A Personal Revival Needed
Every Christian worker should have an experience like that of Daniel Baker.
In the thirty-ninth year of his life and ministry, the twelfth year of his pastoral ministry, he felt a dryness in his soul, which was evidenced by a lack of fruitfulness in his ministry.
So he went not to the philosophers of his day, nor to the Christian counselors, nor to any self-help guru, but rather to God Himself. Going into the woods on August 10, 1830 near his house in Savannah, Georgia, he came to a cemetery. Entering it, finding a tree near a brick tomb, he began to cry to God for revival.
Returning to his congregation, he held a congregational prayer meeting in which he requested the members of that church to write notes for whom prayer might be especially desirable. Forty-six notes were returned to him, all of them desiring the regeneration either of themselves or others of their families. Dr. Baker added a note that he might be given a love for the souls of lost men and women, with the result that there be a successful ministry in his labors for Christ.
Following up this spiritual exercise were a series of meetings, sometimes upwards to three sermons per day being preached. The outpouring of God’s regenerating Spirit was such that 250 individuals professed Christ as Savior and were led into God’s kingdom. In addition, the work of grace went through the entire city of Savannah, Georgia.
That work of grace continued in other parts of Georgia, as revival swept the whole coastlands of the state. Multitudes of people came into the kingdom. Eight of the converts became ministers of the gospel. Dr. Baker went into full-time evangelistic work. It would be noted that in the two years after this event, some 2500 people acknowledged Christ as Lord and Savior.
Words to live by: It all started with a personal day of reflection and prayer. Think about it a moment. Could not all of us need such a day as this? Oh, we need not find a lonely cemetery in the country, but rather some place where we would not be interrupted and could commune with the Lord God of heaven and earth. Look at your life. Are you satisfied that you are having the kind of spiritual influence on your family, church, work, and society that you could be having? If that answer is in the negative, why not plan such a day right now, set it aside, and pray for a personal revival in your soul.