DAY 14 – THE POWER OF PRAYER AND FASTING

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DAY 14 THE POWER OF PRAYER AND FASTING
Prayerfully read Mark 9:29; Isaiah 58

“And He replied to them, ‘This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer and fasting.” Mark 9:29 (AMP)

I am sure we all have memories of how lethargic we become after we have stuffed ourselves on Thanksgiving dinner. Often we find ourselves falling asleep or at least wanting to if given the opportunity.

How often, over the years, I have heard people quote the above scripture, thinking that when we fast it is almost like a hunger strike to make God do something for us. I have heard people say, ”I fasted even, and God didn’t do what I asked.” I have to admit, that growing up, when my church called for a fast, I too, thought the same thing.

Fasting is not trying to prove how serious we are or to make God do what we want. Fasting is acquiring a sensitivity in the spirit. When I am full on Thanksgiving dinner, my body and mind want to sleep. When I deny myself food, my spirit becomes more alive, more sensitive. It is easier to receive things from the Holy Spirit.

When living in Hong Kong, I saw that even the realms of darkness understood this principle. When they were preparing to walk on hot coals or climb a ladder of swords, they would fast so they could more easily receive the spirits of their gods to perform this feat.

When we fast, we too, can more easily receive the Spirit of the Living God to perform the works of the Kingdom of God.

P R A Y E R F O C U S
• Lord, I empty my body to cause my spirit man to become more sensitive to Your Holy Spirit. Fill me Lord – possess me with your Holy Spirit.
• Give me a sensitive ear in the realm of the spirit to better hear Your voice. Pray Isaiah 50:4,5.
• Like Jesus, I want to do what You do, and say what You say,

By Pastor Beverly Schneider

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DAY 13 – REVIVAL – A LIFESTYLE

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DAY 13 REVIVAL – A LIFESTYLE

Prayerfully read Matthew 22: 37- 39, Psalm 133

Often times, I think that the western church thinks revival to be an event, a meeting, a shout. No.

Revival is a lifestyle. A lifestyle of love for the Father. A lifestyle of care and love for our brothers and sisters. A lifestyle of community flowing together in unity. A lifestyle of living from God and His all-sufficient grace infectiously spreading one to another. A revelation of awe and wonder of His majestic, glorious presence. When I consider the stars…what is man that you are mindful of him? Revival is a lifestyle of prayer. His presence in worship and prayer.

“Prayer should be the breath of our breathing, the thought of our thinking, the soul of our feeling, and the life of our living, the sound of our hearing, the growth of our growing.” Prayer in its magnitude is length without end, width without bounds, height without top, and depth without bottom. Illimitable in its breadth, exhaustless in height, fathomless in depths and infinite in extension. – HOMER W. HODGE
Every great revival begins, is carried on and consummates on the wings of prayer. Prayer that is breathed is a shout in the heavens. Prayer that comes from our renewed mind are arrows of glory into our soul. Prayer spoken from the authority of Scripture moves the heavens. The magnitude of prayer is without end, because our God is without beginning and without end. He is infinite. Therefore, our prayers are infinite in the heavenly realm. Our prayer’s from God’s heart, as well as from all those who have gone before us from the foundation of the world, are laid up in golden bowls in heaven. (See Revelation 5:8). Soon, they will all be poured out upon the earth. Not a soul from before time will escape His presence. Then, we will know and see that “Thine is the Kingdom and the power and the glory, forever!”

“By prayer, the ability is secured to feel the law of love, to speak according to the law of love, and to do everything in harmony with the law of love.” E.M Bounds, On Prayer

P R A Y E R F O C U S
• What does this quote from E.M. Bounds say to you about where “revival” begins and how it can be carried on in your personal life? (for the law of the spirit of life has set me free from the law of sin and of death) – Ask Him how to do this in your life.
• When reading the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:9-15, what is the mirror of God’s word personally saying to you? How will you begin to be a doer of the Word? – Ask for His Spirit to be poured out in your life and in the lives of your family.

