Eph 5:14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.
Rom 13:11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.
The greatest need in the world today is revival in the church. A truly revived church is a church that’s alive, full of life and in a flourishing condition which always leads to lost people being saved and touched by God. In revival, God does a work on the church so He can do a work in the world. God sends revival (moves, outpourings, awakenings, rain, visitations, times of refreshing) for three reasons: (1) to counter¬act spiritual decline; (2) to create spiritual momentum (to the work of God in the earth); (3) to recover spiritual truth/light/life. Revival is often associated with an awakening from our carnality and fleshly living. The allegory fits well.
While asleep, our walk isn’t what it should be.
While asleep, we’re unaware of His time.
While asleep, we’re unresponsive to His voice.
In revival, there is an awakening. We get an awareness of God that shakes us, grips us, arouses us, alerts us, and stirs us. We are awakened to a new beginning of obedience to God. True Christianity consists of obedience to God, and revival brings an awakening to obedience. This awakening includes being awakened to our condition and conviction of sin, and as a result, we lead others to Jesus. The fountains of sin (Jer. 6:7) need to be broken up. The power of the world over Christians needs to be broken. In revival, we feel conviction; in conviction, we feel our need and repent. If we are not awakened, we will not pray. If we will not pray, we will not repent. If we will not repent, we will not work. If we will not work, the lost will not be saved.