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INTRODUCTION – A CALL TO PRAYER
As pastors we are very expectant that the Lord will do a new thing in our midst as together we engage in our season of prayer and fasting. We are standing on His Word as found in 2 Chronicles 7:14 – “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” Together we will seek His face, meditate on His Word, and expect Him to move power-fully in our midst as individuals, as families, and as a congregation, He will surely come to us in fresh way!
Remember His many promises to us regarding prayer: “Men ought always to pray and never give up.” (Luke 18:1) “Likewise, the Spirit helps us in our weaknesses, for we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.” (Romans 8:26)
Together we will ASK, SEEK and KNOCK and expect that: “He who comes to God must believe that HE IS, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently SEEK Him” (Hebrews 11:6). We are asking Him for an outpouring of His Spirit on our families, congregation and nation. During these weeks of seeking His face, we are specifically setting three Fridays apart (January, 8, 15 & 22) for corporate prayer, and for the laying on of hands for healing.
We ask you to be determined, definite and daring as together we “humble ourselves, pray, seek His face, and turn from our wicked ways.” He will hear from Heaven!
We bless you, our dear Immanuel’s family. And we believe that He will be glorified during this season of prayer, fasting and seeking His face!
You are loved!
DAY 1: PREPARING FOR AN ENCOUNTER WITH GOD
by Pastor Dotty Schmitt
Prayerfully read Ephesians 1: 17-20; Psalm 51.
In obedience to the Holy Spirit’s prompting, we as pastors are calling all of our Immanuel’s family to a 21-day season of prayer, praise, prophetic proclamation and fasting. There is a growing cry from all across this nation and around the world for a deep and fresh encounter with the Lord in personal and corporate revival and spiritual awakening!
Our culture will only be changed towards godliness and holiness as individual hearts are transformed by a deep work of the Holy Spirit. This 21-day prayer journal and devotional will help to guide us as a church family into united, strategic, life-changing prayer and intercession. Expect change in the church, and in the community and government in this blessed nation of ours! God is faithful
to His Word.
“Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things,which you do not know.” (Jeremiah 33:3) “So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with Him in prayer, petition and fasting.” (Daniel 9:3) Please dedicate these next 21 days to the Lord. Make a plan to spend more time in the Scriptures, in specific prayer and praise, in worship and in quiet meditation and silence.
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him; for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6) Ask the Lord what kind of fast He wants you to follow during these next 21 days. (Read Matthew 6: 1-18.)
You have many options to choose from:
• Only water for 21 days
• Only juices and liquids for 21 days
• Only fruits and vegetables for 21 days (see Daniel Fast by Kristen Feola)
• Only 1 meal a day for 21 days
• Only 2 meals a day for 21 days
Learn more on understanding the power and practice of fasting.
Pray for an increased capacity to feast on His Word, and to delight in His Presence. “Your words were found, and I ate them, and Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart; for I am called by Your name, O LORD God of hosts.” (Jeremiah 15:16)
DAY 2: WHAT A NATIONAL QUICKENING LOOKS LIKE
by Pastor Charles Schmitt
Prayerfully read Acts 3.
We join with millions around the globe and across our nation in asking God to revive us again! This is how a national quickening began a little more than a century ago in the days of William Seymour— During his time in Houston, Texas, Charles Parham was impressed to open a short-term Bible school on January 1, 1906. The most important person to be touched by Parham at this school was a son of slaves, a black Holiness preacher named William Joseph Seymour (1870-1922). After the school, Seymour left Houston to accept a call to pastor a newly formed Holiness congregation on Santa Fe Street in Los Angeles. His first sermon was from Acts 2:4, which earned for him a padlocked door on the meeting place.
From there Seymour accepted hospitality at the home of Richard and Ruth Asberry at 214 Bonnie Brae Street, where Seymour gave himself to prayer. Soon the Holy Spirit was poured out. Carl Brumback described the event:“As though hit by a bolt of lightning, the entire company was knocked from their chairs to the floor. Seven began to speak in tongues and magnify God….Soon it was noised over the city that God was pouring out His Spirit.”
