The Revival Reading Plan

Many, if not all, of us recognize our need of revival. But how do we receive it? We know that we need more faith, more love, and more humility. But how do we cultivate these vital Christian graces? There is clearly more to this than simply asking God for His Holy Spirit. We have talked a fair bit about prayer; now, it is time to discuss receiving the Word, which contains the Holy Spirit when received by faith. This comprehensive, yet simple and flexible, reading plan, which is based on several Spirit of Prophecy statements, will truly bring revival to anyone who diligently practices it every day. It is truly reviving me as I am coming to know and love Yahuah more and more each day! I fully recommend this plan for you.

The Foundation of the Reading Plan

Before we get to the building plan in the audio below this, we need to lay the foundation from Scripture; then we will learn of a divine daily reading plan on how to build upon the Word in our daily devotional life that will totally transform us.

The Family Altar

We must establish the biblical model for what we call the “family altar”. Now, the family altar might have a physical aspect to it; it might have an altar table with a family Bible sitting on it. We have such a thing set up in a portion of a room that we dedicated to God for worship. We highly recommend having a sacred place that you worship at in the house as a family if at all possible, but it is also a real blessing to have special places that you meet with God out in nature individually, as Jesus practiced. Weather and pests do not always permit, which is often the case here in Minnesota, so that is why I often have my personal devotions at the family altar as well.

So, let us explore this concept of the family altar in the Bible. So, let us go to Genesis 12, where we see the family altar set up by Abraham in verses 7 to 8. Abraham is going into the typical promised land and he sets up an altar; here it is:

And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there he built an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him. And he removed from thence unto a mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, having Bethel on the west, and Hai on the east: and there he built an altar unto the LORD, and called upon the Name of the LORD.

Now, I believe that is significant. We need to call upon His Name – praise Him – because He is worthy to be praised. It does something to us. Praise is very important; it should be the foundation of our prayers.

Our Pattern

Abraham’s family is the archetype of all the families of Israel. When they went into the Promised Land, this altar was set up. And when they neglected this altar, the whole nation suffered. But when they restored it, the nation prospered. So, that is a lesson to us. When we neglect the family altar, God may permit calamities to come upon us. Perhaps that is why God permitted Hurricane Dorian. God’s intention in His judgments is to bring people back to Him, back to life, through His Word.

The Family Unit

Let us now go to Genesis 18:19. We have established the family altar and now let us study the family unit.

For I know him [Abraham], that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which He hath spoken of him.

So, the household is the family unit and is established here in the Law. It can only be commanded unto justice and judgment by God’s Word. The man of the household is the priest of the home and he instructs his family in the way of the LORD according to His Word. He also consecrates the family to God through their collective worship, whereby they may receive the blessings of God and be protected from curses of calamities and worldliness.

This is the foundation of the intricate Levitical sanctuary system that was later implemented for corporate Israel, being based on the Abrahamic family unit with its family altar. To Abraham was the everlasting covenant promised; thus, the organized system of the Law that came later is founded on it and not against it.

The Sacrificial System

So, let’s talk briefly about the sacrificial system. The priesthood that performed the sacrifices, particularly the High Priest, were representative of the whole nation of Israel. It was a representative system. The economy then was the earthly sanctuary; now we have the economy of the heavenly sanctuary. We have lessons to learn with duties enjoined upon us from this system in the Law. The priesthood represented all of the people that worshiped at the appointed times, including the mornings and evenings, for they could not all go to the temple each day or even each Sabbath. Many of them lived hundreds of miles away in the Diaspora.

But the priesthood did not represent all of Israel so that they would not have to worship morning and evening; they only represented what they were all doing – worshiping God. So, the altar in the sanctuary represented the altars of all the households of Israel. They all faced towards Jerusalem when they prayed at these times.

The priests ate the meat, food, and drink offerings in the temple. Again, this was representative, even of all Israel partaking of God’s Living Word. Jesus said in John 6:54, “Whoso eateth My flesh, and drinketh My blood, hath eternal life,” and then, “the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life” (v. 63). So, we find this principle in the Law, illustrated by the priesthood. Their eating the sacrifices (representing Christ) illustrated both Christ as High Priest bearing our sins that the sacrifices typically carried and God’s people who partake of the living, unseen word; the seen illustrates the unseen.

Therefore, morning and evening worship times for partaking of God’s Word is in the Law, just not as overtly as the seventh-day Sabbath. Everything is established in the Law.

The Shadows Point to the Reality

Though the daily/continual sanctuary system passed away the worship times remain. Morning and evening we are to individually worship God, with our hands, eyes, and hearts rising up in offering to the heavenly sanctuary, which also remains. This is also when the family unit gathers together to offer the sacrifices of praise and thanksgiving. Anciently, the priesthood offered sacrifices morning and evening, designating these times for prayer; but the Spirit of Prophecy confirms that these worship times remain unchanged and that it is our duty to observe them.

