One of the things unique about studying revival, is that people see revival through so many lenses. The end is the same: God being fully glorified on campus. The means, however, are very different depending on which lens you see revival through. Each lens is a valid viewpoint on revival, as are all of the various means toward which people with that lens seek revival. Confusion often arises, however, when we do not understand each others’ viewpoints
For the next three weeks I would like to share a little bit about each “revival lens” as I understand them. In so doing, I hope to bring understanding that leads to respect for each viewpoint. After all, we need each of them for full scale revival! I hope you would take a minute to leave a comment too, as this can be a profitable dialogue.
Revival Lens #1: Presence and Power
What they expect to see
People with this revival lens expect to see God reveal his manifest presence in a way that causes awe and wonder. Normal worship services will get turned upside down with fervor, zeal, joy, manifestations of the Holy Spirit, and deep conviction. They expect to see signs and wonders such as healing, deliverance, prophecy, words of knowledge, dreams, and supernatural encounters with God. The result is a Body of Christ intimate with God, full of faith and obedience and unbelievers experiencing His presence so powerfully that they too begin to follow Jesus.
What they do to get there
People with this lens practice fasting and prayer as a means to revival. They do not rely on planning and strategies as much as seeking God and waiting for Him to make Himself known. They not only pray for God’s presence and power, they step out in faith and ask Him to reveal himself by praying for each other and for unbelievers that they meet and/or befriend. They host larger prayer gatherings to cry out for revival. They long to see the Body of Christ united in prayer and are likely to be involved in campus houses of prayer.
II Chronicles 7:14, II Chronicles 14-16, Zechariah 8, Jesus’s miracles in the Gospels, and Acts 2-4
Is this your lens?
If so, what would you add to what I have written? What other scriptures inform your viewpoint of revival?