By Pastor Jamie Dixson

DAY 12 – PREPARING THE HEART FOR REVIVAL

img_11115DAY 12 PREPARING THE HEART FOR REVIVAL

Read Psalm 51 and Hosea 10:12

“The channel God uses in revival is the channel of a broken heart…

just as there is no state of soil more satisfying to the gardener than that which is mellow and pliable, crumbling to pieces at his touch, so there is no heart more satisfying to God than that which breaks at His touch, that crumbles under His mighty, yet tender hand.” (Ps. 51:17) — Arthur Wallis

Reread Hosea 10:12 and observe the 5 keys to revival in this passage.

1. Revival centers in the Lord Jesus Himself.
• “seek the Lord until He comes.”

2. Revival requires preparation
• “break up your unplowed ground”
• “sow for yourselves righteousness”

3. Revival produces eternal fruit
• “reap the fruit of unfailing love”

4. Revival is a sovereign happening
• “It is time…”

5. Revival is divinely disruptive
• “until He comes and showers righteousness on you.”
“The prepared heart becomes the praying heart that prevails with God… It is only out of a heart ploughed deep that there proceeds that kind of praying that prevails with God and brings revival.” (In the Day of His Power by Arthur Wallis)

P R A Y E R F O C U S
• Pray for a tender heart – “Search me, O God.” Invite Him to show you anything that hinders His work of revival in your heart
• Pray for our children to hunger and thirst for a deep encounter with the Lord Jesus.
• Pray for His Spirit to be poured out upon our children and the youth of this nation, and especially in our churches.

By Pastors Charles and Dotty

Day 11 – SHANTUNG REVIVAL

RevivalDAY 11 SHANTUNG REVIVAL
Prayerfully read John 15:1-17

In the 1920’s Christian missionaries in North China were grieved over the spiritual condition of the churches. Members showed little or no spiritual sensitivity or concern. The missionaries began to wonder if many people had accepted Christianity mentally but had never been born again.

In 1920, missionaries and Chinese leaders began to devote one day a month to pray for revival. In March, 1927, the southern revolutionary army burned Nanking, and all missionaries were ordered to Tsingtau and Chefoo for possible evacuation. Those evacuated to Chefoo began to study the Scriptures and ask the Lord why they had been removed from their work. God began to speak through His Word.

A group of missionaries asked Marie Monsen, and evangelical Lutheran from Norway, to join their prayer meetings. God began to use her to challenge missionaries and others to get right with God. The missionaries spent days before the Lord. They confessed every known sin. They sought to be reconciled with one another.

During a special prayer time God worked to heal the eyesight of Ola Culpepper. In the middle of their rejoicing, God convicted the missionaries that they were far more concerned about physical healing than they were about the salvation of the Chinese. They once again began to confess sins to the Lord. God was getting a people right with Himself.
Marie was again used of the Lord as she asked the missionaries and others, three penetrating questions.

1. Have you been born of the Spirit?
2. What evidence do you have of the new birth?
3. Have you been filled with the Holy Spirit?

The hunger for spiritual vitality caused people to do much soul-searching. Christians and especially the leaders were revived and filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. Once Christians were revived, God had clean vessels through which to work. By 1932, revival was spreading.

Many came to realize they were only “head” Christians, but they had never placed their trust in Christ. An evangelist for 25 years, Mr. Chow realized he was trusting in his good works and not in Christ for salvation. After he was saved, he refused to be paid for his preaching because he had preached for 25 years without the presence and power of the Lord. Lucy Wright, a missionary nurse for nine years, realized she had only joined the church. She trusted Christ for the first time. In 1932 masses of people were coming to Christ. In one school all 600 girls and 900 out of 1,000 boys trusted Christ during 10 days of meetings.

