February 28, 2011 by Joseph Krohn
A small band of church leaders prayed earnestly for revival in their community. They were gathered in a small town on the Isle of Lewis, the largest isle of the Outer Hebrides, just off the coast of Scotland. These believers were particularly burdened for the young people of the island who had no interest in spiritual matters and scorned the things of God.
For eighteen months these men met, three nights a week, praying through the night, right into the early hours of the morning, beseeching God to come and visit in revival. For eighteen months there was no evidence of any change.
Then one night, a young deacon rose to his feet, opened his Bible and read from Psalm 24: “Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart… He shall receive blessing from the Lord.” Facing the men around him, this young man said, “Brethren, it seems to me to be just so much ‘humbug’ to be waiting and praying as we are, if we ourselves are not rightly related to God.”
There in the straw, the men knelt and humbly confessed their own sins to the Lord. Within a short period of time, God began to pour out His Spirit in an extraordinary awakening that shook the entire island. The most dramatic, widespread revival movements in history have begun with a handful of humble-hearted believers whose revived lives and prayers have become sparks that ignited the lives of those around them.