Revival is not something we experience the same way we experience our favorite sports team winning a championship. It is not glorious celebration with shouts of joy. Revival is, at its core, agony. Utter devastation over our sin. The fruit of revival is celebration and joy. But the cultivating of it and the growing of it wears us out. Leonard Ravenhill, a 20th century English evangelist, said, “The world has lost the power to blush over its vice; the church has lost her power to weep over its sin.”
When David wept over his adultery with Bathsheba and his killing of Uriah, he described the prerequisite to revival in Psalm 51. “My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.” Unless and until we weep over our sin and allow God to break us, we can not experience personal revival or revival in the body of Christ.
When the people of Israel witnessed fire coming down from the throne of God in 2nd Chronicles, they “bowed down on the pavement with their faces to the ground and worshiped.”
“What will it take for us to see that fire from the throne of God land on us? What will it take to stoke the fires of our spirits and revive our souls? What will it take to break us, to get us bowed down on our faces on the pavement? To worship God with humble, contrite hearts?
David prayed for revival in his heart like this: “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Thy salvation, and grant me a willing spirit to sustain me. Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners will turn back to You. Psalm 51:10-12.