Lord, Do It Again!

Why isn’t there as much interest in revival among Christians today compared to former years? I posed that question to Tim Keller and Nancy Leigh DeMoss, each of whom has been inspired by reading about past revivals to aspire for such an awakening in our day.

We all agree there isn’t a lot of talk about the revival stories, a problem I’ve experienced and tried to address with John Woodbridge in A God-Sized Vision. Keller notes with appreciation the recent interest in evangelism but notes that revival leads to an ingathering of new believers. “The best way to reach people is to show them something gorgeous here,” he says.

Reformed Christians rightly emphasize the need for doctrinal reformation. Indeed, revival does not come to apostate churches. But it’s possible to focus so much on our efforts to reform church doctrine that we don’t bother to ask God to work in extraordinary ways. We neglect this privilege of prayerful, faith-expanding hope to our spiritual detriment.

Familiarizing yourself with God’s mighty works of the past is a good place to begin tuning your heart to pray for awakening today. Keller notes how he has visited the place where a prayer meeting revival broke out in New York City in 1857. DeMoss finds encouragement in Isaiah 64:5, which says, “You meet him who joyfully works righteousness, those who remember you in your ways.”

Join us in asking God to revive his church again!

  • http://tfym.wordpress.com Kyle Mullaney

    This is an excellent discussion. The points made are very accurate. We don’t see an heavy focus yet on such prayer among our reformed circles. I am reading Ravenhill on Revival right now. It is very encouraging to hear three person who are leaders agreeing that we need to be calling for revival along with our doctrine. When that happens the moutons will move.

  • Justin Converse

    Nancy’s radio program Revive Our Hearts actually produced two fantastic broadcasts about the 1857 Revival in New York City that Collin refers to. Worth taking a listen.


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  • http://pathfromtheheadtotheheart.wordpress.com Chrystie

    Love this discussion! Thanks for sharing it.

  • http://www.ambassador4me.com Anthony

    The world desperately needs revival. America desperately needs revival. People as a whole have strayed father and father away from God. In order for us to see revival today it has to be on God’s terms. A story in the Bible where I see revival is found in Nehemiah. The children of Israel began to rebuild the temple of God and revival broke out. But where did it start? What was the cause of revival? The answer to that is found in Nehemiah chapter 1. The Bible says in Nehemiah 1:1-11 (KJV)
    The words of Nehemiah the son of Hachaliah. And it came to pass in the month Chisleu, in the twentieth year, as I was in Shushan the palace, [2] That Hanani, one of my brethren, came, he and certain men of Judah; and I asked them concerning the Jews that had escaped, which were left of the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem. [3] And they said unto me, The remnant that are left of the captivity there in the province are in great affliction and reproach: the wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, and the gates thereof are burned with fire. [4] And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven, [5] And said, I beseech thee, O Lord God of heaven, the great and terrible God, that keepeth covenant and mercy for them that love him and observe his commandments: [6] Let thine ear now be attentive, and thine eyes open, that thou mayest hear the prayer of thy servant, which I pray before thee now, day and night, for the children of Israel thy servants, and confess the sins of the children of Israel, which we have sinned against thee: both I and my father’s house have sinned. [7] We have dealt very corruptly against thee, and have not kept the commandments, nor the statutes, nor the judgments, which thou commandedst thy servant Moses. [8] Remember, I beseech thee, the word that thou commandedst thy servant Moses, saying, If ye transgress, I will scatter you abroad among the nations: [9] But if ye turn unto me, and keep my commandments, and do them; though there were of you cast out unto the uttermost part of the heaven, yet will I gather them from thence, and will bring them unto the place that I have chosen to set my name there. [10] Now these are thy servants and thy people, whom thou hast redeemed by thy great power, and by thy strong hand. [11] O Lord, I beseech thee, let now thine ear be attentive to the prayer of thy servant, and to the prayer of thy servants, who desire to fear thy name: and prosper, I pray thee, thy servant this day, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man. For I was the king’s cupbearer….. We see the first step to revival in verse 4. Nehemiah had a broken heart for his people and the temple of God his country. He had a true brokeness in his spirit. If we want to see revival we have to have a true brokeness over our sin, over our direction, over what is becoming of our country. It seems to me that as a whole we don’t even care where our country is headed. We need to wake up and see it’s not the right direction We must truly be broken for God to send revival. Secondly, look in verse 6, we need to have a repentant heart. Nehemiah prayed to God confessing his sins and his people’s sins. We must get right with God. Repentance isn’t saying I’m sorry it is saying I am through with it. Of course we will never be perfect but we should strive to forsake sin. We need to have a repentant heart. Lastly we need to have a heart seeking after God. In verse 6 Nehemiah prays day and night. He seeks God. If we want revival it has to be sent by God. We must seek Him with all of our hearts. May God send revival. I would love for revival to happen in my home church. But it starts with a broken heart, a repentant heart and a seeking heart. May God strike up revival in our hearts.

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  • http://www.crosspointechurch.tv/ Emma Bail

    Excellent post!!I specially like the title “Lord do it again”.Thank you so much for sharing this post with us…

    God bless,

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