Spiritual Practice


Levi Himes & Tynea Lewis

Before the Spring revival, I was excited to see what God would do and anxious for those who would start flooding to the altar in prayer. I expected God to work in the lives of all who surrounded me. I was so focused on them that I overlooked the possibility that I was the one who needed work. The first night of the revival, my heart became heavy as I recalled sins I previously thought were no big deal.

Restore us to yourself, O Lord, that we may be restored.
Lamentations 5:21a (NRSV)

I realized that even a small sin could separate me from God. By the end of the service, I was walking down the aisle toward the altar, in tears, crying out to God. On the last day, as I knelt at the altar to pray, I felt God moving in my life. I rose and proclaimed to the congregation that God’s love had brought me to my knees and had restored me.

—Levi Himes, 21


REFLECT: Restoration is allowing God to strip away the layers of junk we have accumulated in order to bring out the masterpiece that has been hidden inside. The process is not always enjoyable, but the end result is stunning. God wants to get rid of all the dirt and grime in our lives so that we can shine for the Lord. By allowing God to restore us, we are welcoming God to make us more like Christ.

—Tynea Lewis

—from devozine (July/August 2015). Copyright © 2015 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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