Restore us, O LORD God of hosts;
Cause Your face to shine,
And we shall be saved! Psalm 80.19
Ministers of Scotland: Lectures on Revival XIV
Nathaniel Paterson, D. D., Minister of St. Andrew’s Parish, Glasgow
“It is devoutly to be observed; and Oh! most of all Christians, in the clearer light and more bountiful grace of the gospel, to observe it, that past mercies, so far from being forgotten amidst present troubles, should then more than ever be gratefully called to mind, and used as arguments to self-abasement, and as pleas in prayer for a restoration to the Divine favour. And true it is, that when God has that favour in store for any people, he gives first the spirit of grace and of supplication to sue for it; and hence a prayerful heart is at once the surest sign of the coming favour, and the fittest preparation for receiving it.”
Revival begins in prayer – extraordinary prayer, united prayer, prayer specific to the need for revival (Edwards). This is prayer beyond what we normally employ. This is prayer to which God’s people must be called, and in which they must be led. The pastor who is today praying that God will stir his people to pray for revival is taking the right first step to move toward that great “favour” of the Lord. Indeed, as verse 18 of Psalm 80 explains, if we have begun to pray for revival, this is indication that God has already begun to move toward that great work “Revive us, and we will call upon Your name.” Pastors, it seems to me, are the key to revival. Let us seek the Lord earnestly for it, and call upon our people in all their gatherings to lend their voices in pleading with God to restore us, let His face shine upon us with favor and refreshing, and grant to us a greater measure of His great salvation than we have ever known before.
What are the primary obstacles keeping your church from being a center of reviving grace?
Pray for Revival
All quotations in this series are taken from Ministers of Scotland,Lectures on Revival, Richard Owen Roberts, ed. (Wheaton: Richard Owen Roberts, Publishers, 1980). Except as indicated, Scripture taken from the New King James Version. © Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.