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2021 (Page 4)

In Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Ivan endures all the horrors of a Soviet prison camp. One day he is praying with his eyes closed when a fellow prisoner ridicules him: “Prayers won’t help you get out of here any faster.” Opening his eyes, Ivan answers, “I do not pray to get out of prison but to do the will of God.” Prayer is not resigning yourself to some undesirable fate. Nor is prayer manipulating God to

English poet and theologian Frederick Faber wrote: “We must wait for God, long, meekly, in the wind and wet, in the thunder and lightning, in the cold and the dark. Wait, and he will come. He never comes to those who do not wait.” God is a God of power. Where mountains tremble, fire blazes, and nations quake (Isaiah 64:1-2). God does awesome things, sometimes things beyond our expectation. “For when you did awesome things that we did not expect, you came

Revival was needed in Isaiah’s day. God’s place was trampled down, and God’s enemies seemed to triumph over God’s people. “For a little while your people possessed your holy place, but now our enemies have trampled down your sanctuary. We are yours from of old; but you have not ruled over them, they have not been called by your name” (Isaiah 63:18-19). Even today, age-old Christian beliefs can be twisted and devalued. Christian values can be misunderstood and ridiculed. Yet we take our

In a recent conversation with other pastors in Queens, we talked about our similar experiences of people who have dropped out of church during this pandemic. We shared similar feelings of sadness over this loss. The prophet Isaiah also grieved over God’s people. “Why, LORD, do you make us wander from your ways and harden our hearts so we do not revere you? Return for the sake of your servants, the tribes that are your inheritance” (Isaiah 63:17). Of course, God doesn’t

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