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“Sinned as we have as a nation, yet to our sin we have added pride in our sinning. The world has lost the power to blush over its vice; the church has lost her power to weep over it.” Leonard Ravenhill   New for June 09

 

"There can be no revival apart from the Holy Ghost; He is the author of every Heaven-sent movement."  James Alexander Stewart  New for March 09

 

"We must continue in prayer if we are to get an outpouring of the Spirit. Christ says there are some things we shall not get, unless we pray and fast, yes, "prayer and fasting." We must control the flesh and abstain from whatever hinders direct fellowship with God."  Andrew A. Bonar New for June 08

 

"This much is sure in all churches, forgetting party labels; the smallest meeting numerically is the prayer- meeting. If weak in prayer we are weak everywhere."  Leonard Ravenhill New for October 07

 

"The nature of Christ's salvation is woefully misrepresented by the present-day evangelist. He announces a Saviour from hell rather than a Saviour from sin. And that is why so many are fatally deceived, for there are multitudes who wish to escape the Lake of fire who have no desire to be delivered from their carnality and worldliness."  A. W. Pink New for October 07

 

Praying substituted for obedience?

"Have you noticed how much praying for revival has been going on of late - and how little revival has resulted? I believe the problem is that we have been trying to substitute praying for obeying, and it simply will not work. To pray for revival while ignoring the plain precept laid down in Scripture is to waste a lot of words and get nothing for our trouble. Prayer will become effective when we stop using it as a substitute for obedience."  A. W. Tozer  New for October 07

 

"From the Day of Pentecost, there has been not one great spiritual Awakening in any land which has not begun in a union of prayer, though only among two or three; and no such outward or upward movement has continued after such prayer meetings have declined." Arthur . T Pierson New for September 07

 

The Place of Prayer in Revival

“It is God’s will through His wonderful grace, that the prayers of His saints should be one of the great principal means of carrying on the designs of Christ’s kingdom in the world. When God has something very great to accomplish for His church, it is His will that there should precede it the extraordinary prayers of His people; as is manifest by Ezekiel 36:37. and it is revealed that, when God is about to accomplish great things for His church, He will begin by remarkably pouring out the spirit of grace and supplication (see Zechariah 12:10).”

Jonathan Edwards, Thoughts on the Revival in New England (1740) New for September 07

 

Why we need revival:

“It presupposes that the church is sunk down in a backslidden state, and a revival consists in the return of the church from her backslidings, and in the conversion of sinners.

1. A revival always includes conviction of sin on the part of the church.

2. Backslidden Christians will be brought to repentance. A revival of God is nothing else than a a new beginning of obedience to God.

3. Christians will have their faith renewed. They will be filled with tender and burning love for souls.

4. A revival breaks the power of the world and of sin over Christians,

5. When churches are thus awakened and reformed, the reformation and salvation of sinners will follow.” Charles Grandison Finney, Lectures on Revivals of Religion, (Manchester: Simpkin, Marshall, 1840), pp. 6-7. New for August 07

 

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We need the work of the Holy Spirit as well as the work of Christ; we need renewal of the heart as well as atoning blood. J. C. Ryle, Holiness, Edited by R. Backhouse, (London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1996) p.53. New for August 07

 

“When did you last hear anyone praying for revival, praying that God might open the windows of heaven and pour out His Spirit? When did you last pray for that yourself? I suggest seriously that we are neglecting this almost entirely. We are guilty of forgetting the authority of the Holy Spirit. We are so interested in ourselves and in our own activities that we have forgotten the one thing that can make us effective. By all means let us continue to pray for the particular efforts, for the minister, and his preaching every Sunday, for all essential organizations and for evangelistic campaigns, if we feel led to have them. But before it all, and after it all, let us pray and plead for revival. When God sends revival He can do more in a single day than in fifty years of all our organization. That is the verdict of sheer history which emerges clearly from the long story of the Church.

