I recently read the story of the Welsh Revival that took place in 1904-1905. It’s considered the largest Christian revival during the 20th century. Christian gatherings were characterized by a spontaneity of prayers, testimonies, confession of sins, and singing. Scores of people were filled with the Holy Spirit and upwards to 100,000 people in Wales came to faith in Jesus. The Welsh Revival also triggered revivals in several other countries. One key leader was Evan Roberts who had experienced a profound anointing
So many people today believe that they get along just fine without God. A pandemic hits and they don’t even think of God. God, they maintain, is an optional extra – good for you, but not for them. Sadly, we can sometimes live independent from God, as though he doesn’t even exist. Or, we call upon God only when we’re facing a crisis. Or, we think that if we just do our Christian duty, that is good enough. Mike Smith, a pastor
As Isaiah prays, “Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down,” he has some specific pictures in mind (Isaiah 64:1). He was concerned for his country. He could foresee the Babylonians coming in, ravaging the land, taking the people into captivity, leaving their homeland utterly desolate. Did God notice? “Look down from heaven and see, from your lofty throne, holy and glorious” (Isaiah 63:15). Have you noticed that when we’re also in desperate situations, we ask the same things of God?
God is present everywhere. Yet the consistent language of heaven where God dwells is always up! Psalm 123:1 says, “I lift up my eyes to you, to you who sit enthroned in heaven.” Since God is “up” in heaven, we invite God to “come down”, visit us in power, and manifest his very real presence among us. “Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down” (Isaiah 64:1). • When God’s people were slaves in Egypt, the Lord came down to
Our All Church Prayer – all three congregations – is tonight, Friday, August 20, 2021, 7:30 p.m. on Zoom. We want to pray kingdom prayers. Jesus taught us: “This, then, is how you should pray . . . your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:9-10). We follow a simple, engaging format for our All Church Prayer: A welcome in 3 languages. Three brief prayers, not translated, in English, Spanish, and Mandarin. A worship