The World is Waiting
“Won’t you revive us again, so your people can rejoice in you?”
By H.M.S.Richards, Sr.
The World Is Ripe for Revival
A great many people look down upon revivals, but the entire history of the Bible is a history of revivals. I have heard preachers say, “Well, they are temporary.” Surely they are. So is a bath, and so is a meal, but very necessary. The whole story of this blessed Book, my friends, is one of apostasy and revival. And if there was ever a deeper apostasy than today, and a greater need of revival, I do not know where it was or where it will ever be.… Nobody knows what tomorrow will bring forth. The world of crying need tells of the necessity of a revival in our own lives.…
Some people are like Luther, who had a flaming, dramatic conversion. We are not all the same. But, my friends, we must all be converted, born again, regenerated, or we ought not to be cumbering the ground with our ministry.… This is a hungry world today. I happen to be where I can read thousands of letters, if I want to. Our mail runs from a thousand to three thousand letters a day. And what a witness they give. The people want to know somebody who knows God, someone who can say, “I know, for He did it for me.” That is what the world is hungry for.…
Let It Begin With Me
I have a statement here that simply thrills me as I read it. It is the last message that Mrs. White ever sent to a General Conference assembly, in 1913, the first General Conference I ever attended. There is a passage in which she says that she saw something—the people of God coming into line.… “I have been deeply impressed by scenes that have recently passed before me.… There seemed to be a great movement—a work of revival—going forward in many places. Our people were moving into line, responding to God’s call.”2
That is what she saw—a great movement, a great work of revival going forward in many places—your place and mine. “Our people were moving into line.” Oh, thank God, she saw it! …
This world is ripe for revival, ripe for tremendous events, ripe for great and wonderful conquests. I say, Be of good courage, brother, friend; let us get revived.
The happiest life on earth is the life of a consecrated worker for men. The most glorious reward of this world is the reward of the soul winner. Forget the future reward, which is beyond our imagination. There is reward here. Do not go around with a double life, an unconsecrated heart, cold, critical.… [Let us] open up our hearts, and get our arms around each other, and our hearts open to each other and to God.…
Prayer for Restoration and Renewal
Dear heavenly Father, as we are here together this afternoon, we bring our hearts to Thee. O Lord, we are ashamed of them. We bring them here, … and we just lay them at the foot of the cross. Father, see how hard they are, how impure. And when we look at Jesus we are ashamed to look up and to look at each other.…
Give us a new heart, a heart of flesh that reaches out for the salvation of the whole world. O Lord, how can we see nations going down in blood and terror, and millions concerned and wondering and perplexed? How can we … let this go on without more heart yearnings and tears? … We read that Jesus looked down at that beautiful city of Jerusalem, and that tears ran down His face.… How can we look at San Francisco, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and all these great cities and not weep over them.… Give us tender hearts; take away our sins.…
Give us, we pray, an old-time revival—a real old time, a time of the prophets, a time of the apostles. Help us to tell the truth. Help us to love one another. Help us, O God, to be converted. We ask it in Jesus’ name.
1 Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 69.
2 Ibid., p. 515.
H.M.S. Richards (1894-1985), a Seventh-day Adventist biblical scholar and evangelist, pioneered the use of radio to present the gospel more than 75 years ago—when many of his colleagues thought the new device was the devil’s playground. His Family Worship programs were first aired in 1929. Radio headquarters was a renovated chicken coop at the back of his garage. The broadcast’s name was changed to the Voice of Prophecy in 1937. Richards often said that perhaps the greatest thrill of his entire ministry was his first coast-to-coast broadcast over 89 stations on Sunday, January 4, 1942. The next month the first Seventh-day Adventist Bible Correspondence School was begun, a ministry that has blessed millions. Lessons are currently available in more than 75 languages. And today dozens of affiliated Voice of Prophecy and Voice of Hope studios worldwide produce radio broadcasts that are aired by more than 1,000 stations.
This sermon is excerpted from Aflame for God, Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1951. It was preached by H.M.S. Richards at the Pre-session to the General Conference session in 1950 in San Francisco, California, United States.