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Lectures on Revivals of Religion – Christian Classics Ethereal Library

A revival may be expected when ministers and professors are willing to have God promote it by whatsoever instruments He pleases. To show that such prayer will avail much. It is a purely philosophical result of the right use of the charlex means – as much so as any other effect produced by the application of means. What I mean by submission in prayer is, lecfures in the revealed will of God. The effect is more certain to follow.

Just as the mother whose child is sick goes round her house sighing as if her heart would break. Probably the law connecting cause and effect is more undeviating in spiritual than in natural things, and so there are fewer exceptions.

Think of the instances in which you have misspent your time, squandering the hours which God gave you to serve Him and save souls, in vain amusements or foolish conversation, in reading novels or doing nothing; cases where you have misapplied your talents and powers of mind; where you have squandered money on your lusts, or spent it for things which you did not need, and which did not contribute to your health, comfort, or usefulness.

Is it hearing sermons and getting some new notions about religion? In the first two cases, it is not because Christians are unable to offer such prayer, where the will of God is revealed in His Word or indicated by His providence.

The charrles why so few Christians know anything about the spirit of prayer is because they never would take the pains to examine themselves properly, and so never knew what it was to have their hearts all broken up in this way.

It is utterly unphilosophical to think of getting engaged in religion in this way. A revival is nothing else than a new beginning of obedience to God.

Lectures on Revivals of Religion

Their minds gradually become filled with anxiety about an object, so that they will even go about om business sighing out their desires to God. Much of the prayer for the heathen world seems to be based on no higher principle than sympathy.

The fountains of sin need to be broken up. Account Options Sign in. Under His influence the truth burns its way like fire.

How many days have there been, in which you did not make their condition the subject of a single fervent prayer, or evince an ardent desire for their salvation? When a revival of religion may be expected. But then He must choose to have it just in their way or they will have nothing to do with it. Will you stand up and say that you have made efforts for a revival and have been disappointed – that you have cried to God: If you have, write that down.

When there are dissensions, and jealousies, and evil speakings among professors of religion, then there is a great need of a revival.

He returned home on a Saturday, and went into his study to prepare for the Sabbath. If you find, as you go on with this duty, that your mind is still all dark, cast about finneh, and lfctures will find there is some reason for the Spirit of God to depart from you. Enter your search query for this book. Where there is no particular revelation, and Providence leaves it dark, and we know not what to pray for as we ought, we are expressly told that “the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities,” and “the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered” Romans 8: How it is to be performed.

Sometimes ministers have had this distress about their congregations, so that they felt as if they could not live unless they saw a revival. The feeling is not always so great as this, but such things are much more common than is supposed. It chagles not do for them to say: It is fraught with all that is dangerous to the interests of Zion, is relgiion to the cause of missions, and brings in its train the damnation of the world.

Make a business of it.

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This agony in prayer was prevalent in President Edwards’ day, in the revivals which then took place. Many people have supposed God’s Sovereignty to be something very lecutres from what it is. So when Christians offer effectual prayer, their state of feeling renders it proper for God to answer them. Finally, the time got shortened down to five years; it was supposed there might be a revival about as often as that!

Lectures on revivals of religion

Having direct access to the mind, and knowing infinitely well the whole history and state of each individual sinner, He employs that truth which is best adapted to his particular case, and then drives it home with Divine power. But however sound such reasoning may appear in the abstract, facts demonstrate its futility.

There are two kinds of means requisite to promote a revival: The temptation to selfish motives is so strong that there is reason to fear a great many parental prayers never rise above the yearnings of parental tenderness. And God so ordered events that in a short time the minister had to ginney his people after all.

Many good men have supposed, and still suppose, that the best way to promote religion is to go along uniformly, and gather in the ungodly gradually, and without excitement. This is always unhappy.