Finney’s Lectures on Revivals of Religion not only remains one of his most well-known works, but also captures the spirit of the Second Great Awakening. These lectures both reflected and shaped the sentiments of the nineteenth century church in America, and prompted not only broad acceptance and implementation, but also impassioned criticism. This volume prescribes the structure of religious revival—how to prepare for and conduct a revival—and thrusts the evangelism efforts of the church to the forefront, where they remain to this day. Finney also gave emotion a prominent place in the worship and practice of Christianity.
“2. Prayer, to be effectual, must be in accordance with the revealed will of God.” (Page 47)
“If Christians have deep feeling on the subject of religion themselves, they will produce deep feeling wherever they go. And if they are cold, or light and trifling, they inevitably destroy all deep feeling, even in awakened sinners.” (Page 17)
“By his providential government, he so arranges events as to bring the sinner’s mind and the truth in contact. He brings the sinner where the truth reaches his ears or his eyes.” (Page 15)
“You see why you have not a revival. It is only because you don’t want one. Because you are not praying for it, nor anxious for it, nor putting forth efforts for it.” (Page 32)
“3. To pray effectually, you must pray with submission to the will of God. Don’t confound submission with indifference” (Page 48)