This week Ron preached from Isaiah 30.15-26 on Revival and the Heart of God. He shared that the foundation for the movement of God among his people is God’s own desire to meet with them. When we pray for God’s work revival we are not trying to convince God to do something that is foreign to his heart, but rather perfectly in line with the reality that he waits on high to show grace and mercy to his people.
“O LORD, I have heard the report of you,
and your work, O LORD, do I fear.
In the midst of the years revive it;
in the midst of the years make it known” (Hab 3.2)
And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him. (1 John 5.14-15)
One of the primary ways to growing in our ability to wait on God is to become assured of his promises. Some simple resources laying out the need to fill your heart with the promises of God: John Piper’s Most- Used Promises and Are You All in on the Promises of God?.
In his sermon Ron referenced philosopher Byung-Chul Han’s work The Burnout Society, laying out our modern problems of anxiety as to an excess of positivity.
A great intro work to the Scriptural principles of Revival is Arthur Wallis’ In the Day of Thy Power. In his chapter on the “Dynamics of Prayer” Wallis lays out the necessity of praying in faith, and outlines three “laws” by which faith operates (pp. 162-165):
HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHT: The Welsh Revival of 1904-1905
At the turn of the century, God visited several churches in Wales with a mighty move of his Spirit. The most well-known of the ministers during this revival was a young man by the name of Evan Roberts, who, at the age of 26, began to ask the Lord to use him to see 100,000 souls saved. Over the course of the two years nearly 25% of the population in Wales were converted through gospel preaching (it is said that many converts of these revivals continued to walk faithfully with Christ decades later!). The gospel ministry in Wales also moved throughout Britain, North America, India, Africa, and South America through the sending of missionaries. (Read an account of the Welsh Revival written in 1905 by Arthur Goodrich HERE).
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