I’m not sure what you think of when you hear the word ‘awakening’ or ‘revival’. I guess it will depend on your church (or lack of church) background. In my experience, there is sometimes misunderstanding, cynicism or confusion surrounding the meaning of these words, especially when used in a Christian context. Hence it’s important to define what we mean, so we can know what to expect.
The dictionary defines 'Awakening' as:
An act of waking up or an act or moment of becoming suddenly aware of something.
and 'Revival' as:
An improvement in the condition, strength, or fortunes of someone or something; a come back, resurgence, renewal or advance.
I would say we need an ‘awakening’ or ‘revival’ in the church in the UK and there seems to be a fresh desire to pray for revival across our nation. But what do we mean by revival (in the Christian sense)? When I spoke on this last Sunday, I quoted an article by Terry Virgo http://www.terryvirgo.org/ written for Premier Christianity. He says revival is:
"A phenomenal sovereign intervention from God which starts in the Church, offend leading to profound repentance and fresh encounters with God; which overflows into the world, resulting in large numbers of conversions and ultimately leading to a climate of social change.”
He writes about past awakenings or revivals in our own nation and encourages us all to join together and pray for God to do it again.