I am going to give you the following quote from "A Year of Grace," the story of the 1859 Revival in Ireland. I have been giving much thought to the hindrances to Awakening in our day. In doing so, I have found much fault in myself that, no doubt, hinders the Work of God in my church. Consider the words and see if they cause you to ponder the same thing.
Quoting from Pastor James Mayne, an "aged and experienced minister, for upwards of forty years an labourer in the Lord's vineyard," the author records the following.
"If there be a revival where must it be expected to begin? who may be supposed to be the first partakers of it?---The ministers of religion themselves.
As the sunbeams strike first upon the mountains, and as the clouds pour forth their treasures first upon the hills, which form a kind of natural reservoir for the valleys; so it may be looked for that the spiritual rain will descend first into the pulpit before it reaches the pews. The influence of ministers upon their flocks is very great, both for good or evil. 'Like priest, like people,' is a proverb founded on truth. We are in the midst of our people like central fires, producing a glowing atmosphere around us, or like icebergs, which chill everything in their vicinity. Should a revival take place among them and not extend to us, we shall not only stop its progress, but undo what has been done; but if our piety be increased, the influence of it will, in all probability, be spread through the Church.
"Before the season of revival, wickedness did very much abound in our country, and the love of many waxed cold. Often did I solicit the pouring out of the Spirit to enliven and awaken; often did I intreat, like the good John Brown of Haddingtion, 'for dead Haddington, and wicked, withered, East Lothian.' So did I for dead Ballywatt, and withered, wicked Ballyrashane. And now, my prayers are heard, and I and my people have enjoyed times of refreshing from the Lord. I have been strengthened to do more labour and with more ease and satisfaction now than I could have anticipated; and I rejoice in the Spirit's influences being so largely conferred for the enlivenment and enlightenment of the Church of God."