Soon large crowds gathered at the Asberry home. Only after part of the floor collapsed were the meetings moved to an abandoned A.M.E. Church building at 312 Azusa Street in mid-April of 1906. Vinson Synan calls the meetings at Azusa Street among “the most far-reaching religious meetings of the twentieth century.” Synan continues: “No sooner had Seymour begun preaching in the Azusa location than a monumental revival began. Scores of people began to ‘fall under the power’ and arise speaking in other tongues.” Services continued daily for 1000 days.
The great San Francisco earthquake, in which nearly 10,000 lost their lives, hit at the very same time – in mid-April, 1906, and contributed to the mystique of the hour. Hundreds and then thousands began to flock to Azusa Street by the trainloads, from all across the United States and Canada and even from around the world. As they drew near to the building, people would fall down under the power of God blocks away.
Angels were seen, and fire was seen consuming the building just like the burning bush in Exodus. In the meetings there was complete integration of the races; “the color line was washed away in the blood.” John G. Lake described William Seymour in these grand words: “God had put such a hunger in that man’s heart that when the fire of God came, it glorified Him.
I do not believe any other man in modern times had a more wonderful deluge of God in his life… and the glory and power of a real Pentecost swept the world….” O Father, do it again! Pour out Your Pentecostal power upon Your Church, that the overflow might renew a parched and desolate land! In Jesus’ awesome Name! Amen.
• Pray for churches throughout this area and nation. “Lord, awaken Your people!”
• Pray for each of our pastors to be “aflame” with passion for revival.
• Pray for our elected officials to receive the “fear of the Lord” as they lead. ________________________________________________________________________
DAY 3: GOD’S STRATEGY FOR REVIVAL
by Pastor Dotty Schmitt
Prayerfully read 2 Chronicles 5-7.
Every new move of God has historically been preceded by alarming and deteriorating conditions. Even as the book of Judges describes a cycle of sin, disobedience,
repentance, confession and deliverance, even so, we see this same cycle in the history of the church. Judges concludes with this sad commentary, “In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” (Judges 21:25) God’s answer to this grievous situation is found in today’s Scripture.
When, as a result of sin and disobedience to His truth, the Lord lifts His hand of favor and blessing upon a people and a nation, He Himself provides the remedy.
IF – implies we have a choice to obey or not to obey.
MY people – God looks not to governments or programs for the turn-around. He waits for His people, who have been cleansed and forgiven by His precious blood, who have been filled with His Spirit, and have been baptized into the family of God!
What an incredible privilege to be called “My people, who are called by ‘My Name.’” Now ponder the Lord’s invitation for us to experience a personal and national transformation and awakening.
If we the church do these 4 things, He promises to answer from heaven —
1. “Humble themselves” – a broken and contrite spirit, a tender and teachable heart (meditate on Psalm 51)
2. “Pray” – to talk with, to share our thoughts and longings with, to make specific re-quests of (meditate on James 5: 13-18)
3. “Seek My Face” – Spending time walking, talking and enjoying His Presence (meditate on Psalm 27)
4. “Turn from their evil ways” – to repent, to have a change of mind and heart (meditate on Isaiah 6). It is only as we spend time in the holiness of His Presence that we become aware of the depth to which we need to repent and change. (Meditate on Acts 3; note what Peter says about repentance.)
5. Then: a) He will hear from heaven b) Forgive our sins c) Heal our land
This is revival and awakening!
• Pray for personal and family revival, and for the restoring of first love to the Lord and one another.
• Pray that the “fear of the Lord” will sweep across our families, church and nation.
• Pray for a spirit of prayer to fill you, your family and the church in America.
• Pray about the concerns of your heart.
DAY 4: JOY – Walk Humbly With Your God
by Pastor Dianna Whittle
Prayerfully read Colossians 2.
The most important thing in this Hour is to walk humbly with your God.
