A Holy Moment

By Pastor Mark McAdow
Last night a group of us watched the new documentary called “Asbury Awakening” about the revival that began at Hughes Auditorium on the campus of Asbury University in the small town of Wilmore, Kentucky, on February 8 of this year.  I spent four years in Wilmore attending Asbury Theological Seminary located directly across the street . (Robin spent two years there after we were married, too).  It was a town of about 3,000 at the time.

This year, as chapel ended on Feb. 8, some students stayed and continued to pray and worship. They knelt at the altar or on the floor.  Others stood with their arms raised to the Lord in surrender and worship.  Within the hour, more students began returning to Hughes Auditorium and joined with other students in prayer and worship.  It continued around the clock for 15 days!

Thousands of people across the nation and some international students also made the pilgrimage to Wilmore to experience the presence of the Lord in this unique outpouring of His Spirit.  People repented of their sin, encouraged and prayed for one another, gave testimonies of God’s deliverance from sin, and worshiped as people shared God’s Word openly.  It was totally unplanned – a true move of God.

When the revival services concluded, the spark of revival spread to many other college campuses including a special outdoor worship event at OU as well.  Praise God!  The Holy Spirit is alive and well.  Last night a group of us prayed for revival in our lives, at Willow View Church and in Enid, too.  As one pastor said about the Wilmore revival, Hughes Auditorium “isn’t the hem of Jesus’ garment.”  God is at work everywhere, especially where people are seeking Him wholeheartedly.  That can be right here as well.

I had a wonderful answer to prayer last Sunday morning here at Willow View.  As I preached about Moses’ mother Jochebed’s care for her young son, I concluded by noting every Christian mom and dad have one desire for their children and grandchildren – that’s for them to know, love and serve Jesus Christ.  I also shared how we have only about 18 years to invest in our children on a daily basis – to introduce them to Christ and to help them grow in their faith.  Faith is developed first in the home and supported by the church.  We’re here to support your efforts.

Sunday provided a holy moment for us as well when dozens and dozens of our parents and grandparents responded to the altar and prayed for each of their children or grandchildren by name.  I saw many praying with tears.  Isn’t it great to be part of the family of God?  The best family in the world.  I love the “new” Willow View!

See you again this Sunday in worship, Sunday school and our adult discipleship communities.

Yours in Christ’s love,
Pastor Mark

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