Revival / Awakening

To listen to the late J. Edwin Orr’s message, “Prayer and Revival” click HERE. It’s about 25 minutes long and well worth the time. May we answer God’s call to seek His face, first for ourselves, then others! 2 Chron. 7:14.

“Urgently do we need a revival of personal godliness. Sanctified men are the salt of society….” – Charles Haddon Spurgeon

“What we need now is A revival of holiness. A revival of character. A revival of people who are utterly selfless and prepared to lay their lives on the altar for God.” – Leonard Ravenhill

Charles G. Finney described revival as “a new beginning of obedience to God.”

Elmer Towns says, “Revival is “God’s pouring His presence on His people more. God says, ‘I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh.’ Revival is when God’s presence is manifest and flows among His people.” – from a cassette tape, “Pastor Talk, an Interview with Dr. Elmer Towns” 1998 

  1. M. Bounds wrote, “Revivals are among the charter rights of the Church . . . A revival means a heartbroken pastor. A revival means a church on its knees confessing its sins – the sins of the individual and of the Church – confessing the sins of the times and of the community.”

In 1870, J.B. Johnston wrote in his *book, “True revival lives in prayer. Prayer draws power from revival. We need only to follow the way-marks of their remarkable history to be satisfied of their inseparable unity.” P. 158 

* book (excellent!): THE PRAYER-MEETING, and ITS HISTORY, as identified with the life and power of godliness, and the revival of religion. p. 158


“We … call upon all Christians to pray for such a visitation of the sovereign Spirit of God that all his fruit may appear in all his people and that all his gifts may enrich the body of Christ. Only then will the whole church become a fit instrument in his hands, that the whole earth may hear his voice.” – Lausanne Covenant

Thanks for visiting this page. Be sure to check the links at the end of this page!
You are here because you are interested in revival and awakening. I hope you find these links helpful. If so, please e-mail us a brief note. May God deign to bless us soon with a fresh and mighty outpouring of His refreshing Holy Spirit.

Click on our “Prayer and Revival” link for a brief, stirring message about spiritual awakenings of the past. Go to Great Revival in Carolina to read stirring articles about how God worked in North Carolina in the past! May God do it again, that He may once again be honored, revered, and glorified among us! For a prayer guide to pray for revival, click HERE.

You may be familiar with the book The Rebirth of Americafirst printed in 1986. It was a book of challenge and hope for America. Countless hearts (including our own) were stirred towards praying for a great biblical spiritual awakening in America. That vision of hope has only increased over the past 16 years! Whatever questions you may have about revival and revivalists, past and present, you will likely find their answers in the articles at Life Action Revival Ministries web site. You may want to start with a heart searching PDF HERE (new 11/19/04)

Also we have a few of the booklets (“O God, REVIVE us again”) mentioned below, We’ll send you one free upon request if you will send us your snail mail address.

Have you experienced revival? Click HERE and read paragraph 3, “Christians will have their faith renewed.” Especially note what follows “when they enter into revival….” Does this describe you?

We have come across an excellent sermon entitled Family Government (1850) that relates to revival, and though not as readable as contemporary authors, we recommend it for its thought-provoking qualities.

Oh Lord, how long, HOW LONG? is our heart’s cry.

Yours for Revival,

Miles Bennett


“If revival is being withheld from us it is because some idol remains still enthroned; because we still insist in placing our reliance in human schemes; because we still refuse to face the unchangeable truth that “It is not by might, but by My Spirit.” – Jonathan Goforth 

“Revivals begin with God’s own people. Oh, what responsibility this lies on the children of God. If you grieve Him away from yourselves or hinder His visit, then the poor perishing world suffers sorely.” – Andrew Bonar





(We suggest reading ALL of Psalm 85)

“When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locust to devour the land or send a plague among my people, 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 Chr 7:13-14 (NIV)

“A movement of God among His people is characterized by a profound awareness of sin. Repentance of sin and revival are inseparable.” – G. Richard Blackaby

“The Holy Spirit, as the actual agent–the Word preached, and the prayers of the people, as the instruments–and we have thus explained the cause of a true revival of religion.” – C. H. Spurgeon

“Revival in its fullness will see neighborhoods, schools, work places and cultures changed and healed.” – Marc Dupont

“A revival which does not make men right with God and man is a cloud without water.” – Martin Wells Knapp

“The Solemn Assembly has simply fallen into oblivion at the hands of people too arrogant to know that their own corporate sins – especially those heart sins of pride, unbelief, and rebellion – have created a nation ripe for destruction.” – Richard Owens, in “The Solemn Assembly”

