Why We Don’t Have Revival

by Leonard Ravenhill
praying hands w open bibleIn an old town in Ireland they'll show you
with reverence a place where four young men
met night after night after night praying 
for revival. In Wales,there's a place in 
the hills where three or four young men 
only 18 or 19 years old met and prayed 
night after night. They wouldn't let God
go; they would not take no for an answer. 
As far as humanly possible they prayed a 
revival into birth. If you're thinking of revival at your church without any
inconvenience, forget it. Revival costs a lot. 

   I can give you one simple reason why we don't have revival in America. 
Because we're content to live without it. We're not seeking God - we're seeking
miracles, we're seeking big crusades, we're seeking blessings. In Numbers 11, 
Moses said to God, "You're asking me to carry a burden I can't handle. Do some-
thing or kill me!" Do you love America enough to say, "God, send revival or 
kill me"? Do you think it's time we changed Patrick Henry's prayer from, 
"Give me liberty or give me death," to "Give me revival or let me die"? 

   In the 30th chapter of Genesis, Rachael goes to Jacob and throws herself
down in despair. She says, "Give me children or else I die." Are you willing 
to throw yourself down before God to seek the spiritual birth of spiritual 
children in our country? 

   People say, "I'm filled with the Holy Spirit." If the coming of the Spirit
didn't revolutionize your prayer life, you'd better check on it. I'm not so 
sure you got what God wanted you to get. 

   We've said that prayer changes things. No! Prayer doesn't change things. 
Prayer changes people and they change things. We all want Gabriel to do the
job. God says do it yourself - with My sufficiency and My strength. 

We need to get like this woman, Hannah. What did she do? She wept, she was 
grieved, she said she had a complaint, she fasted - and she prayed. 

   Jesus, the anointed of God, made prayer His custom. Paul, with his back-
ground and intellect, depended on prayer because he said he was weak. David,
the king, called himself a poor man and cried to the Lord. Hannah prayed for
a son and gave birth to a prophet. The prayers of a handful of young men 
sparked revival. 

There's nothing more transfiguring than prayer. 

Copyright (C)1995 by Leonard Ravenhill, Lindale, Texas.