Recently I have been reading A God-Sized Vision: Revival Stories that Stretch and Stir by Collin Hansen and John Woodbridge. This is an outstanding work that addresses key revivals that have occurred historically in this country and abroad. It is an encouraging read as one is able to get a glimpse at the movement of God in different times, and it is also exhortation that needs to be heeded in our day. We are in need of revival, personally, in churches, in our cities, in our country, and our world. We desperately need to see the Spirit of God move in miraculous ways among us, for the glory of God’s name and the good of His people. We need to see greater amounts of conversions, disciple-making, and life change. Here are a few quotes from the preface and introductory chapter.
“Few of us are tempted today to dream too big. Rather, our vision shrinks to the size of our limited experience. Yet all things are possible for those who believe in the God who created the heavens and the earth. In our disbelief, we can ask God for inspiration to believe. Then he may give us a vision of divine size.”
“The inevitable and constant preliminary to revival has always been a thirst for God, a thirst, a living thirst for a knowledge of the living God, and a longing and a burning desire to see him acting, manifesting himself and his power, rising, and scattering his enemies.”
“We pray with [Martyn] Lloyd-Jones: “Let us lay hold upon Him and plead with Him to vindicate His own truth and the doctrines which are so dear to our hearts, that the church may be revived and masses of people may be saved.”
“Following the characteristic pattern of revivals, recovering Scripture brought conviction, followed by repentance, resulting in rejoicing, because the redeemer God doesn’t abandon those who seek his face.”
“Though God alone can instigate revival, the church need not wait idly. God may choose unexpected ways and times to bless our efforts to preach and teach his Word. We can confess our sins known and unknown and forsake them. Above all else, we can pray.”
I love this final quote. Certainly God blesses the reading, teaching, and preaching of His Word, but He does this in concert with the humbling of our own hearts, a returning to Him in repentance, and in the midst of passionate, dependent, faith-filled prayer (2 Chronicles 7:14). May we be a people who expectantly pray for and labor diligently, expecting, by the power of His Spirit, that God would move in power in our midst for His everlasting glory and our good.