[anzac] J. W. REDFIELD & the POWER OF PRAYER!!

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From: "REVIVAL List" <prophetic@...>
Date: Fri, 26 Oct 2012 23:53:53 +1300
by David Smithers    

The following from the pen of Catherine Booth should shake all who 
are lukewarm and indifferent. She writes, "Many do not recognize 
the fact as they ought, that Satan has got men fast asleep in sin 
and that it is his great device to keep them so. He does not care 
what we do if he can do that. We may sing songs about the sweet 
by and by, preach sermons and say prayers until doomsday, and 
he will never concern himself about us, if we don't wake anybody 
up. But if we awake the sleeping sinner he will gnash on us with 
his teeth. This is our work - to wake people up."
John Wesley Redfield was a man who awakened both the sleeping 
sinner and careless Christian. When Mr. Redfield prayed or preached 
men and women were touched by Jesus and went home different 
than when they came. Under the influence of Mr. Redfield's ministry, 
the slaves of sin were brought to repentance and totally set free. 
Wherever he preached, church after church seemed to be effected 
in the same way.
On one occasion Mr. Redfield entered the pulpit with an especially 
intense and heavy burden pressing upon his heart. Without 
esitation he began his message by clearly describing all those 
who had lived in the church for years without true saving grace; 
who had sat under the most searching gospel ministry; who had 
seen the truth lived out before them and yet rejected it all. With 
passion he warned all those who had shunned the narrow path of 
repentance and the cross of Christ. As Mr. Redfield spoke the 
Holy Spirit brought a shaking conviction of sin upon the entire 
congregation. Some cried out, some fell prostrate before they 
could get to the altar, and others fell at the altar. The slain lay in 
some places totally helpless, one upon another until the aisles 
were closed for hours. At this exact same time, people miles 
away also fell under the power of God in the seclusion of their 
own homes.
John Wesley Redfield said of himself, "God has made me a rough 
man and given me a rough gospel for rough hearts." He preached 
holiness forcibly every where he went. This sometimes aroused 
great opposition, but it also brought great results. Dead churches 
were revived, new ones were built and the sick were often healed.  
Mr. Redfield's doctrine and anointing were not borrowed from books, 
but born in prayer. "Frequently he would groan as if in the throes of 
death as he wrestled in prayer; then the victory would come. People 
shouted, prayed and confessed, many lost their strength and did 
not regain it until they promised obedience to God." Such 
manifestations of God's power frequently followed his ministry.  
Under Redfield's preaching in New York, people would run out the 
back doors of the meeting house trying to avoid the conviction of 
the Holy Spirit.  They would then fall helpless in the streets under 
the power of God. When found later, they were assumed to be 
drunk and taken to jail. The first night this occurred the officers 
marveled, as one after another the once rebellious sinners, 
recovered, repentant and praising God.
The key to John Wesley Redfield's success was his total and 
unrelenting dependence upon Jesus Christ. Through many trials 
he had learned that he could truly do nothing apart from Jesus.  
Is it not true, that much of our failure to bring forth lasting change 
lies at the feet of our own self-dependence and pride? We must
recover our simplicity and joy of devotion to Jesus. We must repent 
and put away our methods and programs of self-reliance and once 
again embrace the "better part" of sitting at the feet of Jesus in 
humility and prayer. (Luke 10:38-42)

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