If you long to experience renewed joy, hope, and life, join me in this powerful prayer for personal revival and restoration.
Do you desire a personal, spiritual awakening? Is your heart longing to see revival in our day? Are you willing to let God turn His searchlight on your own spiritual condition? Revival may first begin with you and me.
Maybe you’ve succumbed to harmful habits that are hurting your faith and testimony. We’ve all been there at one time or another. If guilt and shame now dot your life, and regrets are filling in the blanks of your story, take heart. God offers love, forgiveness, and restoration.
Perhaps you don’t know where to start. But God does. Maybe you are unaware of sin in your life. When you ask, God will answer. He never turns away a humble heart seeking to know Him deeper. Spiritual healing and restoration will follow confession and repentance.
Wherever you are, will you join me in this prayer for personal revival and restoration that can help you find the spiritual awakening your heart longs for?
A Prayer for Personal Revival and Restoration
Lord Jesus, I’m tired of the sin struggle in my life. I feel distant from You. My choices have not led me to the right places. I’ve listened to the whispers of my enemy instead of Your words in Scripture, and the result has been disastrous.
I once walked with you, my heart tender to Your leading. Yet little by little, I exchanged Your truths for temptations and deceit that led me away from You. Instead of taking thoughts captive and confessing them immediately, I allowed them to grow totally out of control. Repentance was not in my vocabulary. Blame, cover-ups, or trying to reason and rationalize sin never work. They only give birth to deeper sin entanglements.
You created me in Your own image, Lord. Before I even speak them, You know my thoughts. You x-ray my heart and see through my excuses and intentions. Your Spirit warned me, but I ignored You. Disappointment and discouragement have taken their toll on me.
Personal Confession and Repentance
So today I’m confessing my desperate need for You. You have promised that if we will confess our sin, You will forgive us and make us clean again. Lord, I truly need Your forgiveness. Repentance is on my heart and lips. I want to turn around and head in another direction—back to You, Lord. But I need Your help.
Just as You created the world out of nothing, Lord, create a clean heart out of my “nothingness.” You paid for my sin with your own death. Restore my life and the fellowship we once shared together. You don’t condemn me, and You won’t disown me; I am Your child forever. But I take all the blame—I own my own sin. I am the one who broke fellowship with You and am crushed over the way I treated You and Your name.
My Prayer for Revival and Restoration
Lord, root out the darkness and light up my life with Your holy presence. Help me understand what went wrong. Show me how my destructive patterns first began. What did I allow to become more important than loving and honoring You? Why did I seek satisfaction in others or other things than You? You are the only One Who provides all my needs. You fill up the soul with deep-down joy and peace beyond all understanding.
Lord, may your restoration include new boundaries around my life. I can’t flirt with sin and not be hurt. Teach me how to say no again to things that could harm myself or my testimony. If my actions have wounded others, show me where and to whom I need to ask forgiveness or how to make amends. Help me to surround myself with positive encouragers who will hold me accountable and who will speak the truth in love. Truly, shame melts away and we are healed when we confess to others and ask for their help.
Show Me Any Hidden Areas of Sin
Lord, if there is anything in my heart that is offensive to you, reveal it to me. Show me anything that stands in the way of revival or of my prayers being answered. Is there hidden pride? Apathy? Worry? Unbelief? Fear? Legalism? Selfishness? Judgmentalism? Whatever hurts Your heart, may it hurt mine too. Father, deliver me from anything harmful that hinders me and my fellowship with You and others. Whether omission or commission, Lord, I ask Your forgiveness and desire any changes you want in my life.
Replace My Regrets with Your Grace
I understand that my repentance won’t eliminate the consequences of my sin. Knowing that You don’t hold our sins to our account—You remember them no more–and that You place them as far as the east is from the west both humbles me and fills me with amazement and gratitude. No consequence could ever be as painful as knowing how my sin hurt You or how You suffered for me out of love. Your crucifying death gave me eternal life with You. Lord, You place grace next to my regrets and give me hope for a new future.
Help Me Start Again
Thank You, Lord, that sin does not disqualify us. Instead, like a runner who has fallen but who gets up again, I, too, am willing to start again and finish the race You have set for me.
Make My Heart Hot for You
With Your restoration, Lord, perhaps I can help others find their way back to You again. I will not give my enemy the victory. Instead, I will accept Yours. Instead of a meltdown, with Your help, I will allow Your Spirit to give me a hot heart for You, one that seeks You and wants to live for You for the rest of my life. Thank You, Jesus, for Your sweet forgiveness and promised restoration.
A Prayer for Repentance and Salvation
Never prayed for repentance before? Pray this prayer for salvation:
Lord Jesus, I admit I am a sinner. I need and want Your forgiveness. I accept Your death as the penalty for my sin, and recognize that Your mercy and grace are gifts You offer to me because of Your great love, not based on anything I have done. Cleanse me and make me Your child. By faith, I receive You into my heart as the Son of God and as Savior and Lord of my life. From now on, help me live for You, with You in control.
In Your precious name,
A Bible Prayer for Personal Revival and Restoration
Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me (Psalm 51:10-12 NIV).
A Bible Promise for Spiritual Healing and Restoration
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 I will forgive their sin and will heal their land (2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV).
*Crosswalk first published this prayer here.
It’s Your Turn
Do you long to see a spiritual awakening? Will you pray for revival by asking God to begin with you? This prayer is only a suggestion. Pray your own words of confession and repentance. God is waiting to hear–and to help. I’d love to hear from you anytime. You can always write me through my contact page. Just fill out the basic name and address info, and then it will come to me. Your name or info is not shared with anyone.
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