D.M. Lloyd-Jones, Authority, (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 1984) p. 93f

 

"A revival is something that can never be arranged and organized by men. A revival is the result of the direct action of the Holy Ghost in authority and power. A revival does not just mean preaching the gospel with the result that a number of people are converted. A revival means the Holy Ghost descending upon a Church or a community or a countryside in power and in might, in an unmistakable manner, breaking men down, and perhaps even casting them physically to the ground. It leads to agonies of repentance and longings for Christ and for peace and salvation. That is what is meant by revival."

D.M. Lloyd-Jones, Authority, (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 1984) p. 93

 

This (revival) is the greatest need today, indeed it is the only hope. Let us therefore decide that day by day, and many times during the day, we will spend time before God pleading for revival… Let us remind ourselves that the God who in the past has come suddenly and unexpectedly upon the dying Church and raised her to a new period of life and victory can do the same still, that his arm is not shortened, nor his power in any sense diminished. Let us wait upon Him, let us plead with Him, let us learn to agonize in prayer and let our one prayer be:

Revive Thy work, O Lord,

Thy mighty arm make bare;

Speak with the voice that wakes the dead.

And make Thy people hear.”

‘O Lord, I have heard Thy speech, and was afraid: O Lord, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy’ (Habakkuk 3:2)

D.M. Lloyd-Jones, Authority, (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 1984) p. 93f

 

“But when we came to public prayer, the Holy Spirit seemed to come into the congregation like a mighty rushing wind, carrying all before it. I had not long begun before several young men and maidens, old men and children, were all dissolved in tears, and mourning after Jesus. I believe there were scarcely half a dozen in the whole congregation who were not deeply affected.”

George Whitefield, The Journals of George Whitefield, 6th June 1741.

 

"The revival at first chiefly appeared among professors and those that had entertained the hope that they were in a state of grace, to whom Mr Whitefield chiefly addressed himself; but in a very short time there appeared an awakening and deep concern among some young persons that looked upon themselves as in a Christless state; and there were some hopeful appearances of conversion, and some professors were greatly revived. In about a month or six weeks there was a great alteration in the town, both as to the revival of the professors, and awakening of others. By the middle of December a very considerable work of God appeared among those that were very young; and the revival of religion continued to increase; so that in the spring, an engagedness of spirit about things of religion was become very general among young people and children, and religious subjects almost wholly took up their conversation when together.

L. Tyreman, Life of Whitefield, Vol 1, p. 429.

 

“The prophet’s only hope was in God. Hence he fervently prayed, “LORD, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, O LORD. Renew them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy.” Here he comes to grips with the reality that revival cannot be worked up but is a work of God. Any reviving influence must come from above. Zechariah, the prophet also recognised this 4:6 the word of the LORD [came] to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty. When one can silence the stormy tempest or turn back the tide of the oceans, then one can turn back the tide of worldliness and sin that rolls over the land. Man’s arm is not long or strong enough to pick sinners as brands from the burning of hell-fire – nor his voice powerful enough to waken men from their impending spiritual peril.

Except the Lord revive His work, the church will slumber on, and sinners will remain unconverted.

No persuasions of a Paul, no eloquence of an Apollos, no tender entreaties of a personal friend, no tears of a loving parent or spouse can change the heart of a man.”  (Unknown source - on Habakkuk 3.2)

 

 

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Scriptures to encourage you in prayer.

 

Promises to those who feel the need to seek God:

 

On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, 'If anyone thirsts let him come to me and drink. He who believes in me, as the Scripture has said. Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.'   John 7:37-38.

 

For thus says the High and Lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is holy: I dwell in the high and holy place, with him who has a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. Isaiah 57:15.

 

For personal renewal:

 

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your Presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me with Your generous spirit. Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners shall be converted to You.    Psalm 51:10-13.

 

"Ever since the time of your forefathers you have turned away from my decrees and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you," says the LORD Almighty. Malachi 3:7.

 

For revival of the church:

 

Will You not revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in You?   Psalm 85:6.

 

That the Lord may renew His work:

 

O Lord I have heard Your speech and was afraid; O Lord, revive Your work in the midst of the years! In the midst of the years make it known; in wrath remember mercy.    Habakkuk 3:2.

 

For the nation:

 

For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants.   Isaiah 44:3.

 

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