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    Brethren, We Have Met to Worship

    Do we ask for 'holy manna' from above when we preach? Michael Ross says that asking for holy manna from above seems foreign to a generation of preachers reared in an age of church growth methodology and pragmatic church programming. {related to this] William moore put George Atkins words to music in 1825:

    Brethren, we have met to worship and adore the Lord our God; Will you pray with all your power, while we try to preach the Word? All is vain unless the Spirit of the Holy One comes down; Brethren, pray, and holy manna will be showered all around.

    Brethren, see poor sinners round you slumbering on the brink of woe;
    Death is coming, hell is moving, can you bear to let them go?
    See our fathers and our mothers, and our children sinking down;
    Brethren, pray and holy manna will be showered all around.

    Sisters, will you join and help us? Moses’ sister aided him;
    Will you help the trembling mourners who are struggling hard with sin?
    Tell them all about the Savior, tell them that He will be found;
    Sisters, pray, and holy manna will be showered all around.

    Is there a trembling jailer, seeking grace, and filled with tears?
    Is there here a weeping Mary, pouring forth a flood of tears?
    Brethren, join your cries to help them; sisters, let your prayers abound;
    Pray, Oh pray that holy manna may be scattered all around.

    Let us love our God supremely, let us love each other, too;
    Let us love and pray for sinners, till our God makes all things new.
    Then He’ll call us home to Heaven, at His table we’ll sit down;
    Christ will gird Himself and serve us with sweet manna all around.

    This is one of America's revival hymns. For "it was authored during the middle years of America's Second Great Awakening ... God will work through a human agency to bring man to salvation in Christ and to renew a slumbering sin-sick Church...God works through His ordinary means of grace with extraordinary power when these normal means of grace are baptized with the unction of the Holy Spirit. Worship, preaching, prayer and fellowship can be empowered by God the Spirit so that sinners are converted, the lethargic are enlivened in soul and the Church is revived.

    Iain Murray said,

    "In confronting the consequences of this rejection of biblical authority, which occurred on both sides of the Atlantic, there have been those who have labored to defend Christianity with Apologetics and other forms of scholarship. ...But while accepting a measure of value in such endeavors, it has been said that neither in the eighteenth century nor in the twentieth could the tide be turned by these means. Unbelief is primarily a moral rather than an intellectual problem, and apostasy comes from a sinful bias against God, not merely from mistaken thinking. Accordingly the only effective means for the restoration of reverence has to be the action of God in changing man's moral nature. ...God Himself must authenticate the truth to make it real to us.

    This being true, it inevitably follows that every period which has seen a widespread restoration of faith has always been a period when the convicting and regenerating work of the Holy Spirit has been manifest. Apologetics may modify conditions for the better but it is only under the powerful preaching of the gospel that unbelief is scattered as mist before the sun. ...

    From Preaching for Revitalization by Michael F Ross

    Posted by John on May 13, 2006 11:39 AM


    That sort of throws cold water all over the concept of "manufactured revical" doesn't it. This is why prayer is so vital. We should be praying for this outpouring of power from on high constantly. How else can unregenerate people be saved?

    In Christ

    Mike Ratliff

    Thank you for this. What an encouragement these words are still today!

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