Many people think of a “revival” as an enigmatic, intensely passionate religious gathering.
The word “revival” frequently conjures up images of a vintage tent gathering with a charismatic evangelist with a hoarse voice shouting “filler-words” like “Hallelujah!” “I bind, I cast. I bind. I cast!” “Holy Ghoooooost Fire!” And sure, the phrase “sow a seed” can be expected.
In Psalm 85:6-7 the psalmist asks “Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you? Show us your steadfast love, O Lord, and grant us your salvation.”
WHAT IS A REVIVAL?
As used in the Bible, it means a restoration, rejuvenation, or renewal of interest after spiritual neglect, oblivion, or obscurity.
A revival is
The personal renewal to spiritual life in an individual, or among a group of people. It is an “at-one-ment,” a heartfelt return to God and His commandments.
Here are 30 Bible verses about revival
1 Kings 18:21
And Elijah came near to all the people and said, “How long will you go limping between two different opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him.” And the people did not answer him a word.
2 Chronicles 7:14
If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?
Restore us, O Lord God of hosts! Let your face shine, that we may be saved!
The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.
All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations shall worship before you.
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
Then we shall not turn back from you; give us life, and we will call upon your name!
I am severely afflicted; give me life, O Lord, according to your word!
Plead my cause and redeem me; give me life according to your promise!
My soul clings to the dust; give me life according to your word!
And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!”
For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite.”
“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!’”
“Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.”
Thus says the Lord: “Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’”
- Hosea 6:2
After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will raise us up, that we may live before him.
O Lord, I have heard the report of you, and your work, O Lord, do I fear. In the midst of the years revive it; in the midst of the years make it known; in wrath remember mercy.
“And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
1 Thessalonians 4:16
For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.
1 Thessalonians 4:17
Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.
For anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”
But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.”