| O, God,
Thou art my God; I shall seek Thee earnestly;
My soul thirsts for Thee, my flesh longs for
In a dry and weary land where there is no
Thus I have beheld Thee in the sanctuary,
To see Thy power and Thy glory.
God's people throughout history have themselves
declared, "The nearness of God is my good". The
Scriptures are full of God's central desire for a
vital and intimate relationship with His people. He
longs to dwell among them and to be their God. Yet
God is righteous and holy, and He hates sin. He is
jealous for His Name's sake. Scripture confirms that
God's nature will not permit Him to overlook the
presence of sin in or among His people. He judges
them severely when they fail in speedy repentance -
He withdraws His manifest presence from them; He
refuses to hear their prayers; He often brings
calamitous punishments upon them. His prophet
declared, "But your iniquities have made a
separation between you and your God, and your sins
have hidden His face from you, so that He does not
hear" (Isaiah 59:2).
Who can deny the deplorable spiritual and moral
conditions that prevail among us? Who can ignore the
multitude of afflictions that plague the land? Our
nation once knew a time when the people of God would
immediately go penitently before Him in the midst of
calamity. Will those who are called by His name
today humble themselves? Will they pray? Will they
seek His face? Will they turn from their wicked
ways? What if they do not . . . ?
'Woe to the rebellious children,'
declares the Lord,
'Who execute a plan, but not Mine,
And make an alliance, but not of My Spirit,
In order to add sin to sin;
Who proceed down to Egypt,
Without consulting Me,
To take refuge in the safety of Pharaoh,
And to seek shelter in the shadow of Egypt!'
Many churches today engage in activities contrary to
the commands of God. They have abandoned their first
love for the love of material things. Embracing
modern culture, churches profane God's name with
idolatrous substitutes for Him and His mighty power.
The church now looks to the secular world for models
- growth, financing, promotion, administration,
organization, entertainment. During periods of
spiritual awakening, God quickens and empowers His
people to bring about His purposes according to His
own ways. He demonstrates His wondrous works among
them in aspects that can only be attributable to
'Has a nation changed gods,
When they were not gods?
But My people have changed their glory
For that which does not profit.
Be appalled, O heavens, at this,
And shudder, be very desolate,' declares
'For My people have committed two evils:
They have forsaken Me,
The fountain of living waters,
To hew for themselves cisterns,
That can hold no water.'
Sadly, today's church rolls appear filled with
unregenerate members. Church attendance is only a
fraction of the multitudes who claim to be
"born-again" Christians. Millions sincerely believe
they are saved and going to heaven when they die but
presently demonstrate no credible evidence of
regeneration. During seasons of Biblical revival,
history records wide-spread, genuine and lasting
conversions of lost souls.
A predominance of preaching today appears
man-centered and self-exalting. It often seems
characterized by timidity and irrelevance. "Health
and wealth" and "therapeutic" themes, even though
popular, only heal the wounds of God's people
superficially (Jeremiah 6:14). Much preaching is
non- doctrinal and/or doctrinally errant, and sorely
lacks personal conviction, Biblical authority and
the power of the Holy Spirit.
to the shepherds who are destroying and scattering
the sheep of My pasture!' declares the
'But if they had stood in My council,
Then they would have announced My words to My
And would have turned them back from their
And from the evil of their deeds.'
(Jeremiah 23:1, 22)
God purposes that His Word be preached with great
effectiveness to His own glory. Indeed, "God was
well- pleased through the foolishness of the message
preached to save those who believe" (I Corinthians
1:21). Spiritual awakenings in former times have
been characterized by a recovery of God-anointed and
empowered preaching as well as doctrinal
Effective, fervent prayer is grievously neglected in
today's church. Church members flock eagerly to
social events and entertaining programs. They
willingly attend endless religious activities and
meetings. They will regularly participate in
"worship" services and even Bible studies. But God's
people, both personally and corporately, woefully
disregard earnest, God-centered prayer. Seasons of
prolonged prayer, Biblical fasting and solemn
assembling are often unheard of or grossly
misunderstood. Ardent, protracted, God-centered
praying has been a distinguishing mark of revivals
of the past. God then comes among His friends to
awaken a spirit of extraordinary prayer.
| Oh, give
ear, Shepherd of Israel,
Thou who dost lead Joseph like a flock;
Thou who art enthroned above the cherubim,
Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh, stir
up Thy power,
And come to save us!
