Necessary Ingredients for Revival

A number of years ago, before the evening service, a small group of men met each week in the basement of the church I was attending to pray and seek God's face for revival. Years later that is still the custom of the church where God has placed me, however the ladies now share in this special time as well. That was years ago and we are still seeking God's face for revival. Has He not heard us? Does He not care? Does He not wish to glorify Himself today as He did in decades past? God reminds us in Hebrews 13:8 that " Jesus Christ {is} the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever." The Old Testament gives us this account in Malachi 3:6, "For I am the LORD, I change not." No, it is not God who has changed, but we His people.

As I have studied different revivals in different locations at different times. I have found that God rarely works the same way twice. I have seen though, that the events leading up to revival are almost nearly the same every time, at least in a general sense. If you are truly seeking revival in your life, your family, your church, and yes, your country,consider the following.

A true Heaven-sent revival always begins with a longing for God's presence. At some point in revival preparation someone has got to long for God's presence. Moses needed God's presence to lead His people--"And he said unto him, If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence (Exodus 33:15). Moses continued in verse 18, "And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory." In our daily lives we should be seeking God's presence. We know that He dwells with us, but in revival the emphasis shifts. Not only do we seek God's presence, but we desire for Him to manifest Himself in a special way and powerfully display His glory. God's glory is always about Him, not us. First question: Do you truly seek God to manifest Himself just for who He is, or are you satisfied with having Him be a part of your daily life with just His presence? Revival begins with an intense longing to see God high and lifted up.

Revival always begins with prayer. The prayer that fans the flame of revival does not consist of vain repetitions. It does not consist of the usual day to day casualness that many experience in their prayer life. The prayer that brings revival is effectual and fervent (James 5:16). The prayer that calls fire down from Heaven is the kind of prayer that will cost you something.

Revival prayer may wake you at 2:00 in the morning and not let you sleep the rest of the night. This kind of prayer will linger with you through the day. This kind of prayer will consume you. This kind of prayer will cause you to fast. This kind of prayer will cause you to hold on to Jesus with every fiber of your being. Honestly, does that describe you? If not, revival may be far away. Every period of revival that God has brought to His church begins with someone shutting the door to their prayer closet and remaining inside until God answers. Would you purpose in your heart right now to seek God and not let go until He reveals to you His glory, just as He did with Moses. Second question: Have you allowed God to burn in your prayer life?

Every Heaven-sent revival that I have read about begins with an expectancy. David Morgan, a man greatly used by God during the 1859 Welsh Revival, felt that he could see the approach of an outpouring of the Spirit when he wrote this in his diary in 1855--"By reading the history of the church we find that the great cause fluctuates up and down through the ages, but that, whenever the Lord drew near to save there was some considerable expectancy amongst the godly for His coming. As well as praying, we should be doing our utmost to revive the work. So did the godly of old: they prayed and they worked." Third question: Do you really expect God to send revival? Are you working with revival in mind? Remember God has not changed. We have.

These three ingredients of pre-revival seem to be necessary to make revival a reality. They work hand in hand. If we do not have a deep desire to see the Lord, we will not pray, and if we do not expect Him to answer we will not pray. The more we pray, the more we long to see God in His glory, and the more we react with expectancy. Notice the word is expectancy,not expectation. We must allow God to work the way He chooses, not according to what we expect, that is, by a certain method or result. We certainly should live with the expectancy of His working however.

The Great America Fast will be held this year on July 3, The purpose of the fast is to seek our God's presence in our country. That will require much prayer and expectancy. You can sign up for this day of prayer at www.thegreatamericanfast.org. It amazes me how many people have gone to the website and mention that it is a wonderful idea, but yet they refuse to sign up. The phrase I think of here is, lack of commitment. I may be wrong, but sometimes I question their expectancy. I wonder how deep is their prayer life is--or how shallow. It is hard for to believe that they really long for the presence of God. America, put your knees where your mouth is and get serious about your God. He is serious about America.

I send this out today with a prayer that God will stir someone's heart beyond the natural to the supernatural. May you experience divine pressure to draw as close to God as is humanly possible.

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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila

Excellent hub which presents great thoughts to ponder about. Revival is so glorious that we should desire it eagerly with all our heart. It is always worth praying for. Thank you for sharing these timely truths. Remain blessed always.


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Michael Adams1959 5 years ago from Wherever God leads us.

"America, put your knees where your mouth is and get serious about your God. He is serious about America." AMEN!! Brother I believe you got that right on! It is time for people to hit their knees in prayer and show the commitment to pray and seek the face of God, Revival does not come just because our churches schedule a speaker and plan the dates and people attend the meetings. That is all well and good but the presence of God comes when we seek Him out in true fasting and prayer. Excellent hub. If you need any more help from me just holler.


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota

"A true Heaven-sent revival always begins with a longing for God's presence." Great scriptural observation.

I admire your patient persistence in prayer. We have a small group of people that are gathering in prayer for a similar purpose. It is steadily growing but it is through that persistence and patient seeking that any growth at all has occurred.


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Cristina,

Thanks for the visit. Keep seeking God in your land as we do here America. He will be found.

Michael,

Thanks for the encouragement. In some ways I wish we could schedule revival--but then it would be an act of man, not God. Thanks again, Brother.

TJ,

We have a small prayer group in our area as well. It seems that God is raising up these little pockets of prayer all over. I have to believe that God has set His people to praying, and He intends to answer. As always,thanks for stopping by.


