“If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray 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
8th, something remarkable happened at
Well, when their 10 a.m. chapel service began on February 8th, something strange happened. When the time came for the chapel service to end … it DIDN’T. The worship team kept singing, and the students started crying out in prayer to God. The service continued through the afternoon and through the night and into the next day … and the day after that … and the day after that. For two weeks, the prayer service continued.
from more than 260 Christian colleges and universities descended upon Asbury’s
campus waiting for hours for space to open up in the chapel to join in the
prayer and worship. The university estimates that in those two weeks, 50,000
Christians from across the nation and around the world had shown up. Something
BIG happened at
You may not
know this, but historically, major revivals have tended to happen in the
praying for revival for over 23 years. I can’t tell you whether or not that
revival has already begun in
The shortest definition of revival is simply: “God.” “Revival” describes a season when God shows up. The Bible says that whenever two or more are gathered in Christ’s name, God shows up. But during a time of revival … God REALLY shows up. He works in incredible, extraordinary ways. Which leads to my favorite definition of revival: “the extraordinary work of God among His people causing extraordinary results in and through the church.”
It’s important to note that revival is a work of God -- not man. And historically, God’s revivals come unexpectedly. You and I can’t manufacture revival. We can’t produce an extraordinary move of God. But we can certainly open the door so that God can rush in. So, how do we do that? Thankfully, God has already told us: “If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray 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).
Let’s take a closer look at God’s 4 Steps for ushering in a revival:
Step #1: Humble yourself before God. You won’t find a single revival in history that came as the result of Christians calling out, “God, I’m the best thing that’s ever happened! Open up the heavens, Lord, because I’m here!” Remember, God didn’t save you because you deserved to be saved. He didn’t save you because you’re all that. He saved you because He loves you in spite of yourself. He saved you because HE’S all that. God hates pride. But He LOVES humility. In James 4:6 we read: “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
Step #2: Pray. You won’t find a single revival in history that didn’t have prayer at the center of it. You can find examples of revivals that didn’t include great singing. You can even find examples of revivals that didn’t include powerful preaching. But there’s never been a revival where Christians weren’t spending serious time and effort calling out to God in prayer. You will never experience an extraordinary move of Christ in your midst unless you make prayer a top priority.
Step #3: Seek God’s face. Did you know that most of the time, God doesn’t show up where He’s not wanted? More times than not, God shows up where His children are hungry for Him, where His followers are thirsty for Him, where Christians are desperate for more of Him. How long has it been since you’ve joined with the psalmist who cries out, “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?” (Psalm 42:1-2) Do you seek God’s face?
Step #4: Turn from your wicked ways.
When we speak of
the need for revival, it’s vital to realize that the sin in
We need to be humble. We need to prioritize prayer. We need to be hungry. And we need to turn from our sin. If we do, you can cling to His promise: He WILL hear from heaven. He WILL forgive your sin. And He WILL heal our land.
Dane Davis is the pastor of Impact Christian Church in Victorville. Join us at Impact for Sunday services: in person at 9 a.m., or online at 10 a.m. on YouTube or Facebook. For more information, visit www.GreaterImpact.cc.