Here are some Bible verses about revival for you to meditate on as you are seeking God for personal revival and revival in the church and our nation.
Revival is not some meeting you attend or something that happens because of a great man or woman of God. The real meaning of revival in the Bible is when God’s people realize their need to be spiritually restored and revitalized in their walk with Jesus. It starts at home and then spreads to our churches, communities, cities, and our nation. That is the true revival meaning biblically.
Please take a moment to meditate on each of these revival scriptures and allow God to plant them deep in your heart.
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11 Bible Verses About Revival And ReformationEzra 9:9
For we were slaves, but in his unfailing love our God did not abandon us in our slavery. Instead, he caused the kings of Persia to treat us favorably. He revived us so we could rebuild the Temple of our God and repair its ruins. He has given us a protective wall in Judah and Jerusalem.
Then we will never abandon you again. Revive us so we can call on your name once more.
Won’t you revive us again, so your people can rejoice in you?
I lie in the dust; revive me by your word.
Your promise revives me; it comforts me in all my troubles.
In your faithful love, O Lord, hear my cry; let me be revived by following your regulations.
Zion will be restored by justice; those who repent will be revived by righteousness.
The high and lofty one who lives in eternity, the Holy One, says this: “I live in the high and holy place with those whose spirits are contrite and humble. I restore the crushed spirit of the humble and revive the courage of those with repentant hearts.
“And the day will come when I will cause the ancient glory of Israel to revive, and then, Ezekiel, your words will be respected. Then they will know that I am the Lord.”
The wild animals in the fields will thank me, the jackals and owls, too, for giving them water in the desert. Yes, I will make rivers in the dry wasteland so my chosen people can be refreshed.
Now repent of your sins and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped away. 20 Then times of refreshment will come from the presence of the Lord, and he will again send you Jesus, your appointed Messiah.
Prayer For Revival And Spiritual Awakening2 Chronicles 7:14
14 Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.
God is not done yet. I believe there will be another great awakening in the world just like the revivals in the Bible and millions of people will come to Jesus. As we seek God for revival and pray and believe God for another revival, His Spirit will bring restoration and healing to our land.
May it be so! Revive us oh Lord!
What are some of your favorite revival scriptures that you are standing upon when asking God for another great awakening to happen? Please share them with us in the comment section below.
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Deut. 30:2-6 – … return to the LORD your God, you and your children, and obey his voice in all that I command you today, with all your heart and with all your soul, 3 THEN the LORD your God will restore your fortunes and have compassion on you, and he will gather you again from all the peoples where the LORD your God has scattered you. 4 If your outcasts are in the uttermost parts of heaven, from there the LORD your God will gather you, and from there he will take you. 5 And the LORD your God will bring you into the land that your fathers possessed, that you may possess it. And he will make you more prosperous and numerous than your fathers. 6 And the LORD your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your offspring, so that you will love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live.
This old covenant promise was written for our learning. As we choose to return to the Lord with all our heart and soul and respond to Him in obedience He will pour out His rich blessings on us. He’s earger to bless the Church here in the Maritimes with saving, healing, delivering and sanctifying power.
Father in Jesus name we seek you to stir our hearts in returning to you. Cause your people to to hunger and thirst for you and your best in our generation. Let none of us grow weary in seeking you for genuine revival fire in our generation. Open our eyes and give us clear vision of your revival purposes and the faith we need to embrace it and walk it out in our generation. Lord we cry out to you for souls. Souls for Jesus! Save souls Lord. Fill your house and be glorified today. In Jesus name , Amen.
“Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for Him. Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill made low. The crooked roads shall become straight, the rough ways smooth. And all mankind will see God’s salvation” – (Luke 3:4-6).
