We need more than prayer for revival. We ought to recognise how spiritual coldness and decline in our own hearts contributes to the wider malaise. This is the great challenge of what M’Cheyne writes.
M’Cheyne describes a situation of spiritual decline. There was neglect of prayer, a lukewarm attitude to hearing God’s Word preached and obeying it. Ministers were not faithfully warning their hearers the awful danger of a lost eternity. Neither were they presenting Christ in a winsome way.