Have you ever read or heard of some of the great revivals, where the Spirit of God so moved upon His people that all concern about anything else ceased and the body of Christ sought the face of Christ as one? Whole towns were transformed by God’s power and repentance spread through the church like wildfire. Secret sins were exposed, marriages were healed, worship became life, and the world was transfixed at the demonstration of the Spirit as it moved through God’s people.

Some of the most pronounced sinners would come unexpectedly into a church service and were brought to their knees before the preacher could even begin the message. Entire congregations would sink before the pews and cry out unashamedly for God to cleanse them and save them from hell. Work places would close on weekdays as the owners met the Living Christ, and people would actually run to the church house. Lights would burn in the windows of houses as entire families would be crying out to God led by the husband who was a drunk just a week ago.

Prayer meetings were observed every night and the taverns were closed many times for good. Diminutive preachers with very little speaking skills would be so anointed of the Spirit that in the middle of the seemingly insignificant sermon the pastor of that church and his wife would stand and loudly confess they had grown cold on God and they were begging Him for a fresh awakening in their own lives. It was not uncommon for strangers to enter the city and see people on their faces in the park, confessing their sins and interceding for entire towns, and without knowing why they were drawn to go join them, some who would not be saved until that night. The percentages of young people who were called into the minitry skyrocketed to God’s glory!

In one of the revivals in Wales the Spirit of God so transformed the coal miners that when they descended into the mines, and when they commanded the little ponies to pull the wagons, the ponies would not even move. It wasn’t until later they discovered that the ponies did not recognize those commands because of the absence of swear words. On rare occasions a violent man would come to do the preacher harm and be struck dead in front of the congregation which led to wholesale conversions.

Do you not thirst for God to move among us today in that fashion? Do you ever get tired of the fighting and bickering among us and do you not long to experience a flood of God Spirit that will strip us of us? What would the newspapers report if they saw the body of Christ consumed with prayer, consumed with the Word, consumed with repentance, consumed with worship and shining the love of Christ in their lives and on their lips? And what would the worldly media think when they saw such a surrender, such a love, and such power that was manifested in the church that services were held nightly and the place was packed? Revival, oh yes, revival. The greatest hindrance to revival is not sin or unbelief, and it isn’t worldliness or hedonism, and it isn’t even prayerlessness or complacency. The greatest hindrance to revival is that the church doesn’t even realize we need it more than we need the breath we breathe. Watch this video and let God speak to your heart.

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1   Eric    http://www.whatwehavehereis.blogspot.com
August 29th, 2007 at 9:14 pm

OUTSTANDING Video! Thanks for posting this!

2   Chris P.    http://jeremiahsquestion.blogspot.com
August 30th, 2007 at 8:48 am

Well Rick,
Seeing as I saw that you posted this sometime ago, here is reality; if this had been a post on methods, or a personal critique/attack, or a calvin vs arminian thing you would have had 50 comments by now. But hey who wants a post on revival, or prayer, or a scripture study?
The blogworld needs revival. What I have discovered through much study of the OT for the last several years, is that all revival is preceded by prayer (and repentance) according to what has already been prophecied, and based on what God has already done up that point. There is also a reformation, which is always about a return to the Word not methodology.
This is followed by attending to the works that has been waiting for the church to come and perform it. then there is a revival.
The stories of Nehemiah and Ezra, Daniel, Jehoshaphat etc are replete with this .
I am no “finney-ite” who belive that we can conjure up revival, but we are to discern the times through knowledge of His will and then begin to pray as we never have before. This is the way I lead prayer at our church on Monday nights. It is my approach to leading worship that the intercessory and the prophetic, i.e. praying and proclaiming the Scriptures are part and parcel of worshipping the Lord in song. Anyway my two cents.
I appreciate the video and the change of pace here.

3   Rick Frueh    http://judahslion.blogspot.com/
August 30th, 2007 at 8:56 am

“if this had been a post on methods, or a personal critique/attack, or a calvin vs arminian thing you would have had 50 comments by now.”

Ain’t it the truth! It is people like you and me that I know the devil wants to sow discord by blinding us to the overwhelming mountain of things about which we agree. Thank you for remembering this video, many of the people on it were Calvinits and many were Arminian but as you so noted “who cares”, we ALL need a sweeping revival the begins with prayer, prayer about ourselves, and when the Spirit arrives repentance begins to break up the fallow ground and all of us fall in broken obedience to the Master and by His Spirit fall in love with each other.

Thanks again, Chris, I have always (well most of the time just like me to you!) been edified by your love for the Word and your heart for Jesus. BTW – your thoughts are more than two cents, and to hear that you lead a Monday night prayer gathering ministers to my soul more than you can know. Keep seeking Him, brother.

4   Chris P.    http://jeremiahsquestion.blogspot.com
August 30th, 2007 at 4:10 pm

Amen Rick.
I just returned from ministering at a memorial service for one of our “grandmas”, as the Navajo call any and all of the elder-women in the Church. She was 93 years young, when she went back to the Father this past Thursday, and after hearing her eulogy and all that she packed into those years, well, I had to reflect. Especially when they talked about how in her early eighties she was playing the saxophone in a Christian music group and would be up at 2:00 a.m. reading the Scriptures and praying over them.
Redeem the time indeed!

I believe that intercessory prayer is probably the most importan thing that the Church is called t and the most neglected.

5   Rick Frueh    http://judahslion.blogspot.com/
August 30th, 2007 at 4:16 pm

I continue to feel the unity of the Spirit from you, Chris. I love your music, I admire your ministry and heart for the lost, and I agree with your commitment to the Word. Without the blog ditch, we probably could be good friends.

I play the keyboards and write and sing praise music myself. And I am basic chords on the guitar. Send me your address via e-mail and I’ll then send you mine and we can share some music? Please, no AC/DC! (ha)

6   Rick Frueh    http://judahslion.blogspot.com/
August 30th, 2007 at 4:17 pm

BTW Chris – I think I remember that Ken is a musician. I’d love it, wouldn’t that be a real hoot! No wine or beer for me, my portion can go to Chrsi L.!!

7   Chris L    http://www.fishingtheabyss.com/
August 31st, 2007 at 8:47 am

Rick,

I play keyboards, as well, though I’ve not written much in the past 10 years or so…

You also wrote:

No wine or beer for me, my portion can go to Chrsi L.!!

If it did, it would probably go on the shelf next to a gift bottle of wine I got about 9 or 10 years ago (unless it’s cooking wine, in which case I’d give it to Suzanne)…

8   Rick Frueh    http://judahslion.blogspot.com/
August 31st, 2007 at 9:17 am

Wow, Chris, I didn’t realize you were a fundamental separatist. Does Suzanne wear pants!