I agree with Conrad Lampan,

Conrad has written a wonderful treatise as a response to the following statement: A few moments ago I read an     email that quoted from Evan Roberts, the revivalist God used to spark the 1904 Welsh Revival:

 “Evan Roberts prayed after seeking God 13 years for revival in Wales, "Lord, the altar is built, the sacrifice is laid upon.  We await the fire from heaven to ignite the flames of revival."  WE ARE AT THIS STAGE OF REVIVAL IN    AMERICA AND THE WORLD.  GET READY! GET READY! GET READY!”

Lampan continues: Reading the above quote one question explodes in my mind: can we seriously declare that “we      are ready”? Can we, looking at ourselves with all honesty declare that we are “oh, so ready?” We need to take     another look in the direction of the Throne. When Isaiah saw the Lord on His lofty throne he did not shout out “oh     how ready I am” rather he cried out: “Woe is me!” and only after that he was sent by Lord. This is the readiness we need, an encounter with the most High that will leave us “without strength” like Daniel; or “as a dead man at His    feet” as John in Revelation; or an encounter that will set us off the horse like Saul. Every man God used first had an encounter with God that left them undone. HOW UNDONE ARE WE? Our “undoneness” is the most accurate measure    of our readiness. 

What was the sacrifice that was “laid upon the altar”? Evan Roberts himself. He also said “I have reached out and touched the flame; I am burning and waiting for a sign” We can read all the books, and visit all the places, and be prayed for by every anointed preacher, yet until we are ready to surrender it avails for nothing, yet until we ourselves are burning no fire of revival will ever burn. Wesley said when asked about what he did to have revival: “I set myself   on fire and people come to see me burning”. Read more of Conrad Lampan at  www.revivalstudies.org

When I visited Loughor (pronounced, "Lock Ah") at Moriah, in Swansea, Wales where Evan Roberts preached and the revival was born in 1904, the current pastor told us the story of the Welsh Revival.

The key to the revival he said, and its defining moment did not occur at the church or at the school adjacent to the church. It happened at a ladies' prayer meeting in a home after Roberts had traveled to Brecon seeking and failing to obtain matriculation so that he could be ordained.

Dejected, Roberts returned to Loughor and was invited to speak to some ladies at a home prayer   meeting. There, on his knees, in utter desperation, Roberts spoke two words: "Bend me!" The next morning he spoke to young students at the church's school, and the rest is history.

When we finally come to the place of utter desperation and cry "bend me!" God hears.

When we proudly proclaim, "WE ARE AT THIS STAGE OF REVIVAL IN AMERICA AND THE WORLD.  GET READY! GET READY! GET READY!” I believe God simply says, "yes, why don't you - we.....get ready?"

In His Grace,

Greg

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