Revival is a sovereign act of God – it comes from God not from man. God works in the lives of His people, and through them to a lost and hurting world. God chooses to work through man and it is no different concerning revival. However, we must keep our eyes on Him and not on man, methods, churches or denominations. Prayer and overcoming complacency are two of man’s responsibilities concerning revival.
All revival begins with prayer -passionate, believing, urgent prayer.
2 Chronicles 7:12-15 NKJV
“Then the Lord appeared to Solomon by night, and said to him: “I have heard your prayer, and have chosen this place for Myself as a house of sacrifice. When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence 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 I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place. For now I have chosen and sanctified this house, that My name may be there forever; and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually.”
Complacency is a deadly enemy to revival, to churches, and to a person’s spiritual growth. Complacency can be described as lack of motivation, lack of desire for a change or improvements, or a lack to desire to increase in a certain area. As long as a church or person are satisfied with where they are spiritually they will never grow. It doesn’t take long for a church or person to become spiritually stagnant when they are content.
Some signs of complacency are: being spiritually asleep, spiritually cold and weak, comfortable with formal religion, devoid of spirituality, claiming to be spiritually alive but are not, satisfied with self and proud, or lack of fervor or zeal.
Complacency can be caused by several reasons. Some are: becoming lukewarm, a lack of vision, self satisfaction and lack of growth. Another thing that leads to complacency is being so busy with things that you do not have time for intimacy with God. Jesus addresses the lukewarm church (and people) in Revelation 3.
Revelation 3:15-22 NKJV
“ I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’–and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked– I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”
Jesus desires that people and churches either be cold or hot instead of lukewarm. The cold person can see their need. The person that is hot is already on fire for God and is growing spiritually. However, the lukewarm person thinks they are spiritually alive but in reality are spiritually dead. It is a lot easier to reach a cold (sinful or uncommitted) person for Christ than a lukewarm (a religious person who thinks their right with God or a half-hearted) person.
Jesus rebuked the lukewarm church of Laodicea and urged them to be zealous, to repent and to and commit themselves to Him. Jesus loves us (and the church) so much and in His long-suffering He gives the lukewarm time to repent. It is Jesus’ desire that we are hot in our relationship and intimacy with Him. Those that are cold, lukewarm or complacent in their relationship must: admit their condition, repent and be zealous for God.