Revival, as echoed through the scriptures, is a profound reawakening of spiritual life and fervor among believers. In the profound words of Psalm 85:6, there’s a plea: “Will thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?” This exemplifies the heart’s cry of those yearning for a renewal of God’s presence.
Such reviving is not merely about personal restoration but also concerns the collective. As seen in 2 Chronicles 7:14, when God’s people humble themselves, pray, and turn from their wicked ways, there’s a divine promise that He will hear from heaven, forgive their sins, and heal their land.
The essence of revival also encompasses the transformation from mourning to joy, just as Psalm 30:11 proclaims the turning of mourning into dancing. True revival is about returning to God, as Hosea 6:1 suggests, acknowledging our wounds but recognizing the healing that the Lord brings.
It’s a beckoning to draw near to God, for in doing so, as James 4:8 declares, He will draw near to us. In essence, revival is a divine intersection where human humility meets God’s grace, resulting in the profound renewal of spiritual life.
The Azusa Street Revival
The Azusa Street Revival of 1906 is one of the most significant and transformative religious events in the 20th century. Originating in a small, rundown mission on Azusa Street in Los Angeles, California, under the leadership of William J. Seymour, an African-American preacher, the revival became the birthplace of the modern Pentecostal movement.
Attendees experienced a powerful outpouring of the Holy Spirit. The services attracted a diverse group of worshippers, transcending the barriers of race, class, and gender, which was notably counter-cultural given the racial tensions of the era.
This three-year revival became a beacon for thousands worldwide, catalyzing the spread of Pentecostalism and influencing a wide spectrum of Christian denominations. The legacy of the Azusa Street Revival is still evident today, as the Pentecostal and Charismatic movements combined represent one of the fastest-growing segments within global Christianity.
“Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?” – Psalm 85:6 (KJV)
“Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved!” – Psalm 80:3 (ESV)
“O LORD, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O LORD, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy.” – Habakkuk 3:2 (KJV)
“Revive me according to Your lovingkindness, So that I may keep the testimony of Your mouth.” – Psalm 119:88 (NKJV)
“I am severely afflicted; give me life, O Lord, according to your word!” – Psalm 119:107 (ESV)
“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 (ESV)
“After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will raise us up, that we may live before him.” – Hosea 6:2 (ESV)
“Turn us again, O God, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.” – Psalm 80:7 (KJV)
“My soul clings to the dust; Revive me according to Your word.” – Psalm 119:25 (NKJV)
“Revive me, O LORD, for Your name’s sake! For Your righteousness’ sake bring my soul out of trouble.” – Psalm 143:11 (NKJV)
“When you send forth your Spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the ground.” – Psalm 104:30 (ESV)
“Revive me according to Your word.” – Psalm 119:154 (NKJV)
“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” – Psalm 51:10 (ESV)
“Revive me in Your way.” – Psalm 119:37 (NKJV)
“Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.” – Acts 3:19-20 (ESV)
“Behold, I will bring it health and healing; I will heal them and reveal to them the abundance of peace and truth.” – Jeremiah 33:6 (NKJV)
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” – 2 Chronicles 7:14 (KJV)
“And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.” – Joel 2:13 (KJV)
“You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness.” – Psalm 30:11 (ESV)
“Come, let us return to the LORD; for he has torn us, that he may heal us; he has struck us down, and he will bind us up.” – Hosea 6:1 (ESV)
“Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.” – Acts 3:19 (NASB)
“So will not we go back from thee: quicken us, and we will call upon thy name.” – Psalm 80:18 (KJV)
“Return, O faithless sons; I will heal your faithlessness.” – Jeremiah 3:22 (ESV)
“Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” – James 4:8 (ESV)
“For thus says the high and exalted One Who lives forever, whose name is Holy, ‘I dwell on a high and holy place, And also with the contrite and lowly of spirit In order to revive the spirit of the lowly And to revive the heart of the contrite.” – Isaiah 57:15 (NASB)
“Will You not Yourself revive us again, That Your people may rejoice in You?” – Psalm 85:6 (NASB)
“Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.” – Isaiah 12:2 (ESV)
“Who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist.” – Romans 4:17 (ESV)