Crowds Gathered And Crowds Queued And Prayed When They Were Genuinely Serious About Revival!
Another lesson we learn when it comes to seeking Revival or praying for Revival is that decision, or characteristic, of being bold and direct.
The Psalmist verged on the point of accusing God of being asleep. Wake up. Do you not care what is happening to us? Read Psalm 44 verse 23 and notice how direct and how daring it is. The Psalmist is not being impertinent or cheeky. He is serious and he is concerned about the declining conditions.
If we are going to dare to use these words we must be as concerned about the situation as was the Psalmist. This is serious prayer.
It may be not so much about praying about God being awake, but rather am I spiritually awake?
Abraham pleaded specifically and directly with God, and God heard him.
The early church prayed quite specifically too and with boldness.
God would have us pray with passion and with daring.
The Canaanite woman in Matthew Chapter 15 came to Jesus with boldness and with persistence, and with humility, and she knelt. And, when Mary spoke to Jesus at the wedding about the wine situation, Jesus at first appeared not to want to become involved.
Is it possible to pray for Revival with what has been called persuasiveness?
The Psalmist asked to be revived, according to God’s Word.
This was not being self-centred nor was self interest a priority. He was praying according to the promises in the Word of God. We come before a Covenant keeping God, who cannot break what he has promised.
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King Hezekiah came and spread out letters before God. The situation was so desperate. We may also have to spread out these matters before God in prayer, as well as praying for and beseeching God to revive us.
God heard King Hezekiah’s prayer and answered.
We see one other aspect of revival in Luke Chapter 5.
Crowds are gathering to hear the Word of God. They have not come for healing, nor personal blessings, but to hear the Word of God.
Some of us have longed for that, and looked for that over the years, but very few of us have witnessed such spiritual hunger.
These spiritually hungry souls have come to hear Jesus, and Jesus is almost being pushed into the water by the shores of the Lake of Galilee, and he takes refuge in Peter’s fishing boat, and speaks to thousands.
Peter was so willing to put his possessions at Christ’s disposal. He simply gave Jesus what he had to give, with no strings attached, and no conditions.
When Jesus finished teaching, he suggested to Peter that they go for a spot of fishing. It appeared the obvious thing to do.
Let’s launch out. Let’s sail deeper, and fish.
Peter explained to Jesus that recently fishing had not been good, and results had been nil, but because you say so, “Let’s go!”
By every human calculation it looked useless and worthless and a complete waste of time, but almost right away their nets were full.
Occasionally, our best efforts can seem futile and fruitless, and then Jesus Christ comes along and changes the situation suddenly and dramatically.
This has occurred in the lives of many down through the centuries and it continues to happen.
You might be interested to know that in 1955 crowds queued for around four hours in rain and snow to get in to hear the Word of God preached.
Where? In Glasgow. Yes, Glasgow, Scotland, and there were those who came to real living faith in Jesus Christ, and it lasted.
Might we see something of that again across our nation? Fruitfulness and faithfulness. These are scarce qualities.
Yes, there are those of us who will continue to pray for revival and renewal and restoration but it will require tenacity and faithfulness.
Sandy Shaw is Pastor of Nairn Christian Fellowship, Chaplain at Inverness Prison, and Nairn Academy, and serves on The Children’s Panel in Scotland, and has travelled extensively over these past years teaching, speaking, in America, Canada, South Africa, Australia, making 12 visits to Israel conducting Tours and Pilgrimages, and most recently in Uganda and Kenya, ministering at Pastors and Leaders Seminars, in the poor areas surrounding Kampala, Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu.
He broadcasts regularly on WSHO radio out of New Orleans, and writes a weekly commentary at http://www.studylight.org entitled “Word from Scotland” on various biblical themes, as well as a weekly newspaper column.
His M.A. and B.D. degrees are from The University of Edinburgh, and he continues to run and exercise regularly to maintain a level of physical fitness