Revival is the sovereign work of God. He chooses when and to whom He sends it. It is also true, however, that there are things we can do to prepare for revival in our lives. Being prepared for what God has determined to do is a pattern we see throughout Scripture. For example, on the eve of their passage into the Promised Land, Joshua charged the children of Israel, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you” (Joshua 3:5). In the same way, we can prepare our hearts for spiritual renewal.
The following questions are designed to reveal specific areas of which to be aware as you prepare for personal (as well as corporate) revival. They are not meant to be a guilt producer, just a helpful tool. Answer each question as honestly as possible—not as it once was in your life or as others think of you, but based on what God reveals to be the current condition of your heart.
Read the Bible passages. Agree with God about each need He reveals. Confess each sin that He exposes. Praise Him for His awesome love and power to forgive. Don’t be in a hurry; give God time to speak, and give yourself time to respond.
Genuine Salvation – 2 Corinthians 5:17 – Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
Was there a time in my life when I genuinely repented of (was aware of and turned away from) my sin?
Was there a time in my life when I placed all my trust in Jesus Christ alone to save me?
Was there ever a time in my life when I completely surrendered to Jesus Christ as the Master and Lord of my life?
God’s Word – Psalm 119:97, 140 – Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day. Your promise is well tried, and your servant loves it.
Do I love to read and meditate on the Word of God?
Are my personal devotions consistent and meaningful?
Do I apply God’s Word to my everyday life?
Humility – Isaiah 57:15 – For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite.
Am I quick to recognize and agree with God in confession when I have sinned?
Am I quick to admit to others when I am wrong?
Do I rejoice when others are praised and recognized but my accomplishments go unnoticed by people?
Obedience – 1 Samuel 15:22; Hebrews 13:17 – And Samuel said, “Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams.
Do I consistently obey what I know God wants me to do?
Do I consistently obey the human authorities God has placed over my life?
Pure Heart – 1 John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Do I confess my sin by name?
Do I keep “short sin accounts” with God (confess and forsake as He convicts)?
Am I willing to give up all sin for God?
Clear Conscience – Acts 24:16 – So I always take pains to have a clear conscience toward both God and man.
Do I consistently seek forgiveness from those I wrong or offend?
Is my conscience clear with every person? (Can I honestly say, “There is no one I have ever wronged or offended in any way and not gone back to that person and sought his forgiveness and made it right”?)
Priorities – Matthew 6:33 – But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
Does my schedule reveal that God is first in my life?
Does my checkbook reveal that God is first in my life?
Values – Colossians 3:12 – Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,
Do I love what God loves and hate what God hates?
Do I value highly the things that please God (for example: giving, witnessing to lost souls, studying His Word, praying)?
Are my affections and goals fixed on eternal values?
Sacrifice – Philippians 3:7–8 – But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ
Am I willing to sacrifice whatever is necessary to see God move in my life and church (time, convenience, comfort, reputation, pleasure, and so on)?
Is my life characterized by genuine sacrifice for the cause of Christ?
Spirit Control – Galatians 5:22–25 – But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.
Ephesians 5:18–21 – And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.
Am I allowing Jesus to be Lord of every area of my life?
Am I allowing the Holy Spirit to fill (control) my life each day?
Is there consistent evidence of the fruit of the Spirit being produced in my life?
“First Love” – Philippians 1:21, 23 – For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better.
Am I as much in love with Jesus as I have ever been?
Am I devoted to Jesus, filled with His joy and peace, and making Him the continual object of my affection?
Motives – Matthew 10:28 – And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
Acts 5:29 – But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.
Am I more concerned with what God thinks about my life than with what others think?
Would I pray, read my Bible, give, and serve as much if nobody but God ever noticed?
Am I more concerned about pleasing God than I am about being accepted and appreciated by others?
Moral Purity – Ephesians 5:3–4 – But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. 4 Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.
Do I keep my mind free from books, magazines, or entertainment that could stimulate fantasizing or thoughts that are not morally pure?
Are my conversation and behavior pure and above reproach?
Forgiveness – Colossians 3:12–13 – Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.
Do I seek to resolve conflicts in relationships as soon as possible?
Am I quick to forgive those who wrong or hurt me?
Evangelism – Luke 24:47–48 – And that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.
Romans 9:3 – For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh.
Do I have a burden for lost souls?
Do I consistently witness for Christ?
Prayer – 1 Timothy 2:1 – First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people,
Am I faithful in praying for the needs of others?
Do I pray specifically, fervently, and faithfully for revival in my life, my church, and our nation?
Excerpt from Seeking Him by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth and Tim Grissom. You may reproduce this content for personal or church ministry use.