And thou shalt say unto them, This is the offering made by fire which ye shall offer unto the LORD; two lambs of the first year without spot day by day, for a continual burnt offering. The one lamb shalt thou offer in the morning, and the other lamb shalt thou offer at even.

— Numbers 28:3-4

In the morning the Christian’s first thoughts should be upon God. Worldly labor and self-interest should be secondary. Before leaving the house for labor, all the family should be collected together, and taught that they must respect and reverence the hour of prayer. The father, or mother in the father’s absence, should with humility and a heart full of tenderness, with a sense of the temptations and dangers before themselves and their children, plead fervently before God that he would keep the children through the day. By faith bind your children upon the altar, entreating for them the care of the Lord. Ministering angels will guard children who are thus dedicated to God. It is the duty of Christian parents, morning and evening, by earnest prayer and persevering faith, to make a hedge about their children.

— E.G. White, 4b Spiritual Gifts, p. 139

Building Through the Reading Plan

(The Word Builds Us upon Christ)

Now that we have the foundation firmly under us, it’s time to build on it! I detail the Revival Reading Plan in this audio presentation, which is about 45 minutes long. The details are important though.

The Revival Reading Plan – AUDIO

Download the outline of the above presentation here: The Revival Reading Plan Outline.

Summary of the Revival Reading Plan

Morning Personal Devotion

Morning Family Devotion

  • Passage/chapter from the Hebrew Scriptures (except the Pentateuch), Apocrypha, or Apostolic Scriptures (except the Gospels)

Evening Family Devotion

  • Several pages from Testimonies for the Church.

Evening Personal Devotion

Reading Plan Resources

For your convenience, we have a checklist of Bible books that you can use to keep track for your family devotions. We also have a separate checklist for the Psalms, which may be useful for keeping track of the Psalms you have read; and Psalms works nicely for noon prayer time (see Psa. 55:17).

The list of Bible books includes the Apocrypha for a very important reason. It is that remnant of the Scriptures – separated and later removed from the other Scriptures by men led of Satan (according to an early vision of Sister White) – that is especially for the elect remnant people of God in these last days, on whom He shall place His seal. This is because the themes common in the apocryphal books are the wisdom of fearing God, holiness, and casting out all idols—the very themes that must be internalized by the remnant people. Thus, I strongly encourage you to listen to the following message on this subject (after hearing the main message).

The Remnant for the Remnant – AUDIO

Download the outline for the above presentation here: The Remnant for the Remnant Outline.

We have a PDF of the full Apocrypha of the Septuagint, as noted in the presentation above. It is called the Anaginoskomena, which contains three genuine Scriptures not in the original King James: 3 Maccabees, Psalm 151, and the Psalms of Solomon (in the appendix). Just ignore 4 Maccabees, which is a spurious book that was never in the Old Testament apocryphal Scriptures.

Finally, if you are not yet doing so, you can try using our collection of Bible promises for your personal devotions as well.

Closing Thoughts

Each day you will have a balanced and nutritious spiritual diet. Other readings can be added for personal devotion time as this is just the minimum, but this should not replace long, fervent prayers. Additional reading might include a Sabbath school lesson, pioneer material (especially Jones, Waggoner, or Prescott), SOP material, mission stories, or other good books that aid in understanding the Bible; but none of these are substitutes for the Law and the life of Christ.

Don’t read on a screen, though; for writings that are not available in print, I recommend you print for yourself. Only do your readings in paper books, because research shows that people assimilate what they read much better this way. This will also help you avoid computer distractions. If you can, get hard cover or leather-bound books that will hold up. I will be reading out of The History of Redemption. This excellent volume contains multiple Ellen White books, namely the Conflict of the Ages series, Christ’s Object Lessons, Mount of Blessings and Steps to Christ.

Keep in mind, too, that there is nothing the devil fears more than that we shall wake up, dig into the Word and pray earnestly to God with the persistence that unlocks the power of heaven. When we do this, he’s through! So, he’ll do his utmost to get in the way and prevent us from engaging in this plan. Therefore, “A life of daily communion with God, a life that will shed light upon the path of others, cannot be maintained without earnest, persistent effort” (E.G. White, The Watchman, September 29, 1908). This is war, brothers and sisters. Never weary in the struggle!

Don’t Delay! Begin Today!

Are you ready to join us in this wonderful new adventure in God’s Word, beloved? Let’s seek the revival of the Holy Spirit together! I leave you with these poignant words from the pen of inspiration, which summarize the purpose of this reading plan beautifully.

