Who does not need a personal revival from God? We all do. We all need a personal visitation and a special touch from God. We all need a personal revival from God. We need a revitalisation of our faith in Him.
We need an awakening in our spirit. We need restoration of everything we have lost. We need a renewal of our minds and the transformation of our lives. We need rejuvenation, resuscitation, a recovery, a quickening, a new awareness of His presence in our lives. We need revival. To get this revival we will need to answer some of the questions below and if your answer is yes to any of them then you need the revival prayers that follow.
Is your faith in God dead? Have you been a Christian for long but you cannot see any changes for good in your life? Does Christianity seem harder for you than it seems for other people? Do you desire some changes in your behaviour or attitude yet you are struggling to see the changes? Do you desire to have some zeal or passion for the things of God but you currently don’t have any? Do you struggle with some sins as a Christian but you desire freedom from such sins? Do you wish you can do some good but you keep finding yourself doing otherwise? All these things and more are a sign that you need a personal revival in your life.
A personal revival is not something that just falls on your lapse. You have to desire it, pursue it with God, be ready for the challenges it brings your way and embraces the new you that unveils as God works in you. My personal revival journey has not been an easy one. It’s been a roller coaster journey and it is only known between myself and God. I woke up to the reality of my Christianity one day and it shook me to the bone marrow.
I realised that although I have grown up in a Christian home, given my life to Christ as a teenager and being involved in church activities most of my adult life, I have been somewhat merely a follower. I realised that although I have been a Christian all my life I have not been Christ-like most of my adult life.
I have been a follower of Christ from afar without necessarily having a close and personal relationship with him. You see you emulate the person you are in a relationship with. I thought I was in a relationship with Christ but I realized that my attitude does not reflect Christ and this is what drove me to pray for a personal revival.
What does Jesus say about this kind of Christianity?
Jesus has something to say about this type of Christianity; “I know your deeds; you are neither cold nor hot. How I wish you were one or the other! So because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold— I am about to vomit you out of My mouth! You say, ‘I am rich; I have grown wealthy and need nothing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked. I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined by fire so that you may become rich, white garments so that you may be clothed and your shameful nakedness not exposed, and salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see. Those I love, I rebuke and discipline. Therefore be earnest and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and dine with him, and he with Me. To the one who is victorious, I will grant the right to sit with Me on My throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my father on His throne. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”” (Revelation 3:16-22).
There are a lot of self-confessed Christian who do not have a relationship with Christ. Some people are nominal Christians. If you go to church only when it matters to you i.e. Weddings or burial ceremonies, Celebrations of Christmas or Easter, and that’s about it, then you need a revival in your life. I met a good Christian couple recently and they haven’t been to church in years. They don’t pray often and they don’t fellowship with other Christians but they believe in God and they believe in Jesus. I thought they need a personal visitation from God.
Some people grow up in a Christian home, dwell in a Christian environment and are associated with Christians but do not have a personal transformation (otherwise known as personal revival) from Christ. Many proclaim Christianity as their religion yet they are not growing in their Christian journey. They are passive Christians. They have become complacent and acting like Christ is a strange language to them. They are growing old in the church yet not growing up in Spiritual maturity. This should not be our lives as Christians.
Christians are meant to be fruitful. You are meant to bring the world to Christ. You are meant to impact the world. The world is meant to feel the love of Christ through you. You ought to make disciples of all nations. You ought to let other people in the world have the same experience that you have through Christ. You ought to share your personal encounters of Christ with others so they can come to know Christ and have the same encounters. That’s the whole essence of Christianity, that you help reconcile the world to God and if you are not doing any of these things then you are not living the life God intended for you.
If you are not doing any of these things then you are not been fruitful in God’s kingdom. Your life is fruitless and Christ does not like a fruitless tree. In fact, there was a fig tree that Christ cursed because there was no fruit on it (Mark 11:12-25). You really do not want to be cursed and you really do not want to be outside of God’s grace. So you ought to be praying earnestly for a personal revival if your life does not reflect Christ’s expectation on earth.
Henceforth your prayer should be that God does not spit you out of His mouth. Your prayer should be that God helps you to bear fruit for His kingdom. Your prayer should be that God revives your body, mind, spirit and soul. Your prayer should be that God helps you to be useful for His kingdom. And if you are struggling with those prayers, then try the following biblical declarations and revival scriptures.
Speak the word of God over yourself and change your world for good.
- Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me (Psalms 51:10)
- O Lord, by these things men live, And in all these is the life of my spirit; O restore me to health and let me live! (Isaiah 38:16)
- You have rescued my soul from death, My eyes from tears, My feet from stumbling. I shall walk before the LORD In the land of the living (Psalm 116:8-9).
- Restore us, O Lord God of hosts! Let your face shine, that we may be saved! (Psalm 80:19)
- In your steadfast love give me life, that I may keep the testimonies of your mouth (Psalm 119:88)
- Behold, I long for your precepts; in your righteousness give me life! (Psalm 119:40)
- Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways (Psalm 119:37)
- You who have made me see many troubles and calamities will revive me again; from the depths of the earth you will bring me up again (Psalm 71:20)
- Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and your right hand delivers me (Psalm 138:7)
- For I will restore health to you, and your wounds I will heal, declares the Lord, because they have called you an outcast: ‘It is Zion, for whom no one cares!’ (Jeremiah 30:17)