Middle of the night, every business is closed, very few cars - yet 75-100 people, mostly college students are in the chapel worshiping and praying - many at the altar.
A week ago, Asbury held their Wednesday morning chapel service, and it hasn't ended. What I attended this morning was a continuation of last week's chapel service - a revival. As I was leaving this morning before 6 am - I was standing in the lobby, the custodian was emptying the trash nearby, I spoke with an older lady who just walked into the auditorium. She said she just arrived, driving to Wilmore, Kentucky in the middle of the night, from Florida. She was so excited to be there. Smiling, she said she wanted to spend the day worshiping the Lord.
On Monday night, I saw a friend I haven't seen in 12 years, he drove from Prattville, Alabama. I also met a man in the balcony, he said he came from Dallas, Texas.
In John 1:38, two men were following Jesus, they had heard John the Baptist declared publicly that Jesus is the One who will baptize you with the Holy Spirit. As these two men were following Jesus, He turned around and asked them, "What are you looking for?"
How you answer that question determines if Asbury's 24/7 chapel service is a revival.
America has experienced two Great Awakenings.
In 1734 in Northampton, Massachusetts - Congregationalist pastor, Jonathan Edwards - preached with such intensity, the First Great Awakening broke out in the American colonies.
In August 1801, a Presbyterian evangelist, Barton Stone, led a revival at the Cane Ridge Meeting House in Bourbon County, Kentucky - launching the Second Great Awakening - this awakening was known for camp meetings, altar calls, and personal evangelism. Awakenings spread - circuit riding preachers brought the Gospel to rural areas of America.
It's been 200 years since America has experienced a Great Awakening. There are two characteristics of Great Awakenings:
- The focus is on Christ.
- It spreads.
Every Christian needs to make a pilgrimage to the Hughes Auditorium in Wilmore. You need to go the altar and meet the Lord.
But when you leave and head home, Christ will ask you, "What are you looking for? What is happening in Wilmore, should not stay in Wilmore.