Is. 64:1-3 ¶ Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains might quake at your presence—as when fire kindles brushwood and the fire causes water to boil—to make your name known to your adversaries, and that the nations might tremble at your presence! When you did awesome things that we did not look for, you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence.
Christians have been known to argue about the strangest things. I can remember a guest speaker trying to correct our church because we had been asking the Lord to “come down”. The speaker was saying that The Lord was already here by faith. I get that but there are different ways of God “being here”. He is everywhere all the time but His presence isn’t manifest or perceived all the time. Like Isaiah prayed, Lord, “rend the heavens and come down”, when that happens you are talking about a whole new world. That is exactly what revival is, God come down in the midst of His people. That is what the Azusa Street Revival was, God came down In Los Angeles in 1906 and the world has never been the same. Tongues of fire, lives set on fire by the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, changed the world. Here is a short testimony by Frank Bartleman, a journalist who experienced Azusa Street.
“Someone might be speaking. Suddenly the Spirit would fall upon the congregation. God himself would give the altar call. Men would fall all over the house, like the slain in battle, or rush for the altar en masse, to seek God. The scene often resembled a forest of fallen trees. Such a scene cannot be imitated. I never saw an altar call given in those early days. God himself would call them. And the preacher knew when to quit. When He spoke we all obeyed. It seemed a fearful thing to hinder or grieve the Spirit. The whole place was steeped in prayer. God was in His holy temple. It was for man to keep silent. The Shekinah glory rested there. In fact, some claim to have seen the glory by night over the building. I do not doubt it. I have stopped more than once within two blocks of the place and prayed for strength before I dared go on. “The presence of the Lord was so real.”
Lord, come down and invade our culture, our churches, our lives once again. We need Your presence to effect our secular world.