William P. Mackay wrote the text for this hymn of spiritual revival. He might have had Psalm 85:6 on his mind as he was writing this, but if not it still fits!
Psalm 85:6 (ESV)
6 Will you not revive us again,
that your people may rejoice in you?
Whenever God causes a revival it is never based on a system. No method can make God cause a revival. However, it has been noted that whenever there has been a revival there has always been a few things present. First, prayer. I will post an article on this later, but for now, know that prayer is a fuel to revival. Another thing present is the study of God’s Word. How else could revival come about if people were not moved by the Spirit to follow the words of God? Third, a sincere recognition of sin leading to confession and repentance. Fourth, gazing upon the righteousness of Christ and resting in His work on the cross. Fifth, a desire to worship the Lord with His people. And finally, bearing fruit in our Christian lives. J.I. Packer once said,
Christians in revival are accordingly found living in God’s presence (Coram Deo), attending to His Word, feeling acute concern about sin and righteousness, rejoicing in the assurance of Christ’s love and their own salvation, spontaneously constant in worship, and tirelessly active in witness and service, fueling these activities by praise and prayer.
This is not a method that leads to revival, but a Mighty God who moves the hearts of people through His Word, praise, and prayer.