Psalm 85:6-7, Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee? 7 Shew us thy mercy, O LORD, and grant us thy salvation.
Habakkuk 3:2, O LORD, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O LORD, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy.
I am presently reading a couple books about missionaries to China Jonathon and Rosalind Goforth. One of them I read years ago, the other was recommended to by my wife. Inspiring to say the least! After hearing about the revival that was taking place in Korea and being very concerned about the state of the church in China, Jonathon and a fellow missionary decided to visit and see first-hand what was going on. Goforth writes:
I remember, those missionaries at Pingyang were just ordinary, every‑day people. I did not notice any outstanding figure among them. They seemed to live and work and act like other missionaries. It was in prayer that they were different.
How did it start?
That was the first thing Goforth and Mackay wanted to know. It seemed that a young Korean colporteur at meetings in Seoul had heard about the great moving of God in the Kassia Hills of India. And he thought: “Surely if God will save people in India, He’ll save people in Korea!” He went back to his town and called the 250 church members together and they decided to pray every day for revival. Every morning at 5 a.m. they met for prayer in the church, all through the cold winter snows. After six months of daily prayer, “revival came down like a flood as God the Holy Spirit swept through the audience with overwhelming conviction of sin.” Until two in the morning the people stood in the morning the people stood to their feet weeping, waiting their turn to confess. “In the next two months, 2000 heathen were converted,” Goforth was told. “Their prayers brought heaven down to them.” “Just like Pentecost!” Goforth thought. …
In one place the high school had to be closed for a week because the students were in such agony of conviction and getting right with God. In that same town, 550 women gathered for a conference and the Holy Spirit moved so mightily that they went home changed and Spirit-filled. “Their husbands knew it, their children knew it, and their daughters-in-laws could not mistake it.” …
The revival spread from place to place so that church memberships doubled and multiplied, some from 400 to 3000 in one year. Churches were springing up without any missionary contact.
Certainly prayer marked the Korean church. Goforth learned it was common for them to spend half the night in prayer; even the school children fasted and prayed with tears for their classmates to be made right with God. All held family prayers twice daily.
And even though there did not seem to be any “spiritual giants’ among them, when the Koreans — both nationals and missionaries — went to prayer, this is where they were different, the two observers noted.
-Goforths of China: Through Deep Waters to Higher Ground
I don’t know about you, but when I read these words, my prayer is simply, “Oh, God, do it again, and start with me!”
“Without the 120 in the upper room praying for ten days for Holy Ghost power, it would have been impossible for those 3000 on the Day of Pentecost to have been brought to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.” -Jonathon Goforth
Just reflecting on revival!