Prepare the Ground

By Patrick Hawthorne


I had not intended to do a series on Revival.  Yet, my thoughts are on little else.  As I ponder and question, read and pray, I am convinced that Almighty God is as anxious to move as I am anxious for Him to move.  The more I search and inquire, the more I have come to the realization that past revivals were not the result of God’s coming and going for special seasons in the Church.  No, the revivals were Him casting water upon the heads of a sleeping Church who refused to wake from its slumber.

Let me ask you this question.  When was the last time, if ever, have you seen a person, lost to their sins, so convicted that they burst through the doors of the church building crying, “What must I do to be saved?”  I would not imagine that you have.  Nor have I.  Why is this?  Is it because we, the Body, have become so lax in our desire to see the lost saved that we have failed to prepare the ground?

I would assert that we, the Church, the Body of Jesus Christ, have become lazy farmers.  Instead of first preparing the soil through prayer and supplication, we run out into our fields, carelessly casting salvation seed to the ground hoping that something will take root.  Is it any wonder there is no conviction of sin?  Is it any wonder many of our so-called conversions are here today and gone tomorrow?  Consider the words of Pastor Oswald J. Smith.

“…Men are urged to be saved before they know they are lost, to believe without being convicted of their need.  The fruit is picked before it is ripe, and of course the work is bound to come undone.  If we are to get Holy Spirit Fruit, God must prepare the ground, the Holy Spirit must convict of sin before men can truly believe.  It is right to tell people to believe when God has done His work in their hearts, but first they must feel their need.” (Oswald J. Smith, The Revival We Need,  1925 bold/underline mine)

What is the answer?  Prepare the soil.  To do this we, the Body of Jesus Christ, must first be willing to rise up from our slumber and to don our work clothes.  We must be willing to get dirty as we first deal with removing the over growth of our own iniquities so that the ground will be clear of any obstacles.  Then, we prepare the soil for planting.  We pray for a mighty pouring out of the Holy Spirit upon the hearts of the lost with such conviction that they run to us crying out, “What must I do to be saved?”  Be blessed.

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18 comments on “Prepare the Ground
  1. “Is it because we, the Body, have become so lax in our desire to see the lost saved that we have failed to prepare the ground?” YES IT IS! Great thoughts. Thank you for sharing.


  2. Looking forward to the next installment in your series. I thank God that He laid this topic on your heart.



  3. Well that’s what I get for responding on my phone. What I meant to say was ‘pray for your and then hang on tight and enjoy the ride’


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  4. […] is from Serving Grace Ministries, 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 […]


  5. Mel Wild says:

    “We pray for a mighty pouring out of the Holy Spirit upon the hearts of the lost…”

    My thought here is that when we let the Spirit pour through and out of our hearts, it will pour out upon the hearts of the lost.

    My prayer is with you, brother, that the God of Consuming Love wakes us up and we allow Him to consume us so completely that His love can flow through us to those in the dark that He longs to come to Him.

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  6. Wally Fry says:

    Reblogged this on Truth in Palmyra and commented:
    Well, tonight we have the next in this series by Patrick on revival. The series that wasn’t supposed to be a series. We will, however, follow it to it’s end. Blessings and enjoy!


  7. SLIMJIM says:

    This fired me up to pray for my evangelism

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  8. I think you’ve hit the crucial point to the matter. Before we explain salvation, people need to realize what they need to be saved from. Religion asks “Do you want to be saved.” Secular people reply, “Saved from what.” Most of us in our modern world think we have it so good were almost in paradise already. So…pastors need to preach against greed, personal and corporate greed. Can you imagine the world without that?!


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