THERE IS MORE TIME SPENT IN EATING AND DRINKING THAN IN STUDYING THE WORD OF GOD, AND WE WANT YOU TO REFORM IN THIS.

— E.G. White, Manuscript 33, 1885

7 thoughts on “The Revival Reading Plan

  • October 8, 2019 at 7:14 pm
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    Great innovation, be blessed

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    • October 18, 2019 at 7:40 pm
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      Thank you, but we did not innovate it. God designed it; we just found a few SOP quotes indicating what we should read every day and put them into a simple plan.

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  • November 2, 2019 at 11:57 am
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    I will and am struggling with devotionals, I talk to the lord every day but feel like I am lost, not knowing what to ask or say to him .

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    • November 12, 2019 at 12:38 pm
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      Gary, I can relate to what you said about not knowing what to say to God. I’ve experienced the same. First of all, we are told in the Bible to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling, so don’t let yourself believe that you are lost…you are simply a work in progress. Now, here is something for you to consider: How is your life in other areas? Are you seeking to bring your entire life into submission to God’s will? The Bible tells us that it is our sins that separate us from God. We need to examine every area of our lives to ensure that we are not committing any sin that will stunt our spiritual growth. Do you smoke? Quit. Do you drink stimulants like coffee, tea? Quit. These may seem small and unimportant, but they affect the thinking and behavior to a degree that may surprise you. Ultimately they will hinder your walk with God. But with every sin that we give up we come closer to God and are better able to discern spiritual things. You don’t know what to ask Him? Ask Him for strength to quit whatever habits are coming between you and Him. That is submission: to be willing to give up our darling sins for He who did so much for us.

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    • November 12, 2019 at 7:58 pm
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      Thanks for commenting, Dad. Sorry it took me a while to respond. Devotions are a struggle for all of us at times. I still struggle with it myself. ML had some good advice, and I’d like to add a couple more suggestions:

      1. Praise God. Praise Him for anything and everything you can think of, including the “bad” things, because the Bible says that God can use anything, even the bad things, for our good. So, even when bad things happen, we can thank and praise Him because we know He can and will use those things for our benefit (or, at least, to benefit others through us).

      Praising and thanking God, especially when things are hard, gives Him glory. This is a key part of worshiping God, plus we learn to love and trust Him more because we learn to see His goodness and mercy in everything. The Bible tells us to do this in Philippians 4:6. Here’s what it says in the Easy-to-Read version:

      “Don’t worry about anything, but pray and ask God for everything you need, always giving thanks for what you have.”

      2. Ask Him to bring to your mind what you should be praying about. He can and will put thoughts in your mind. You might suddenly remember a person you can pray for, or a problem in your life that you need His help with, or a sin you need to confess and ask forgiveness for. That last one is especially important. Here is what the Bible says about sin we don’t confess, again in the Easy to Read Version:

      “I cried out to him for help, and I praised him. If I had been hiding sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened to me.” (Psalm 66:17)

      … And it just so happens that this verse talks about praising God, too. How about that. 🙂

      3. This one is more challenging, given the condition of your hands, but try it. It’s connected with suggestion #1. Every time you think of something good that has happened, or a good thing in your life, or even just bad things that are NOT happening, write it down! In other words, keep a gratitude journal. Not a full-fledged journal with long descriptions—just bullet point lists of things you’re grateful for. It could be something as simple as thanking him when you wake up that you are still alive. You could have died in your sleep, you know? So, thank Him for the gift of life. It could also be as mundane as the fact that you have running hot water. I know you have a very good idea of what a blessing that is, especially in winter. All you have to write down is “I’m alive” and “hot water” – nothing fancy.

      I especially recommend listing off as many as you can think of first thing in the morning, so you can start with a grateful heart, seeing just how many gifts God has given you. But by all means, add more as you think of them throughout the day, or in the evening before you go to bed. You could make it part of your morning and evening devotions. All you’d need to do is get a cheap Dollar Store or Walmart notebook, preferably hardcover (easier to write in).

      And if you just can’t think of anything at all to praise or thank God for … try reading one of the many psalms of praise.

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  • December 8, 2019 at 10:23 pm
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    Thank you so much Brother Ricky and Sister Amanda. Am so glad that after visiting this plan, I have seen my personal weakness although my wife and I have been struggling to direct our children in the way of the Lord as far as morning and evening devotion is concerned.
    I thank God for drawing my attention to what you guys are doing. Am praying now for a breakthrough and a reformation of true revival.
    Pray for our little company of believers here in Kenya.

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    • December 9, 2019 at 12:24 am
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      Hallelujah! Thank you so much for your encouragement, brother. We will certainly be praying for you!

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