“And when they had prayed, the place in which they were assembled was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they continued to speak the Word of God with freedom and boldness and courage. . . . And with great strength and ability and power the apostles delivered their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus….” ~ Acts 4:31,33 (AMPC)
When I think of revival and the Holy Spirit falling, I think of many believers praying. “If My people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves, pray, seek, crave, and require of necessity My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land” ~ 2 Chronicles 7:14 (AMPC)
Christmas Evans, a Welsh preacher in the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth century, wrote in his diary… “One Sunday afternoon as I was traveling by horseback to an appointment. Suddenly as I went along a very lonely road, I was convicted of having a cold heart. I dismounted, tethered the horse to a tree, and found a secluded spot. Then, walking back and forth in agony, I reviewed my life. I waited before God in brokenness and sorrow for three hours. Finally, a sweet sense of His forgiving love broke over me, and I received a fresh filling of His Holy Spirit. …The following day I preached with so much new power, to a vast gathering of people on a hillside, that revival broke out and ultimately spread through all of Wales.”(1)
Far too often I forget the humble prayers of even one person is an incredible, mighty force. “…The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working]. Elijah was a human being with a nature such as we have [with feelings, affections, and a constitution like ours]; and he prayed earnestly for it not to rain, and no rain fell on the earth for three years and six months.” ~ James 5:16-17 (AMPC)
Just one person humbling themselves before God, earnestly praying before God, can open the blessings of heaven for the Lord to move.
May each of us spend time with God, humble ourselves before God, and seek His face, turn from our wicked ways, and allow God’s Spirit to move in mighty ways.
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(1) Streams in the Desert, L. B. Cowman (Edited by James Reimann), Zondervan