Lord, Do it Again with Me
In a small cottage, in the fishing village of Barvas, on the Isle of Lewis, off the west coast of Scotland, lived two elderly sisters, Peggy and Christine Smith. They were eighty-four and eighty-two years old. Peggy was blind and Christine was almost completely bent over with arthritis. They were unable to attend public worship, so their humble cottage became a sanctuary where they met with God. They prayed day and night for a promise that came to them from the Lord, “I will pour water upon him that is thirsty and floods upon the dry ground.”
One night Peggy had a revelation, revival was coming and the church of her father would be crowded again with young people! She sent for the minister, the Rev. James Murray MacKay, and told him what God had shown her, and asked him to call the elders and deacons together for special times of waiting upon God.
During this time, a group of men prayed in a barn. One night as they waited upon God a young deacon stood up and read Psalm 24:4-5 “Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who shall stand in His holy place? He that hath clean hands and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the Lord.”
Turning to the others he said: “Brethren, it seems to me just so much humbug to be waiting and praying as we are, if we ourselves are not rightly related to God.” Then lifting his hands toward heaven he cried: “Oh God, are my hands clean? Is my heart pure?” He got no further, but fell prostrate to the floor.
An awareness of God filled the barn and a stream of supernatural power was let loose in their lives. Between 1949 and 1952 a widespread revival swept through these islands in answer to the prayers of two elderly women and God’s people. This revival became known as the Hebrides Revival.
We say we want revival and want to see our city and the surrounding communities turn to God. But revival does not begin with the unsaved turning to Christ; it begins with the people of God honestly dealing with their own sin and brokenness.
We began our Call to Action, two weeks ago, with the same verse the young deacon, in the above story, read Psalm 24:4. Each daily call that followed built upon “Clean hands and a Pure Heart.”
This weekend, please reflect, meditate and spend time in prayer as you answer the following questions:
How much do I love my city?
How much do I love those who are lost?
Am I, personally, willing to be revived?
Have I cried, “Oh God, are my hands clean? Is my heart pure?
Have I fell prostrate to the floor?
Am I willing to listen to the Holy Spirit as He reveals the condition of my heart?
Am I willing to repent and obey God when He shows me what should change in my life? In my relationships with others? Wrongs that I need to make right? Attitudes that need to be changed?
What will this revival cost me?
We cannot expect personal revival to be pleasant because acknowledging our own deep-seated selfishness is painful. Am I willing to pay the cost?”
Let’s pray Psalm 126:4-6 (The Passion Translation),
Now, Lord, do it again! Restore us to our former glory! May streams of your refreshing flow over us until our dry hearts are drenched again.
Those who sow their tears as seeds will reap a harvest with joyful shouts of glee.
They may weep as they go out carrying their seed to sow, but they will return with joyful laughter and shouting with gladness as they bring back armloads of blessing and a harvest overflowing!
In Jesus Name, Amen
Reference: Martin, Debra. Hebrides Revival. Facebook, 2/25/2019, 9:56 AM, https://m.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=10218611352296158&id=1267688965. Accessed 9/30/2021.