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v_kahleranderson 5 years ago from San Jose, California

“Not only do we seek God's presence, but we desire for Him to manifest Himself in a special way and powerfully display His glory.”

I will honestly say that I do not know if I fit the picture of those really seeking revival, but I will say that I have many times been awakened from deep slumber and was compelled with a great urgency to just pray—for my family—and then not been able to (or allowed to) go back to sleep until I have wept and felt satisfied and filled in my spirit.

I have also experienced the desire to pray and seek His face many times during the day, when I am alone—dropping whatever I am doing. Those moment of privacy, just to be alone with God, in prayer, is such a privilege...

“We must allow God to work the way He chooses… We certainly should live with the expectancy of His working however.” AMEN! Well said.

I have signed up, Lifegate. And I am marking the date July 3rd with Outlook to remind me to fast. It will be an honor to join fellow believers.

God bless,


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

V,

I believe you fit the description of seeking revival. It's all about God and when we put Him first--that's revival. Thanks for signing up. if you would, please help us spread the word. Thanks.


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creativeone59 5 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

Thank you Lg, for being loyal and faithful to Gods cause. Thank you for reminding everyone the call to Gods revival and fast. God bless you.creativeone59


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

CO,

Thanks for the visit and encouragement. I can see the hand of God moving in our town and I believe He's going to do greater things elsewhere. This is only the beginning. Keep the faith!


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

This hub reminded me of the following hymn. I was only going to post the first few stanzas, but as I had not read it all in some time I was again struck with the beauty of its words and decided to send it entirely. With lines like "Ask my Advocate above" and "Now incline me to repent" I could not send just part of the hymn. I hope it is not too much:

Depth of mercy! Can there be Mercy still reserved for me?

Can my God His wrath forbear, Me, the chief of sinners, spare?

I have long withstood His grace, Long provoked Him to His face,

Would not hearken to His calls, Grieved Him by a thousand falls.

I have spilt His precious blood, Trampled on the Son of God,

Filled with pangs unspeakable, I, who yet am not in hell!

I my Master have denied, I afresh have crucified,

And profaned His hallowed Name, Put Him to an open shame.

Whence to me this waste of love? Ask my Advocate above!

See the cause in Jesus’ face, Now before the throne of grace.

Jesus, answer from above, Is not all Thy nature love?

Wilt Thou not the wrong forget, Permit me to kiss Thy feet?

If I rightly read Thy heart, If Thou all compassion art,

Bow Thine ear, in mercy bow, Pardon and accept me now.

Jesus speaks, and pleads His blood! He disarms the wrath of God;

Now my Father’s mercies move, Justice lingers into love.

Kindled His relentings are, Me He now delights to spare,

Cries, “How shall I give thee up?” Lets the lifted thunder drop.

Lo! I still walk on the ground: Lo! an Advocate is found:

“Hasten not to cut Him down, Let this barren soul alone.”

There for me the Savior stands, Shows His wounds and spreads His hands.

God is love! I know, I feel; Jesus weeps and loves me still.

Pity from Thine eye let fall, By a look my soul recall;

Now the stone to flesh convert, Cast a look, and break my heart.

Now incline me to repent, Let me now my sins lament,

Now my foul revolt deplore, Weep, believe, and sin no more.


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

RTalloni,

Definitely not too long. It's beautiful. Thanks for sending it along.


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heavenbound5511 5 years ago from Under the shadow of the Almighty God!

AWESOME PAGE!

Praying for God's will and intervention is so important! In the bible it says we can ask God for a nation and he will give it to us.

We are to be praying for harvest hands also. All of this along with fasting is what God wants us to do and will cause revival.

We our his body, the body of Christ so we are the intercessors.

Lazy and lack of prayer, faith, and action never cause anything good to happen.

We are believing for God to basically move mountains, so we must expect it to move at any moment.

I like how you said it will cost you something because it does. Talk about warfare and buffeting there's plenty of it there to buffet you. But there is only one way to overcome and do God's will and that is going through all this opposition for the people God loves to be saved.

We can't let anyone go without knowing about this awesome opportunity that God has promised to those who will stand in faith and believe God has a good plan and is worthy, Holy, faithful, and the one that does love them more than anyone else. This is not our home it is a war zone God's supernatural protection is required.

Thanks and I signed up on the americanfast.org


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

HB,

I like that--"This is not our home it is a war zone." It truly is. Thanks for the visit and for signing up. Please help me spread the word of the fast. We need everyone to take part. Thanks again.


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A M Werner 5 years ago from West Allis

Got to agree with you there! Prayer is indeed something more than vain repetition and casual recited words. There is a fervor that speaks from deep inside, an unthinking but spontaneous explosion of humility, reverance, and desire to be led - guided. It can strike at any hour. The effectual prayer of a righteous man availeth much. Peace


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

A M,

Thanks for stopping by. It's good to hear from you. Glad we agree as we do most of the time.


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lambservant 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

Amen! I have observed many times in the Bible that when certain men Beseech God to move, they always start with themselves, repenting with all humility and seeking forgiveness. Let it start with me, and that will open the way for God to use us in a mighty way, not neccessarily by being in the limelight, but in our prayer closet, where we are fervenly praying for our churches, towns and country. Lord, light a fire in us, that you may be glorified in our country and world today. Amen!


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

lambservant,

You're so right. Revival might be happening all around, but if it hasn't touched me, it's not a fact, at least in my own life. Let it start with me!

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