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Men at Prayer

A Tale of Two Cities

  • Ralph Lehman
  • June 15, 2023

And two generations?

Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. Luke 10:13

The Revival in Kentucky was newsworthy enough to grab headlines, even in our secular age which tries to downplay if not ignore anything to do with the Church outside of the scandalous. Asbury University, which underwent a revival some 53 years ago, might not be the location one would expect God to reawaken His Church. Yet this underlies much of revival.

The wind blows where it wishes, says Jesus (John 3:8). God’s wisdom is beyond our comprehension. We might expect revival to begin in major media centers such as a New York or Los Angeles, and at least in a theologically correct church. Yet Christ sent the seventy into villages and they rejoiced over the works God performed through them. Meanwhile, Jesus could do but few mighty works in his hometown of Nazareth.

Not only may God pick villages or towns that we might encounter difficulty in finding on the map (for those of us who still bother to look at maps), He may very well employ people we would never consider worthy or capable of initiating a revival. Generation Z may lead the way in the next great revival for the very reason that they are so little churched.

This underscores why we need to be completely dependent upon prayer for revival to take place. Not only can we not convert a soul, we cannot engineer a revival by our own wisdom. None other than Jesus himself encountered a lack of faith in places such as Gadara and Nazareth.

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