Many people enjoy discussing revival in general terms, but very few people like to get specific about revival. Many shy away from the subject when it touches on a personal sacrifice and a true dedication to Christ.
Years ago, the late evangelist Gypsy Smith was conducting meetings when a preacher came to ask the secret of his success. The preacher wanted to know the best method of starting a spiritual awakening in his congregation. Here was Smith’s answer: “Brother, go home and lock yourself in your room. Take a piece of chalk and draw a circle on the floor. Then get down on your knees inside that circle and confess all known sin. Determine to follow the Lord wherever His Word directs you, no matter what the cost. Ask Him to begin this awakening in you! When this prayer is answered, you will have the beginning of a revival in your church.”
Before a congregation can have revival, God must be able to work in their hearts; and He does this one member at a time. If a believer wants the fire of zeal and enthusiasm kindled in his life as well as in the lives of fellow believers, he must study the Scriptures so that personal needs will be revealed. In turn, this will lead to repentance and confession of sin. Then, as the believer prayerfully applies God’s Word, his actions will be revolutionized by showing love to his brethren and witnessing to the unsaved.Let me ask you – do you want revival in your life, in your family, and in your church? Then I encourage you to try Gypsy Smith’s prescription for revival.
✞ Pray specifically that God will reveal your sin and faults to you.