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Nice little article here and could be a good blog:

Headlines of revival

As promised, some of the quotations with which Wallis heads up his ‘The Day of Thy Power’ chapters.

‘Persons are very ready to be suspicious of what they have not felt themselves.  It is to be feared many good men have been guilty of this error….These persons that thus make their own experience their rule of judgment, instead of bowing to the wisdom of God, and yielding to His Word as an infallible rule, are guilty of casting a great reflection upon the understanding of the Most High.’ Jonathan Edwards

‘God hath had it much on His heart, from all eternity, to glorify His dear and only begotten Son; and there are some special seasons that He appoints to that end, wherein He comes forth with omnipotent power to fulfil His promise and oath to Him: and these times are times of remarkable pouring out of His Spirit, to advance His kingdom; such a day is the day of His power.’ Jonathan Edwards

‘Vastly more was wrapt up in the descent of the Holy Spirit than the church has yet experienced, or than the world has yet seen; and the Spirit Himself thus reveals that while the Christian centuries are “the last days”, and Pentecost began the wonder, we today, standing in the last of the last, are on the edge of a second and more tremendous upheaval of the Holy Spirit….So in linking up ourselves with myriads of Christians throughout the globe in praying for world-revival, world-evangelism and the world-return of our blessed Lord, we are praying for solid coming facts, and therefore know that we are praying according to the will of God; we are praying for that in which we may have sudden and glorious part; and we are praying for the world the biggest blessing it will ever have on this side of the great White Throne.’ D.M. Panton

‘The quiet conversion of one sinner after another, under the ordinary ministry of the gospel must always be regarded with feelings of satisfaction and gratitude…; but a periodical manifestation of the simultaneous conversion of thousands is also to be desired, because of its adaptation to afford a visible and impressive demonstration that God has made that same Jesus who was rejected and crucified, both Lord and Christ.’ William Reid

‘The antecedents, accompaniments, and results of revivals are always substantially the same as in the case of Pentecost.’ Charles Finney

‘The waiting on of young and older people at the close of each meeting, and the anxious asking of so many ‘what to do’; the lively singing of the praises of God, which every visitor remarks; the complete desuetude of swearing and of foolish talking in our streets; the order and solemnity at all hours prevailing; the voice of praise and prayer almost in every house; the cessation of the tumults of the people; the consignment to the flames of volumes of infidelity and impurity; the coming together for divine worship of such a multitude of our population day after day; the large catalogue of new intending communicants giving in their names, and conversing in the most interesting manner on the most important subjects; not a few of the old careless sinners and frozen formalists awakened and made alive to God; the conversion of several poor colliers, who have come to me and given a most satisfactory account of their change of mind and heart – are truly wonderful proofs of a most surprising and delightful revival.  The public-houses, the coal-pits, the harvest reaping fields, the weaving loomsteads, the recesses of our glens, and the sequestered haughs around, all may be called to witness that there is a mighty change in this place for the better.’  An observer of the Kilsyth revival, 1839

Being daring in prayer

Hear what Arthur Wallis had to say on being daring in prayer:

We can imagine the feelings of someone with exceptional power and ability, who is compelled to stand by inactive and watch another struggle in weakness and incompetence to fulfil some task that he could willingly do for him in an instant.  It must be torture indeed to possess extraordinary powers and not be given the opportunity to exercise them.  How often do we keep the Almighty standing by in silent inactivity, with all the power of the universe in His hands, yearning to intervene, to demonstrate His power and reveal His glory; while we toy with spiritual things, earthbound in our thinking, working and praying!  Well might the Lord say of us: “oh that My people would hearken unto Me. …I should soon subdue their enemies, and turn My hand against their adversaries”… A daring faith does not stagger at the promises of God; a daring faith can open the windows of heaven for revival; a daring faith delights the heart of God.

My pastor this morning added a warning to counter this sense of daring; sometimes Christians can pray for things that are way beyond their capability and anointing.  There is a difference in praying a prayer that is in the Almighty’s arena to respond to; “Turn the heart of my brother to yield to Your Lordship, Jesus”, and in praying a prayer that somehow seems to rely on our authority: “In Jesus’ name, storm, be still!”  Yes, the Lord had that kind of authority.  Yes, he has given all authority to us in His name.  But ONLY to glorify God.

I am re-reading Wallis’ fabulous ‘In the Day of Thy Power’.  I cannot think of another book on revival that is so winsomely, earnestly and richly written.  I keep on stumbling over excerpts from wonderful revivals within it.  I may include in the next blogpost some of the revival quotations that head the chapters up.  In the meantime can I add a link to ‘The Herald of His Coming’ here:  Here you will find a stirring back-catalogue of mostly brief, but all hard-hitting, exhortations to revival, to prayer, to service for His glory.

‘I will pour water on him who is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground.’