“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all the blessings of the Spirit in the heavenlies in Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 1:3. A.B. Simpson
The church in Northampton was running on empty. it had been four years since the historic outpouring had awakened their church, a lot can change in four years. There was arguing, dissension, insurrection; you know the drill. Pastor Jonathan Edwards was desperate to return to the days of outpouring. That’s when he preached the sermon, Praying for the Spirit. He couldn’t stand the thought of returning to the days of lifeless formalism, he had tasted too much for that. In this sermon he was encouraging the church to seek another outpouring of the Spirit. Check this out.
“But there is another sort of blessing that the children of men are capable of and that they stand in need of, which are through the influences of the Holy Spirit: such as the sanctification of our natures, our being made partakers of the divine nature, having the love of God shed abroad in our hearts, being united to the Son of God, being the children of God, having the presence of God, the light of his countenance and communion and fellowship with him, having divine peace and joy and living a divine life, and being hereafter possessed of eternal life and glory— which are more excellent things than the other, as high above all the temporal enjoyments of princes as heaven is high above the earth. They are infinitely the most necessary, the most profitable, the most honorable, the most pleasant and delightful and satisfying, and the most durable blessing.”
This passage is absolutely slammed full of truth about the Holy Spirit. Obviously Edwards had thought long and hard about the spiritual blessings associated with revival, nothing less would do for him. In this sermon he began to remind the people how they would get concerned when there were temporal problems and how they would seek the Lord in prayer for their answers. Crop failure, health problems, raids from the natives; these things got their attention and became the subject of their prayers. He was telling them how much more they should call out to God when there was a spiritual drought or famine. I think these words are for us today. We need a fresh outpouring of the Spirit. I can’t imagine what would become of our culture and our nation without a new spiritual awakening. Its time for us to seek the Lord, its time for another outpouring of the Spirit.