Wednesday, May 20, 2009

My Visit With John Knox

James 5:16 (KJV) 16Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

This week I have the privilege of visiting the students at Harvest Bible College in Glasgow, Scotland ( I am so grateful for the wonderful hospitality of President Robert Kelley and all of the staff and students here at the college. It is obvious that this college is strategically equipped to prepare men and women for the revival that is promised for our generation. The personnel that are instrumental in making this college such a success should be commended for their intense vision. The exceptional student body is poised to be a great blessing to the harvest field in Europe and the regions beyond.

Not far from Glasgow, in Edinburgh, Scotland is a tourist site known as the John Knox house. John Knox (1505-1572) is remembered by many as the leader of the Scottish Reformation and the founder of the Presbyterian Church. He is thought to have died in the house in 1572.

In the winter of 1834, the great revivalist Charles Finney spoke about John Knox in his Lectures On Revival. Here is what he had to say:

John Knox was a man famous for his power in prayer, so that bloody Queen Mary used to say she feared his prayers more than all the armies of Europe. And events showed that she had reason to do it. He used to be in such an agony for the deliverance of his country that he could not sleep.

He had a place in his garden where he used to go to pray. One night he and several friends were praying together, and as they prayed, Knox spoke and said that deliverance had come. He could not tell what had happened, but he felt that something had taken place, for God had heard their prayers. What was it? Why the next news they had was, that Mary was dead!

I don’t know a lot about John Knox. However, I am admittedly intrigued by a man that could pray with such persistence and passion for a country in need of deliverance. Many who read this blog entry live in countries that are desperate for a demonstration of the power of God. May we all summon the courage and the conviction to pray with the kind of effectual fervency that will usher in the next “Great Awakening.” Indeed every urban jungle and every country village across this planet is ripe for the revelation of the name of Jesus Christ, and the redemptive power of His cross.

2 Chronicles 7:14 (KJV) 14If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

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