Day 19 - It's Time to Seek the Lord, UNTIL!

Shalom,

Praying for you!  It's time to seek the Lord, UNTIL He rains down upon us! 

Prayer is essential, it proceeds and sustains revival / awakening, may we receive a deeper burden for revival prayer.

He's Pouring out, getting under the spout and receives His rain!
Under the Spout of Heaven,

Sharon

Day 19 - It’s Time To Seek the Lord, UNTIL!

The Second Wave

Today, we are going to take a glimpse into the second wave or little-known 'Great Awakening' that lasted about 30 years and its immediate effects were extraordinarily widespread. It also gave a remarkable surge to world missions.

 Yesterday, I mentioned 2 things  that are prevalent in every revival / awakening: God, sovereignly moving and people responding with action to God’s movement. 

One of the actions of people that is associated with every ‘awakening’ and ‘revival’ is prayer.

Question: Which comes first?

    • Does God move on peoples heart which causes them to start praying which brings His Spirit down?  OR 

    • Do people move the heart of God through their intercessions for visitation which bring His Spirit down? 

Honestly, it’s a both / and scenario…PRAYER is essential whether God initiates or men initiates it.

WITHOUT PRAYER there will be NO MOVE OF GOD! AWAKENINGS and REVIVALS don’t happen without people seeking the face of God; praying for Him to come! We see this in the Scriptures and with every historic movement of the Spirit. 

PRAYER is the common denominator, without it, we will not get the visitation our world desperately needs.

Hosea 10:12

Sow with a view to righteousness, Reap in accordance with kindness (mercy); Break up your fallow ground, For it is time to seek the LORD Until He comes to rain righteousness on you. (NASB)

All awakenings have a God time table, when we commit ourselves to seek His face and repent (break up our fallow (slack, dormant, inactive) hearts He responds.

God said, I will hasten (be quick to do something:) when My people get into my time and seek My face.

    • Time: ’eth’ appointed time

    • Seek: to tread or frequent; usually to follow (for pursuit or search); by implication to seek or ask; specifically to worship; to seek deity in prayer and worship

    • Until: as far as, even to, until, up to, as far (or long, or much) 

    • Rain: to throw, shoot, cast, pour; properly to flow as water (that is, to rain).

According to this passage we need to: 

  • Sow to righteousness

  • Reap in mercy (kindness)

  • Break up…

  • It’s TIME - know the time!

  • Seek the Lord

  • UNTIL…He Comes!

  • Rains upon us!

Marks of the Second Wave / Awakening

  1. Prayer: a prayer movement or 8 yrs. preceded the awakening that broke out in the UK and 4 yrs. of prayer preceding the US awakening.

  2. Unity: denomination after denomination devoted a monthly Monday evening to prayer.

  3. Venues: Awakening meetings met in churches and in the open air

  4. Missions: Many Missionary Societies were birthed out of this awakening.

  5. Youth: College campuses were mightily impacted by the Spirit.

  6. Signs: ‘astounded revival scenes’ with hundreds falling at once, with shrieks, and shouts, and many conversions. 

  7. All denominations were impacted by this move of God.

“All denominations were blessed by this revival. An utterly lawless community was transformed into a God-fearing one. The American Bible Society, American Tract Society, American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Mission and innumerable other societies were founded at this time.”

ACTION

  • Read: Psalms 119: 81-88 (revive us, O’ Lord)  also the Second Wave of Awakening below - do it again, Lord!

  • Cry Out for God’s Presence to invade your life, church, city and this nation!

  • Break up any fallow ground in your heart; repent for whatever is shown you!

  • Ask Holy Spirit to give you a deeper burden of prayer for the lost, for the Church.

  • Ask Holy Spirit for a fresh anointing to travail - bring to birth His awakening, revival, reformation.

  • Call forth revival, awakening in our day!

  • Wait in His Presence, get under the spout of heaven…Go out, sow mercy and kindness wherever you go!

Plow your fields, scatter seeds of justice, and harvest faithfulness. Worship me, the LORD, and I will send my saving power down like rain. (CEV)


DO IT AGAIN, GOD!

Here’s a more in-depth look at the second wave of awakening in late 1700’s early 1800’s.

The Second Great (Wave) Awakening of 1792 Onwards…1792 to 1820’s 

This little-known 'Great Awakening' lasted about 30 years and its immediate effects were extraordinarily widespread. It also gave a remarkable impetus to world missions.

This awakening began as a prayer-movement in 1784 (8 years before the rival broke out), when John Erskine of Edinburgh re-published Jonathan Edward's earnest plea for revival prayer. It was entitled, 'An Humble Attempt to Promote Explicit Agreement and Visible Union of God's People in Extraordinary Prayer for the Revival of Religion and the Advancement of Christ's Kingdom". Denomination after denomination devoted a monthly Monday evening to prayer, first in Britain, then in the US.

The barriers were great. There was moral decline following the war of independence in America. The French Revolution, infidelity and rationalism in Europe and dwindling congregations everywhere. 

The beginning of the revival can be traced to the industrial towns of Yorkshire in late 1791, spreading through all areas and denominations. The Methodists alone grew from around 72,000 at Wesleys death in 1791 to almost a quarter of a million within a generation.

At the same time, the churches in Wales became packed again and thousands gathered in the open air. The Haldanes (Robert and James) and Thomas Chalmers, with a few others, saw phenomenal awakenings in Scotland. Ireland too, saw local awakenings, especially among the Methodists.

A remarkable result of these UK revivals was the founding the British and Foreign Bible Society, The Religious Tract Society, The Baptist Missionary Society, The London Missionary Society, The Church Missionary Society and a host of other evangelistic agencies. It also achieved considerable social reform; evangelical Anglicans successfully fought for the abolition of the slave trade, prisons were reformed, Sunday Schools began and a number of benevolent institutions were commenced.

In the rest of the world similar movements arose. Around 1800 Scandinavia was impacted and in Switzerland a visit of Robert Haldane sparked off revivals among the Reformed churches. Germany experienced revival and achieved lasting social reforms and missionary fervour.

In the US the concept of prayer was very widespread from 1794 and by 1798 the awakening had broken out everywhere. Every state and every evangelical denomination was affected. Timothy Dwight, grandson of Jonathan Edwards, took over Yale College in 1795 and saw over half the students converted in just one year. Other colleges enjoyed similar movements of the Spirit.

Orr reports that there were no emotional extravagances in the east coast revivals. This was far from the case in other areas. Francis Asbury was sent from England, with and other Methodist circuit-riding preachers, to preach in the Frontiers. James McGready and Barton Stone witnessed an astounding revival at Kentucky in 1800, with much trembling, shaking, tears, shouting and fainting. In 1801 Barton Stone was invited to minister at the Cambridge meeting house in Bourbon County. A second visit attracted 20,000 people to a 6-day camp-meeting, which witnessed astounding revival scenes, with hundreds falling at once, with shrieks and shouts and many conversions.

The Frontier camp meetings were often sabotaged by drunks and mockers, many of whom repented and turned to God. All denominations were blessed by this revival. An utterly lawless community was transformed into a God-fearing one. The American Bible Society, American Tract Society, American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Mission and innumerable other societies were founded at this time.

The revival of 1792 onwards lasted around 30 years until around the early 1820's, but was soon followed by the 1830's revival, which lasted about 12 years before a decade of decline.

Source:  http://www.revival-library.org/index.php

OH, THAT You would rend the heavens and that You would come down, that the mountains might quake and flow down at Your presence--As when fire kindles the brushwood and the fire causes the waters to boil--to make Your name known to Your adversaries, that the nations may tremble at Your presence! - Isaiah 64:1-2