Unfortunately, we live in a day when churches have rarely been visited by the Spirit of God in power. As a result, there is a dimness of vision concerning what Awakening might mean and what it might produce. Thankfully, God has provided us with records of times past when He did visit His people. Consider the following quote from "The Year of Grace," by William Gibson, 1860.
"Frequently our prayer-meetings have experienced a sudden, mysterious, overpowering impulse, swaying the whole assembly as one man, and leaving all weeping, praying, rejoicing. Men have felt as if the Lord had breathed upon them. They were first affected with awe and fear---then they were bathed in tears---then filled with love unspeakable. Such a scene as this occurred about a month ago in the midst of the ordinary services of the Sabbath."
Such events remind us that the power of God is largely absent from our church meetings, that we are far down the road toward the Laodicean spirit if not outright apostasy. Records like this should bathe our hearts with a longing for the Return of the Spirit of God. Our hearts should ache with desire for such times. We should not consider them as relics of a bygone day, unattainable to us, nor should we consider them the errors of an ignorant and primitive people. These people were led by good, godly and well-trained men who recognized that they had indeed been witness to the outpoured Grace of our Mighty God.