“ Do you get so near to the heart of God that you share His grief over the world and over the backslidden church that we have today?” Ravenhill
That stirring of the Spirit then overflows the confines of lives of the saints to bless a waiting world.
<ul><li>“ His mighty cloud of resources is swelling... just over our heads! In it is the greatest revival that earth has ever seen! Imprisoned there is the greatest Pentecost since the first one flooded the world!” </li></ul>Faith Awaits
A Two-Fold Vision Building Our Personal House Building God's House Building An Invisible House
The Coming Revival - Bill Bright <ul><li>“ While I was seeking His guidance, something extraordinary happened. I distinctly sensed a sobbing in my spirit and, amazingly, I knew our Lord was weeping. I was startled at first. And although I did not know why He was weeping, I began to sob, too.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Then I sensed Him saying, ‘My people have forgotten one of the most important disciplines of the Christian life, the major key of revival.’ And I knew He meant fasting with prayer.” </li></ul>
<ul><li>Romans 8:26-27 “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for…” </li></ul>
<ul><li>Romans 8:26-27 “ …but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.” </li></ul>
<ul><li>Romans 8:26-27 “ And He </li></ul><ul><li>who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God's will.” </li></ul>
Hebrews 7:25 NIV “ Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.”
God speaks unchanging truth throughout all generations.
“ Paul, we say, was a logician, but his own appraisal was that his was the place of burden-bearer, who could wish himself accursed from Christ if by this means his brethren could be saved.”
Arthur Wallis, in his book, “ God’s Chosen Fast”: “ God wants to bring us beyond…mourning only for our personal sins, to where we are moved by the Spirit to mourn for the sins of the church, the nation, and even the world. It is of the deepest concern to God to find those who share his feelings for the spiritual situation that exists..."
<ul><li>"We have many organizers, but few agonizers...” </li></ul><ul><li>Ravenhill </li></ul>
Heaven marks the men who feel with God for the sins that break His heart and turn His face from us…
Praying Clear Through <ul><li>"The crying need of this age is more who will really have soul agony and soul travail in prayer.“ </li></ul><ul><li>p. 135 </li></ul><ul><li>Praying Clear Through </li></ul><ul><li>W.J. Harney </li></ul>
<ul><li>Mrs. Gertrude Taylor </li></ul><ul><li>“ I know I was a good teacher. They hired three to replace me at Bethany, and three at Mid America. But I believe with all my being, that I have done far more in the kingdom, glorifying God, lifting Him up to what He could do to meet the needs of men in my private closet of prayer, than I have done anywhere else in my life pattern. It is a marvelous thing to enter into the lives of other people.” </li></ul>
Mrs. Gertrude Taylor "I will move Heaven and Earth over your prayer request."
“ The secret of praying is praying in secret.” Ravenhill
<ul><li>The reason some are able to say that the day of revival is over: </li></ul><ul><li>"Because the day of waiting upon the Lord and praying clear through is over!" </li></ul>
<ul><li>“ To pray through,” then, is to lay one’s need, or burden, or concern before the Lord; to pray until the load lifts, the pressure is removed, the darkness is dispelled, and the uncertainty is replaced with assurance.” </li></ul>Pray Through
“ Attempt great things for God Expect great things from God.” William Carey
George Mueller: “ Then trust in God. Depend only on Him. Wait on Him. Believe on Him. Expect great things from Him . Faint not if the blessing ferries. ”
George Mueller: “… Tens of thousands of times my prayers have been answered. When once I am persuaded a thing is right, I go on praying for it until the end comes. I never give up!”
George Mueller: “ In answer to my prayers, thousands of souls have been saved,” he went on. “I shall meet tens of thousands of them in heaven.”
2 Corinthians 4:18 “ So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
<ul><li>Hebrews 11:1 – "Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." </li></ul>
<ul><li>Hebrews 11:6 - "And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek him." </li></ul>
<ul><li>I have posted watchmen on your walls, </li></ul><ul><li>O Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night. </li></ul><ul><li>You who call on the LORD, </li></ul><ul><li>give yourselves no rest, </li></ul><ul><li>and give him no rest </li></ul><ul><li>till he establishes Jerusalem </li></ul><ul><li>and makes her the praise of the earth. </li></ul>Isaiah 62:6&7
The Lord has poured out His blessing on the Waiting School
“ How he pleaded for them with sobs – dry choking sobs, that showed how the depths of his soul were being stirred. ‘Father, give me these souls or I die!” was the burden of his prayers.” Praying Hyde
“… At times it was a crying out for the millions perishing before our eyes.” Praying Hyde
"But more than this, I have just emerged from a great trial which for almost three years signified a thousand deaths."
"Intercession shall have first place. It is not a simple or easy matter. It means the Cross, a participation in the Savior's sufferings…
“ I point you to the scores of hundreds of workers quickened and fitted for the services of Christ; I point you to literally thousands prayed into the Kingdom and I say to you, ‘Behold, the purchase of such a price!’” Praying Hyde
“ I am assured that tens of thousands have been born into the kingdom because of the soul-travail at Sialkot.”
