonah brought revival to Nineveh. That is because nothing can happen through us until it first happens to us. It starts with us.
If you want to raise your children in the way of the Lord, then make sure you are walking in the way of the Lord. They will listen to your bedtime stories and mini-sermons, but they will be watching your life to see if you live that out. Some things are taught but most things are caught.
If you want to tell people you work with about Jesus, then make sure you are a model of what it is to follow Christ. Revival starts with you and me.