Ten Characteristics of Revivals
|Written by Patrick Morley|
|Monday, August 09 2010 00:00|
Every revival or awakening leaves its own heat signature--in 1740 youth led the way, in 1857 businessmen and prayer took center stage, and the 1906 Azusa Street revival was decidedly interracial. Yet all share common themes. What are the most frequently mentioned characteristics of revivals and awakenings in literature?
We've not had an awakening in America of historic proportion for a long time, and appear ripe for a fresh outpouring of God's Spirit.
But history tells us that national revivals and awakenings cannot be manufactured. They are sovereign acts of mercy and grace by God himself, when he supernaturally achieves in a short span what seems otherwise impossible.
While the decision belongs to God alone, he gives us the privilege of hastening the day through humble repentant prayer. God loves to respond to the prayers of his people (e.g., 2 Chronicles 7:14).
Thy will be done,
1Richard M. Riss, A Survey of 20th Century Revival Movements in North America, Peabody: Hendrickson Publishers, Inc., 1988, p. 5.
2Frank Grenville Beardsley. A History of American Revivals. New York: American Tract Society, 1912, p. 342.
3Beardsley, pps. 345-346.
4Beardsley, p. 343.
5Jonathan Edwards, "An Account of Revival," Jonathan Edwards on Revival, Carlisle: The Banner of Truth Trust, first published in 1736, p. 148.
6George Waugh, Flashpoints of Revival, North Charleston: BookSurge Publishing, 2009, p. 31.
7Beardsley, p. 333.
8Keith J. Hardman, Charles Grandison Finney 1792-1875, Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1987, pps. 198, 249.
9Riss, pps. 6-7.
10Beardsley, p. 53.
11Riss, p. 42
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