Thursday, August 31, 2006
Time to Pray for a New Great Awakening
"Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground, for it is the time to seek the LORD, that he may come and rain righteousness upon you." (Hosea 10.12 ESV)
In this post I will make a plea for ministers and churches to pray for revival. It is in this hope that Fetter Lane blog exits. While turning the pages of the historical Great Awakening makes for interesting reading, I'm not blogging for purely historical purposes. I want to see revival.
I don't mind innovation; after all, George Whitefield introduced John Wesley to field preaching to the masses. Also, Charles Wesley and others composed new music for the Methodist societies. However, my primary concern is on foundations. I preach a 2,000 year old message and it isn't chaning so I won't, either. While methods change (and should) and musical styles change (and should) the unvarnished preaching of the straight-up Word of God never changes. NOTHING will supplant the sermon in my ministry...ever.
I care about revival.
I want to see another Great Awakening so powerful that the media will take notice; whether they are interested, incredulous or downright incendiary is of no importance to me. I'll take the notoriety either way.
I believe revival only comes by prayer and fasting.
Let me ask you:
1. Are you praying for a Great Awakening?
2. Are you, in fact, not shy about calling it a "Great Awakening"?
3. Are you asking for salvation, the witness of the Spirit and Christian perfection to break out upon the land?
4. Is your church praying for a Great Awakening? By name?
Are you hungering and thirsting for it?
I want it; I'm tired of church as usual. That doesn't mean I want to mock the "established" churches and try to distance myself from them. It means I want to pray for an old fashioned Holy Ghost Wesleyan revival.
I need to read from E.M Bounds on prayer and take him seriously.
I want a Great Awakening.
I want one for you, too.