“The English Particular Baptist John Sutcliff, who reprinted Edwards’s Humble Attempt in 1789, described this union in prayer in the following words:
‘In the present imperfect state, we may reasonably expect a diversity of sentiments upon religious matter…Yet all should remember, that there are but two parties in the world, each engaged in opposite causes; the cause of God and of Satan; of holiness and sin; of heaven and hell. The advancement of the one, and the downfall of the other, must appear exceedingly desirable to every real friend of God and man…O for a thousands upon thousands, divided into small bands in their respective cities, towns, villages, and neighborhoods, all met at the same time, and in pursuit of one end, offering up their united prayers, like so many ascending clouds of incense before the Most High!'” – Dr. Thomas J. Nettles, in a sermon, “Concerts of Prayer.”

“The prayer that sparks revival begins long before the countryside seems to awaken from its slumber in sin. It starts when men fall on their knees and cry out to God. That’s where true intimacy with God takes place and we begin the journey of being transformed into the image of Christ. And as men are transformed, the course of a nation can be changed.” – Wellington Boone

Power Links

Prayer Summits – We suggest you read “What Is The Prayer Summit Experience?”

The New Revival Library – Touted as “Home to the largest collection of digitized revival texts on the World Wide Web!” Just discovered! Looks excellent!

The Power of Prayer – by Samuel I. Prime. 1857-58 “Great Awakening” accounts.

Conviction for Sin Necessary (for revival) – Powerful sermon by Brian Edwards. A “MUST READ”

The Kind of Revival We Need – Article by Charles H. Spurgeon

Center for Spiritual Renewal
Revive Me, O God! Heart searching questions and resources for developing a godly life.
Sermon – The Cry for Revival A soul-stirring message by Robert Murray M’Cheyne
Revival Sermons – Sermons by Whitefield, Spurgeon, M’Cheyne, Jonathan Edwards, and others.

Revival Scenes by Henry T. Blackaby

Life Action Articles – A treasury of revival articles. Don’t miss this website

Revival Quotes – from Life Action

Great Revival in Carolina – Stories of how God moved in North Carolina (1800’s)

Revival Articles – List of links composed by Tom Garner

Writings of David Bryant – David’s stirring articles from “Pray” magazine. Well worth reading.
National Prayer Resources – America’s National Prayer Committee (NPC)
Concert of Prayer Format – Organize a “Concert of Prayer” in your area! Brief format.
National Day of Prayer – National Day of Prayer Task Force

Essential Characteristics of Genuine Revival, “Marks of Revival” by Erroll Hulse

What a Revival of Religion is – Brief excerpt from Finney’s First Lecture on Revival

Revival Commentary – Excellent articles about revival. What are the Marks of Revival?

Finney’s Lectures on Revivals – A classic book on revival
Wheaton College Revivals – God’s Move on Wheaton College
Worldwide Awakening – by Dr. Richard Riss, a revival researcher
Prayer and Revival, by J. Edwin Orr – Also check out Dr. J. Edwin Orr’s home page.
The Gospel of Prayer – Leonard Ravenhill

The Solemn Assembly -by Richard Owen Roberts of International Awakening Ministries.
List of Books on Prayer – Basic to Revival – Books that stirred my heart!

The Revival We Need – Book by Oswald J. Smith

Richard Baxter, Prayer Makes History – Article about prayer and revival (esp. for preachers).

Watchword – Web site dedicated to revival

Watchword’s Revival Links – Excellent resource

Concerts of Prayer – Jonathan Edwards – “An Humble Attempt to Promote…” 
Revival Scenes (signs) – Blackaby – What are the signs of true revival?

Pray for Revival – Suggestions on praying for revival

Prayer Guide – Excellent prayer starter in praying for revival and awakening! New 1/14/03

Restoring America – Peter Marshall Ministries

Wallbuilders – Restoring the moral and religious foundation on which America was built.

Vision America – Effective Christian Citizenship – Vote! Christians can effect change!

Intercessors for America (IFA) – Pray for biblical spiritual awakening in America!

Youth and Revival – Read how God used awakened youth in the past. “Lord, do it again!”

Awakening America Alliance – Issuing “a wake-up call for revival in the church and a Christ awakening in the nation…”

Lift Up Ministries Updates – Main page for information links


Additional Resources

  • 1. Why Revival Tarries – Leonard Ravenhill
  • 2. Revival Praying – Leonard Ravenhill
  • 3. Revival God’s Way – Leonard Ravenhill
  • 4. Booklet, O God, REVIVE us again. An excellent plan for personal revival

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