Reclaiming Orphaned Wells of Revival

An orphaned well is one that is abandoned and inoperable. Once this happens it can produce toxic emissions and pollution, becoming a problem rather than a source of energy and prosperity. Sadly, this occurs with revivals. Oftentimes those who were part of a past move of God become stale and/or religious over time.

What needs to be done when a well is orphaned?  It needs reclaimed and the pump needs to be primed. You don’t prime a well of revival the same way you try to maintain religion. Revival is in the seal. Religion tries to “prime the pump” of revival by hype, sensationalism, man-made programs and methods. The same Holy Spirit who filled and sealed us when we were born again (Ephesian 1:13), must be the one who fills us daily with His power/the river in order to prime the pump.

John 7:37-39 says, “Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, ‘If anyone is thirsty let him come to Me and drink. The one who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’

The verb tenses in these verses are very important. They are commands, not invitations, and continuous in action. Literally, Jesus told us we must continuously come to him and keep drinking. If we do so, the river of life will continually flow from us. Obviously, if we do not continually drink from Him, the water will dry up. Sadly, this is what happens with most revivals. After a while, people become satisfied and stop drinking.

One well of revival that is being reopened is the Fulton Street Revival.

The Fulton Street revival was a prayer revival in 1857, led by Jeremiah Lanphier, which began in New York and spread across the nation. The prayer times were held from noon till 1:00 PM daily so that people could come from work during their lunch hour. These prayer meetings grew to 10,000 people daily in New York alone. The prayer led to a full-blown revival across the country, with estimates of at least 1 million people being saved.

Pray with me:

Father, we thank You once again for Your grace and mercy. We thank You for the cross, where Christ so wonderfully redeemed us from the curse and from our separation from You. We also thank You for Holy Spirit and the work He does. Thank You for the times in history He has been poured out in exceptional way and for the way You are moving in this season. Your passion for those who don’t know You is unmeasurable and unrivaled. You love them with a love that could never be matched by a human.

Thank You for the well of prayer that You reopened. Thank you for making Your church a house of prayer for the nations. Thank You for resurrecting the Appeal to Heaven flag and movement.

And now we ask You to pour out the rain of revival. Release the river of life. Seal us with your power once again and cause our wombs to gush forth with the life of Your Spirit. May a billion souls drink from this river in the coming days, months, and years. We ask this in the name of our Savior, Creator, and Lord of all the earth, Jesus. Amen.


Our decree: America shall be saved, and will fulfill her role in the great harvest of the ages!

Adapted from Give Him 15, Dutch Sheets, 8/11/2021