Pray have prayed
Lord send a great revival to America, and let it begin in me.

Will You not revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in You? Show us Your mercy and loving-kindness, O Lord, and grant us Your salvation. I will listen [with expectancy] to what God the Lord will say, for He will speak peace to His people, to His saints (those who are in right standing with Him)—but let them not turn again to [self-confident] folly. ( Psalm 85:6-8 AMP-C) 

Revival! It’s a word you’re probably used to hearing. It’s probably something that you are asking God for. We all should. But reading about revival and studying the words really opened my eyes. The Greek word for revival, anazao, is made up of two words, “ana” which means again, and “zao” which means live. When we pray for revival, we are praying for something to live again. This implies that what we are praying for was once alive but now is dead. 

 

When we are asking God to bring revival to America and the nations, we are praying for them to come to life again, spiritually that is. In 1925, a hymn by James Gray was published called, “Lord, Send a Revival and Let it Begin in Me.” This was before my time, but I know that this hymn was quite popular. This is more than a catchy song, but an interesting truth. Personal revival comes before corporate or national revival. That’s right, yes Lord send a revival, beginning in me.

Back to the Greek word “anazao” or live again. The Bible lexicon leads me to an interesting verse, ” ‘for this son of mine was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.’ And they began to celebrate.” (Lk. 15:24) 

This is the parable of the prodigal son. We know that the further the son got from the father the more he ended up in trouble, until he came back to his father and lived again. I love the story of the prodigal son. That was the story of you and I. We were once prodigals to our Father, insisting we knew better. We made messes, but the Father was waiting for our return. 

I know a wise preacher who had a revival in his church in the 90s. He has told many stories. He said the first ones who ran to the altar were the Christians. This did not mean they weren’t saved. It meant they recognized something was missing. 

Personal revival means Jesus Christ is your first love. Losing our first love is something that can happen to any believer. The Lord Jesus addresses the church at Ephesus. He commends them for the many good deeds. They didn’t tolerate evil, they labored, they endured, but then He issued a sobering statement.  

But I have this [one charge to make] against you: that you have left (abandoned) the love that you had at first [you have deserted Me, your first love]. (Rev. 2:4 AMP-C)

Do you remember the feeling of being in love? The newness, the excitement, the first and last person you wanted to talk to throughout your day. They captivated your thoughts, and all you could think about was seeing them again. Nothing and no one could take their place. That is first love and that is how our relationship with God should be. Think back to when you accepted Jesus Christ into your life for the first time. There was a fire burning in you that couldn’t be quenched. You were excited to share Jesus with anyone who would listen. There was a deep hunger to know God more. You had fresh anticipation at what God could do. Anything was possible. Do you still feel this way? Are you still burning for Jesus as you did when you first got saved? Let’s make an honest evaluation. If the answer is no, It’s time for us to return to our first love.

Here are four keys for personal revival:

Repentance 

We must acknowledge when we have sinned against God and turn away from it. Repentance produces brokenness, humility, and refreshing. It is the result of conviction. It brings you closer to God; whereas condemnation drives you away from God. Ask the Holy Spirit to search you and expose what you need to repent for. It doesn’t have to be one and done. Confess and repent as often as you need to. Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me. (Ps 51:10 NLT)

Surrender 

This is a yielding. We lay down our agenda and need for control and submit to the power of another, that power being God Almighty. Evan Roberts of the Welsh Revival prayed, “Bend us oh Lord!” We need the bending, sometimes our iron will get us into trouble. When Jesus taught the Lord’s prayer, at the end He said, “For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen” (Matt. 6:13). When we fully surrender, it produces humility. We say God, I’ve tried it my way, and my way isn’t working. I’m ready to do it Your way. God’s way is death to self, or the crucified life. (Gal. 2:20)

Hunger For God

This is a place of desperation. You know that nothing can save you. No one can help you. There is a deep heart cry that it has to be God and nothing else will satisfy. People in the Bible who got their answer were desperate people. Earthly desperation can lead us to do some pretty dumb things. Holy desperation made a blind man cry out, “Son of David have mercy on me!” While people were telling him to shut up, he cried even louder. But guess what? He did not go unnoticed. He was recognized by Jesus and was healed. Holy desperation will never go unnoticed. Then I pray to you, O LORD. I say, “You are my place of refuge. You are all I really want in life. (Ps. 142:5)

Prayer 

It’s so much more than just asking God. True prayer is about communion with God. We can pray together for needs, but in private it’s our own personal garden. Revival will never come without fervent praying. William Seymour, Evan Roberts, Jeremiah Lanphier, George Whitefield, and Charles Finney were all people of God who saw revival. It is no secret that these men had lives that were marked by prayer. They spent hours, days, weeks, months, even years crying out for God to revive their cities and nations. They held prayer meetings and encouraged others to join. God heard their prayers and sent revival to the land. If you want a biblical reference read Acts 2, when they met together in the upper room as one in prayer. They joined in prayer with one goal, one heart, one mind, that being the mind of Christ. 

What happens during a larger scale revival?

Believe it or not, the same things I listed about keys for personal revival will break out during a corporate/national revival. People will be moved by the conviction of the Spirit to repent. Salvation springs up. This is when we see souls who have never known Jesus come to him. The lost are found. You see new levels of surrender from new converts to mature saints laying it all down afresh for Jesus. People will have an intense desperation for God’s presence. This will lead them into the Word, prayer, worship, and fellowship. God’s power will be manifested in many ways like deliverance, healings, miracles, signs, and wonders. We must remember that the signs, wonders, and miracles all point to Jesus Christ. The display of His power does two things. First, it creates a deeper hunger to know God more and second, it opens a door for salvation to the lost.

