Steps for Revival
1 Kings 8:47
“Yet if they shall bethink themselves in the land whither they were carried captives, and repent, and make supplication unto thee in the land of them that carried them captives, saying, We have sinned, and have done perversely, we have committed wickedness;”
There is no doubt that a revival is needed in our nation. When you see the depravity that is accepted by Christians and unsaved alike, you can see that America is in desperate need for revival. When electronic and emotional affairs are acceptable, we need revival. When sin is covered in our churches, we need revival. When national perception is more important than getting doctrinal error corrected, we need revival. When personality or institutions are more revered than the inspiration and preservation of the King James Bible, we need revival. When preachers silently sit as sin is championed from the pulpit, we need revival. When Christians attack the bearer of truth and don’t condemn sin, we need revival. When personalities replace Christ in our service, we need revival. I could go on and on, but the fact is, we need revival.
When Solomon dedicated the temple to God, he gave a recipe for revival in his prayer. Solomon acknowledged that one day Israel would sin against God. He understood that God would judge the nation if they sinned. However, he showed what Israel needed to do if they wanted God to send revival. The steps that Israel needed to take to see revival are the same steps we must take if we want revival.
First, there must be an acknowledgment of sin. In verse 46 it says, “If they sin against thee,…” You will never have revival until you first acknowledge you have sinned. It is not an acknowledgment that you were deceived, but that you sinned. You must acknowledge that you chose to do wrong. You had a choice not to sin, but you did. Nobody made you do wrong but you. Health struggles didn’t make you do wrong, you chose to do wrong. Until you acknowledge your choice to do wrong, you cannot have revival.
Second, repentance is needed for revival. Repentance is more than an attitude, it’s an action. It is an action of turning from your wrong to do right. This is why you must acknowledge you sinned, for you cannot repent until you acknowledge sin. Revival will never happen until you turn from your sinful actions to doing right.
Third, supplication is needed for revival. Supplication is a humbling of one’s self to ask another to intervene. Christian, you will never have revival as long as you think you can handle your situation yourself. No, you must realize you are helpless and need God’s help. You must humble yourself, swallow your pride and beg for God to help you overcome your sin.
Fourth, confession must be made if you want revival. You will notice in the verse above that they admitted to God that they had sinned. There will never be revival until you admit all that you have done to God. Trying to cover up your sin will not bring revival. Sin must be admitted in its entirety if you want God to send revival. As long as you continue to cover sin up, revival will not come.
Finally, verse 48 says returning to God with all your heart and soul is needed if you want revival. Half-hearted service to God will not result in revival. Until you put your whole heart and effort into serving God, you will not see revival. Revival is certainly needed, but you must put your heart into it if you want to see God revive you, your church and nation.
We live in a day when revival is needed. Our nation is quickly drifting further from God. Let me ask you, will you do what it takes to see revival? Revival will start with one person. Decide to be that one person.