The Key To Revival
By Rich Camicheal
This issue of the Herald is about the hope we can have for revival and about the desperate need that we have as God’s people to seek Him for revival. Some people believe the situation is too dire and the time too short for the Lord to send another awakening, but these are the very reasons to believe the Lord all the more for one final outpouring! Surely He wants to awaken many hearts in these last days before Christ returns! And the reality is this: the Lord can do a phenomenal work in a nation(s) in a very short time, no matter how bleak the conditions, if only His people will humble themselves, and pray and seek His face, and turn from their wicked ways (2 Chr. 7:13-14).
Consider the example of the revival in Wales in 1904-1905 (see pages 3-4). Before the revival broke out, the overall spiritual and moral condition of the country was dark. But in the midst of this, godly people were humbling themselves, and praying, and seeking God’s face, and turning from their sins. And the result? God poured out a revival that led to 100,000 conversions in the first six months and that impacted the spiritual and moral climate throughout the country – and far beyond!
Consider also the revival in 1857-1859 in the U.S. (see pages 4-5). This revival started with just a handful of godly intercessors, and yet by the end there were two million conversions and moral change across the country.
Can the Lord do it again in our day? There is no doubt that He can and that He desires to do so. The more pressing question is, will we, as God’s people, stir up ourselves to seek Him wholeheartedly for personal and corporate revival? The Lord is looking to us as the key to revival – “If My people…” (2 Chr. 7:14).
Unfortunately, too many people are looking to politicians or legislation to solve our problems. While these have their place, the only hope for the kind of spiritual and moral breakthrough we need is an outpouring of the Holy Spirit. In fact, consider this feature of the Welsh revival: “Political meetings were abandoned. They seemed completely out of the question since nobody was interested. The political leaders, even from the parliament in London, abandoned themselves to the revival meetings” (p. 4). In other words, the revival didn’t need the politicians, the politicians needed the revival! And revivals start with a remnant of God’s people getting serious with Him!
Requirements for Revival
To that end, consider these four conditions emphasized by Evan Roberts, a leader in the Welsh revival, as essential for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit:
• Is there any sin in your past that you have not confessed to God? On your knees at once! Your past must be put away and yourself cleansed.
• Is there anything in your life that is doubtful – anything you cannot decide whether it is good or evil? Away with it! There must not be a trace of a cloud between you and God. Have you forgiven everybody – EVERYBODY? If not, do not expect forgiveness for your own sins: you will not get it (Matt. 6:12; Mark 11:25-26).
• Do what the Spirit prompts you to do. Obedience – prompt, implicit, unquestioning obedience to the Spirit.
• A public confession of Christ as your Savior. There is a vast difference between profession and confession.
With this last condition in mind, remember that in true revival Christ Himself is the center of attention. May we wholeheartedly seek revival for His glory!