When we look around at the moral landscape of our society today, we may easily find ourselves growing discouraged. Rather than soaring to new heights as a nation, it would seem that we are sinking to new depths. Yet there is hope! It is a hope that rests with the power of God to bring revival to our hearts. Revival is the supernatural work of God’s Spirit to restore life, health, and vitality to the people of God as they cry out to Him in desperation. The result of real revival in the church will be increased mission to the world. A revived church is a soul-winning church, and it is a catalyst for spiritual awakening among the lost.
Many historians will tell you that the collective spirit of America was grim in the mid nineteenth century. In New York City, there was a concerned layman named Jeremiah Lanphier who announced a series of noontime prayer meetings to begin on September 23, 1857, at the Old Dutch Church on Fulton Street. When the hour came, Lanphier found himself all alone. It wasn’t long before one other man showed up. The next week, there were twenty who came to pray. Within a month, the prayer meeting drew around forty people. Word began to travel and other churches even began to open up their doors at noon. Newspapers began to publicize the prayer meetings. Within the next six months, the prayer meetings even spread to other cities. It was a revival that lasted nearly two years. Some have even estimated that more than 500,000 people were converted during that time period.
Remember that the night is darkest just before the dawn. Where sin has left its devastating effects, may the grace of God in Christ be richly poured out. May God move afresh and anew in the hearts of His people! May we be a people who sincerely pray with the psalmist, “Will You not revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in You?”
For more, read 2 Chronicles 7:14; Psalm 85:1-13