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Ray Ortlund|10:23 am CT
“Revival, above everything else, is a glorification of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God. It is the restoration of him to the center of the life of the Church. You find this warm devotion, personal devotion, to him.”
D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Revival (Westchester, 1987), page 47.
The National Day of Prayer is next week on May 6. I am on the planning committee for the Omaha Metro National Day of Prayer. Each year, we gather at one of the larger churches in Omaha for a city wide prayer gathering. It will be at Covenant Presbyterian Church this year.
Tonight in the midweek Bible study and prayer at Harvey Oaks Baptist Church, in preparation for next week, we talked about the subject of revival and then we prayed for it to come.
May it come Lord!
Dr J. Edwin Orr was a leading scholar of revivals who published detailed books about evangelical awakenings. His research discovered major spiritual awakenings about every fifty years following the great awakening from the mideighteenth century in which John and Charles Wesley, George Whitefield and Jonathan Edwards featured prominently. This article, based on one of Edwin Orr’s messages, is adapted from articles reproduced in the National Fellowship for Revival newsletters in New Zealand and Australia.
There has never been a spiritual awakening
in any country or locality
that did not begin in united prayer.
By Trevin Wax on Apr 25, 2010 in
Grant that we,
being dead to sin and alive to you in Jesus Christ,
may reign with him in glory;
to whom with you and the Holy Spirit
be praise and honor, glory and might,
now and in all eternity. Amen.
“We cannot organize revival, but we can set our sails to catch the wind from Heaven when God chooses to blow upon His people once again”
Have you ever looked around, taken stock of the spiritual apathy and confusion in our culture, and wished for a nationwide religious revival? If so, you’re not the first Christian to do so. If you’re despairing that a society-wide revival could ever take place, you might be surprised to learn that just a few hundred years ago, that’s exactly what happened!
I’m talking about the “Great Awakening” that swept through America in the 18th century, sparking great church growth, renewed missions work, and inter-denominational unity. Sound far-fetched? Here are a few resources to introduce you to the Great Awakening and the evangelists who helped spark it:
- First, read a brief overview of the Great Awakening—who started it and what it meant for an America increasingly affected by spiritual malaise and the humanist philosophies of the Enlightenment.
- Jonathan Edwards was a Puritan preacher who, distressed by what we saw happening (or not happening) in America’s churches, began a preaching tour that kickstarted a great spiritual revival. His 1741 sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” (link goes to an audio reading of it) is one of the most famous sermons in all of Christian history. (You can listen to many more of his sermons at Sermon Index.)
- George Whitefield, a British evangelist and friend of Ben Franklin, was another major figure in the Great Awakening. Greatly upset by the “lukewarm Christianity” he saw all around him, he did all he could to shake Christians out of their stagnant spiritual state. Read more about Whitefield’s evangelistic work, or check out some of his many sermons. For a shorter sample of his teaching style, see this brief Whitefield excerpt on the importance of “frequent and devout prayer”.
- Revival didn’t end with the Great Awakening— it wasn’t long after that a Second Great Awakening was sparked, with an even greater impact on American society.
The preaching of Edwards, Whitefield, and other evangelists had a profound effect on their society—and if you take the time to read some of their sermons, you’ll be amazed at how relevant they are. Some of them feel like they could just as easily have been written in 2008! So next time you’re tempted to despair at the all the religious confusion we see in society around us, remember the Great Awakening, and be reminded that what seems impossible to man is quite possible for God.
By: Andy. This entry was posted on Thursday, January 31st, 2008 at 11:50 pm and is filed under Church History, Evangelism, History, revival, sermons. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
Prayer. It’s something we know we’re supposed to do, but we’re so busy, so tired, and so doubtful of its power that we often do everything but pray. May these prayer guides and other resources help you to pray in faith—believing that the God who commanded us to pray will hear and work miracles as a result of our prayers.
“When you spread out your hands, I will hide my eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I will not listen; your hands are full of blood.” Isaiah 1:15
The worship God rejects here is not idolatrous worship. It is his own biblical worship, performed by the people with elaborate, even sacrificial, abundance. But God says he hates it. Why? Their hands are full of blood. Human blood.
The acceptability of our vertical worship is inseparable from the humaneness of our horizontal relationships.
Let us love one another. It can make all the difference in our worship of God.
According to David Bryant, spiritual awakening is…
“Spiritual awakening: When the Father wakes us up to see Christ’s fullness in new ways, so that together we trust Him, love Him, and obey Him in new ways, so that we move with Him in new ways for the fulfillment of His global purpose”