Throughout the history of Christianity there have been times when the Holy Spirit has come in power among us, and multitudes of people have come to Jesus to be saves from their sins. We call this move of the Spirit “revival”. The first time the Holy Spirit came in this way was on the Day of Pentecost. Thus, when we pray for revival, we seek to revive the events that happened on that day.
(Acts 2:1-4) When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
This occurred in an upper room where the disciples and other believers were gathered together in prayer. Acts 1:15 tells us there were about a hundred and twenty present. As this miraculous event progressed, it flowed from the building to the street. Many gathered to discover what was happening. Peter stepped up and explained to the crowd that this is the Holy Spirit. When he was finished explaining, about three thousand people gave their lives to Jesus. The account in Acts goes on to explain that every day others were added to their number.
Since this first manifestation of the Holy Spirit, God has caused these events to happen throughout the world. The Good News of Jesus’ death and resurrection has been spreading from that time in Jerusalem till now. From time to time, God, in his perfect timing, has used these miraculous events to draw people to himself.
Each time there is a revival there is a powerful presence of the Holy Spirit, miracles happen, people speak in other tongues, and supernatural healings take place. The presence of the Holy Spirit is so strong that people sometimes become overwhelmed. Yet the most significant outcome is that multitudes receive salvation.
The movie “Jesus Revolution” does a great job of showing what happens during a revival. I recommend that you see this movie. I was personally revived and encouraged as I watched how God comes in power for the redemption of his people.