While the Second Great Awakening swept through Great Britain and parts of the United States in the 1790s, Kentucky was far-removed from such an encounter with God.
Lawlessness ruled this frontier state, where a mere five percent of the population attended a church and bank robberies occurred daily.
James McCready, a Scotch-Irish Presbyterian minister arrived in the southwest region of Logan County in 1798 to pastor three small churches filled with escaped murderers, highway robbers and counterfeiters.
McCready’s vision for revival began from a place of prayer, and he rallied his church members to a day of prayer and fasting for revival on the first Monday of each month, as well as at sunset every Saturday evening and sunrise the next morning. By June 1800, hundreds joined McCready at Red River for a camp meeting that lasted several days, and by the end God moved so powerfully that “the floor was soon covered with the slain; their screams for mercy pierced the heavens.” The Cane Ridge Revival soon followed which not only transformed the state, but also birthed the entire modern missionary movement.
- Pray for another great Awakening to sweep across our nation, changing our families, our communities, our schools, our churches and our government.
- Pray for a clearer understanding of the days in which we are living, and for a greater anointing to live godly lives.
- Pray for a spirit of prayer and intercession to come upon us individually, as a church, and as a nation.
- Spend time thanking and praising Him for these 21 days of prayer and fasting.
- Ask Him how He wants you personally to continue seeking Him. EXPECT Him to answer! (Write out Hebrews 12:6.)
By Pastor Dotty Schmitt