What Happened to Revival?

It wasn’t long ago that Christians wished for revival, churches held “revival meetings,” pastors would open up the altar after services so that those who were being convicted could come forward and repent of their sins. Although there are churches that still do those things, I do not see it very much anymore. We have grown accustomed to our comfort, entertainment, a feel-good lifestyle, and we really don’t want anything to rock our boat. I get discouraged when I look around and feel like I will never see revival because the hearts of many have grown cold.

I just listened to the audio version of a book that I had read years ago titled Floods on Dry Ground. It focuses on the Hebrides Revival that took place in the late 19th and early 20th century. The stories are amazing. Often, revival began when just two or three people dedicated themselves to fervent prayer, asking God to come and save their cities. This wasn’t just, “And, Lord, if it’s Your will, would You save my neighbor?” This was crying out to God and staying on their knees until He answered. Because of their prayers, even the vilest sinners were changed by the power of God.

A while back, I could spend an hour or two with God no problem. I treasured the time and did not understand why everyone would not take that time each day. Now spending 20 minutes with Him is a chore as my mind is constantly on things I need to be doing, but I long to get back to being content to sit in His presence and hear from Him as well as presenting my petitions before His throne and knowing that He hears me.

Revival is not something that makes people feel good. It is a move of God that shows people what they are really like without Him and convicts them of their sins. They realize that no sin is small in the eyes of God and that they are worthy of judgment. They can’t think about their neighbor’s sin because their own sins are glaring. But they also know that God is faithful and just to forgive every sin so they confess them to Him and leave a different person than they were. When was the last time you have been in this kind of meeting?

If you attend a church that still focuses on holiness and repentance, thank God for it. If your church has lost that focus, intercede for the pastor and the church leaders, that they would have a greater hunger than ever before to walk with God and to challenge others to do so. Pray for a burden for your church, your community, lost souls, and then share that burden with others. You may find that you are not alone.

I think of the old song we used to sing that said, “Lord, send a revival, and let it begin with me.” That should be our continual prayer.

5 thoughts on “What Happened to Revival?

  1. Yes, a sad reality to ponder. I think it shows how far the church has fallen. The world rarely has anything to listen to or care about when we look just like them. Our words and preaching means nothing if our lives are not changing to become more like Jesus Christ.

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  2. It’s so true
    The problem is that people only hear what their itching ears want to hear
    The church plays a role by preaching grace without truth
    Priests will be held responsible by God
    Now, we it is common even in churches, to reject the truth of sin(s) and our personal need for forgiveness and salvation for them
    That’s just the tip of the iceburg
    Preachers speak of victory without repentance
    They hold celebrations without mourning or waging battles to defeat the enemy with the Word
    So sad, nevertheless…
    Jesus, we wait for the revelation of You and Your return in hope with thanksgiving that You are faithful and You will never leave us or forsake us
    We remind You and find comfort in Your Word that You who began a good work in is us faithful to bring us to full completion in Christ We hope that when we see you face to face we shall be like you;
    And those of us who have this hope purify ourselves
    If we confess our sins, You are faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness, and You, Lord, will bring us to full completion in Christ
    Hallelujah!
    We shall not give up hope, or let ourselves be downcast about our culture
    We hope in God for He is the help of our countenance

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  3. I’ve had a couple songs running through my head lately. One says, “The cost of His grace is costly, not cheap”; the other, “We’re so sinner friendly we’re dishonest. What’s wrong with telling sinners to get right?” Things the Church needs to ponder.

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