There are two ways to understand revival. The first is to see it as a “surprising work of God,” God’s “extraordinary blessing on his ordinary means of grace.” That is how Jonathan Edwards say it, as Ian Murray summarizes. God is utterly free to withhold or send revival as he pleases.
The second approach sees revival as something within our control – something that can be staged and managed with predictable results. If you follow the right steps, you’ll get the right outcomes. Basically, it’s a technological approach to religion. Like a genie in a bottle, even God is subject to the laws of cause and effect.
as quoted by Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page 74-75