Praying for a Sexual Revival

Satan doesn’t just want to destroy marriages; he wants to destroy God’s holiness

Revival. It sounds like an old-fashioned word, doesn't it? Maybe that's because we've never seen one in our lifetime. Revival is when God's Spirit is poured out on his people and many, many are changed. It happens when we commit ourselves to earnestly seek the Lord and obey him 100 percent. Revival is what happens when the church stops playing only defense and determines to play offense—to take ground back from the enemy.

There is no battlefield fiercer than sexuality. Satan has his claws in every area of sex from the little girls abused by their fathers, to the millions of men and women hooked on porn, to the wife who resents her husband's sexual needs, to the woman who constantly feels sexually rejected by her husband.

This was key for me to understand: Satan doesn't just want to destroy marriages by tainting sex—he wants to destroy the holiness of God.

Sexual intimacy between a husband and a wife is the primary metaphor the Bible uses to express God's desire for his people and their holiness. From the "leaving and cleaving" in Genesis to the wedding feast in Revelation, the marriage covenant sealed by sexual fidelity is present throughout all of Scripture. When we understand sex as it is meant to be experienced, we will have a deeper understanding of God. Did you know that the Hebrew word for sexual intimacy, yada, is the same word used to describe the deep "knowing" God wants to have with his people?

Psalm 139 speaks of this knowing:

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Juli Slattery

Juli Slattery is a TCW regular contributor and blogger. A widely known clinical psychologist, author, speaker, and broadcast media professional, she co-founded Authentic Intimacy and is the co-author of Passion Pursuit: What Kind of Love Are You Making?

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