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Revival: Born After Midnight, by A.W.Tozer
 

 

Revival: Born After Midnight

By A.W.Tozer

So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will
find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks
receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be
opened
-Luke 11:9-10

Among revival-minded Christians I have heard the saying, "Revivals
are born after midnight."

This is one of those proverbs which, while not quite literally true,
yet points to something very true.

If we understand the saying to mean that God does not hear our prayer
for revival made in the daytime, it is of course not true. If we take
it to mean that prayer offered when we are tired and worn-out has
greater power than prayer made when we are rested and fresh, again it
is not true....

Yet there is considerable truth in the idea that revivals are born
after midnight, for revivals (or any other spiritual gifts and
graces) come only to those who want them badly enough....

No, there is no merit in late hour prayers, but it requires a
serious mind and a determined heart to pray past the ordinary into
the unusual.

Most Christians never do. And it is more than possible that the rare
soul who presses on into the unusual experience reaches there after
midnight.

Born After Midnight, 7-8,10.

"Lord, give me this kind of longing after revival. Give me 'a serious
mind and a determined heart' to pray into the unusual. Help me to give
myself this month to this serious prayer for revival. Amen."

 


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