Revival #1: What is Revival?
“Will You not revive us again, That Your people may rejoice in You? Show us Your mercy, Lord, And grant us Your salvation.” (Psalm 85:6-7).
What is revival? Ever since I became a Christian, I have heard countless songs sung and sermons preached on the topic of revival. The church has sung choruses like, “There’s gonna be a revival in the land!” and “Revival fire fall!” The question I want us to consider today is: what exactly is this thing called revival? The Bible defines it as “times of refreshing from the presence of the Lord” (Acts 3:19). L. R. Shelton describes it as, “A time when God visits us with a refreshing of His blessings, by reviving the hearts of His people, and regenerating lost souls.” If there’s ever been a time when the church needed a revival, I believe it is now!
If revival is described as times of refreshing from the presence of the Lord, when God refreshes and renews His people, and brings in a harvest of lost souls, then that to me would be the most desirable thing for a church to experience. But how then do we get revival? Is this something that God does in a sovereign manner in the midst of His people, totally separate from their actions, or is it something that we can seek after and hasten? I believe that the Bible teaches us that revival is something that God does in response to a people who are hungry and desperate to see Him move. What saith the Scriptures? “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” (Jer. 29:13). “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” (Matthew 5:6). “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.” (James 4:8). It is those people who seek, hunger, and draw near to God that will experience His presence and fulness of joy. Oh, that God would give us such a heart to seek Him.
The Lord Jesus said, “It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer.” (Matthew 21:13). I believe the heart of God so desperately longs to revive and refresh His people, but we aren’t ready. We aren’t praying. We aren’t seeking His face in prayer. We have been so distracted by the entertainments of the world around us that we have neglected the Lord. If we would simply humble ourselves, and pray, and seek God’s face, and turn from our wicked ways, then He would hear from Heaven, forgive our sins, and heal our land. He would send revival.
I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m so tired of the usual and the ordinary. I’m so tired of just playing church, and being content to just ‘be good.’ It’s time to seek the Lord for a new Pentecost—a mighty outpouring of the Holy Spirit of the living God upon His people, to set us on fire with a renewed passion to see His kingdom come, and His will be done on the Earth. It’s time to put away all things that offend God—our pride, laziness, compromise, worldliness, anger, lust, and sin in all its forms!
Are you ready to seek the Lord with me for a mighty revival? “Whenever God has done any great thing, it has been by someone who has had very great faith… Men of great faith do great things… All the mighty works of God have been attended with great prayer, as well as great faith. Wrestle in prayer, meet together in your houses, go to your prayer closets…and agonize for souls.” (Charles Spurgeon).
Would you pray this with me today? Lord, we are hungry for a fresh moving of your Holy Spirit in our midst. We humble ourselves and acknowledge that we desperately need you to come and visit us, and send us times of refreshing from your presence, so that your people can rejoice in you again. Lord, we repent of our sins, and confess them to you, and ask that you would cleanse us from all unrighteousness, and then fill us with the fire of the Holy Spirit. Give us renewed passion for Jesus! Give us boldness to be witnesses for you. Lord, we’re asking for a great harvest of lost souls, that thousands of people would hear the Gospel and repent and believe the Good News. Let your name be glorified as your kingdom is established in the Earth, in Jesus’ mighty name, amen!
Pastor Chris Jordan