Fix the Leak First

By Patrick Hawthorne



“Revive us O’ Lord,” we cry and plead from within and without our church buildings.  “Bring the rain of Your Holy Spirit upon us.  Send revival.”

“Fix the leak first,” says the Lord.

“O’ Lord,” we cry the louder.  “Send revival to heal this broken land.”


“Fix the leak first,” says the Lord.

Why are the prayers of the Church not being answered?  Is it because God has ceased to move?  Have the days of the outpouring of His Holy Spirit passed away?  Are miracles, signs, and wonders a thing of the past?  Or, is it because we, the Body, have failed to check ourselves?

“Fix the leak first,” says the Lord.

I liken the Body of Christ to the gardener who is attempting to water their plants with a busted water hose.  The water is present in plentiful supply, yet it is not reaching its destination.  The gardener can pray for water until he is blue in the face but until he fixes the leak he is spinning his wheels.  He may blame the provider of the water, but it is not the providers fault the water is not reaching its destination.  “Fix the leak.”

On the other side, the gardener can theorize why God no longer sends the water or why the days of watering have passed.  “We are smarter farmers… enlightened farmers.  We don’t need water – we have our intelligence…we have our theology.  The water is there.  “Fix the leak.”

1 Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; nor His ear heavy, that it cannot hear.  2 But your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear. (Isaiah 59 NKJV)

If the Body of Jesus Christ is to see revival, the revival must first begin with us.  We each need to examine our lives and deal with our personal iniquities.  We must first fix our leak.  It is then that we will begin to see revival.  Be blessed.


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18 comments on “Fix the Leak First
  1. Oh, a big amen to this! Hear me oh ye leaky hoses..:-)

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  2. lol…Now that right there is funny.


  3. Wally Fry says:

    I am really glad you said this Patrick. I have gotten dirty looks from some when I ask them why they pray for God to send revival if we aren’t revived. I asked one..”What would we do with it if He sent it?”


    This may be why I stay in trouble.


  4. Our Pastor recently encouraged us to pray for revival to come to our church, Although I hunger and thirst for a fresh outpouring of the Spirit, we have way too many leaks that need to be plugged first.. Really timely post, Patrick.

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    • Thanks Don. This is something that has been bothering me for awhile. It is as Wally wrote above. If God were to send revival, what would we (the Church) do with it? I do believe that in the blink of an eye, the Holy Spirit can right the wrongs of the Church and get us back to where we need to be. However, all past revivals began with a hunger and an honest cry for God’s touch upon the land. Past revivals began with a hand full of people who were willing to first point the finger at themselves and to humble themselves before God. All it takes to start a mighty forest fire is a single match.

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  5. SLIMJIM says:

    Amen; this was a thought that completed what I was thinking about all day concerning the health of the church and its impact on the lost, etc.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Wally Fry says:

    Reblogged this on Truth in Palmyra and commented:
    Are we asking God to just “send” us revival? Are we doing what we need to do to revive ourselves? Great thoughts here. Blessings and enjoy!


  7. […] Patrick, and he’s been writing about revival. His latest is Prepare the Ground. Also Fix the Leak First was really good. In Prepare the Ground he says, “Let me ask you this question.  When was the […]


  8. Pastor Randy says:

    WordPress needs something higher and bigger than just “Like”–perhaps “Absolutely, Positively Love It”–I would definitely click it on this! Thanks for the insights!


    • Hi Pastor Randy. Yes sir, I agree. Sorry for the slow response. WordPress changed up my format and I did not realize I had a couple of comments out there that needed approval. With that, I totally agree with your comment. Have a blessed day.

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