“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him.” (Colossians 2:6)
In the original Greek, the phrase “to live in” means to walk in union with, to regulate your lives and conduct yourselves in union with and in conformity to Him. The Amplified version expresses “to live in” as reflecting His character in the things you do and say—living lives that lead others away from sin.
How do we live in Him? How do we increase our capacity for Him? We must gaze extensively on His Word daily and simply enjoy His Presence in silence and solitude (all throughout the day!) Hebrews 11:6 promises that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him. “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”
In Psalm 27:4-5, 8, 13-14 David sings, “One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in his temple. For in the day of trouble He will keep me safe in His dwelling; He will hide me in the shelter of His sacred tent and set me high upon a rock. My heart says of you, ‘Seek His face!’ Your face, Lord, I will seek. I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” When you take delight in His Presence, you experience a foretaste of eternal pleasures.
And in Psalm 16:8, 11 David expresses his heart, “I have set the Lord continually before me; because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.”
Allow an awareness of His Presence to become imprinted on your conscience. Ask the Lord to be vibrantly involved in your day, in your work, and in your life because the Truth is that it is “in Him that we live and move and have our being.” (Acts 17:28)
• Pray for spouses, children and the youth in our church. • Pray for healing to flow into those who are presently struggling physically and emotionally. • Pray for love, peace and joy to fill your life and home.
DAY 5: THE POWER OF THE MOVING OF GOD
by Pastor Guy C. CareyPrayerfully read Genesis 1:1-3; Isaiah 60:1-3.
Perhaps as you consider the darkness in the earth you have no hope for revival or for a 3rd Great Awakening in America. When you think about praying, your faith is weak and your hope shallow. That is certainly understandable in light of the conditions of the
Consider this before you pray today. All creation comes from the Holy Spirit moving. In the beginning there was only darkness and formlessness. There was no life, no hope, except for the plan in the heart of the Father. Yet in all the darkness and hopeless God was about to move. The Holy Spirit was actively brooding over the nothingness about to explode with creative power and authority.
There is no darkness He cannot overcome. There is no hopelessness He cannot defeat. There is no nothingness He cannot form into something beautiful. You are His workmanship (Ephesians 2:10).Today you have the power of creation residing in you. Pray from that place. Make something out of nothing just as He has done.
• Move God over the face of the deep.
• Show me the eternal plan of the Father for the nothingness I see.
• Reveal the power of creation in me that I might speak with power and authority.
• Revive my heart to faith that I might pray effectual prayers with full confidence that I have what I ask because I ask in faith from a place of divine revelation. ________________________________________________________________________
DAY 6: WHAT REVIVAL LOOKS LIKE
by Pastor Charles Schmitt
Prayerfully read Habakkuk 3.
“Revive Your work in the midst of the years.” (Habakkuk 3:2 AV) We are crying out with thousands across America for God to revive His work in our land. This is what a national revival looked like a century and a half ago in the days of Charles G. Finney—
Revivals broke out under Finney’s fervent preaching all across New York State, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Ohio and in other states, as he appealed to men to respond to the grace of God in repentance and faith. Finney described one particular meeting near Antwerp, New York in these words: “An awful solemnity seemed to settle upon the people; the congregation began to fall from their seats in every direction and cry
If I had a sword in each hand, I could not have cut them down as fast as they fell. I was obliged to stop preaching.” Hundreds of thousands were swept into the Kingdom of God across the United States. Actually revivals were breaking out on both sides of the Atlantic – not only in the United States, but also in Europe.
Oh Lord, You see the need in our land for revival! We have wandered far from You in our moral degeneracy and waywardness. And we cry out to You to sweep across our land in great conviction and in a wave of repentance and saving faith!
In Jesus’ dear name! Amen!
• Pray for a deep hunger to stir in your heart for personal and family revival.
• Pray for a deep conviction of sin to come upon our nation , and for the gift of repentance to be given to us as a people. ________________________________________________________________________
DAY 7: TRUST IN GOD’S SOVEREIGNTY
by Pastor Darren McFatePrayerfully read Romans 8.
