Sunday, February 3, 2013


Conditions For Revival 
by J. Edwin Orr
Part (IV)

              After the people of God had turned away from their idols, Samuel made the way clear before them. "Gather   all Israel to Mizpeh, and I will pray for you unto the Lord "
( 1 Samuel 7:5 ).

              We recall that Jacob wrestled with the angel of the Lord and cried : "I will not let thee go except thou bless me" (Genesis 32:26).  He prevailed. In consequence, his name was changed from Jacob, the sup planter to Israel, a prevailer with God. We know also that Mizpeh means the "place of watchfulness" - and it was the rallying place of the tribes.

           Let us read this verse, the declaration of Samuel, very literally : " Gather all the prevailers with God to the place of watchfulness, and then prayer will be fruitful. " 

           Prayer will bring revival. But it must also be united prayer. Dr. A. T. Pierson, the noted church historian and missionary statesman, has said : " There has never been a revival in any country that has not begun in united prayer, and no revival has ever continued beyond the duration of those prayer meetings. " The idea of praying for revival in one section of the church only is both ludicrous and profitless. We must pray unitedly for the whole household of faith.

          "When God intends great mercy for His people," said Matthew Henry, " He first of all sets them a-praying." But prayer must be real prayer. One may say truthfully that much that goes under the name of prayer is nothing more than hot air, and it rises no higher than the roof. True prayer is the cry of a child to its Father. 

          Prayer will bring revival, and if ever you hear of an intensive prayer meeting, take it as a sure of blessing to follow.

         The people of God hearkened to the advice of Samuel. They meant business. They prepared. They fasted. And they said there : " We have sinned against the Lord" 
~ (1 Samuel 7:6)

          True searching of heart follows the seeking of God's presence in prayer, and it invariably produces conviction of sin. They confessed their sin. I can not imagine from the Bible narrative that these tens of thousands recited the words together : " WE have sinned against the Lord." No: rather it must mean that they individually and collectively confessed their sins to God and sought His pardon.

         It is the same today. Revival is impossible apart from confession to one another. Every hindrance must go. Sin must be confessed in order that it may be cleansed. It is noticeable that Samuel " judged" Israel in Mizpeh. Judgement must begin at the house of the Lord.

          The result of prayer and confession was a mighty revival and a glorious victory over the power of evil.
            We have lessons to learn from the story of the revival in Samuel's day. The conditions of REVIVAL remain unchanged. when we, as Christians, are willing to turn away from our idols, and to prepare by united prayer for widespread blessing, then the Spirit of the Lord will convict us of our sins against God, and with the confession and cleansing of these will come a lasting revival of true religion.

              God grant it. ~ The Church must First Repent by J.Edwin Orr.

(Special note: on 29th of Jan 2013. My husband Prophet Benjamin Liu  and I were ministering to a local church named SIBKL Lake City, Setapak, Malaysia, As I pray and hand over the whole service to Holy Spirit and asking The Spirit to take control ..... I had witnesses how Holy Spirit moved in power and super blessings flowing from Father's throne, many received different kind of anointing including worship, dog bark, eagle, fire balls, the Lord set their feet on fire to dance for the Lord both men and women, out pouring of honey and new wine etc. etc. Many have received not only one time but many many times, Hallelujah ! Praise the LORD on earth and in heaven !!! )

Source : Herald of His Coming December 2012

If you have miss any earlier part of "Conditions for Revival" , Please go back to Part  (I) and (II) :

Friday, February 1, 2013


Conditions For Revival

by J. Edwin Orr
Part (I) 

" IF My people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land" ~ 2 Chronicle 7:14.

The word  "revival", in its ordinary sense, means the coming of life and renewal to something that has already possessed life.

Let us take an example in nature. We walk into the garden during the winter season, and there we see the old oak tree-leafless. There it has stood, for several months, a sorry sight - a few withered leaves hanging on empty branches as if in self-pity. To all outward appearances  it is dead. BUT come back again with me next month and I will show you a wondrous thing - little buds of beautiful, delicate green pushing their way upwards towards the light of a springtime sun, breaking through the relics of their winter prison. Soon the tree is in the glory of its leafy splendor. It is a seasonal marvel, this renewal of spring, when all that seemed dead becomes alive before our wondering eyes. What has happened ? There has come about a revival of the old tree.

