Prayerfully read 2 Chronicles 20:1-20.
“Come down to make your name known…and cause the nations to quake before you!” (Isaiah 64:2)
We lift our voices with multitudes across our own land for a powerful visitation of the Holy Spirit. This is what a national awakening looked like a century and a half ago in the days of Charles Spurgeon—
Spurgeon wrote, “The times of refreshing from the presence of the Lord have at last dawned upon our land. A spirit of prayer is visiting our churches. The rushing mighty wind is already discerned, while on rising evangelists the tongues of fire have already descended.”
Spurgeon’s godly wisdom concerning revival was reflected in his words: “Observe how sovereign the operations of God are…He may, in one district, work a revival and persons may be stricken down and made to cry aloud; then there may be crowds and all may be still and quiet, as though no deep excitement existed at all…He can bless as He wills and He will bless as He wills. Let us not dictate to God. Many a blessing has been lost by Christians not believing it to be a blessing because it did not come in the particular shape that they conceived to be proper and right.”
Spurgeon had earnestly prayed: “O God, send us the Holy Ghost! Give us both the breath of spiritual life and the fire of unconquerable zeal. O thou art our God, answer us by fire, we pray thee! Answer us both by wind and fire…Oh that thou wouldst send the wind and the fire!…God, send us a season of glorious disorder…Oh, for the fire to fall again!…Give us now both hearts of flame and tongues of fire to preach Thy reconciling word, for Jesus’ sake! Amen!” And God answered! In those years a million people were converted to Christ in the United Kingdom!
We pray with Charles Spurgeon— Oh God, send us the Holy Ghost! Answer us by wind and fire! God send us a season of glorious disorder! O, for the fire to fall! For Jesus’ sake! Amen!
- Lord, today I take additional time to seek Your face in prayer, fasting, worship, and adoration.
- As I am still in Your presence, speak deeply into my soul, all that is on Your heart for personal, national and world-wide revival. (Journal what you are hearing.)
By Pastor Charles P. Schmitt