Strong prayer, with repentence and holiness, always brings results; this is how revivals happen
A match is being struck and a fire is beginning to burn amongst our youth today, and I believe it is the beginning of something great.
This afternoon, I met with a young man who is part of a group which has been holding prayer meetings with other young Christians in their university.
They come from different groups and have different backgrounds, but have found themselves knit together in a strong bond to seek God for revival … and the Lord is answering them.
None of them are established ministers with any degrees in theology, neither do any of them hold any position in any church, nor do they have any agenda that they have been taught to follow – they’re just kids who have an insatiable hunger to see God move.
They’re praying for rain, and it’s starting to sprinkle.
Their impromptu prayer meetings are awash with the Spirit of the Lord and it is fueling their hunger for more.
They don’t know what to expect, so they’re expecting the unexpected.
As the intensity of their drive increases, so does the anointing of the Holy Spirit and the Lord exceeds their expectations every time.
This is how revivals happen.
Strong prayer, preceded with repentance and holiness, always brings results.
Humility to discard church conventions and allow the Spirit of God to work freely brings a release for a new and fresh anointing which is missing in our traditional view of church.
Pastors rarely understand this, but these kids do.
As I listened to his zeal and watched the excitement blaze in his eyes, I thought of David in the wilderness.
David has always represented the true church of God, while Saul is a picture of the established church that had fallen away.
Saul may have been the king, but David was the one who was anointed.
Although David’s group was small in number and considered outlaws, those in Israel who were discontented with the establishment and hungered for the truth flocked to him.
This might be a surprise to most traditional Christians, but there are many, many people today who, just like in David’s time, are tired of "church as usual" and are searching for something more.
Hardly a week goes by when I do not hear from Christians who are dissatisfied with dead churches and want to find a place that is alive with the Holy Ghost.
They are not satisfied with the stale bread of tradition and the old tales of how things were once upon a time – they want the real thing and they’re not finding it in today’s churches.
And just like in the times of David, people are hearing about these young people and are coming from all over to get a taste of what God is pouring out.
Revival will not come through the established churches of today, but God is going to raise up stones in their place – stones that are fired up with a desperate hunger to see an outpouring of the Holy Ghost like never before, and that are willing to let God lead the charge.
We may not recognize them, because they won’t look like what we are accustomed to, and they won’t fit our definition of church, but that’s okay.
They aren’t following us; they’re following God.
"And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word" Joel 2:11.