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On Wednesday Night, March 19th, we will have a discussion about REVIVAL. Lately, I’ve heard several people talking about the need for revival, or praying for revival, or anticipating a revival in our nation. What would a revival look like? The word “Revival” means many things to many people. Down in the South, revival has come to mean a few days of church meetings with a guest speaker and special music.
In the Bible, revival is much more than a few days of church meetings. Revival meant a spiritual awakening in the heart of the people of God who realized that they had strayed from their covenant with God and things were not going well and they desperately needed to reconnect with Him. This kind of revival is what King Solomon was praying about (and God answered his prayer) in 2Ch 7:14 “if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. This is also the kind of revival that Habakkuk was praying for in Hab 3:2 “O LORD, revive Your work in the midst of the years! In the midst of the years make it known; In wrath remember mercy.”
What does a REAL revival look like? One example is the Welsh Revival of 1904. Scottish Presbyterian preacher James Burns (who lived during that time) records some of the action in his book The Laws of Revival. “The nation [of Wales] had drifted far from God and spiritual conditions were at the lowest. Church attendance was pitiably poor and practices of immorality and sinful indulgence abounded on every hand. Suddenly, through the power of prayer, like an unexpected tornado, the power of God moved in and swept over the land. Churches were crowded with 3 services every day lasting from 10 am to 12 midnight… there was singing, testimonies, and prayer. There were no hymnbooks, no offerings, no advertising – but everybody sang… Nothing had ever come over Wales with such mighty, far-reaching results. [Unbelievers] were converted. Drunks, thieves, and thugs by the hundreds were born again. Multitudes of the most respected and socially prominent were converted. Old debts were paid, theaters and pubs closed, and the mules in the mines refused to work, being unused to the transformed attitudes of the workers, nor were they thereafter required to work on the Lord’s Day.”
As we prepare to talk about REVIVAL on Wednesday Night, please check the question below:
Do you expect to see a Great Revival during your lifetime?
- No (60%, 9 Votes)
- Yes (27%, 4 Votes)
- Not Sure (13%, 2 Votes)
Total Voters: 15