K Neill Foster

Small Miracles and Plain Prayers

A occasional series: answers to prayer about plain things - by Dr. K. Neill Foster

A Hand-Sized Cloud?

Dear Pastor Brent,

Something happened last night which riveted my attention--and called me back to revival thinking. It was triggered by written comments which came from you and were passed on to our prayer by Jake Harder group at the Bearspaw site.

(Brent Trask is the lead pastor of the Bow Valley/Bearspaw Alliance Church which meets at two sites in Calgary, Alberta.)

In our group sharing and interaction time, I told about seeing revival for the first time in my life at the Kelowna Alliance Church. That was 1972. Up to that point in my life (I was about 37 at the time), I had always held the word "revival" in reserve and was in no hurry to attach it. However, now I knew intuitively that I was in revival when I saw the people of that congregation lined up all along the wall and onto the platform behind the pulpit publicly confessing their sins one by one. The church seated about 400 at that time.

Now back to the prayer meeting last night. A woman came to me after the meeting. I did not know her, but after asking for more details, she said, "I was there. I was a teenager. I was in that line."

Revival "sharing" as it was known in those days, often exhibited striking Holy Spirit interconnections between those that "shared" and those who were listening.

Nearly thirty-three years later, I take this unexpected serendipity as an encouragement. Revival can come again! Might this even be a cloud the size of a man's hand? May it be so. "Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know" Jeremiah 33:3 NIV.