Revival prayers by Ian Milmine 
We are coming to the end of our series of talks on revival. What have we learnt throughout this series? Well, if God has quickened you to feel a greater urge to pray for revival I shall feel part of the job has been done. As we saw some weeks ago, the prayer of a Christian who sees the need in his own heart and the great need around him should be: “Lord, give me a hungry heart.” Jesus said, “Blessed are they who hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled” (Matthew 6:6). It is those who seek God with all their heart who find Him, Jeremiah tells us in chapter 29:13. It is in this seeking of God with all our hearts where a personal revival can begin.
The second important lesson that I hope has been brought home to your heart is the feeling of the need of the world of those who are unsaved around us. We were reminded that the shortest and yet one of the most powerful Scripture in the Bible is the one that simply says, “Jesus wept.” If God in human flesh wept, then we’ll also weep when we understand His heart. One of the trademarks of every time of true revival ever recorded is the gathering of people to weep in brokenness and repentance over their sins, and the blatant sin of the world around. Why? Because sin hurts the heart of God.
The third important lesson that I have tried to put across is that revival requires us to pay a price. The Holy Spirit will ask us to abandon sins, pastimes and practices that had seemed reasonably legitimate before His quickening of our souls. I know of no revival that hasn’t been accompanied by a deep sense of guilt, a repentance of sin, and a puting right of wrongs, followed by a wonderful experience of the peace that is available throught the precious blood of Jesus. The question is, do Christians today really want revival? Are they prepared to accept the alteration to their lives and daily routines that revival will surely bring? Or is this all too much for us comfortable XXi century Western Christians?
We have seen therefore that revival begins in the Church, by bringing backslidden Christians to repentance and a new beginning of obedience to God. And our challenge to God’s people, in the words of the apostle Paul is, “It is time to wake up from our slumber!”. Illustrations from people God used as instruments of revival sowed us that God can work revival through just one individual who is totally committed to Him, hungering for revival, and willing to pay the price in his or her obedience to the revival covenant.
And then we have seen the wonderful effects a revival can produce upon society at large – falling crime rates, abandonement of drunkennes, reconciliation among communities, and solution to the many social ills that our society today is unable to cope with; why? because they are primarily spiritual in nature.
Don’t you long for revival in our midst today? I do, and I trust this series has been helpful to you. God bless and revive us all!