[anzac] "DESPERATE" PRAYER and REVIVAL

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From: "ANZAC Prophetic List" <prophetic@...>
Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2005 17:39:47 -0600
"Something BEYOND PRAYER?"
-by 'TonguesPrayerWarrior'.

In the 1930's Edwin Orr travelled the world stirring up prayer for 
Revival. Years later he wrote:  "It has often been said that the 
first requirement of Revival is prayer. Yet prayer for an awakening 
has been going on for many years without result. There is a prior 
requirement."  Can you detect it in these examples of successful 
pre-Revival praying?:

EVAN ROBERTS (1904): "If I had not prayed I would have burst. 
I fell on my knees with my arms over the seat in front of me, my 
face was bathed in perspiration and the tears flowed in streams, 
so that I thought it must be blood gushing forth... The fearful 
bending of the judgement day came to my mind, and I was filled 
with compassion for those who must bend at the judgement, 
and I wept."

HEBRIDES (1949): "Suddenly a cry pierced the silence; a young 
man burdened in agony for his fellow men was pouring out his 
desire in prayer. He was so overcome that he fell into a trance."  
The two sisters: "We struggled through the hours of night, 
refusing to take a denial."

FINNEY (1825): "I found myself so borne down with the weight of 
immortal souls, that I was constrained to pray without ceasing. 
Some of my experiences alarmed me. I would say to God that 
He had made me a promise to answer prayer and I could not 
and would not be denied."

FRANK BARTLEMAN (1905): "My life at this time was literally 
swallowed up in prayer. I was praying day and night. We prayed 
for a spirit of Revival upon Pasadena until the burden became 
well nigh unbearable."

HUMPHREY JONES (1858): "... fervent prayer in secret, several 
times a day, wrestling with God; each time as though it were the 
last."

WHITEFIELD (c 1730): "Sometimes whole nights were spent in 
prayer."

HEBRIDES (1949): "... spending three nights in prayer that God 
would visit their parish." 

BRAINERD (1743): "God enabled me so to agonise in prayer that 
I was quite wet with sweat. I gasped for multitudes of souls. The 
Lord visited me marvellously in prayer; I think my soul never was 
in such agony before."

EDWARD MILLER (1949): "Weeping, waiting, meditating, searching 
the word, walking, kneeling, standing and again prostrate on the 
floor."

CHINA (1908): "Her heart seemed agonised. It was scarcely possible 
to catch her words through her sobs. 'O Father, is it a sacrifice that 
you are waiting for? If it is, then let me be the victim. I am willing 
that you should blot my name right out of the Book of Life, if 
through my sacrifice the hearts of the people might be opened to Thee.'"

There is something that precedes and, indeed, supersedes words: 
'A heart agony,' Lily Roberts called it, "a desperate sense of need," 
said Duncan Campbell, "I would not and could not be denied," said 
Charles Finney.

"Every outpouring of the Spirit is preceded by earnest, agonising
 intercession," writes Dr James Stewart. "Deep spiritual awakenings 
begin with desperate people. God only answers prayers of 
desperate Christians."

The real key to Revival is DESPERATION. If we can live without 
Revival, we won't get it. But when we can't live any longer without it, 
Revival will come.
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