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- By Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
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WHAT TO PRAY FOR IN REVIVAL
Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven.
1 Peter 1:11-12
Consider God’s unusual attestation, this indication that the church is His, that it is His power that is within her, that she is unique, that this is not of men. A man can preach without the Holy Spirit. We need the demonstration of the Spirit and of power. “The Holy Ghost [was] sent down from heaven”—the descent of power, this uniqueness, this special manifestation of the presence and of the power of God. That is always the most urgent petition in the mouths and on the lips of those who see the position as it is and who see the need of revival—“Authenticate Thy word. Lord God, let it be known beyond a doubt that we are Thy people. Shake us!” I do not ask Him to shake the building, but I ask Him to shake us.
It is clear that revival is nothing that man can produce or organize; it is plain that it is an act of God. God authenticating His people, their work, and their message, and saying, “Yes, these are My people. And I am doing something in their midst that I never will do among anyone but My own people.” Are we clear that the prayer for revival is not the prayer for regular blessing on the work—we must always go on doing that—it is the prayer for the unusual on top of it, in addition to it, something special, something that authenticates God and His work among His people.
A Thought to Ponder
Revival is nothing that man can produce or organize; it is an act of God.
From Revival, pp. 185-186.
Today’s devo is taken from Walking with God Day by Day © 2003 by Good News Publishers. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Crossway Books, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
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