We are right now living in desperate days. The Church in many parts of the world needs revival, and God wants to use each one of us to prepare the way for a mighty outpouring of His Spirit. I am sure that you sense the urgency of the hour. It is not hard to see that everything is not right. God is trying to get our full attention. It is truly time to cry out to the Lord and become men and women of fervent prayer. We need God’s intervention in our cities and nations. The valleys of defeat must be filled, the mountains of disbelief must be leveled, the crooked places of dishonesty must be straightened, and the rough places of disobedience must be made smooth.
It was almost 25 years ago on the mission field when I wrote the following two paragraphs in a newsletter. I find that today I must still ask myself the same questions I asked then:
“Am I desperate enough for revival? Do I realize the desperate condition of my country?” And if I trust in religious organization, material wealth, popular preaching, shallow evangelistic crusades, there will never be revival. But when confidence in my flesh is smashed and I realize my desperate wretchedness and emptiness before God, then and only then will God break through. “Lord, make me ready for revival. Revive me.”
I challenge you to join me in prayer for revival for our lives and for the nations. I call for prayer that is strong, prevailing, believing, God-moving, hell-defeating, devil-routing, sinner-saving, believer-sanctifying, Christ-exalting and worker-producing—prayer that takes all that we are and have. God Himself will motivate us to pray these prayers that have extraordinary consequences if we are only willing, willing to pay the price. Pray that God may fill us all with the very passion of Christ, with the power and persistence of the Holy Spirit, with the burdening sense of the Church’s plight and world’s appalling need, that the wheels of revival may be set in motion.
“Then we will not turn away from you; revive us, and we will call on your name. Restore us, O Lord God Almighty; make your face to shine upon us, that we may be saved” – (Psalm 80:18-19).
How do we Personally Prepare the Way for Revival?
“The coming revival must begin with a great prayer revival. It is in the closet, with the door shut, that the sound of abundant revival will be first heard. An increase in the secret prayer of ministers and members will be the sure herald of blessing.” Andrew Murray
- Prepare yourself in the way of blessing through intensive prayer – Pray with all your heart, asking God to enlarge your prayer and worship life. Make time for God, and practice fasting.
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray…” (2 Chronicles 7:14).
- Be serious about personal revival – Instead of watching TV, pray. Don’t get caught up in the ways of the world. Lay aside those worldly pursuits.
“… and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land” – (2 Chronicles 7:14).
- Become dissatisfied with sin and ask God to convict your heart – Be sensitive to His conviction.
“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” – (Psalm 139:23-24).
- Repent thoroughly – Don’t tolerate sin in your own life. Let godly sorrow over your sin touch you deeply.
“Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight… Surely you desire truth in the inner parts; you teach me wisdom in the inmost place” – (Psalm 51:4-6).
- Make restitution whenever possible –Make sure that your relationships are right.
“Live in harmony with one another” – (Romans 12:16).
- Practice living the Sermon on the Mount – Matthew 5 – 7 is the job description of holy living. Ask God to transform your life and teach you to live to please Him. Prayerfully study the Sermon on the Mount regularly.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted” – (Matthew 5:3-4).
- Choose to narrow your interests – If you narrow your interests, God will enlarge your heart. We can so easily be distracted from prayer, but revival calls for a focused vision on what really matters. This is the time to pray and hunger after God wholeheartedly.
“I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands” – (Psalm 119:10).
- Make a new commitment to reach out to the lost – Pray an ask God for opportunities, and He will help you. Begin to pray, care and share Christ with those who do not know Him. Follow the example of Jesus.
“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost” – (Luke 19:10).
- Have faith in God – Begin to expect God to move through your prayers. Believe that He does want to pour out His spirit and bring revival.
“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” – (Hebrews 11:1).
Revival begins with us. It is each one of us getting our lives straight and turning from the crooked paths. Take seriously the need for personal revival. Take seriously the need for prayer. God is dealing with His Church.
