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England experienced scattered revival blessings, but there was not a general revival there. One parish church had an amazing rebirth, and 950 new converts were confirmed. Thirty English bishops endorsed the revival, and the Archbishop of Canterbury called for a nationwide day of prayer. Protestant denominations gained 10 percent in four years. Revival also moved across Scotland and Ireland but to a lesser degree than in Wales.
Revival Fire by Wesley Duewel (205)
“If prayer is hindered, even though it be hindered by devotion to other duties of religion, the health of the soul is impaired”
(D.M. M’Intyre in The Hidden Life of Prayer)
The decade following the Welsh revival saw spiritual victories multiplied and fresh and powerful outpourings of the Spirit in place after place…Praises surely were shouted around Christ’s throne as parents, pastors, and multitudes of hidden prayer warriors eagerly awaited the next revival bulletins. At last their prayers were answered in thrilling rapidity
Revival Fire by Wesley Duewel (204)
The wind of revival of the Holy Spirit carried the revival fire from nation to nation as the wonderful news of the revival in Wales reached prayer groups in many parts of the world. Christians began to believe that the renewal that they had prayed for might will be on its way. Praise God, as the news of His mighty work in wales reached them, Christians and Christian leaders in other places renewed and multiplied their efforts to seek the Lord until He answered. Holy hunger and thirst were deepened. Holy zeal was fanned into flame, and encouragement and expectancy filled many hearts.
Revival Fire by Wesley Duewel (204)
by Joni Eareckson Tada, Honorary Chairman of the National Day of Prayer
Almighty God, you are our Mighty Fortress, our refuge and the God in whom we place our trust. As our nation faces great distress and uncertainty, we ask your Holy Spirit to fall afresh upon your people — convict us of sin and inflame within us a passion to pray for our land and its people. Grant the leaders of our country an awareness of their desperate need of wisdom and salvation in You until sin becomes a reproach to all and righteousness exalts this nation.
Protect and defend us against our enemies and may the cause of Christ always prevail in our schools, courts, homes, and churches. Lord God, send a spirit of revival and may it begin in our own hearts.
Remember America, we pray. Remember the foundations on which this country was built. Remember the prayers of our nation’s fathers and mothers, and do not forget us in our time of need.
In the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ, Amen.
Thank you Father
that you gave your only Son Jesus
to be the sin sacrifice for us!
His death on the cross paid the full price
for our sins.
Thank you that he was buried
and raised to new life on the third day.
May we live in the power
of the resurrection day in and day out.
In Jesus’ Name!
God our Father,
we are gathered here to share in the supper
which your only Son left to his Church to reveal his love.
He gave it to us when he was about to die
and commanded us to celebrate it as the new and eternal sacrifice.
We pray that in the Eucharist
we may find the fullness of love and life
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit
one God, for ever and ever.
By Tim Keller|Published Date: April 12, 2011
How do seasons of revival come? One set of answers comes from Charles Finney, who turned revivals into a “science.” Finney insisted that any group could have a revival any time or place, as long as they applied the right methods in the right way. Finney’s distortions, I think, led to much of the weakness in modern evangelicalism today, as has been well argued by Michael Horton over the years. Especially under Finney’s influence, revivalism undermined the more traditional way of doing Christian formation. That traditional way of Christian growth was gradual – whole family catechetical instruction – and church-centric. Revivalism under Finney, however, shifted the emphasis to seasons of crisis. Preaching became less oriented to long-term teaching and more directed to stirring up the affections of the heart toward decision. Not surprisingly, these emphases demoted the importance of the church in general and of careful, sound doctrine and put all the weight on an individual’s personal, subjective experience. And this is one of the reasons (though not the only reason) that we have the highly individualistic, consumerist evangelicalism of today.
There has been a withering critique of revivalism going on now for twenty years within evangelical circles. Most of it is fair, but it often goes beyond the criticism of the technique-driven revivalism of Finney to insist that even Edwards and the Puritans were badly mistaken about how people should embrace and grow in Christ. In this limited space I can’t respond to that here other than to say I think that goes way too far. However, this critique trend explains why there is so much less enthusiasm for revival than when I was a young minister. It also explains why someone like D.M. Lloyd-Jones was so loathe to say that there was anything that we can do to bring about revivals (other than pray.) He knew that Finney-esque revivalism led to many spiritual pathologies.
Nevertheless, I think we can carefully talk about some factors that, when present, often become associated with revival by God’s blessing. My favorite book on this (highly recommended by Lloyd-Jones) is William B. Sprague’s Lectures on Revivals of Religion (1832). Sprague studied under both Timothy Dwight, Edwards’ grandson, at Yale and also Archibald Alexander at Princeton. The Princetonians – the Alexanders, Samuel Miller, and Charles Hodge – did a good job of combining the basics of revivalism with a healthy emphasis on doctrine and the importance of the church. Sprague’s lectures include a chapter on “General Means” for promoting revivals, and his chapters on counseling seekers and new converts are particularly helpful.
The primary means-of-revival that everyone agrees upon is extraordinary prayer