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Â“Revival!Â” is the focused, pointed, piercing cry of vast numbers of GodÂ’s own Blood-bought people around the world today. Does God stir our hearts to pray so earnestly for revivalÂ—for a mighty, fresh outpouring of His SpiritÂ—just to mock us?
Indeed not! He who puts these prayers of faith in our burdened heartÂ—He will answer. He will stir up Himself (Psalm 35:23) to answer the prayer for revival that He Himself has implanted deep in our hearts.
The Holy Spirit Helps Us To Pray According To The Will Of God
It means much to Â“walk in the SpiritÂ” (Galatians 5:16). A good man felt that he had miserably failed the Lord. He became despondent. The devil, Â“the accuserÂ” of the brethren (Rev. 12:10), taunted him with the thought that he had committed the unpardonable sin. A friend of his, a minister of the Gospel, was trying to help him and was praying very earnestly for him, but he stopped this friend and said,
Â“No use to pray for me; IÂ’ve crossed the deadline; I have committed the unpardonable sin.Â”
But his friend retorted: Â“God has put a definite burden for you upon my heart, and He is not going to stir me up to pray earnestly for you unless He will also stir Himself up to answer.Â” And that is truth.
Delays Are Not Denials
It has always been true in GodÂ’s great plans, that the faith of His people is put to test. See Abraham waiting for many years before the promise God gave of Son and heir was fulfilled. Joseph must wait for years for his dreams, God-given, to come true--down in Egypt.
David, though anointed to be king, must needs go through many testings and wait for years till GodÂ’s time came for him to rule over all Israel.
GodÂ’s ways are not our ways. When we do our part, pray and fast and deny ourÂselves and continue to obey the Lord and to believe His promises--we need to thank Him for delays, even for long delays in answering, that He may prepare us to receive His great answers, and that He may teach us to cast not away our confiÂdence, but rather to have patience (cheerÂful endurance) till His time comes to wonderfully answer our heart cries (Heb. 10:35,36).
Divine Movements Have Their Birthplace In The Heart Of Deity
Writing of the Welsh Revival of 1904, David Matthews, an eye witness of that great movement of the Holy Spirit, in his book, I Saw The Welsh Revival, says: Â“There are people at this present juncture in world and church history desiring a similar manifestation that would result in people recapturing the vanished vision of God, and thus returning to the paths of rectitude described in GodÂ’s Word... (They) are clamoring aloud for another awakenÂing among the people of God...
Â“Divine movements have their birthplace in the heart of Deity. But whenever God predisposes the inauguration of a period of blessing intended for the uplift of humanity, His Church in particular, multiÂtudes of His chosen ones throughout the earth become mysteriously burdened with the birth pangs of a new era..
Â“Throughout the world there are now many thousands of devout Christians yearning passionately for a great spiritual awakening, convinced that only a mighty effusion of the Holy Spirit among the tormented nations can produce the turnÂing point in the history of this distracted planet.
Â“...When fears of invasion created sleepÂless anxiety in the hearts of the inhabitants of Britain, evangelists of the Whitefield-ÂWesley type traversed the country with their flaming evangel, asking Â‘repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.Â’ So great was the moral impact upon the character of the people that the course of British history was changed.Â”
Evangelist Hyman Appelman, Russian-born Jew, in his book, Formula For Revival says this: Â“The very fact that, in the hearts of all true, God-loving, Christ-servÂing, Spirit-filled ChristiansÂ—there is a yearning for revival is a sign that God wants us to be revived!Â”
Â“And shall not God avenge His own elect, which cry day and night unto Him, though He bear long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedilyÂ” (Luke 18:7,8).
Let us wholeheartedly believe what God has said and let us act accordingly!