“In a Sunday morning prayer meeting for these young people the pastor asked for testimonies of spiritual experiences… At last a young girl named Florrie Evans, who had been gloriously converted a few days before, stood and with a trembling voice said: ‘I love Jesus Christ – with all my heart!’ With these simple words the sparks that God had planted in so many hearts burst into flame and the great Welsh Revival began. The fire spread quickly…” Rick Joyner
Revival spreads like fire. It moves supernaturally and spontaneously with a divine drawing that is beyond human understanding. A testimony of love from a new believer sparked the Welsh revival that touched the world. God spread the fires of revival unexpectedly. The Welsh Revival displayed a deep conviction of sin and an awareness of the holiness and power of God. Humans prepare in earnest prayer and soul-searching conviction. Then God comes in a sovereign and supernatural way, spontaneously and with neither striving nor human control. Let’s look at the way God works supernaturally in revival.
The Supernatural Characteristics of Revival
“Part your heavens, O Lord, and come down; touch the mountains, so that they smoke” Psalm 144:5.
- Spontaneous and unexpected working – The Welsh revival came dramatically in November 1904 on the exact day in both the north and the south of the country.“A movement bears the mark of spontaneity when men cannot account for what has taken place in terms of personalities, organizations, meetings, preaching, or any other consequences.” Winkie Pratney
“And suddenly there came…” (Acts 2:2)
- Supernatural manifestations – God can do in a moment what man’s strivings can never achieve. It is God’s divine supernatural work and not man’s. In one revival in 1859, there were sudden, supernatural, and extraordinary manifestations.“They were still taken by surprise, so sudden, so powerful and extraordinary were the manifestations of the Spirit’s Presence… about one thousand people were suddenly, sensibly and powerfully impressed and awakened.” Winkie Pratney
“There came… from heaven…” (Acts 2:37)
- Divine drawing – There is a divine consciousness in revival, a divine drawing from God“As one man was praying, all present became aware that the prayer was heard and that the Spirit of God was being poured out on the village. They left their house to discover the villagers also were leaving their cottages and making their way, as though drawn by some unseen force, to one point in the village. There they assembled and waited. When Duncan Campbell commenced to preach, the word took immediate effect. In a few days, that small community had been swept by the Spirit of God and many souls truly converted.” Winkie Pratney
”And when this sound occurred, the multitudes came together” (Acts 2:6).
Will your testimony of love toward Jesus and your fervent prayer spark the end-times revival? Or will it be all of us together testifying to our love for God and earnestly praying in unity that will prepare the way for God to spread the supernatural flame that will touch the world?
On an unexpectedly cold day, I had to start a fire in our wood stove to keep warm. The big logs wouldn’t catch fire, but it was the tiny twigs broken together that seemed to catch hold of the match’s flame. Quickly the fire blazed. Let us each realize that we must be broken, united in prayer, and bent on God’s glory alone to be prepared for the release of the fire of God and His supernatural workings. May God personally touch each of us so that we might be the twigs broken together in prayer before Him. Let us do our part, and our Sovereign God will do His in His own timing and way.
“Revival is divine intervention in the normal course of spiritual things. It is God revealing Himself to man in awful holiness and irresistible power. It is such a manifest working of God that human personalities are overshadowed, and human programs abandoned. It is man retiring into the background because God has taken the field. It is the Lord making bare His holy arm and working extraordinary power on saint and sinner.” Winkie Pratney
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International House of Prayer (IHOP) KC Staff