I have some friends who are really seeking and praying that God would send a revival to our country. I have to admit, it’s not the highest priority of prayer in my life, but I’ve sort of caught their enthusiasm. They’ve told me some things about revival: that it always begins with a season of prayer and that there is an outpouring of God’s Spirit. There are public prayer meetings and private prayer meetings, but the commonality between the revivals that they have studied is that they always began with concerted, focused prayer.
The second thing they’ve found is that there’s always an openness to what God wants to do – not a pre-prescribed package, not a plan, not a program – but just an openness of saying, “God, I give you permission to use me any way you want. You have permission to change me, transform me, and equip me for revival.”
The third component is confession. Whenever God moves, there’s confession of sin, confession of our unrighteousness. Then God washes us and gives us freedom. It is in that freedom where the revival comes. The bondage and chains of sin are broken and revival is the natural outgrowth of it.
The fourth characteristic that seems to emerge is that there’s always a declaration. A declaration of God’s goodness and God’s graciousness and God’s salvation by grace. We declare who God is and we declare His righteousness over our cities and our land. It’s kind of interesting, but the declarations happen in different ways now. Many of them happen electronically. Some of the things that my friends send me are just words over our country that are powerful about revival. And they would never been able to be disseminated without the electronics and technology that we have now. It’s a good thing.
The fifth thing that they see happening in revival is that it will take place in the marketplace. It won’t be church-led or led by ministers or by full-time vocational people. People who are involved in the marketplace will grow tired of the stress of the marketplace, turn to the Lord, and God will provide a revival through those businesses and politicians, people who are in the secular arena. The call is to wake up and know that it’s not the church’s responsibility – and I mean the local church, the church on the corner – it’s the Church’s (universal Christians who are part of the Kingdom) responsibility to make a difference. If there was one organization in the country that should be concerned about revival of our country, it ought to be InFaith. We’re almost 200 years old and we want to see what God will continue to do by bringing revival to our country.