The Revival Spirit by Jesse Shamp
Something that has always stirred my heart is the lifestyle of prayer of past revivalists, men and women of faith such as Smith Wigglesworth, Kathryn Kuhlman, Amiee Semple Mcpherson, and Evan Roberts. Their hunger and desperation for God has always provoked me in the spirit. Kathryn Kuhlman once said, “It costs much, but it’s worth the cost.” She was talking about the anointing; she had a disciplined prayer life. Kathryn Kuhlman prayed several hours a day. She understood the importance of having fellowship and communion with the Holy Spirit. She saw the most incredible miracles in her ministry. In many of her meetings, those that were in wheelchairs would get up and walk. One night in a service, a five-year-old boy who had been crippled from birth and could not walk, walked onto the stage. Another time, after a miracle service, Kathryn was walking through the kitchen of a hotel and the employees of the hotel were falling out in the spirit as she passed by them. It was what was on her life, what she carried, and what she walked in. The Psalm 91 shadow of the Almighty was resting on her life. Have you come to the place in your life where you are willing to pay any price for the presence of God?
Evan Roberts was a desperate, broken young man. At age twenty he would wake up to pray from 1 to 5 a.m. each night, and again in the morning from 9 a.m. until noon. He prayed so much that he would shake on his bed at night because of the power of God. Evan Roberts became a carrier and a container of revival.In 1904, the nation of Whales became ablaze; bars and dance halls shut down. You know revival has come when the bars and clubs shut down in a city. People came from all over to experience the revival. They would come because of the fire of God. Churches would stay open 24 hours a day for prayer and intersession. Evan Roberts birthed what is now known as the Welsh revival, all because a young man was hungry for the Fire of God. Evan Roberts once said, “I have reached out and touched the flame. I am burning and waiting for a sign.” I believe that God in this hour is looking for those that are hungry, for those that will set themselves apart to be touched by the flame just as Evan Roberts did. There have been many revivalists and pioneers that have, out of hunger, pressed into something in God that was outside of their time or that has never been done before. We call them Burning Ones. Let me ask you a question: Are you a burning one?