Revival #2: Leonard Ravenhill on Revival God’s Way:
“For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground.” (Isaiah 44:3).
“Therefore with joy you will draw water out of the wells of salvation.” (Isaiah 12:3).
Are you thirsty for the waters of living water that come from God’s presence? The Lord has promised to send the rain of His Holy Spirit upon those who are thirsty. I want to see God glorified as He confirms His Word with mighty signs and wonders following. I had such a burden on my heart Sunday night to seek the Lord in prayer that I went down to the church to pray in the sanctuary after I put my kids in bed. I am so hungry and desperate for a real and powerful move of the Holy Spirit—I want to see revival! As I have been praying and seeking the Lord for revival, I have been doing a lot of reading on the topic of revival, and today I want to share with you some thoughts from a book called “Revival: God’s Way” by Leonard Ravenhill:
“Without exception, all true revivals of the past began after years of agonizing, hell-robbing, earth-shaking, Heaven-sent intercession. The secret to true revival in our own day is still the same. But where, oh where, are the intercessors?
When the church gets a divorce from the world and worldliness; when we can ignore so-called Christian entertainers who attempt to combine Hollywood and holiness; when we cease from the strivings of the flesh and recognize that the Bible written yesterday is also for today and tomorrow and that it alone has the formula for revival; we shall at least have started on the road to the reformation in the church, which must precede the true spiritual awakening which alone can save our generation.
“Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.” (Psalm 100:2). But does the Bible say, “Sing without ceasing?” Or did Jesus say, “Men ought always to sing and not to faint?” Yet today we have gone overboard on singing. Some of us older souls remember when whole nights were given to prayer in the church. There are churches with a Senior Pastor, Associate Pastor, Music Pastor, or Youth Pastor, but where, oh where, is a church with a Pastor of Prayer?
AS we look back over the track of earthly life, we shall see that we mistook the pond of church programs for the vast ocean of undiscovered blessing with its hidden gold.
How in the light of a growing world population and a half-paralysed church can we be tearless in our personal or church prayer times? There are more lost souls on this planet earth at this moment than ever in history. What a challenge to pray to the Lord of the harvest to send forth labourers! Yet, how can they hear without a soul-hot preacher declaring that this generation of believers is responsible for this generation of lost multitudes.
The God of holiness and eternal majesty is hardly mentioned these days. The preachers used to declare with holy boldness to the pew dwellers, “You are lost.” Today, it is, “You are loved.”
This particular quote really impacted me: There was a time when people went to church to meet God. Now they go to hear a sermon about Him.
The church right now has more fashion than passion, is more pathetic and prophetic, is more superficial than supernatural… We are living in a day when the walls of the house of the Lord are broken down, where our youth are more than singed with the fires of worldliness and secret sin. But few of us battle against satanic power.”
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Today I want to challenge you to continue to stand in agreement with me in prayer for the Lord to send revival to the church of our Lord Jesus Christ. And when you go to church on Sunday, don’t just go to listen to a sermon about God—go there expecting to meet with Him!
Pastor Chris Jordan