The Calvary Road

Roy Hessian says in his book The Calvary Road:

“The outward forms of revivals do, of course, differ considerably but the inward and permanent content of them all is always the same – a new experience of conviction of sin among the saints; a new vision of the cross of Jesus and of redemption; a new willingness on man’s part brokenness, repentance, confession and restitution; a joyful experience of the power of the blood of Jesus to cleanse fully from sin and restore and heal all that sin has lost and broken; a new entering into the fullness of the Holy Spirit and of His power to do his own work through His people; and a new gathering in of the lost ones to Jesus.”

Revival is taking place in pockets all over the world and each one is different in how it starts, how God’s touch fall, how many are saved and complete in Him, country, people group. There are so many variations of the same thing, but a true revival or renewal will see many or all of the content that Roy Hessian talks about. It is the same God and same Spirit that fell on Abraham, on John the Baptist, on Elijah, on Jesus at His baptism, through Jesus on the cross. He never changes, and salvation and reconcilliation will always come through Christ and His saving blood.

Pray or not?

Leonard Ravenhill in his book Why Revival Tarries says,

“The Cinderella of the church today is the prayer meeting. This handmaid of the Lord is unloved and unwooed because she is not dripping with the pearls of intellectualism, nor glamorous with the silks of philosophy; neither is she enchanting with the tiara of psychology. She wears the homespuns of sincerity and humility and so is not afraid to kneel!”

I find it incredible that across most of the Western world, prayer meetings are the least attended meeting in the whole church calendar. It is the forgotten hours during the week, not given much thought and quickly cancelled. I believe that you can gauge the spiritual life of a church by the prayer meeting numbers and quality of prayers given.

How can we expect to see revival in our community when we can’t be bothered to go to prayer meetings and not see that we are in a battle to see souls saved. If our prayers are dead, then what are we?

Ravenhill goes on to say, “Victory is not won in the pulpit by firing intellectual bullets or wisecracks, but in the prayer closet.”

D.M. McIntyre,D.D. has been quoted “Before the great revival in Gallneukirchen broke out, Martin Boos spent hours and days and often nights in lonely agonies of intercession. Afterwards, when he preached, his words were as flame, and the hearts of the people as grass.”

How much more could be done in the spiritual if we spent more time on our knees, pressing into God and His Word. How much would our lives be changed, to become more like Him.

School of revival

One of the many amazing stories of revivals that came through the Welsh revival and Northern Ireland is from the school in Coleraine. By the end of the day the whole school was on its knees and the local residents from the town were surrounding the school walls also on their knees. God touched the area so strongly, it only took one young lad being touched by God for it all to start. How awesome is that???

God moved because He wanted to. No Pastors, evangelists, teachers, no one. He moved the heart of one and let the joy and strength in the one boy move everyone else. Their hearts were open to the touch of God right then, not on the nearest Sunday service or Church school time. Right then. Just their hearts and the Holy Spirit.

If our hearts are closed to new ways of reaching the lost, or new teachings that sweep the Church, we will lose out on any blessing God wants to give us
His children at that time. Open hearts and souls will hear Him more, that small, still voice of calm. We can show the love of Christ and the wonder of the Gospel message to all people not dependant on situation or class system.

How much blessing can we receive if we are open? God alone knows. It cannot be measured by human standards. It can’t be weighed out with our scales. Only by heavenly ways. I don’t want to miss out on all that, ever.