the church history, God raised many individuals to usher in revivals in the
churches and the nations. During
revivals God accomplishes more in hours or days than usually results from years
of faithful evangelistic ministry. Though
revival involves preaching and evangelism to some extent, revival is far more
than evangelism. During the early years of 20th century,
revival fires broke out in Wales and many places in England, Scotland, Ireland,
USA, India, Korea, Manchuria, China, Japan, Australia, Madagascar, Norway, parts
of South America and the Caribbean islands. In
the middle of this century, God sent revival to some of the American Christian
colleges and outpoured His Spirit on some of the Hebrides islands.
grand Old Testament prophet Elijah is symbolic of a revivalist. Elijah stood up
in the midst of the people steeped in worship of Baal, and cried, “The God who
answers by fire, he is God” (1 Kings ). Elijah prayed a
simple prayer, “O Jehovah, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known
today that you are God” when the holy supernatural fire of God descended from
the heaven and burned up the sacrifice, wood, stones and dirt and evaporated the
water in the trench. When God pours out His revival fire on the earth, it burns
up things that are not of God.
this page, let us meditate on the life and the ministry of many such revivalists
so that we can follow their footsteps.
ever first revival under the New Testament is recorded in the 2nd chapter
of Acts, when the Holy Spirit was poured out on the disciples of Jesus for the
first time in the church history.
of the church history shows that one lone man, totally surrendered to God,
burning with passion for the lost souls and with a hunger for revival in the
churches, had turned the tide against the evils in the churches, in the
governments and the lives of the people. One prayer warrior by the grace of God
can be used to turn the tide and prepare the way for a mighty revival. Why
cannot you be such a vessel of God?
men in the streets are afraid to open their mouths and utter godless words lest
the judgments of God should fall; when sinners, overawed by the Presence of God
tremble in the streets and cry for mercy; when, without special meetings and
sensational advertising, the Holy Ghost sweeps across cities and towns in
Supernatural Power and holds men in the grip of terrifying Conviction; when
"every shop becomes a pulpit; every heart an altar; every home a
sanctuary" and people walk softly before God, this is Revival!
the word Revival has largely lost its real meaning. Our present generation,
never having witnessed the mighty moving of God in nation-wide spiritual
awakening such as has taken place in past generations, has little conception of
the magnitude of such a "visitation."
revival is not religious entertainment, where crowds gather to hear outstanding
preachers and musical programs; neither is it the result of sensational
advertising - in a God-sent revival you don't spend money on advertising; people
come because Revival is there! Revival is an "awareness of God" that
grips the whole community, and the roadside, the tavern, as well as the church,
become the places where men find Christ. Here is the vast difference between our
modern evangelistic campaigns and true revival. In the former, hundreds may be
brought to a knowledge of Christ and churches experience seasons of blessings,
but as far as the community is concerned little impact is made; the taverns,
dance halls, and movies are still crowded, and the godlessness marches on. In
revival, the Spirit of God, like a cleansing flame, sweeps through the
community. Divine conviction grips people everywhere; the strongholds of the
devil tremble, and many close their doors, while multitudes turn to Christ!
a great revivalist and a prophet of prayer has written many messages on
NECESSITY OF PRAYER
messages on Prayers by E.M.Bounds: Men
of prayer needed*Prayer, the great essential*Much time should be given
to prayer*A praying pulpit begets a praying pew*Examples of praying
men*Begin the day with prayer*Prayer and devotion united*Prayer marks
spiritual leadership*Preachers need the prayers of the people*The letter