Day 23

Awaken Us: 40 Days to Fast & Pray – Day 23


“Revival is not some emotion or worked-up excitement; it is rather an invasion from heaven which brings a man to a conscious awareness of God.”   Stephen Olford

Over my almost 40 years of ministering in churches, I have only seen the Lord bring revival to a congregation on a handful of occasions.  In each of these instances the same thing was true — all of them happened apart from my efforts.  It was something God did supernaturally when people were saturated in prayer.  Ask anyone who has seen true revival and they will say the same thing.

Contrast this with much of what we see, particularly on Christian television, where often there is a “working-up” of the audience.  It’s heavy on emotion, but lacking the fire of God that changes hearts and lives …not that experiencing the presence of the Lord isn’t emotional — it certainly is.  But true revival unmasks the artifice in our lives, in our churches, and even in Christian media.

As Stephen Olford says, revival is an “invasion from Heaven.”  Oh my, how we need the armed forces of Heaven to invade our land and bring that God-Consciousness to us, once again.  Pray that it would be so.


Terry Franklin

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