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From: "REVIVAL List" <prophetic@...>
Date: Wed, 06 Feb 2013 09:15:59 +1100
DAVID BRAINERD - Revivalist!
by David Smithers

"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your 
soul, and with all your strength." (Deut. 6:5). By the grace of God, 
David Brainerd obeyed this first and great commandment. He 
prayed with sacrificial passion, pursued perfect holiness and called 
sinners to repentance; all because he fervently loved the Lord Jesus Christ. 

Sad to say, some Christians may have a difficult time understanding 
David Brainerd's zeal and love for JESUS. "To him the material and 
physical world had little value. He was of the race of the early 
martyrs. To him all things were naught that he might attain a 
deeper spiritual fellowship with God." Brainerd's diary states, 
"Thirsting desires and longings possessed my soul after perfect 
holiness. God was so precious to my soul that the world with all 
its enjoyments appeared vile. I had no more value for the favor of 
men than for pebbles." 

He spent a great deal of time in prayer and frequently set aside 
days for prayer and fasting. He loved to retire into the woods to 
be alone with God. "Prayer became Brainerd's priority and it was 
his joy to spend two hours at a time in secret communion with 
Christ. He would rise early in the morning and get alone with God 
to enjoy His presence. He thirsted for God, the living God and he 
was not disappointed!" 

Determined to share Christ, Brainerd embraced a life of self-denial 
and sacrifice. He spent as much as twenty hours a week on 
horseback. His diet consisted of hasty pudding, boiled corn, bread 
baked in the ashes, and sometimes a little meat and butter. His 
home was a small log room complete with a heap of straw laid 
upon boards for a bed. 

David Brainerd consistently and fervently interceded for the lost 
souls of the American Indians. Often he would travail with such 
earnestness that when he rose from his knees he was covered 
in sweat and could hardly walk straight. Like the persistent 
widow in Luke 18, David Brainerd's prayers were finally answered. 
Entire camps of Indians were converted by the power of God as 
he proclaimed a message of repentance and grace. 

"Old men and women who had been drunken wretches for years, 
and little children not more than six or seven years of age appeared 
in distress for their souls. There was almost universal praying and 
crying for mercy. Many could neither go nor stand." 

The countless hours spent in prayer and fasting, his faithfulness 
in spite of physical weakness and having to endure the most 
terrible hardships, were now rewarded openly. The fire of the Lord 
fell. The remarkable thing was that all this happened at a time 
when he confessed that his hopes were at their very lowest. He 
had seriously entertained thoughts of giving up while on the very 
brink of glory and blessing. 

Brainerd now saw a remarkable change in the lives of the Indians. 
He recorded in his diary, "I know of no assembly of Christians 
where there seems to be so much of the presence of God, where 
brotherly love so much prevails . . . " 

David Brainerd poured a lifetime of holy passion, prayer and 
preaching into four short years. He ministered from 1743-1747, 
dying of tuberculosis at the age of 29, "Brainerd once wrote in 
his diary, I longed to be a flame of fire continually glowing in the 
divine service and building up of Christ's kingdom to my last 
and dying breath." That prayer was abundantly answered.