General William Booth of the Salvation Army prophesied the church would experience the following points of departure if revival did not occur:
Christianity without Christ;
Forgiveness without repentance;
Salvation without regeneration;
Religion without the Holy Spirit;
Politics without God;
Heaven without hell.
If my people, who are called by my name, will 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
Some years ago, a pastor reviewed Booth’s words and cried out to God for revival. Finally, in desperation he asked a dear saint, “What will bring revival?” Without hesitation she responded, “Second Chronicles 7:14!”
The next Sunday the pastor spoke from 2 Chronicles 7:14, and shared the following formula for revival: Pray without ceasing. Practice holiness in our living. Love our brothers and sisters. Be diligent in outreach. Demonstrate generosity in our giving. Experience the power of the Holy Spirit.
As the pastor completed his message, people began to move forward, weeping and praying for revival. God truly came into their midst, and the church experienced revival unlike anything they had ever known.
Are you hungry for revival, or are you in a comfortable—or uncomfortable—rut? Why not follow this formula for revival? God wants all his people to be revived daily.
Practice praying without ceasing for an entire day, asking God for revival to start with you. Talk authentically and regularly to God throughout the day about each revival factor in your life.