Divine Power Is The Great Need
By Lalith Mendis
“For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones” (Isa. 57:15).
The secret of revival is in this verse. The High and Holy One who inhabiteth eternity, dwells in His High and Holy place and also with the contrite and the humble, to revive. Revival is needed in the hearts of the pastors and believers. A prerequisite for that is humility of spirit and contrition of heart.
When many think of world evangelization or evangelism in a country, it is often thought that the answer is in strategy, technology and other “ologies,” conferences and research. While some of this may be needed, it is certain that dry bones will live only when the Holy Spirit gives life.
“Then He said unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, thus saith the Lord God; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live’” (Ezek. 37:9).
The Christless of our lands are the dry bones. In the midst of all this, how much does the church earnestly implore God to revive her? We organize and strategize, we plan our conferences and strategies, but how much time is given and how much emphasis is laid on waiting upon God to descend in revival?
With all our high-tech networking, do we really need God in our midst? Do we really need the Lord to move? Could it be that our research and strategy have become our new Baal? Is the church growing by the invocation of the Holy Spirit? (Acts 9:31). Does the driving and consuming passion for academic excellence come from the Lord or the flesh? How is it that we got so far removed from the simple commission of the humble Savior?
“O Lord, break our pride, our desire for achievement. Remove, O Lord, our desire for human acclaim. Lord, our country is burning but we are playing our theological and missiological and many other illogical fiddles.
“Deliver us, O Lord! We need You in our church services. We need You in the pastor’s prayer closet. We need Your Holy Presence at our family altar. We need You when our Sunday School teachers teach our children. O Lord, deliver us from technological strangulations. O Lord, send down fire from heaven upon the true altar and put to shame the altar of any new Baal of godless evangelization. O Lord, visit us, breathe Your Spirit into us. Descend to dwell with the humble to revive them. Come, Jehovah Shamah!
“We need to have the burning in our midst once again. Come, Lord, we need You! Anoint the pew and the pulpit. Restore, O Lord, first century Christianity. By being joined in love serving You, help us, Lord, to win the world to the fold of Jesus Christ.”
Let me quote from Hudson Taylor:
“Dear friends, we are little servants of an illustrious Master.
“The greatest need of every mission is the manifestation of the Holy Spirit. Though tens of thousands of tracts, thousands of sermons and an equal number of missionary journeys have been expended, the number of those who have been definitely saved is small. We need to repent before the Lord about this. Where are those giants who will cause a thousand to fall at our side? Where are those among us who will cause rivers of living waters to flow?
“There may be those who believe that more powerful methods would have produced greater results. Yet we need divine power and not methods. The only way to win souls is to be vessels filled with the Spirit of God. We can see souls perishing owing to our weakness. If we are prepared, the hour is now!
“Let us cast aside that which is in us that hinders. Let us confess our sin and call for forgiveness if we have murmured, have spoken ill of brethren, have engaged in evil gossip, have neglected personal prayer or Bible meditation. Let us remove these hindrances and consecrate ourselves and expect the Holy Spirit to descend into our sanctified temples.”
– From Fire In My Bones by Lalith Mendis.