II Chronicles 7:14 “If my people, which are called by my name, shall 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.”
Revival is a, “renewed and more active attention to religion or an awakening of men to their spiritual concerns.” Often times the blame for the state of our nation is placed on the political system, or lack of. The truth of the matter is, however, that politics are not the answer to our nation’s problems and/or current hot topic issues. A personal revival among the people and a turning back to God and His ways is the only answer that will yield lasting results.
II Chronicles 7:14 clearly gives God’s recipe for revival. The first ingredient is a humble spirit. In Isaiah 57:15 God promises to revive the humble and contrite. One who is contrite is willing to be crushed and broken. It is only after we are willing to let God truly be God and do with us as He wills that we can expect to see personal revival. The second ingredient is prayer. Prayer is such a powerful resource but is sadly often neglected. The third ingredient is a sincere seeking of God. Too many people have a superficial religion and do not earnestly desire to know God and His will. God is accessible to any who would honestly seek Him (Deuteronomy 4:29; Proverbs 8:17) but take heed to the warning in Isaiah 55:6; the farther one gets from God the harder it is to find Him once again. The last ingredient is to turn from one’s wicked ways. Ezekiel 33:11 and Isaiah 55:7 echo this commandment. Just as there is no salvation without repentance, revival cannot be seen without repentance either. If each ingredient of this recipe is performed, God promises to forgive and heal or in other words — revive.
An excerpt from Defending The Faith Through Counseling by Nelson T. Newman