RESULTS

  • Saved people went everywhere telling everyone what Jesus had done for them.
    Those who turned to Christ took down their “house gods” and burned them.
  • The hearts of God’s people were full of praise and thanksgiving. Joyful singing filled
    the services. New songs were written and the Scripture was put to music.
  • All believers had a great hunger for God’s Word, Bible classes met nightly, and the
    Bible schools and seminaries saw significantly increased enrollments.
  • Spiritually dead churches were revived. Church attendance multiplied, and the
    members paid close attention to worship, prayer, and discipleship. Prayer meetings
    lasted two or three hours as people got right with God and prayed for the lost.
  • Broken families and relationships were healed.

This account has been adapted from Go Home and Tell by Bertha Smith, Nashville: Broadman Press, 1965, pp 12-39, and The Shatung Revival by C.L. Culpepper, Atlanta, North American Mission Board, 1982.

P R A Y E R F O C U S

• Pray for a fresh out-pouring of the Holy Spirit in our lives
• Pray for the salvation, filling of the Holy in each member of our families and friends
• Pray for a godly fear of the Lord for our Congress, Senate, and Cabinet members
• Pray for our President, President Obama, and his family to deeply experience God’s love and anointing of wisdom

By Pastor Dotty Schmitt

Day 10 – SPIRITUAL AWAKENING IN WALES

robwelshrevivalDAY 10 SPIRITUAL AWAKENING IN WALES
Prayerfully read Isaiah 44:1-5

In the fall of 1904 a revival broke out in Wales. During the next six months, 100,000 people were saved in this great spiritual awakening, No one organized the campaign. They did not use advertising, public relations, radio broadcasts, or great soul winning and witnessing campaigns. God did a sovereign work that captured the attention of the world. When the Spirit of God fell on a people who were right with Him, things began to happen. Without anybody witnessing to them, people cried out: “What must I do to be saved?”

Wales is a principality of Great Britain west of London. The area has a wonderful history of revivals among God’s people. By the beginning of this century people had a longing for a fresh wind of God’s Spirit. The last great revival had taken place in 1859-60. Church membership had declined. People were indifferent to religious matters. The churches were formal. God’s people needed revival.

By 1904 God was at work in many places and in many people through Wales. The nation was like a tinder box God had prepared for the quick spread of revival fire. God chose to use a young man named Evan Roberts in a special way. Evan worked in the coal mines of Wales, but he had a great burden for revival. For 13 years he prayed for an outpouring of God’s Spirit. Prayer meetings with different groups of God’s people became a major emphasis in his life. Early in 1904, Evan accepted God’s call to preach, and he went to school to prepare.

Following a Sunday School service, a man named Seth Joshua led in prayer. One of his requests was, “Lord, bend us.” The Spirit of God used that simple statement to touch Evan’s heart. On his way out the door he kept praying, “O Lord, bend me!”

God gave Evan a burden to go to his home church in Loughor to conduct a week of services with the young people. Following a Monday night prayer meeting on October 31, 1904, seventeen young people stayed to hear Evan’s message. His message had four points:

1. You must put away any unconfessed sin.
2. You must put away any doubtful habit.
3. You must obey the Spirit promptly.
4. You must confess Christ publicly.

That night, all seventeen responded to his appeal. Crowds increased nightly. The Spirit was poured out on the nation as God’s people returned to Him. Lost people were dramatically converted – 70,000 in two months, 85, 000 in five months, and over 100,000 in the six months following that October meeting.

These commitments were life changing. Taverns closed due to the lack of business. The crime rate dropped radically leaving the police with little to do. People paid old debts and made restitution for thefts and wrongs committed. There was even a work slowdown in the coal mines as the mules had to learn the new language of the converted miners.

News of the revival spread to other countries, and people were stirred to prayer. Soon God was at work in nations around the world bringing people to Himself.

*Read the four points of Evan Roberts’ message and ask God now He wants you to respond to Him in any specific area of your life.

For further reading on the Wales Awakening see: The Flaming Tongue by J. Edwin Orr, Chicago: Moody Press, 1973; or Glory Filled the Land edited by Richard Owen Roberts, Wheaton: International Awakening Press, 1989

P R A Y E R F O C U S
• Pray for His Spirit to be poured out upon our children, and the youth of this nation.
• Pray that the next generation will have a heart to seek and serve the Lord.
• Pray that the children will be protected from the snares and devices of the enemy.
• Pray for the mass media that many believers will invade this field and raise a standard of righteousness.