O God, restore us,
And cause Thy face to shine upon us, and we
will be saved.
O Lord God of hosts,
How long wilt Thou be angry with the prayer of
Thou hast fed them with the bread of tears,
And Thou hast made them to drink tears in
Thou dost make us an object of contention to
And our enemies laugh among themselves.
O God of hosts, restore us,
And cause Thy face to shine upon us, and we
will be saved.
Let Thy hand be upon the man of Thy right
Upon the son of man whom Thy didst make strong
Then we shall not turn back from Thee;
Revive us and we will call upon Thy name.
O Lord God of hosts, restore us;
Cause Thy face to shine upon us, and we will
(Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19)
In times of Biblical revival, God's people treasure
a heightened awareness of His holiness and justice
which prompts them to approach Him with most humble
awe and veneration. Today, however, reverence for a
holy God wanes, and one finds little fear of God in
the modern church where presumptuous and
entertaining religious exercises are conducted
according to the dictates of human whims and
preferences. Such "worship" is not motivated toward
God Who instructs His "righteous ones" to "sing for
joy." "Praise is becoming to the upright" (Psalm
33:1). Only in His "presence is fullness of joy"
(Psalm 16:11). "The Lord is righteous; He loves
righteousness; The upright will behold His face"
(Psalm 11:7). His people may only worship Him in the
beauty of and for the splendor of His holiness.
Ascribe to the Lord, O
sons of the Mighty,
Ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due to His name;
Worship the Lord in holy array.
God-fearing worship leader should warn the
unrepentant against blaspheming and offending God
with "strange fire" (Leviticus 10). The God of the
Bible is worthy to be worshipped in a manner of His
own choosing. He accepts worship which is offered
according to His will as revealed in Scripture.
'I hate, I reject your
History indicates that a
further hallmark of Biblical spiritual awakenings is
a Godly sorrow and grieving over sin accompanied by
genuine repentance. The Spirit of God mightily
arrests the attention of the impenitent, and God's
people recover the spirit of brokenness and
Nor do I delight in your solemn assemblies.
Even though you offer up to Me burnt offerings
and your grain offerings,
I will not accept them;
And I will not even look at the peace offerings
of your fatlings.
Take away from Me the noise of your songs;
I will not even listen to the sound of your
But let justice roll down like waters
And righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.'
I now rejoice, not that
you were made sorrowful, but that you were made
sorrowful to the point of repentance; for you
were made sorrowful according to the will of
God, in order that you might not suffer loss in
anything through us.
The God of the Bible is both
holy and just. In righteous judgment He always
administers retribution to those who persist in
rebellion against Him. However, the God Who is
portrayed from today's pulpits is too meek and mild
to even protest the wickedness of His own people.
Are there two Gods? Has God changed or grown up as
some suggest? Or, is there only one everlasting
unchangeable God Who deals now with unrepentant
sinners as definitely and severely as in times past?
International Awakening Ministries (IAM) asks
today's churches these fundamental questions.
For the sorrow that is according to the will of
God produces a repentance without regret,
leading to salvation; but the sorrow of the
world produces death.
(II Corinthians 7:9-10)
'Behold, I am going to
send My messenger, and he will clear the way
before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will
suddenly come to His temple; and the messenger
of the covenant, in whom you delight, behold, He
is coming,' says the Lord of hosts.
We believe that God has
already judged His church for her sins, yet He
delights to mingle mercy with severity. When God's
people yearn for the return of His manifest presence
among them, they find a God Who takes pleasure in
being gracious and merciful.
'But who can endure the day of His coming?
And who can stand when He appears? For He is
like a refiner's fire and like fullers' soap.
And He will sit as a smelter and purifier of
silver, and He will purify the sons of Levi, and
refine them like gold and silver, so that they
may present to the Lord offerings in
Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be
pleasing to the Lord, as in the days of old and
as in former years.
Then I will draw near to you for judgment; and I
will be a swift witness against the sorcerers
and against the adulterers and against those who
swear falsely, and against those who oppress the
wage earner in his wages, the widow and the
orphan, and those who turn aside an alien, and
do not fear Me,' says the Lord of hosts.
'For I, the Lord, do not change; therefore
you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed.
From the days of your fathers you have turned
aside from My statutes, and have not kept them.
Return to me, and I will return to you,'
says the Lord of hosts.
