The CHURCH'S GREAT NEED
A revival of true godliness among us is the greatest and most urgent of all our needs. To seek this should be our first work. There must be earnest effort to obtain the blessing of the Lord, not because God is not willing to bestow His blessings upon us, but because we are unprepared to receive it. Our heavenly Father is more willing to give His Holy Spirit to them that ask Him, than are earthly parents to vie good gifts to their children. But it is our work, by confession, humiliation, repentance, and earnest prayer, to fulfill the conditions upon which God has promised to grant us His blessings. A revival need be expected only in answer to prayer. While the people are so destitute of God's Holy Spirit, they cannot appreciate the preaching of the Word; but when the Spirit's power touches their hearts, then the discourses given will not be with out effect. Guided by the teachings of God's Word, with the manifestation of His Spirit, in the exercise of sound discretion, those who attend our meetings will gain a precious experience, and returning home, will be prepared to exert a healthful influence. Ellen G. White in Selected Messages, Book 1, page 121, para #1
The power of the Holy Spirit in a form of latter rain metaphor will not bestowed to persons who do not ask for Him. Jesus told His disciples," Keep asking, and it will be given to you. Keep searching, and you will find. Keep knocking, and the door will be opened for you." Matthew 7:7 (International Standard Version)
The first prerequisite for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit is asking for Him through earnest prayers, coupled with humiliation, confession and repentance of our sins and be willing to turn our minds towards heavenly GPS.
Guest written by Samuel M. Ntawiniga