Revival Now and Revival With No End
Once you have tasted the presence of God in revival, there is no going back. There is a longing to see a continuation of ever increasing realms of glory that well up within you. Such was the case for my husband and me as we served as Associate Pastors at, what was formerly called, Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship in the height of the Spirit’s outpouring. We reveled in the glory and kept longing for more. In 2003, when we were asked to move to a different city to pastor a church John and Carol Arnott had previously planted, I had reservations. I wanted to be in the midst of continuing revival. How could I leave the epicenter of such a great move of God?
Among many lessons in the eight years we spent out of Toronto before returning in 2011 to pastor at the newly named Catch The Fire Toronto, one of the greatest was the lesson that we could bring revival wherever we went. Another important lesson was to raise revivalists in our own home—our children. Digging wells of revival has a lot to do with passion, intimacy, hearing the voice of God and prayer. Dr. David Yongi Cho in his book Prayer: Key to Revival states,
“Having studied church history, I realize that revivals must not only be prayed for to begin, but they must also be prayed for so that they may be maintained. In Korea, we have seen the importance of developing and keeping a prayer life. If we stop praying, the revival will wane. I am convinced that renewal is possible anywhere people dedicate themselves to prayer.”
We learned to pray. We learned that God hears the sound of our voice raised to Him in worship (agreeing with who He is) and in prayer (agreeing with what He wants to do). We also learned to see that same spirit of prayer ignited in our children, that they would be ones to carry on the torch of revival into their generation and beyond. Yes, it is revival now that we have, but it is revival with no end we need to contend for.
After giving our weekday mornings to Jesus for several months, John and I felt we needed to take this prayer meeting to the church—the House of Prayer was born in our midst. Others joined the House of Prayer, the presence of God came, the church started to grow, societal change happened in our city and our kids caught habits of personal and corporate prayer.
There is something about being content but contending that needs to coexist. It is like the kingdom of God is here and the kingdom is to come. His manifest presence is among us. We are thankful for what the Lord has done, but there is that persistent sense that He wants to do more and He is just looking for those that would agree with Him.
Jesus quoted Isaiah 56:7 when he overturned the tables of the money-changers, “My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations.” Furthermore, Deuteronomy 6:6-8 states, “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.”
I have found praying for revival has led to a sustained revival, which has led to kids that live in revival. To the glory of God, as I write, our six children are passionate lovers of God. One daughter works as a senior leader, alongside her husband, at the revival centre of the International House of Prayer in Kansas City. Our son is a worship leader, youth pastor and House of Prayer leader in a Partners In Harvest Church. Another daughter has been a part of the Geneva House of Prayer and now is moving, along with her husband, to be part of a House of Prayer in Quebec. Two of our younger daughters are singers and musicians in our own Catch The Fire Toronto House of Prayer.
Let’s be revivalists with a passion to sustain revival through prayer and through passing a baton of the revival spirit in our children—whether they be children in the natural or children in the spirit.
Together we cry, “Come Lord Jesus, Come.”
Patricia Bootsma and her husband John are the lead pastors of Catch The Fire Airport, Toronto, and parents to six amazing children. With a passion for the pursuit of the heart of God, Patricia is the Director of the Catch the Fire House of Prayer, leads the Ontario Prophetic Council and represents Ontario to the Canadian Prophetic Council.
In anticipation of our conference, we are starting a conversation around what revival looks like today through a series called Revival Now. Read More
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