Australia’s last revival
This year marks the 50th year of Billy Graham’s 1959 Crusade in Australia. According to historian Dr. Stuart Piggin, this is as close to ‘revival’ as Sydney has gotten in the last century. Read his article here courtesy of sydneyanglicans.net.
It’s incredible when you think about what God did for Sydney Australia in the last five decades through that revival. Foundations were laid for the kind of ministries and ministers (both paid and lay) that we are still beneficiaries of 50 years later. One of those converted was Bruce Ballantine-Jones. Have a look at his testimony (again courtesy of sydneyanglicans.net):
I guess for me this just creates even more hunger for God to do a work of revival in my generation. As Bill Johnson says, ‘I don’t need God to do it through me, I just wanna be around when it happens!’
Iain Murray’s book Pentecost Today has helpfully highlighted how revival is not something that we can control or manipulate, but only something that God, by a special outpouring of his Spirit at certain times, can bring about. However, one thing that often precedes revival is God stirring up people to hunger for it, long for it and most of all, to pray for it.
So I guess the question is: What are we waiting for? Will you join me in praying for revival to hit our city, in our generation, 50 years later?