Lately my heart has been heavy over how America is turning away from the God who made her great. She has set aside the Book of God. She has disregarded the law of God. She is unconcerned about the favor of God. She has squandered the blessing of God. She has lost her fear of God. She is fascinated with play and bored with prayer. She has banished Him from the courts and the schools and the public square.
She wants to ignore God but demand his protection and provision and prosperity. I tremble to think of what the America of my children and grandchildren will be like. I pray He will strengthen them to be among the remnant of those who are faithful to God. I pray that by the mercy of God he will send a revival and they will have experience of seeing a nation turn back to God.
When my heart is heavy for America and for the American church I pray and read old things written by people who experienced revival first hand. I watch old interviews and videos by preachers like Leanord Ravenhill. Recently I read this from one of his messages:
I remember a series of meetings we had in Wales in 1949. After three days a lady, Mrs. Lewis, said to me, “Brother Ravenhill, this is the nearest thing to the Welsh revival that we’ve had.” That was forty years after the Welsh revival. “Mrs. Lewis, what’s the point of identification?” “Because we walk up the hill now as we walked then.” And she explained, “Last night, the night before, the night before that,” she said “it wasn’t until we got to the cross roads and bid each other ‘good night,’ that we realized that nobody had said a word. We were so awed with the majesty and the presence of God.”
Tonight I pray that once again the children of America will go to sleep listening to the mummer of their parents prayers in the next room. I pray that God will fill the churches of America again with people young and old earnestly seeking God. I pray that we will enjoy the experience of walking home silently awed by the presence and the majesty of God. Silent with conviction. Hungry for God.
November 12, 2012