Definition of Revival
1 : an act or instance of reviving : the state of being revived: as a : renewed attention to or interest in something b : a new presentation or publication of something old c (1) : a period of renewed religious interest (2) : an often highly emotional evangelistic meeting or series of meetings
2 : restoration of force, validity, or effect (as to a contract)
When we pray for revival to sweep across our church, cities, states, America, or world…what are we praying for? Are we praying for souls to be saved or for God to move and revive His local churches? The thing about this is the Holy Spirit dwells within all believers…so we do not need more God if He lives within us. So if the meaning of revival refers to something being restored or revived it would have to already exist to be revived. So revival isn’t for souls being saved but for the body of Christ to be revived.
My first issue is: this reflects a God that we have to wait on. That until He moves we cannot be revived. It puts all the blame on God. Do we really need more God when He already dwells within us or do we need less of us? Is it our responsibility to stay revived or Gods? Do we really have to wait on a Father to move when He has already paid the ultimate price? Why does a redeemed child of God need to be revived? If we as redeemed children need to be revived it is because we have lost touch with our Father…you want to be revived give up the things of this world keeping you from Him and go to Him!
Secondly is: it reflects an “I” mentality. We are already bought, adopted children of God, sons and daughters of God, redeemed men and women with God Himself living within us. Its focus is on God blessing us…is this the revival you are praying for? A”revived” child of God is one who is going to walk in obedience to God’s Word. According to the Word of God, those who obey Christ are those who love Christ (Read John chapters 14,15, & 16).
So when you are praying for revival I ask are you really wanting to be revived? If so, start living in obedience to the word of God and watch the revival take place in your life. Remember you are what you hang around…not meaning to abstain from the world but watch who your good friends are…(1 Corinthians 5:6, 1 Corinthians 15:33, Proverbs 12:26, Proverbs 27:17)
Have you noticed how much praying for revival has been going on of late & how little revival has resulted? The problem is that we have been trying to substitute praying for obeying, & it simply will not work. To pray for revival while ignoring the plain precept laid down in Scripture is to waste a lot of words & get nothing for our trouble. Prayer will become effective when we stop using it as a substitute for obedience. ~A.W. Tozer