“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
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
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
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’
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
Except the Lord revive His work, the church will slumber on, and sinners will remain
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)
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.
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
"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.
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
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