Therefore the Lord longs
to be gracious to you,
In many cities and towns
throughout the world, men and women can be found
gathering to pray for Biblical revival and God- sent
spiritual awakening. The directors of IAM have great
hope that the God Who has initiated and directed
these prayers will soon answer them. Join us in
urging the Father to come among His people and pour
out upon them "the Spirit of grace and of
supplication" (Zechariah 12:10).
And therefore He waits on high to have
compassion on you.
For the Lord is a God of Justice;
How blessed are all those who long for Him.
Restore us, O God of our
And cause Thine indignation toward us to cease.
Wilt Thou be angry with us forever?
Wilt Thou prolong Thine anger toward all
Wilt Thou not Thyself revive us again,
That Thy people may rejoice in Thee?
Show us Thy loving kindness, O Lord,
And grant us Thy salvation.
Lord, I have heard the report about Thee and I
O Lord, revive Thy work in the midst of the
In the midst of the years make it known;
In wrath remember mercy.
International Awakening Ministries was formed in
1985 by a group of Chicago-area men whose heartbeat
was to bring Christians into a greater awareness of
the need for spiritual awakening along with a
clearer understanding of the nature of genuine
Biblical revival. These days the term "revival" is
associated with various phenomena and events which
in the light of Scripture are often exposed as
counterfeits. IAM views revival as a gracious work
of a sovereign God Who, in times of His choosing,
pours out His Spirit on His people and manifests His
presence to them.
In concert with many others, the members of the
Board of Directors of IAM pray for such an effusion
of God's grace. These directors are:
||- Pastor of
Grace Community Bible Church in Rosell,
with McDermott, Will & Emery in Chicago,
President of Sales with JNL Industries
(computer software manufacturer) in
Hanover Park, Illinois
Minister, Bookseller and Publisher in
From 1732 to 1770, the young American colonies
experienced wave after wave of Divine activity. Then
came the Revolutionary War and a generation which
had departed far from God. By the time Timothy
Dwight became President of Yale College in 1795, the
nation had plunged deeply into moral evil and
spiritual darkness. Most of the students were given
to licentious behavior and to mockery of spiritual
matters. Dwight began a series of sermons at the
college chapel in which he lifted up and proclaimed
the great God of Scripture. The Holy Spirit laid
hold of hearts, and by the time of Dwight's death in
1817, God had visited the college with four mighty
seasons of revival. Many of the students affected
became pastors and leaders of Christian ministries
throughout the nation. For nearly sixty years,
culminating in the great revival of 1857-1858, this
land knew much of the majesty and glory of Jesus
Throughout history when the church has found itself
in moral and spiritual decay, God's people have
banded together in prayer, fasting, repentance and
in seeking His face. Faithfully, God comes among His
returning people in profound power to revive His
church for His name's sake. Books are filled with
the names, places, dates and effects of such
spiritual awakening. Men like Ezra, Nehemiah, Joel,
Martin Luther, John Knox, George Whitefield, John
and Charles Wesley, Jonathan Edwards, Asahel
Nettleton and Evan Roberts live on in the memories
of revived believers. Regrettably, this American
century will soon close with as yet no record of any
sustained, wide-spread movement of God in spiritual
Nevertheless, hope abounds. The God Who moved
remarkably in those former days is still on His
throne. His glory is best served by a vibrant, holy,
praying church. Join with International Awakening
Ministries in crying, "For Your name's sake, do it
again, Lord, do it again!"
IAM's facilities are adjacent
to the Billy Graham Center on the campus of Wheaton
College in Wheaton, Illinois. The ministry can
provide immediate access to extensive collections of
revival literature. With proximity to Chicago's
O'Hare International Airport, IAM desires to
supplement training received in other institutions
and to afford short-term programs to pastors,
missionaries and other interested persons.
- Preaching - IAM
supports the itinerant ministries of men
burdened by God for reformation and revival.
- Publishing -
International Awakening Press issues out-of-
print spiritual classics and publishes vital
works that convey the message of reformation and
- Tapes - The
distribution of audio and video tapes on
revival, regeneration, repentance and related
themes is a major concern of the ministry.
- Conferences -
Seminars, conferences, short/long-term studies
with the International Institute are all part of
IAM's projected vision.
International Awakening Ministries, a not-for-profit
Illinois corporation, is an interdenominational
ministry supported by the gifts of concerned
churches, individuals and institutions.