More than 30 years ago, as a young teenager, I stood up in our church and shared my first prophetic insight.

It consisted of two visions.

The first was of a fruitful land and a harvest. I believed that God was speaking of a future time when the church would flourish and many people would come to faith in Jesus.

The second picture was unusual—it was of a desert. And out from the middle of this dry land rose a pipe, with a tap. I knew that if the faucet were simply to be turned on, then the water would flow, and the desert transformed into a fruitful place.

I believed this second vision concerned prayer and intercession; that through prayer the church would partner with God for this future harvest to take place.

A passion for revival and prayer was birthed in me that has endured to this day.

A Life-long Call

Some ten years later, my husband Malcolm and I were hosting Asian Christian leaders in our home and hearing first-hand reports of revival in Asia. One leader gave me a prophecy that was simply, ‘Tell Helen to start a prayer meeting for revival.’ [1]

The prophecy bore fruit, as in the years following I was used of God in small ways to start or ignite, prayer meetings for churches, for leaders, and for revival.

When we ministered throughout New Zealand in the 1990s, I was intensely burdened for the nation. During that time I shed tears of intercession for revival—for a move of God to awaken and empower the church, that would result in the salvation of many—in every town and city that we visited.

And our Father arranged miraculously for us to visit centers of revival in Canada and the USA in the late 1990s.

In 2002, I carried my passion for revival across the Tasman in our move to Australia.

The name of my blog—‘Enliven’—was chosen because it is a synonym for the word ‘revive.’

My Perspective Has Changed

The reason that I share the above story is to explain that Christian revival is not just a random topic of interest for me.

  • It is a lifelong passion—one in which I have invested a considerable amount of time, pursuit, and prayer.

I still believe in revival, and yet my interpretation of what revival means—in terms of my own call, as well as for the church globally—has changed considerably.

Here are some of the ways my perspective and prayers have changed.

1. From Pleading to Receiving

Two years ago, I encountered God as Father in such a powerful way that it revolutionised the way I perceived everything about my faith.

I realized that much of my Christian service and belief system had been based out of an ‘orphan spirit,’ rather than the position of sonship that Paul talks about in Gal 3:26-4:7.

An orphan mindset believes and fears that we are separated from the Father and His resources. [2]

As a prophetic intercessor, one of my favourite prayers used to be:
‘Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains would tremble before you!’ (Isaiah 64:1)

But I no longer see the move of God as something to plead for. The open heaven that I once cried out to God for, I now recognize is mine—and the church’s—by inheritance through Christ.

It is the privilege of sons and daughters to ask and receive. (Luke 11:9-13)

2. From Local to Global

For years, others and I sought revival based on what we knew about it from church history, as well as reports from around the world.

The picture I had of revival was of a season of Divine visitation—accompanied by miracles, signs, and conviction of sin leading to the salvation of many—in a church, city, region or nation.

I do still believe in the value of revivals that are localized outpourings of the Holy Spirit.

However, my present view of revival is best described in this quote from Dr. Vance Havner:

‘Revival is simply New Testament Christianity, the saints going back to normal.’

What excites me now is the way that the church globally is stirring. Christian believers across the earth are awakening to who they are and Whose they are and acting accordingly.

3. From ‘Not Yet’ to Now

I now believe that I spent much of my life waiting and praying for God to begin something that He has already initiated.

But the prayers and tears that so many of us have offered up over the years have not gone wasted. To our great surprise, we see that they have been sown into the Father’s plan, one that is so much greater than we could have imagined.

The revival that I spent a lifetime waiting for is here and now. It is coming as Christians and churches across the earth awaken to our inheritance and to the reality of Jesus’ prayer:

“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matt 6:10)

I believe that the great harvest of people coming to faith in Jesus, and the fruitful church that I envisioned as a teenager is becoming a reality. And God is graciously enabling me both to live it and share it with others.


1.  My husband Malcolm was National Director of a mission agency from 1995-2004. We were involved on a volunteer basis for seven years prior to this, which involved serving and hosting overseas visitors.

2. I’m not saying that all prayer for revival is affected by this mindset, but it is something those of us who have prayed for revival for a long time need to be aware of.

© Helen Calder 2011 Enliven Blog

Enliven Ministries: In the David McCracken Ministries family

6 thoughts on “No Longer Waiting For Revival”

  1. Eileen Strikwerda

    A few weeks ago I was out walking and praying and the Lord spoke to me as I gazed upon a huge gum tree that had been totally burnt out possibly 100’s of years ago. It is now a thriving beautiful tree that has lived on for the last 70 or more years. He said, “This tree is like the church. It appears dead, and yet it lives. Just as the fresh growth has grown up and wrapped itself around that hollow, burnt out, dead trunk, so have I wrapped myself around what appears to be a church that is hollow, burntout and dead, and I AM bringing life back into it.”

    As an Intercessor I find myself praying, not for revival but rather that those who already know Him, will see Father for who He is, long to know Him as He longs to be known and live their lives in such a way that those who don’t know Him, will want to know Him as well.

    I don’t see revival as the salvation of souls; that is reconciliation of the lost with the Father! I think revival is when we, the children of God, have a fresh revelation of our God and come alive in our walk with Him. We throw aside our lethargy and let Him live in and through us. Exciting!

    You’re right, He is doing that already. There is an amazing move happening in the Church right now. I can sense an incredible excitment in the realm of the Spirit. God is on the move!

    1. Hi there Eileen,
      I love your picture of the gum tree, we serve a God of the resurrection, how awesome He is!
      Thank you for sharing, it is such a blessing to hear from like-hearted intercessors 🙂

  2. hi Helen, thats so good !, ..I love eileens picture to ,i remember the old song we sang in the late 70’s.” its time to claim australia for the lord , its time to take our stand, ,we’ll do our part and see revival start and the glory of the lord fill all the land” You are right, we have a part in prayer to usher in the presence of God, revival means to bring back to life that which is dead, and i agree also with Elaine that many christians are dead, just going thru the motions, even when I lived in england years ago I always prayed for revival for australia, its some thing close to my heart as well, so thankyou for bringing the topic to the fore again, and as intercessors we can stir up the spirit to continue to move mighty in and outside of the church .

    1. Hi Ann, yes let’s continue to pray for Father to bring life and light to the church. I love Ezekiel’s valley of dry bones vision (Ezek 37) it reminds us that, knowing Father’s will, we can proclaim and prophesy powerfully His resurrection word over the church–His mighty army!

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