It is the same in the spiritual realm. Revival, primarily, is the renewal of life in something that has already possessed life. It is impossible to revive something that has never been alive. But there is one important difference - the dying of the summer life of the tree is due to natural causes, and the same causes bring about the springtime awakening. Spiritual death, on the other hand, is due to the disease of sin.

         The best definition of "revival"  is the phrase : "  Times of refreshing from the presence of the Lord "~ Acts 3:19.

Beginning with the understanding that a revival is an awakening among Christian people, let us study the conditions under which revial is given. The prayer of the psalmist. " Wilt Thou not revive us again ?" (Psalm 85:6), teaches us that God is the source of revival.

It is easy to make the bible our textbook in this study, for it abounds in examples of revival. In the Old Testament, one of the best studies is found in the story of the revival at Mizpeh.

The antecedents of the story recounted in the first Book of Samuel, chapter 7, are important. It is clear that a period of confusion and anarchy was brought about by the spiritual disobedience of God's people. Point by point, we may compare this state of affairs with the present day - is it not true that spiritual disobedience has caused a great decline today ?

As a result, defeat came on every hand, and after that a period of eclipse. The Ark of the Covenant, that sacred possession of the children of Israel, was lost to their bitterest enemies - and, comparing it with today, the Ark may be considered as the symbol of the mighty presence of the Lord. And we know that we have lost such glory has departed.        
The Church must First Repent by J.Edwin Orr.

Part  (II)

              The Ark was returned to the keeping of Kirjath-jearim. "And it came to pass, while the ark abode in Kirjath-jearin, that the time was long; for it was twenty years: and all the house of Israel lamented after the Lord"  (1 Samuel 7:2 )

         The fact that it seemed a long time to wait, and the fact that all the people of God lamented after the Lord, is one of the negative encouragements. They had come to the end of themselves : they were in despair.

         Look around our own country today. Christians know well that many years have passed since any great demonstration of the power of God. The time is long, and the people are lamenting.

          I say again, it is encouraging. The fact that little prayer groups of saints are lamenting after better things and praying in the agony of despair for revival is surely an encouragement. The tide has turned.

         Satan never persuades folks to pray for a revival. The prayer itself is born in the will of God. God wants to revive us. And, knowing His will, despairing of ourselves, we are thrown back upon God. "  O Lord, revive Thy work in the midst of the years ..... " (Habakkuk 3:2).

It is at that stage we come across the intervention of God by the mouth of His servant. It seems as if God said : " I want to give you revival even more than you desire to have it; but you must pay a price. " So it is with us.

" And Samuel spake unto all the house of Israel saying, If ye do return unto the Lord with all your hearts, then put away the strange gods and Ashtaroth from among you, and prepare your hearts unto the Lord, and serve Him only: and He will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines" (1 Samuel 7:3).

    "If ...... "  God's blessing is conditional upon our wholehearted desire. " If you really want revival, here are My conditions."

     "Put away the strange gods and Ashtaroth from among you." Today we no longer worship idols of wood and stone, but just as much as ever before, we sin against the Lord by enshrining in our hearts idols of our own making. Strange gods - the gods of the outside world. no matter what it may be. If we fall away from wholehearted service to God, we generally put something else there. Who or what is the usurper in your heart ? Sin, greed, anything ? Any strange god has got to go.

     The dearest idol I have known,
Whate'er that idol be,
         Help me to tear it from Thy throne,
And worsip only Thee.

Ashtoreth or Ashtaroth is called the "Abomination of the Zidonians." Its worship was the worship fo the flesh. God's people must get rid of all that taint.

The Church must First Repent by J.Edwin Orr.


               " Prepare your hearts unto the Lord. " We prepare our hearts unto the Lord by seeking His will, and then accepting it. supposing I was to say to you, just before a meeting in which we expected the blessings of God, ..... 

..... to be continue Part (III)

                      Source : Herald of His Coming December 2012