We ought to be always preparing ourselves and others for revival, expecting God to do great things. Then, if there are enough of us who are prepared for it, God will bring it. The problem is that many of us don’t even think about it, some of us don’t realize the need for it, and some of us don’t even want it—how sad.
But even if many don’t think about it or want it, God does. As David Bryant has said, “God is gathering a host of people worldwide who are convinced that revival is the only hope for the church as well as for the world.”
If you believe you are one of those people, or if you want to be, you need to start preparations. Prepare yourself first, and then prepare other believers, and also non-believers.
Preparing ourselves for revival. The first thing we need to do is to pray into ourselves a meek and holy character. Furthermore, we should regard ourselves as a holy priest of God, which the Bible says we are (1 Pet. 2:5, Rev. 1:6). Accordingly, we must be expectant and ready, not only for Jesus, but also for the Holy Spirit to come in revival. For as Armin Gesswein (Founder and Director of Revival Prayer Fellowship in SanCapistraro, California) has said, “The coming of the Holy Spirit with power…is the best preparation for the coming of the Lord.”
Preparing fellow believers for revival. Whenever you pray, both privately and in your prayer groups, pray that God would prepare believers for revival. Pray repentance and meekness into their lives. And when you meet with your peers, talk about the need for revival. If you have the opportunity, teach a class on revival, and talk about how to prepare for it. Pass the word on to as many as you can that God will bring revival if we are prepared for it. Convey also the message that not only evangelists are needed, but teachers, counselors, writers, prayers warriors, and most of all those who are willing to help wherever the need arises.
Preparing non-believers for revival. When God brings revival many non-believers will be saved. But for that to happen we need to do our part. We must work on being loving and compassionate toward them, and open to their questions. Learn also how to share the gospel—in truth and with love. Above all pray steadily for true repentance; for that is the first phase of revival—for non-believers as well as for believers.
This post is an excerpt from my book Purpose of Prayer.