<ul><li>p. 91 </li></ul><ul><li>Praying Clear Through </li></ul><ul><li>W.J. Harney </li></ul>
<ul><li>"The church should seek above everything to cultivate in God's children the power of an unceasing prayerfulness on behalf of the perishing world." </li></ul><ul><li>Andrew Murray </li></ul>
"That millions of people will be in conscious torment forever is beyond the grasp of the human mind." One Minute After You Die Erwin Lutzer
“ It is unending death, a state in which the immortal soul can never die to its misery, never know relief.”
“… a night where the cries of the damned never die…”
“ In his letter to William Law, John Wesley put it very pointedly: Now this much cannot be denied, that these texts speak as if there were really such a place as hell…
… I would then ask but one plain question: If the case is not so, why did God speak as if it was?”
“ The fear was so intense I couldn’t bear it, but again, I couldn’t die. I knew that most people up on the surface of the earth did not believe or even know that there was a whole world going on down here…”
“… They wouldn’t believe it. But here it existed, and it was all too real. This place was so terrifying, so intense, and so hostile that it would be impossible for me to exaggerate the horror.” Bill Wiese 23 Minutes in Hell
“ I understood that I would never get out.” Bill Wiese
“ It was a reality filled with an endless eternity of pain, loss, loneliness, and doom—a most miserable existence.” Bill Wiese
“ I realized this horror would last for an eternity, and that knowledge thrust me back into a frantic state of mind.” Bill Wiese
“ To witness people in terror, in desperation, and in unending torment was more than I could bear.” Bill Wiese
2 Cor. 5:11 (21 st Century KJV) “ Knowing the terror of the Lord, we persuade men everywhere to get ready.”
"George Whitefield cried, 'Give me souls, or take my soul..." H.C. Van Wormer
David Brainerd said, “ I care not where I go or how I live or what I endure so that I may save souls … H.C. Van Wormer
… When I sleep, I dream of them; when I awake, they are my first thoughts …” H.C. Van Wormer
… No amount of scholastic attainment, of able and profound exposition …” H.C. Van Wormer
During the great Welsh Revival, Dr F. B. Meyer saw one evening, a young minister come to a crowded meeting. H.C. Van Wormer
This young man stood up and prayed to God in behalf of two of his mates who were scoffing behind. H.C. Van Wormer
One of these men immediately arose and said, “No, that is not true; I was not scoffing. I simply said I was not an infidel, but an agnostic… H.C. Van Wormer
… and if God wants to save me, I will give Him a fair opportunity. Let Him do it!” H.C. Van Wormer
That boast seemed to strike Evan Roberts so that he fell on his knees in perfect agony of soul. H.C. Van Wormer
It seemed as though his very heart would break beneath the weight of this man’s sin. H.C. Van Wormer
A friend of Dr. Meyer’s who stood near him said, “This is too dreadful! I cannot bear to hear this man groan so! I will start a tune to drown it!” H.C. Van Wormer
Dr. Meyer said, “Whatever you do, don’t do that. I want this thing to sink deep into my heart. H.C. Van Wormer
“… I’ve preached the Gospel these thirty years with dry eyes. I’ve spoken to great masses of people without turning a hair, unmoved. I want the throb of this man’s anguish to touch my own soul.” H.C. Van Wormer
Evan Roberts sobbed on and on and Meyer said: “My God, let me learn that sob, that my soul may break while I preach the Gospel to men.” H.C. Van Wormer
Listen to Mr. Finney: “ It loaded me down with great agony. As I returned to my room I felt almost as if I should stagger under the burden that was on my mind ...” H.C. Van Wormer
The Spirit struggled within men with groanings that could not be uttered .” H.C. Van Wormer
The reason for revival which has been going on now around four years in the Hebrides is that some have recovered the lost agony. H.C. Van Wormer
“ But the remarkable thing about that great meeting is this, that while that was happening in the church , … H.C. Van Wormer
… fishermen in their boats, men behind their looms, men at the pit bank, a merchant out with his van, school teachers examining papers, were gripped by God … H.C. Van Wormer
… and by ten o’clock the roads were black with people seeking after God … ” H.C. Van Wormer
“ I went along that country road and found in one place three men lying on their faces, so distressed about their souls that they could not talk to me; yet they were never near the meeting I held. This is revival .” H.C. Van Wormer
"It appears that we have lost the power to weep, to wrestle, to plead, and to agonize over lost souls."
"The reason there is no intercession, no agonizing, no weeping, 'between the porch and the altar' is that God's people are not awake to the condition of the day."
"To recover the lost agony will be costly."
"What did it mean for Paul to engage in soul-winning labors?"
"Loss of fame, friends, riches, rest, reputation, and relatives;"
"what separation, sobs, scars, and scarcity were his--"
"All because he wanted others to find Christ!"
"His was a passion for souls that flamed up in ardor and burned steadily in spite of all discouragement."
"Would we share the apostolic agony for souls of men?"