This is the fruit of revival. We can do nothing to make a revival happen. God alone is the source. 

Every time I read about the revivalists of old, it makes me hungry spiritually. I thank God for past revivals, but we don’t need an old time revival. We don’t need another Azuza Street or Welsh Revival.  Looking to the past can keep you from moving forward, even when it’s something good. We need a 2021 revival! 

Lord send a great revival to America, and let it begin in me. Let it begin in my marriage, my family, my church, my city, and in my nation. I want to burn with my first love’s fire again. Forgive me for allowing my fire to go out. Forgive me for allowing myself to be consumed by busyness instead of being consumed by Your presence. Forgive me when I offer half hearted prayers. Bend me Oh Lord, I yield my heart to you. 

Fall afresh on me Holy Spirit. Touch my heart and remove any hardness that has come during delay, trials, frustrations, and pain caused by others. I don’t care how long ago I gave my life to you. I want to know You more. Take me deeper than I’ve ever been. Open my spiritual eyes with fresh revelation in Your Word. Open my spiritual ears to hear You, and touch my heart to obey when You speak. Give me Your heart for the lost, and Your love for my brothers and sisters in Christ. When I walk in revival, I am carrying You with me wherever I go. Wherever You are Lord, nothing can stay the same. Lord, You’ve done it before, You can do it again. I position myself in Christ and am ready to see a new outpouring of Your Spirit in my life and in my nation. In Jesus’ name, amen.

If My people, who are called by My Name, humble themselves, and pray and seek (crave, require as a necessity) My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear [them] from heaven, and forgive their sin and heal their land. (2 Chron 7:14 AMP)

The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you. (Rom 8:11)

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Nancy Lee Clark
January 30, 2021

Great article! My husband and I lived in Wilmore, KY years ago where there had been a revival in the 1970’s. Many still remembered it well and were always praying for another move of God. I do remember one of the seminary professor’s wives who taught a women’s Bible study there and she always said to draw a circle around yourself because revival needed to start with you personally. I’ve never forgotten that.

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Ed and Mary Clark
January 28, 2021

Thank you for the encouragement this had given to me!! … it is sooo true that the WORD can fill our hunger like no food can !!!

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Ronald Bangert
January 27, 2021

2021 Revival Indeed!

“Do not call to mind the former things, Or ponder things of the past. Behold, I will do something new, Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert. The beasts of the field will glorify Me, The jackals and the ostriches, Because I have given waters in the wilderness And rivers in the desert, To give drink to My chosen people. The people whom I formed for Myself Will declare My praise.”
Isaiah 43:18‭-‬21

Revivals are nothing less than God’s Mercy in action. The flesh profits nothing.

God desires to restore the Church, daily repentance is the path (not once saved always saved, there’s more), taking thoughts captive, lives hidden in Christ, faceless disciples, like those in Antioch!

I have been hearing…

“Do not call to mind the former things, Or ponder things of the past. Behold, I will do something new, Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert”….

for the past several years when praying for Revival,aligning my thoughts with His in such matters.

Priesthood transferred from Levitical (John the baptist) to The Order of Mekchizedek (Jesus,our high priest). He is about to demonstrate His Glory to astound and correct His Church!

Great article!

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Glenn R. Freeman
January 27, 2021

Amen. Well said sister, let us seek Him with our whole heart.

14 For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
Eph. 3:14-21

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Bonnie Schultz
January 26, 2021

In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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deb
January 26, 2021

yup

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Julia
January 26, 2021

Yes, Lord Jesus let YOUR love begin with me in my heart. My prayers are for God to forgive Americans, have mercy on us and by God’s Grace revive Americans. We need God and we have always needed God.

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Carol Vigo
January 26, 2021

Thank you, Vickie. I’ll check them out.

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Su Roller
January 26, 2021

Thank you! I’m sharing this with my revival prayer group! This echoes how we’ve been praying. God be magnified!

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Frankie Hutchens
January 26, 2021

This is God’s will and what He desires for America. I believe He is waiting for us to do our part.

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James
January 26, 2021

Also onenewsnow.com has news that you can also trust!

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Vickie
January 26, 2021

I would like to share a couple of broadcast Christian radio stations and website addresses. One is http://www.saveus.org. The speaker, Charles Crismier, will talk about the Book of Revelation and Prophecy more than most pastors will. He is absolutely fascinating and only speaks truth. Very knowledgeable. The other is afa.net, which plays Christian music and has a lot of wholesome talk programs that is vital for Christians to listen to. Also true and accurate news that you can trust.

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Karen Secrest
January 26, 2021

I awoke this morning early hearing the Lord say it was time to shift my focus.
There was an atmosphere of light and I recalled the light that pierces the darkness that lit up my room came from Him.
He reminded me that it was time to focus on schools and libraries even baby animals as I once did. Only now I seek Him for the new ways He will direct. I still see a display case in the library that is filled with dust because its about teen sex change, but no one ever looks at it and I’m reminded that God told me months ago that we Would have Godly libraries. God showed me this meme a baby elephant with tennis shoes who is running and reminded me that “laughter!!” doeth good ..like medicine

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Sasha W
January 26, 2021

Amen amen amen 🙏😭✝️
Thank you for this wonderful blog and prayer. It truly spoke my thoughts and my heart prayers. God bless you abundantly!

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