Clean Hands

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Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord?
Or who may stand in His holy place?
He who has clean hands and a pure heart (Psalm 24:4-5a NKJV)

Have you got clean hands and a pure heart? This was a question voiced by one man in the Isle of Lewis in the Hebrides in 1949. A moment later he and his companions were prostrate on the floor as the presence of God fell upon them. But this was not the beginning of the revival that swept through the Hebrides that year. The revival began with two ladies in their eighties, one of whom was blind. These ladies carried a burden so great that they prayed on their faces in front of the peat fire in their crofter’s cottage three nights a week. Three nights a week for months on end these two ladies persistently cried out to God in Gaelic claiming a promise from Scripture: I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon dry ground (Isaiah 44:3). Their burden was for the folk of their parish, especially the young. They had no idea of when God might answer their prayer, or of how God might answer their prayer.

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