By Pastor Dotty Schmitt

Day 9- WHAT A NATIONAL AWAKENING LOOKS LIKE

RevivalDAY 9 WHAT A NATIONAL AWAKENING LOOKS LIKE
Prayerfully read Isaiah 62

“Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains would tremble before you.” Isaiah 64:1

Many across America are crying out for a mighty revival to come to the United States. This is what an awakening looked like a century and a half ago in New York City—

The Fulton Street prayer meeting (1857-1860), convened by a simple New York merchant, Jeremiah Lanphier, actually helped spark revival around the globe. By February 1858, many churches and public buildings in downtown New York City were filled with tens of thousands of people praying. Newspapers began covering “The Progress of the Revival” on a daily basis, and at the peak of the revival, conversions numbered 50,000 a week. Out of a total population of 30,000,000 people, 1,000,000 were converted to Christ across the nation. One account declared that between 1857 and 1859 2,000,000 converts were added to the Church. The following account of the revival was given:

“Such a time as the present was never known since the days of the Apostles…. Revivals now cover our land, sweeping all before them, exciting the earnest cry from thousands, ‘what shall we do to be saved?’ Ministers…baptized with the Holy Ghost…preach with new power…The large cities and towns…from Maine to California are sharing in this glorious work. It really seemed as if the Millennium was upon us in its glory.”

By March of 1858, 6,000 were also gathering daily for prayer in Philadelphia, and thousands were attending five different prayer meetings in Washington, D.C. A contemporary newspaper article stated: “There are several New England towns in which not a single adult person can be found unconverted.”

O Blessed Holy Spirit, do again what you did in Washington, D.C. and in other cities in 1858! Set your people to praying as never before that we might see again the holy fire fall! In Jesus’ dear Name. Amen!

P R A Y E R F O C U S
• Today in your own secret place of prayer as fasting, ask Him to lay His prayers and petitions upon your heart.

By Pastor Charles Schmitt

Day 8- CANE RIDGE REVIVAL

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Prayerfully read Jeremiah 31:3; Joshua 4:21-24

“The noise was like the roar of Niagara,” wrote a participant. “The vast sea of human beings seemed to be agitated as if by a storm.”

On August 6th, 1801, 25,000 people gathered at Cane Ridge, Kentucky, for a “communion” meeting. Led by Presbyterian minister Barton Stone and many others, the meeting became what is known as the greatest “religious” movement in the history of the United States. In actuality, the roots of the revival began several years before 1801, with the fiery preaching of evangelist James McReedy. But the consummation came in August of 1801.

The second great awakening had begun. Black, white, slave and free, all came together for a movement that defied imagination. Barton Stone writes;

“The scene to me was new and passing strange. … Many, very many fell down, as men slain in battle, and continued for hours together in an apparently breathless and motionless state—sometimes for a few moments reviving, and exhibiting symptoms of life by a deep groan, or piercing shriek, or by a prayer for mercy most fervently uttered…With astonishment did I hear men, women, and children declaring the wonderful works of God.”

After the Revolutionary war, America had been in decline. To the preachers of that day, it was known as the “Egyptian Darkness.” Francis Asbury wrote the following;

“When I reflect that not one in a hundred came here to get religion, but rather to get plenty of good land, I think it will be well if some or many do not eventually lose their souls.”

Many believe that the United States is in the same condition today. “An Egyptian Darkness”. Conditions are ripe for a new great awakening. In 1798, days of prayer and fasting were set aside to redeem the frontier from this darkness. And, so, we do the same. As was said at camp meetings all over the country, “Lord, do it again, like Cane Ridge.”

What part do you believe you can play in helping to bring about a new great awakening?

P R A Y E R F O C U S
• Pray for a revelation that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. “Send us a great awakening, Lord!”
• Pray for repentance to grip the church, and the government officials – “Send the light of Your word.”

By Pastor Jamie Dixson