How God brought me to Revival
By Tyler Hill - Indianapolis
In the summer of 2006 I was at church in the midst of an incredible time in His Presence. My thoughts were suddenly interrupted by an urgency to go outside. I thought to myself, 'this is weird,' but I quickly agreed with the Holy Spirit. When I got outside I saw the downtown Indianapolis skyline in the distance. My heart burned and I felt the Spirit tell me, 'ask for it.' So I proceeded to ask, 'God, give me Indianapolis!' I began to ask the Lord repeatly with more energy. The heart I felt for the city was urgent and overwhelming but I knew it was the Lord! At the beginning of that summer I had come back from a very impacting conference at the end of 2005. I came back from that conference determined to be an evangelist! I bought 100 Bibles that I was going to give each to the one person a week I had purposed in my heart to bring to Christ. These were 'my' plans. Six months passed, and I had not passed out the Bibles and I had not brought anyone to Christ! This deeply discouraged me. How was I going to bring the 52 new converts I promised to the Lord that year!? That day that I prayed for the city, everything changed.
I came into the reality of Psalms 2:8, that if I asked, God would give me the nations as my inheritance. My question and quest began that summer: 'Could God give me a city? My city? Indianapolis?' This question would change my perspective of everything! Something happened to me that day. I don't know what it was but I knew that I wanted 'a city,' and my heart grew in intensity for it. That same year, my father started the Drive-By Prayer Vigil. It's a city-wide ministry and I had to be a part of it. By the end if the year God used me to bring more than 52 people to Christ! I knew the scripture to be true that it's not by power or by might but by His Spirit! God would continue to show me the power of the Gospel for the next few years...power unto salvation, to transform, and it's ultimate power over sin. I found out that God is not intimidated by sin, or any area full of it.
I later learned of a man named John Knox who before revival broke out, asked of God, 'Give me Scotland or I die!' When I heard this It confirmed God's burning in my heart for My city! I got so excited I began to read stories about revival and the humble people who God worked mightily by His Spirit! My faith shot up, and it seemed more possible than ever.
The Holy Spirit began to lead me to more places where I could preach the Gospel outside of the four walls. One of these places was Broad Ripple, I saw the power of God there. And many other places I've experienced what I call intense moments of grace. These are random times when I find myself in power. That's the best way I can describe it. They began to happen more and more frequently. I remember I stopped at Walmart to pick up some things for my house. When I pulled into the parking space, the power of God came on me and I knew that there was something to be done that only a partnership with God could accomplish. I saw a lady in the parking lot who needed someone to start her car. I was like, 'Okay God, what do you want me to do?' She asked me for jumpers cables so I headed to the truck before the Spirit interupted me. He told me to go to the front of the car and lay my hands on it. Without thought I did it and asked the woman to try starting the car again. It started! Of course, she was weirded out! I was blown away too! Immediately I knew I was to share Jesus and pray with this woman. So I did and came to find out she was far away from home. I told her that God stopped her car so that she He could show her His Love! I went into Walmart so on fire that I prayed for some of the workers and shoppers and God helped them, and some received miraculous healing. Jesus was showing me something phenominal: if He so desired, He could have given me Walmart. Many other times like these occured when the Lord would deal with me about revival. I'm not perfect, and revival has not always been the priority it should have been. I found that revival is something to fight for, first in yourself, then for the city. Without determination fueled in faithful intercession, revival can easily become a dream and not a living reality.
Recently I've become youth pastor at my church. I find myself praying for the youth of my city often. One day, I don't know if it was a dream or a vision, but I held a newspaper in my hand that said, 'Indianapolis Highschools closed for a week.' the article was about the revival that had broken out with so much intensity that they had to close the schools. Underneath the headline was a picture of students face down in the hallway of their schools. It stirred me so much that I'm asking God for the highshools of Indianapolis! I believe that God will do it soon. By His power Peter brought 3000 people to Christ in one day. What is one highschool? All highschools? I strongly believe Arlington will be a model for revival, first in the highschool then spread to the community.
That is what I'm contending in prayer for. And I believe I will see it soon. And I'm planning on equipping students to be ready for use when God lets it out! When Ephesians 3:20 comes inside of any Christians heart, God will make him or her taste of His greatness, and overshadow their inability with God's ability. He's looking for people to take ownership of God's calling on their lives. These are the kind of people God's pulling together and giving the city as their inheritance.
Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession.
- Psalms 2:8
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
- Ephesians 3:20