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Revival April 13, 2007

Posted by Joe in Quotes.
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Revival is a season in the life of the church when God causes the normal ministry of the gospel to surge forward with extraordinary spiritual power.

Revival is seasonal, not perennial. God causess it; we do not. It is the normal ministry of the gospel, not something eccentric or even different from what the church is always charged to do. What sets revival apart is simply that our usual efforts greatly accelerate in their spiritual effects. God hits the fast-forward button. And this blessing spills out from the church to wash over the nations with an ingathering of many new converts to Christ.
– Raymond Ortlund Jr.

I offer two questions: 1) Do we know this? 2) Are we seeking this?

Both are vital. For without an understanding of what revival is, chances are most of us won’t seek it. And if we are not seeking it, it probably won’t come. That is not to say that we cannot be surprised by God’s power, but usually the Lord perpares His people for revival by raising up hungry hearts to seek Him for an outpouring of His Holy Spirit. Will you vow to become such a one?

I would encourage each of us to first, pursue a greater understanding of what revival is and second, to pray for revival until it comes. I am praying for the Lord to raise up a people of persevering prayer. However, I am well aware that this persevering people cannot be ignorant of what they are praying for. So let us seek some education and pray for the grace to persevere in prayer!

A good place to start is the book that this quote is take from, namely, Ortlund’s ‘When God Comes to Church.’

Praying for an outpouring of the Spirit with you,
Joe

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