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 talk a fair bit about prayer here; 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 the Lord more and more each day! I fully recommend this plan for you.

Note: We just want to emphasize that this reading plan is flexible. We do not want you to think that you must follow every aspect of it to the letter. If you want to read more or fewer pages, that is fine. If you want to switch the order of the readings or use a different, special reading from time to time, feel free to do so. Nothing at all is set in stone, save that the different elements of the plan should be the primary readings you use. For example, you may read a different book with your family for a month or so, but you should return to the readings given here, as God especially instructed us to read these books. They are the foundation of revival.

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 Jehovah appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there he built an altar unto the Jehovah, 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 Jehovah, and called upon the Name of the Jehovah.

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 Jehovah, to do justice and judgment; that the Jehovah 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 Jehovah 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 Jehovah; 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

Purpose of the Reading Plan (VERY IMPORTANT)

And this is the life eternal, that they should know Thee, the only true God, and the One whom Thou hast sent, Jesus Christ.

Jesus, John 17:3

The goal should never be to merely attain a head knowledge, but it is to know God, through His Son, who also says, “Search the Scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me … that ye might have life” (John 5:39-40).

It is also written, “And ye shall seek Me, and find Me, when ye shall search for Me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13). To ‘search’ means to “think on what you read” (Manuscript 20, 1906) through diligent inquiry, so though we call this a “reading” plan, it is more than mere reading.

And it is also written, “If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved” (Romans 10:9). This is not merely a one-time declaration and belief, for the context of the chapter is on the Word (v. 8), especially the Law of Moses (vv. 4-5).

This declaration of faith is to be daily, whenever we claim the promises, which includes all commands. We can simply say, “Amen (it is true), Lord (our Master, whom we obey) Jehushua/Jesus (who saves us from our sins),” as we remember that He “was raised again for our justification” (4:25), for He “is our life” (Colossians 3:4). When we are thus claiming the Scriptures, we are really claiming His life, that He may live it in us, according to whatever the Word of God we are claiming says it will do. “So then, faith is of hearing, and hearing by the Word of God” (Heb. 10:17); in other words, a faith experience is not independent of His Word but is based on it, and we are hearing, or listening, for God to speak to us personally through His Word; and Jesus says that, “the words that I speak unto you, they are Spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63).

So, the reading should always be done for the primary purpose of knowing, or having an intimate relationship with, God, which includes us receiving in us the righteous life of His Son. We are to diligently search to know Him, asking questions in prayer as we read and communing with Him who is the Life that the Scriptures convey.

“Time alone with God in His Word, to know Him—
nothing can replace it;
without that time,
everything replaces it.”
~ Dan Gabbert

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, Apocrypha, or Apostolic Scriptures

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. Also, if you are not yet doing so, you can try using our collection of Bible promises for your personal devotions, which includes the Love Chapter. Finally, for reading through the life of Christ, as said above, you should have a special focus on the closing scenes thereof.

It would be well for us to spend a thoughtful hour each day in contemplation of the life of Christ. We should take it point by point, and let the imagination grasp each scene, especially the closing ones. As we thus dwell upon His great sacrifice for us, our confidence in Him will be more constant, our love will be quickened, and we shall be more deeply imbued with His spirit. If we would be saved at last, we must learn the lesson of penitence and humiliation at the foot of the cross.

— E.G. White, Desire of Ages, p. 83

We suggest focusing on the closing scenes by reading and meditating on them weekly. We have a printout using passages from the Gospels in chronological order. Download it here.

Reading Plans Within the Reading Plan

It is easier to engage in a plan when you have clearly defined goals everyday. Thus, we would like to share two reading plans to help you with part of this overall plan. We are thankful to the Lord for inspiring their creators with these ideas. The first is a plan for going through the life of Christ in a year using both the four Gospel books and The Desire of Ages. And as you read, remember that the life of CHRIST is our life, since He became we (Heb. 7:26); so, imagine yourself in CHRIST so that His life becomes a reality in you as you daily ask Him to live it in you. For more on this important concept, please read “The  Mystery of the Mirror”, and there you will find some additional reading material as well, which could temporarily be read in place of Desire of Ages as it is very much about CHRIST.

The second reading plain is a simple plan for reading through the Testimonies in 16 months.

Regarding the Testimonies reading plan, although we simply advise “several pages,” this plan is useful for maintaining consistency. You also get a sense of satisfaction in checking the boxes off, particularly if you must read on a screen because you can’t afford the books. If ten pages doesn’t work well for your family, though, don’t worry. You can always divide each set of pages into sections as suits the needs of your family. Just keep in mind that dividing them into more than three sections apiece will make the whole plan take more than four years. Really, though, follow whatever schedule is best for you and your family.

If the warnings and reproofs given in the Word of God and in the testimonies of His Spirit are not plain enough, what words would be sufficiently plain to bring about a revival and a reformation?

— E.G. White, Manuscript 108, 1901

Why the Apocrypha?

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.

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.


— E.G. White, Manuscript 33, 1885

9 thoughts on “The Revival Reading Plan

  • 2019-10-08 at 7:14 pm

    Great innovation, be blessed

  • 2019-10-18 at 7:40 pm

    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.

  • 2019-11-02 at 11:57 am

    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 .

    • 2019-11-12 at 12:38 pm

      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.

    • 2019-11-12 at 7:58 pm

      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.

  • 2019-12-08 at 10:23 pm

    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.

  • 2019-12-09 at 12:24 am

    HalleluJAH! Thank you so much for your encouragement, brother. We will certainly be praying for you!

  • 2021-04-19 at 3:12 am

    Ricky, Thank you for these podcasts. Is there a follow-up one to this one about The Remnant for the Remnant, as it seems to end abruptly right in the middle of a thought/sentence. Maybe there’s more?

  • 2021-04-25 at 1:05 am

    There is no follow-up and it was not mid-sentence. Thanks for listening.


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