Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?

This verse of scripture is found in and has long since been used to encourage revival amongst the people of God. If there were ever a time that the Christian Church needed a visitation from God in a great Church Revival it is the day we live. Revival and the need of revival is not something new; there has been a cry for revival from some great preachers of the past and their seeing the need of revival in their day. I thought it would be good to share some of these men’s thoughts on the subject.

David Martyn Lloyd-Jones 1899-1981

What is revival? We can define it as a period of unusual blessing and activity in the life of the Christian Church. Primarily, of course, and by definition, a revival is something that happens first in the Church amongst Christian people; amongst believers. That, I repeat, is true by definition. It is revival; something is revived and when you say that, you mean that there is something present that has life. But the life was beginning to wane, to droop, and had become almost “moribund” (approaching death) and some people said, “That is dead, that is finished; because they could not see much sign of life or activity.” Revival means awakening, stimulating the life, bringing it to the surface again.

Charles Spurgeon 1834 – 1892

Oh! Men and brethren, what would this heart feel if I could but believe that there were some among you who would go home and pray for revival of religion…men whose faith is large enough and their love fiery enough to lead them from this moment to exercise unceasing intercession that God would appear among us and do wondrous things here, as in the times of former generations.

Horatius Bonar 1808 – 1889

We cannot be too much in earnest about the saving even of one lost one. I believe we know almost nothing of that deep compassion and yearning love for a dying world, which, as saints, we ought ever to feel.

– Bro. Bill Forde