The following quote is from John Wesley’s Journal, taken from Benjamin Pettit’s, The Great Privilege of All Believers : The Wesleyan Doctrine of No Sin , 1: 474-475
“ When they had spent the usual time together [in prayer], a few went to their own houses; but the rest remained upon their knees, groaning for the great and precious promises of God.
“ One being desired to pray, he no sooner began to lift up his voice to God, than the Holy Ghost made intercession in all that were present, with groanings that could not be uttered.
“ At length the travail of their souls burst out into loud and ardent cries.”
“ They had no doubt of the favour of God; but they could not rest, while there was any thing in them contrary to his nature.”
“ One cried out, in an exceeding great agony, “Lord, deliver me from my sinful nature!” then a second, a third, and fourth.”
“ And while the person who prayed first, was calling upon God in those words, “Thou God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, hear us for the sake of thy Son Jesus!”
… one was heard to say, “Blessed be the Lord God for ever, for he hath cleansed my heart! Praise the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, praise his holy name!”
Another said, “I hold thee with a trembling hand, but will not let thee go;” and in a little time cried out, “Praise the Lord with me; for he hath cleansed my heart from sin!”
Another cried, “I am hanging over the pit of hell by a slender thread;” a second, with loud and dismal shrieks, “I am in hell: O save me, save me!”
while a third said, with a far different voice, “Blessed be the Lord, for he hath pardoned all my sins!”
Thus they continued for the space of two hours; some praising and magnifying God, some crying to him for pardon or purity of heart, with the greatest agony of spirit.
Before they parted, three believed God had fulfilled his word, and “cleansed them from all unrighteousness.”
“ The next evening they met again; and the Lord was again present to heal the broken in heart. One received remission of sins; and three more believed God had cleansed them from all sin. . .”
“ A typical entry in David Brainard's Journal:” “ I set apart this day for secret fasting and prayer, …”
“… to entreat God to direct and bless me with regard to the great work I have in view, of preaching the Gospel."
"I think my soul never was in such agony before;
"I felt no restraint, for the treasures of the divine grace were opened to me;"
“ I was in such agony till near dark, that I was wet with sweat.”
<ul><li>"Fathers Nash and Clery rented a dark and damp cellar for the period of the Finney meetings </li></ul><ul><li>(at least two weeks) and there in that self-chosen cell, those prayer partners battled the forces of darkness.“ </li></ul><ul><li>Revival Praying-Leonard Ravenhill </li></ul>
<ul><li>“ With all due credit to Mr. Finney for what was done, it was the praying men who held the ropes.” </li></ul><ul><li>Ravenhill </li></ul>
<ul><li>"The tears they shed, the groans they uttered are written in the book of the chronicles of the things of God." </li></ul><ul><li>Ravenhill </li></ul>
J. Paul Reno: Daniel Nash: Prevailing Prince of Prayer
J. Paul Reno: Daniel Nash: Prevailing Prince of Prayer
“ I quote form a postal card written by John to his sister while he was at Clifton Springs, N.Y., dated October 27th, 1911, ‘Am still in bed or wheel-chair, getting a fine rest and doing a lot of the ministry of intercession, and having not a few opportunities of personal work.’”
<ul><li>‘ As His Word says, it is His will that you continue to bear fruit in old age (Ps. 92:14). </li></ul><ul><li>He wants me to share with you how He wants to bless and use you.’ </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. Bright </li></ul>
<ul><li>Since 1994, when I was age seventy three, I have been lead each year to conduct a forty-day extensive water and juice fast, which God has greatly used. I would encourage you to do the same.” </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. Bill Bright </li></ul><ul><li>From his book: </li></ul><ul><li>“ The Journey Home” </li></ul>
<ul><li>“ Dr. Bright told me that he experienced the most productive days as he sat in a wheelchair struggling to breathe. Incredibly, fifteen books and related projects were completed during his final 24 months, when lesser men and women would have given up in despair.” </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. James Dobson </li></ul>
<ul><li>I am eighty-one and no longer in the fast lane. But Christians never retire from being servants of our great Creator-God and Savior. We are never too old to be in business with and for the King of Kings. </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. Bright </li></ul>
<ul><li>Feelings of uselessness and hopelessness are not from God, but from the evil one, the devil, who wants to discourage you and thwart your effectiveness for the Lord. </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. Bright </li></ul>
<ul><li>Whether you have twenty years left, ten years, one year, one month, one day, or just one hour, there is something very important God wants you to do. </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. Bright </li></ul>
<ul><li>‘ Your loving heavenly Father has not forgotten or given up on you. He knows who you are, how you are, and what you are doing. He still has work for you to do!’ </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. Bright </li></ul>
<ul><li>The last season of my life on earth is the best in so many ways. I can write and read, listen to music, and focus on the Lord God as during no other time in my life; His agenda for my own little life is my only agenda. </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. Bright </li></ul>
<ul><li>Though I am in bed and on oxygen twenty-four hours each day, I am experiencing one of the most fruitful periods of my life. </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. Bright </li></ul>
"In the matter of New Testament, Spirit-inspired, Hell-shaking, world-breaking prayer, never has so much been left by so many to so few." Ravenhill