Ezra 10:1

Now when Ezra had prayed, and when he had confessed, weeping and casting himself down before the house of God, there assembled unto him out of Israel a very great congregation of men and women and children: for the people wept very sore.

By:Beejai from The River Walk

While Ezra prayed and made this confession, weeping and lying face down on the ground in front of the Temple of God, a very large crowd of people from Israel—men, women, and children—gathered and wept bitterly with him. (Ezra 10:1)

Read: Ezra 10:1-44, 1 Corinthians 6:1-20, Psalm 31:9-18, Proverbs 21:3

Relate: Ezra prayed. The people repented. Violently, emotionally, in a very “undignified” manner they repented. Then the community changed. Revival.

That word might not be as familiar in some Christian circles as in others. I grew up running in circles that used the word very often. We would talk about revival. We would pray for revival. We would hold “revival services” about once a year where a special guest speaker would come in and we would have church every day for a week. I would go to other local churches when they were holding their “revival services”. Some times God would show up in a special, unexpected way for three or four Sundays in a row and we would say we were experiencing revival. I think we overused the word. Revival is when prayer, repentance, change impact an entire community.

Duncan Campbell wrote and spoke about what God did in a true revival, sometimes called the Lewis Revival, at other times the Hebrides Revival. He writes:

When I speak of revival, I am not thinking of high-pressure evangelism. I am not thinking of crusades, or of special efforts convened and organized by man. That is not in my mind at all. Revival is something altogether different from evangelism on its highest level. Revival is a moving of God in the community…

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