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Thursday, January 26, 2017

#86 Revival in India

Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: Pandita Ramabai, who died in 1922, was born in a very religious Hindu home. By the time she was twelve years old, she could recite eighteen thousand verses of the Hindu scriptures. (Mukti women)

   She was wonderfully converted to Jesus Christ and set up a boarding school in 1899, later expanding it into a women's home. Her settlement at Kedgaon near Pune, India, grew to a community of over 1,300. In 1901 God sent much blessing, and 1,200 were converted and baptized in two months. 

   In 1904, when God sent tremendous revival to Wales, a Welsh missionary in India wrote home, begging the people to pray that God would send revival to India.

   A large group of coal miners began to meet daily at the entrance to the mine for a half-hour before dawn, agreeing in prayer for revival in India. After some weeks of prayer, they received the message, "Revival has come to India."

   In the meantime, news of the revival in Wales reached Ramabai, and she started daily prayer meetings for revival in India. By June 1905, there were 550 meeting twice daily to agree in prayer for revival.

   One day one of the girls was filled with the Holy Spirit and was so transformed that soon girls all over the grounds were on their knees weeping and confessing their sins.

   The next evening during the evening prayer, the Holy Spirit came in power upon the girls with the spirit of repentance and a spirit of intercession. Little children, teenage girls, and young women were weeping and confessing.

   Two little girls prayed for hours for revival. One day some of the girls asked a staff member what Luke 12:49 meant, where Jesus said, "I have come to bring fire on the earth." They determined to pray for this fire.

   As they agreed in prayer, revival deepened, 

   "the work went on, and a spirit of prayer and supplication 
    for a revival in India was poured out like a flood....
    Waves of prayer go over the meetings like the rolling 
    thunder; hundreds pray audibly together." 

Seven hundred girls and women gave themselves to prayer. 
    [Unknown Christian, Kneeling Christian, 29]

   Each day about sixty went out by turns to help evangelize. One party of these girls came to a town where there was a missionary and asked him for permission to stay and pray for his work. They asked for a hall or shed, any place where they could pray. He gave them permission.

   That evening an Indian pastor came to his door, began to weep, and said that God had convicted him of sin and that he felt he had to come and confess his wrongdoing. After he received assurance of God's forgiveness, another Christian arrived under deep conviction of sin.

   Then followed a succession of one after another, people coming under deep conviction of sin. No meeting had been announced, but it was the Holy Spirit working in answer to the prayer of agreement of these children and girls.

   "There was a remarkable time of blessing. Backsliders 
    were restored, believers were sanctified, and heathen 
    brought into the fold."

   One group of Ramabai's girls went to northwest India to Rawalpindi, which is now a part of Pakistan. They began immediately to have meetings of united prayer.

   One prayer meeting lasted six hours. A missionary lady looked out about midnight and was surprised to see a light burning in one of the girls' tents, which was contrary to rules.

   She went to correct the girl and found a girl of fifteen kneeling in the farthest corner with a little candle in one hand and a list of five hundred girls' names in her other hand. She was interceding one by one, hour after hour, before the Lord. Again God poured out His blessing.

   The Holy Spirit, through agreement in prayer by coal miners in Wales, coordinated with the united prayer of Ramabai's girls, sent revival to place after place and brought hundreds to Christ.

   In the meantime, revival fires broke out hundreds of miles away in other parts of India, in the Khasi hills in northeast India, where Welsh missionaries were laboring and praying.

Used by permission of the author and Duewel Literature Trust, Inc., Greenwood, Indiana (With Jean's impressions added)

Mighty Prevailing Prayer
#86 Revival in India
by Dr. Wesley L. Duewel
(pp. 144 -146) Zondervan

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Let's pray-

   Father, our desire is to see our churches come to grips with sin, so Your Spirit can fall on us to cleanse us from all unrighteousness and bring the revival needed.
   May we agree together for the moving of Your Spirit in our hearts to acknowledge our need of repentance, and to humble ourselves like the young girls and women did in the above message.
   May we see remarkable times of blessing, where backsliders are restored, believers sanctified and the lost brought into the local flocks.
   Have Your way in each of us, and help us to be in agreement for the moving of Your Spirit in, on and through us.
   We ask this in the Name of Jesus. Amen.

Today's Bible verse-

(Is. 57:15 KJV) "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."

(Is. 59:1 KJV) "Behold, the LORD's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: (v.2) But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear."

Today's quote-

Samuel Chadwick- "To pray as God would have us pray is the greatest achievement on earth. Such a life of prayer costs. It takes time. Hurried prayers and muttered Litanies can never produce souls mighty in prayer. Learners give hours regularly every day that they may become proficient in art and mechanism....All praying saints have spent hours every day in prayer....In these days there is no time to pray; but without time, and a lot of it, we shall never learn to pray. It ought to be possible to give God one hour out of twenty-four all to Himself." (Chadwick, The Path of Prayer, pp. 20-21).

Today's popular post- Holy Hardships

James N. Watkins:                                      

"My understanding of “holiness” began growing up in a conservative Methodist church with an active “temperance” program. Holiness simply smoking or drinking..."

Today's challenge- 

Have you found your faith strengthened and challenged due to difficulties? Could it be that God allows hard times to strengthen our faith and to prove His faithfulness through hardships? (see Ps. 118).

Upcoming posts-

He Promised He Would Come Again
28th- Saturday's post by Lee Forbes

#87 Other Examples of Revivals
31st- Tuesday's post by Dr. Wesley L. Duewel

#88 The Dynamic of Perseverance
Feb. 2nd- Thursday's post by Dr. Wesley L. Duewel

Old Yet New (Kentucky Sinkhole)
4th- Saturday's post by Dave Branon

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