Nolan Harkness: How to Kill a Revival

“When can you come back, When can you come back?” The pastor exclaimed. “I missed God today. I should have asked you to stay. When can you come back, Brother Nolan?” I had been preaching on the north side of the city in another church. Several years earlier I had worked with a Teen Challenge crew to install a full RV hookup in the back of the church. Often missionaries and traveling evangelists have their home on wheels and they had offered to let me stay there any time I wanted.

I finished preaching on a Saturday night. I suggested to the pastor that he pray to see if God would have me speak there that next morning. He reluctantly agreed to have me preach. He then very apologetically said; “I’m sorry Brother Nolan I won’t be able to give you much time. It is Missionary Sunday, there are a ton of announcements, and a special presentation today.” I said; “That’s alright Pastor, let’s just give it to God. I have seen him say more in a thirty second prophesy than the best preacher can say in an hour anyway! He is God. Let’s just trust Him.”

The pastor opened the morning service in prayer. He then gave a brief explanation of the reason for me being with them that day. Somewhere in the middle of the worship service, God by His Holy Spirit showed up in a powerful way. I have heard the Holy Spirit’s presence described as being like “invisible water”. That day there was a deluge coming down. Some people began to weep and cry, some shouted loud praises to God. Many came spontaneously to the altar and began to pray. It was one of the most glorious outpourings I have ever been in.

Then something very surprising happened while His powerful anointing continued to be poured out. The Pastor approached the pulpit and said; “God has sent Brother Nolan here today with a special message for this church. All the things we had planned for today’s service are put on hold. Brother Nolan come now and preach what God has for us.” As the Holy Spirit delivered the message, God moved upon many hearts. The altars were full and many people were powerfully touched by God’s Spirit.

Following the service, I talked with the Pastor and we both agreed that something totally awesome had just happened. I encouraged him to consider continuing meetings nightly that week but at that point he just didn’t see how he could. We shook hands blessing each other, and I returned to my RV for the trip home.

I had barely pulled in my driveway when the phone rang. It was the pastor calling me to see how soon I could come back. He had spent some time in prayer after the service and felt strongly he had missed God by not having me stay. At that point I had already made some other calls, and other things were already in place, but I told him I could be back there in two weeks. “Praise God, Praise God”, he said excitedly. So two weeks later after much concentrated prayer, I arrived back at the church, anticipating God would do something incredible.

God was so good! That Sunday morning we experienced the same wonderful outpouring of His Holy Spirit. Then Sunday night, another awesome presence of God was experienced. People had been interceding for revival in that area for some time, so I knew God would confirm His Word with signs following.

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Source: Christian Post