Why Does Revival Tarry?

“Over 100 young people were at the dance in the parish hall and they weren’t thinking of God or eternity. God was not in all of their thoughts. They were there to have a good night when suddenly the power of God fell upon the dance. The music ceased and in a matter of minutes, the hall was empty. They fled from the hall as a man fleeing from a plague. And they made for the church. They are now standing outside. Oh, yes – they saw the lights in the church. That was a house of God and they were going to it and they went. Men and women who had gone to bed rose, dressed, and made for the church. Nothing in the way of publicity – no mention of a special effort except an announcement from the pulpit on Sabbath that a certain man was going to be conducting a series of meetings in the parish covering ten days. But God took the situation in hand – oh, He became His own publicity agent. A hunger and a thirst gripped the people. Six-hundred of them now are at the church standing outside.”

Excerpt from Duncan Campbell’s Revival in the Hebrides

First I have to point out something very interesting. The book this excerpt comes from was copyrighted in 2016, but the book itself it says in the back that it was made in San Bernardino, CA on February 4, 2020. It was made on the 70th anniversary year of the Hebrides Revival and the 50th anniversary week of the Asbury Revival. 2 days after my own personal revival experience (February 2, 2020), this book was made. I just think it’s interesting.

I think we are due for revival. I’ve been praying for it since January of this year, feeling a strong sense that it was coming. I hope my sense was right. Since then, I’ve been reading books on great revivals and have been praying for it fervently.

I asked my friend and advisor a few months ago why it was taking so long. In April I said to him, ‘”I have this burden…an ache for revival…I feel in my heart that it’s coming…it’s been there for months, but this week it’s the hardest on me. I want to ask God what He’s waiting for…it’s such a good time for it, no one would be able to even TRY to take credit for it because NOBODY’S at church,…Why not take this opportunity to sweep the nation? People could be overwhelmed by their need for Him on the street, in their homes, at the grocery store…it would be all Him. I guess maybe once that happened there’d need to be churches open to receive them and disciple them though, right? I’m frustrated. How do I pray?”

You know how he responded?

“‘Be exalted O God above the heavens; let your Glory be over all the earth’. ‘Thy kingdom come…’ He wants true revival more than we do; however, there are not enough true shepherds to care for the sheep. There will be judgement in the house of God before there will be revival in the world.”

-Doug Duncan

This is true, of course. Billy Graham’s Crusades were careful to “work with local churches, the outgrowth of the movement is not isolated but designed to be a stimulus for strong church participation and discipleship.” (Kincaid, “What Sparked These 5 Great American Revivals?”) But with the churches closed, how can discipleship and church participation happen? What happens when the church shuts down and no longer opens it’s doors or holds a major presence in a country founded on those principles?

Well, we can see easily what happens. We’ve had cities on fire, wars, racial tensions mounting into major destruction, and quite literally natural disasters.

A prominent political scientist, Charles Murray, said the American republic is unlikely to survive without another Great Awakening. And this coming from an agnostic! People know the decline of God-values in America will cause the decline of the nation as a whole and the life we lead. The interviewer, Jonathan Van Maren, said this:

“In a recent interview, I asked Murray what the social implications of the dramatic rise in “nones” — those who identify with no religious tradition — in the United States over the last several decades would be. Murray first noted that the decline of religious practice in America is somewhat exaggerated, as many Americans who identified as culturally Christian simply ceased doing so as Christian orthodoxy became less popular, contributing significantly to the sudden precipitous decline. But that said, Murray believes that the implications of the loss of religious values will have profound implications for American life.

Jonathan Van Maren, 2020, “The Religious Revival that Could Save America.” (The National Review)

We have to open our churches. There are masses of people who need Jesus Christ and His saving power. They need discipleship. If we want revival, and I DO – I hope you do, too, we must have laborers to take in the harvest. We must have shepherds to take new disciples (of Christ, imitating them as they imitate Him) and teach them the Way of God in Christ and how to serve Him (which is our reasonable service).

My tiny request then, to those who read this and follow my humble blog, is that you please pray for these three things:

  • Pastors – Pray that pastors have a realization of the call they have on their lives, their duty as given by Almighty God. Pray they take up the mantle and stand firm in the Word. Pray they speak the truth. Pray they make the decision to open, and bless the Lord with their obedience. Pray. We need men of God to rise up and take their rightful place in this country as fathers, shepherds, pointing to the Lord Jesus. And pray for the pastors who are under attack, under fines from the government, and under persecution for obeying God and remaining open.
  • The Lost – Pray for the fear of the Lord to grip the lost. Even those who pretend to be Christian, who are self-professed Christians, but who are living in habitual sin. Pray eyes are opened. *Mary Peckham of the Hebrides Revival said that when the revival was going on she knew she was going to Hell. In her head she knew she was going and she didn’t much care because so many were going to Hell, too. Oh God, how many are still of that mind today? I have heard it from even people I’ve worked with saying, “I’m going to Hell, I’m ready for a party.” They are so blind. They have no fear of God, no understanding that Hell is a place of torment and utter separation from God, with weeping and gnashing of teeth. Mary was converted because “When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment…” (John 16:8). He convicted her of her sin…He will do the same for the lost in America. Pray for it.
  • Revival – Pray that the promise God gave us is made manifest – that in the last days He will pour our His Spirit on all flesh. And especially pray the promise God spoke to my heart on May 23rd, that He will do something new…that “I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, rivers in the desert.” Pray that God makes rivers in the desert of this country. Pray for revival to sweep America.

Revive us again, Lord. But raise up workers to take up the harvest. Call the Pastors, the Shepherds to rise up. Open our churches. Take your authority in this place, remove the blinders, remove the authority of the Pharoahs of this land. Let the fear of the Lord grip this people. In Jesus’s name, Amen.

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