"O LORD, revive thy work in the midst of the years”
(Habakkuk 3: 2 KJV)
From way back, even before the time of Habakkuk 26 centuries ago, God’s people have prayed for Revival in their time. And how we rejoice when this very thing happens by the sovereign breath of the Holy Spirit! It was my experience of being born and raised in the East African Revival that lies behind my writing of UNDER THE THORN TREE (Christian Focus Publications, 2017).
It is not that great awakenings can ever be prayed, preached or organised into being. No amount of conferences – or committees - can achieve them!
The most that can be done is the preparing of the soil a little. Even then, no prominent ‘leader-types’ were raised up in the bringing of revival to a tired church or apathetic society. The ‘professionals’ were not in the picture! The reason seems to be that - in any sweeping Christ-centred movement of the Spirit, the Lord God simply will not share His glory with another.
Again and again, it has – on the human level – been the quiet, prayerful and dedicated ‘awaiting’ on the part of one or two lay people – frequently women of God – that has won heaven’s response. This has been true in Africa, America, Wales, the Hebrides, Ireland and the Pacific.
It is not that all-night prayer meetings should be discouraged! Thousands are united in a holy desire that across the whole world -as our African friends would say - “The rains have come!”
‘Under the Thorn Tree’ – published by Christian Focus in the UK in November 2017 – is due out in the USA and elsewhere from January of 2018. (UK email; firstname.lastname@example.org)