Revival Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old revival quotes, revival sayings, and revival proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Revival is the eruption of God's heart on a life poured out.     

Lou Engle

Revival is an infusion of new spiritual life imparted by the Holy Spirit to existing parts of Christ's body.     

Richard Lovelace

Real revival does not begin with joyous singing. It begins with conviction and repentance on the part of Christians.     

Vance Havner

Revival is not just an emotional touch; it's a complete takeover!     

Nancy Leigh Demoss

Revival is the visitation of God which brings to life Christians who have been sleeping and restores a deep sense of God's near presence and holiness. Thence springs a vivid sense of sin and a profound exercise of heart in repentance, praise, and love, with an evangelistic outflow.     

J.I. Packer

Revival is a divinely initiated work in which God's people pray, repent of their sin, and return to a holy, Spirit-filled, obedient, love-relationship with God.     

Henry Blackaby

Revival is a renewed conviction of sin and repentance, followed by an intense desire to live in obedience to God. It is giving up one's will to God in deep humility.     

Charles Finney

Revival begins when you draw a circle around yourself and make sure everything in that circle is right with God.     

Anne Graham Lotz

Nothing teaches us about the preciousness of the Creator as much as when we learn the emptiness of everything else.     

Charles Haddon Spurgeon

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

In revival, God is not concerned about filling empty churches, He is concerned about filling empty hearts.     

Leonard Ravenhill

There can be no revival apart from the Holy Ghost; He is the author of every Heaven-sent movement.     

James Alexander Stewart-Mackenzie

Revival is falling in love with Jesus all over again.     

Vance Havner

Revival brings back a holy shock to apathy and carelessness.     

Winkie Pratney

Revival is when God's people return to God and God returns to them, and everyone sees the difference.     

Henry Blackaby

Present-day wickedness, apostasy and modern civilization cannot prevent revival.     

John R. Rice

Revivals begin with God's own people; the Holy Spirit touches their heart anew, and gives them new fervor and compassion, and zeal, new light and life, and when He has thus come to you, He next goes forth to the valley of dry bones... Oh, what responsibility this lays on the Church of God! If you grieve Him away from yourselves, or hinder His visit, then the poor perishing world suffers sorely!     

Andrew Bonar

Revival is not just a feeling of excitement of the Lord. We get excited about many things, but excitement is not a revival if God is not the thing that gets us excited.     

Jerry Falwell

If we want revivals, we must revive our reverence for the Word of God.     

Charles Spurgeon

Any true revival can be proven by the fact that it changed the moral climate of an area or nation.     

Leonard Ravenhill

Revival is when God gets so sick and tired of being misrepresented that He shows Himself.     

Leonard Ravenhill

Renewal and revival often begin when young people take a stand for God.     

Jim Burns

There are no magic formulas for revival. We cannot command it. We may await it with longing, and we are bound to express our longing in prayer.     

Tom Wells

All revival begins, and continues, in the prayer meeting. Some have also called prayer the "great fruit of revival." In times of revival, thousands may be found on their knees for hours, lifting up their heartfelt cries, with thanksgiving, to heaven.     

Henry Blackaby

A revival means days of heaven upon earth.     

David Lloyd-Jones

A true revival means nothing less than a revolution, casting out the spirit of worldliness and selfishness, and making God and His love triumph in the heart and life.     

Andrew Murray

Reformation is a return to the sound doctrine of the Bible. Revival is the practice of that sound doctrine under the power of the Holy Spirit.     

Francis Schaeffer

As long as we are content to live without revival, we will.     

Leonard Ravenhill

Revival is not the discovery of some new truth. It's the rediscovery of the grand old truth of God's power in and through the Cross.     

Sammy Tippit

A revival may be expected when Christians have a spirit of prayer for a revival. That is, when they pray as if their hearts were set upon it. When Christians have the spirit of prayer for a revival. When they go about groaning out their hearts desire. When they have real travail of soul     

Charles Grandison Finney