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REVIVAL ANTICIPATION FATIGUE

 

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#040

REVIVAL ANTICIPATION FATIGUE    

by Tony Danhelka  (Tony@avenew.com)

I had been a rather traditional Baptist minister for nearly thirty years when, in the spring of 1995, the Lord touched my wife and me with a long season of deep and penetrating brokenness. The thought of His holiness and His call to passionate intercessory prayer consumed much of our energy day and night. We began to hear His voice with greater clarity and responded with childlike obedience as never before. Within a few months we began to fast regularly. Our former limited reading schedule gave way to hours of reading everything we could find regarding fasting, prayer, evangelism, and revival. Many nights I would be wakened by the Holy Spirit to get up to pray through a night watch only to find out my wife had already been up for two hours in intercession. The next day we would talk about what the Lord laid on our hearts in prayer and often it was the same themes. 

In the spring of 1997, I was halfway through an extended fast and in the second day of a Chicagoland IRM Prayer Summit. During lunch I was leafing through Prayer magazine and came to a one-page ad for a training trip in Argentina led by Ed Silvoso. Three months later my wife and I joined 110 other guests in daily training and practical exercises for city reaching in San Nicholas, Argentina. For three weeks we prayed with pastors, strategized city reaching techniques through prayer evangelism, witnessed on the streets, helped with dramas in the parks, and prayed each night in neighborhood homes called lighthouses. As local pastors came together in brokenness, forgiveness, and unity, the spiritual atmosphere changed dramatically over the city. Evangelistic dramas, presentations, and street-corner preaching that had previously attracted little interest now began to draw large crowds of repentant seekers. We saw great brokenness come over the churches; evangelism increased and Christians began ministering among the poor and needy with power. My wife and I were profoundly touched by this experience in Argentina.

We returned to Chicago with fresh enthusiasm, ready to apply what we had learned about city reaching. We began working through the faith mission called Riverwoods Christian Center that I had founded and led since 1977.  Riverwoods works primarily with people living in poverty in two cities, Aurora and Elgin. Each city has a population of 110,000 and is located 35 miles west of Chicago. As I looked at our county, I drew four circles that each had a population of about 100,000 people. 

With the help of 20 years of ministry relationships, the Lord led me to pastors with great hearts for prayer and citywide evangelism. Some already were meeting with other pastors, praying for their region. Within a few months we formed four pastor prayer groups that meet weekly or twice a month. Five servant leaders from each pastor prayer group meet quarterly in Riverwoods camp headquarters, which is located in the center of the county. Most of these pastors believe we are living in spiritually unprecedented days. There is a great sense among these ministers that the Lord is raising up a new time for renewal, revival, and awakening. 

Long before I came on the scene, the Lord started raising up intercessors in our county. The Elgin intercessors had already formed a House of Prayer headed by a faithful servant leader, Sheila Straka. The intercessors of the other regions were starting to find each other and form prayer huddles. Every time I prayed with these groups, there was great enthusiasm in the air for revival to sweep our cities and county. 

Now, four years since returning from Argentina, I have prayed in many new settings across our county. Scores of notices, mailings, and brochures have gone out to hundreds of pastors calling them to prayer. Many of us have scheduled intentional lunches and meetings to build friendships among pastors across denominational lines. We have prayer-walked, passed out videotapes of the Jesus film, participated in multi-day fasts, and called other believers to open their homes as lighthouses of prayer. We have found many hearts filled with passion for revival, but we have also discovered that God has His pace and timing. We are clearly being called to be patient, persistent, resilient, and tough in our resolve to seek the face of God to heal our land.

One of our faithful intercessors coined a phrase some months back that captures the feelings of our hearts. She said she is feeling “Revival Anticipation Fatigue!” There is little doubt that God is raising up a movement of prayer in our area. However, the numbers of pastors, intercessors and churches is still small. Unity is coming slowly. Each time we enter another prayer initiative, we wonder if this is the time we will begin to experience Gods outpouring on the city. When we see the small turnout, the Lord breathes into my heart, “Not yet, but soon!” It is as though He is saying that when He chooses to pour out His Holy Spirit and fill the prayer rooms with spiritually hungry servants, we will know that it isn’t because of our great marketing skills, charismatic personalities, or leadership techniques.

Our call is to “hang in there!” God is doing a new thing. He is raising up pastors and intercessors across our nation and beyond to pray for cities.  There are Spirit-fueled fires breaking out across the globe. Think of the many Biblical characters who waited long seasons for Gods promises to be fulfilled. How long did Noah wait in faith as he built the Ark on dry ground (Hebrews 11:7)? Abraham waited 25 years for the promised son, Isaac (Genesis 12:2 & 21:5). Moses waited 40 years in the wilderness (Acts 7:30). Daniel prayed 70 years throughout the entire exile (Daniel 9:2).  Simeon saw the promised Messiah, Jesus, in his old age (Luke 2:28) as did the prophetess Anna, who had fasted and prayed in the Temple for 60 years before Gods fulfillment came (Luke 2:37). We must be persistent. When “Revival Anticipation Fatigue” hits, take time to rest in the truth that the Holy Spirit has a divine order and timetable. His ways and timing are rarely ours. It seems as though the Gideon anointing of small numbers doing a big task is more common these days than the Pentecost response of thousands.  

 

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