The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever by Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter
Pg.9 – From the Preface
“Revival is agonizing: It so terrorizes you over your sin that you repent deeply. Revival is consuming: It leaves you n o time for hobbies, for chores around the house, for work, for sleep. Revival wrecks your appointment calendar, interrupts TV times, demands your full attention … and wears you out.”
“As a matter of fact, we’ve got a suggestion for those who want revival: Don’t pray for revival. Just repent of all known sin, do everything you’re supposed to do, give God all – not part, but all – your time, and you’ll experience revival.”
Pg. 17 – Nine “Faces”of Revival
1. The repentance revival emphasizes a moral cleansing of individual lives and of society as a whole.
2. The evangelism revival focuses on winning souls to Christ.
3. The worship revival centers on magnifying God.
4. The deeper life revival emphasizes the experience of God’s indwelling.
5. The spiritual warfare revival devotes its energies to battling Satan and the other demons.
6. The Holy Spirit revival is characterized by extensive manifestations of the Spirit.
7. The reconciliation revival leads to the removal of barriers to racial and ethnic harmony.
8. The liberation revival focuses on gaining freedom for corporate and personal bondage to sin.
9. The prayer revival displays considerable efforts at intercession and other forms of prayer.
“Though any given revival may manifest several of these characteristics, most revivals tend to display one trait more prominently than the others.”
There are revivals and then there are revival eras. Some revivals are located in a specific time and place. However many, perhaps most are found to be taking place in a revival era. That is to say, that many revivals pop up at generally the same time in several places. For example, during the First Great Awakening, revival sprang up in the USA (Jonathan Edwards & the Tennent brothers), in England (Wesley and Whitfield) and in Herrnhutt, Germany (Moravians) all around the same time period.
~ All this said here are questions to contemplate:
1. Am I persistently praying for revival?
If it is not persistent, perhaps then my desire for a revival is a fad that will go away in a few days.
2. Can I encourage others to pray for revival?
3. Can I improve my knowledge of revival history and if so how will it change me?
One more personal comment: If one reads the book of Acts, he or she will notices certain themes to be quite salient. One is that the Holy Spirit is constantly being mentioned. Another is the constant mention of the growth in numbers of the Church. And so on. As I have read, skimmed or flipped through books on revival, the thing that I keep noticing most prominently is mention of prayer. Prayer is mentioned so much in these books that it is almost as if, books on revivals are historical accounts of the prayer-life of the people of God.