“The great work of intercession is needed for this returning to the Lord. It is here that the coming revival must find its strength. Let us begin as individuals to plead with God, confessing whatever we see of sin or hindrance in ourselves or others. If there were no other sin, surely the lack of prayer is matter enough for repentance, confession, and returning to the Lord.” – Andrew Murray
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International House of Prayer (IHOP) KC Staff
Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him. Acts 12:5
The early Christian churches resorted to prayer meetings as a means of facing challenges and getting help from God. This is clearly shown to us in the accounts given in the book of Acts. In chapter twelve, we learn how the Jerusalem church got Simon Peter out of jail through prayer meetings! Verse five gives a description of this effort which has opened the eyes of many believers over the years in regard to how we can have effective prayer meetings. It will be important for the church to conduct prayer meetings before and during special efforts, in order to seek the power of the Spirit and the reviving work of Christ, it is important for us to take another look at this verse. What kind of praying got the Apostle Peter out of the prison?
1. It Was Intense Praying
The Greek word translated without ceasing looks and sounds like our English word, extended. It can mean “stretched out” over a period of time or “stretched out” in the sense of fervent. It makes a difference to God that we are serious about obtaining what we need. Remember that it was the “fervent” prayers of Elijah offered “earnestly” that prevented rainfall in Israel for three and a half years.
Remember also the intensity of the prayers of David recorded in the Book of Psalms. Let us also remember the importance of importunity (persistence) in the matter of praying for the ministry of the Spirit, according to the teaching of our Lord in Luke 11:1–13. Our prayer meetings ought to be characterized by earnest and intense prayers. Such intensity is generated both by the genuine desire of believers for the object of their prayers and also by the help of the Holy Spirit in praying (Romans 8:26–27). The need for revival should be emphasized based upon selected Scriptures read in the first moments of the prayer meeting.
2. It Was United Praying
“Of the church”
The term church in the Bible does not refer to a denomination or to the building in which a Christian congregation meets. It means the congregation itself. When the members of the church get together to pray, there is special power in their prayers. We learn this from the words of the Lord Jesus in Matthew 18:18–20:
“Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”
Let’s remember that when an individual prays out loud in a prayer meeting, he is leading the group in prayer. In this way, the praying is united. He needs to speak loudly enough for all to hear so that they can join him in praying, and he should pray briefly enough so that the others do not become distracted.
In a good prayer meeting, it is best not to “pray around.” Instead, those led by the Holy Spirit to lead the congregation to the throne should confine each of their turns in voicing prayers to about one paragraph and usually to one subject or request at a time.
I like to let people lead more than once, not in any certain order, but as God leads. The meeting should sound like a real conversation with Christ. Note in Romans 8:26–27, Ephesians 6:18, and Jude 20–21, that the Holy Spirit is the One who will make praying what it ought to be, if He is permitted to have control.
3. It Was Sincere Praying
Folks at a prayer meeting should really be talking to God. This is what Jesus was saying in Matthew 6 when He warned us against praying like hypocrites (to be heard by men) or like the heathen (using memorized phrases and sentences). Jesus said that we should pray like children asking their father for something (verses 5–9). Baptist people need to learn again how to pray from the heart, as if they are talking to God and not just repeating religious phrases that people have come to expect them to repeat like a chant. Let us pray like children talking with their father. Again, the Spirit will help us do it (Romans 8:15 and Galatians 4:6).
4. It Was Specific Praying
The prayers in those prayer meetings were not the empty, general prayers that characterize many of our church services. They called on God for particular action. They asked Him to save Peter’s life and to get him out of jail. Many people think that praying out loud is supposed to be some kind of spiritual oration that makes some good theological points, but asks for nothing. But this is not how Jesus taught us to pray (See Luke 11:9–13 again). The Bible says, “Let your requests be made known unto God” (Philippians 4:6). May our prayer meetings be characterized by bold, confident, and specific petitioning of God, led by the Holy Spirit!
Our churches can again be powerful, triumphant, and glorious institutions if they will again do their work through a vital faith in their God. Faith in God will translate into faith in prayer. And faith in prayer will restore our faith in prayer meetings. Let us evangelize our communities as the first churches evangelized theirs, energized by effective prayer meetings.