Summary: "A PRAYER FOR REVIVAL"
"A PRAYER FOR REVIVAL" Isaiah 63:17 - 64:12 It is as though the prophet were saying, Where is the God that brought us up out of Egypt? Where is he that put his Holy Spirit in our midst, brought us into the land of Canaan, drove out our enemies, and caused us to dwell in safety, to make himself a great and glorious name? I. THE ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF GREVIOUS FAILURE. 17-19 O LORD, why hast thou made us to err from thy ways, and hardened our heart from thy fear? Return for thy servants’ sake, the tribes of thine inheritance. 18 The people of thy holiness have possessed it but a little while: our adversaries have trodden down thy sanctuary.19 We are thine: thou never barest rule over them; they were not called by thy name. Here the prophet acknowledges... The Sovereignty Of God O LORD, why hast thou made us to err from thy ways, The Sin of the Nation and hardened our heart from thy fear? The Source of Salvation Return for thy servants’ sake, the tribes of thine inheritance. 1. We Need A Divine Intervention “Oh, that thou wouldest rend the heavens!…(and) come down” We must have a volcanic “spiritual happening” in the church of Jesus Christ, if modern man is to be impacted. 2. We Need A Divine Revelation “…come down… to make thy name known to thine adversaries When We have lost the Sense of God’s Presence, We have lost the Sign of God’s Power, We have lost the Scope of God’s Purpose. 3. We Need A Divine Visitation “…come down…That the nations may tremble at thy presence!” (a) When God visited His people in Egypt, Ex 12:33 And the Egyptians were urgent upon the people, that they might send them out of the land in haste; for they said, We be all dead men. (b) When God visited His people on the day of Pentecost, unbelievers cried out, “What shall we do?” (Acts 2:37). What would be our response if God were to visit us in our time? Mal Ch 3 v 1 ¶ Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.2 But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap: Ps110:3, “Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power” Descend upon us gracious Lord, With your reviving power, And search us, cleanse us by Your Word – To match this present hour. S.Oford. The Hour of Desperation! by Stephen Olford It is my conviction that we are never going to have revival until God has brought the church of Jesus Christ to the point of desperation. As long as Christian people can trust religious organization, material wealth, popular preaching, shallow evangelistic crusades and promotion drives, there will never be revival. But when confidence in the flesh is smashed, and the church comes to the realization of her desperate wretchedness, blindness and nakedness before God, then and only then will God break in.