Leonard Ravenhill: Revival

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Leonard Ravenhill was an evangelist and author who spread the call to a Christian revival across the United States and the United Kingdom. His sermons emphasized the power of God, the need for holiness, and the importance of prayer. Here are my top 10 quotes from Leonard Ravenhill:

“Today’s church wants to be raptured from responsibility.”

“God pity us that after years of writing, using mountains of paper and rivers of ink, exhausting flashy terminology about the biggest revival meetings in history, we are still faced with gross corruption in every nation, as well as with the most prayerless church age since Pentecost.”

“The Church used to be a lifeboat rescuing the perishing. Now she is a cruise ship recruiting the promising.”

“No nation is better than its church, and no church is better than its people. Only God-transformed personalities can change the moral fiber of the nation.”

“If you want to be popular, preach happiness. If you want to be unpopular, preach holiness.”

“No man is greater than his prayer life. The pastor who is not praying is playing; the people who are not praying are straying. We have many organizers, but few agonizers; many players and payers, few pray-ers; many singers, few clingers; lots of pastors, few wrestlers; many fears, few tears; much fashion, little passion; many interferers, few intercessors; many writers, but few fighters. Failing here, we fail everywhere.”

“The prayer meeting is a prayer meeting. The fact that far too many churches are combining the prayer meeting with a Bible study is the church’s self-acknowledged prayer weakness. In short, the church is saying that it cannot hold out in prayer, so it fills in the time with Bible study.”

“Men give advice; God gives guidance.”

“If God were to commission angels to serve Him down here, heaven would be empty of angels in five minutes. But God wants men! He wants obedient men, broken men, weeping men, resolute men –men strong in courage, men strong in will, men of ability, men of durability.”

“Revival must not be just a once-a-week concern in the midweek church prayer meeting. Would any girl become an opera singer by practicing once a week? No! She must give herself to singing.”

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