Last summer I was walking through one of the darkest seasons of my life, as I daily fought the battle of surviving the rigors of stage four cancer and chemotherapy. I had a lot of time to think and pray during those long days and nights. Truthfully, my prayers had very few words during that time, but the Lord was ever so faithful to speak to me. He gave me two fundamental truths that I held on to throughout the remainder of my treatment. Those truths destroyed the spirit of fear that was tormenting me. Those truths also gave me hope, and they gave me peace. This is what they were.
First: I can completely trust in God’s sovereignty in my life. No matter what happens, regardless of my circumstances, and whatever the outcome may be, I believe with all my heart that God’s will for me is best! Even though I may not understand it at the time, I know that in the end, it will always be for my good, and for the good of those around me. I spent much time meditating on this Scripture:“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
Secondly: I know that God loves me. His love for me is profound, and I need never doubt it. It is most dramatically demonstrated in Christ’s sacrifice for me on the cross. Nothing, not cancer, not death, not poverty, nor anything can separate me from His love. Consider this well-known passage in Romans:“For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)
As I meditated on these two truths over the course of those challenging months, I was struck by how much the two of them support one another. They truly go together. I know that I can trust in God’s sovereign will for my life because of how much He loves me. The greater revelation I have of His love, the more I am able to trust in His sovereignty. He loves us! Oh how He loves us! Don’t fear. You can trust your heavenly Father in all things.
Father, thank You that You are Lord over all! Thank You that You love me with an everlasting love, and thank You that Your Presence is always with me.
• Thank Him for deliverance from all fear in your life.
• Pray for your family, neighborhood and work-place – that people will be hungry for the Lord. ________________________________________________________________________
DAY 8: CANE RIDGE REVIVAL
by Pastor Jamie Dixson
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 be-ings seemed to be agitated as if by a storm.” On August 6, 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 Unit-ed States. In actuality, the roots of the revival began several years before 1801, with the fiery preaching of evangelist James McCready. 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 motion-less 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. 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?
• 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.” ________________________________________________________________________
DAY 9: WHAT A NATIONAL AWAKENING LOOKS LIKE
by Pastor Charles Schmitt
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 mer-chant, 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 thou-sands 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!
• Today in your own secret place of prayer as fasting, ask Him to lay His prayers and petitions upon your heart. ________________________________________________________________________
DAY 10: INTROSPECTION
by Pastor Shenan Childers
Prayerfully read John 15:5; Psalm 1; Jeremiah 17:7, 8.
Winter is the time of deep introspection and growth for both mankind and nature. The nakedness and vulnerability of the trees reflect one of God and creation’s biggest truths. There is a season of death and there is a season of life of which neither nature nor man have control. We are all driven underground for a time of introspection, growth and dreaming— dreams of potential to be realized, when the cool air of spring and the warming rays of the sun kiss creation’s face and drive winter’s bite far from our collective memories. Resurrection life is ours.
But remember this, we are the branches and He is the vine. Without Him we can do nothing. In all that we look forward to in this new year, let us look forward to being inextricably connected to Jesus. Heavenly Father, I recognize that I can do nothing without You. I am totally dependent on You. When I forget this, please remind me, for You are my all in all. Today Lord, I ask You to be totally entwined in every area of my life. You are the vine and I am Your branch. In the mighty name of Jesus. Amen
• Pray for hope to be restored for those who are in a “winter season.”
• Pray that we as His people will be “instant in season and out of season” (be constant no matter how we feel).
• Pray for a fresh outpouring of His love in our hearts, in our families and in our work-places. ________________________________________________________________________
DAY 11: GETTING A HANDLE ON LIFE
by Jenny Childers
“God, examine me and know my mind. Test me and know all my worries. Make sure that I am not going the wrong way. Lead me on the path that has always been right.” (Psalm 139:23-24)
Have you ever responded to a situation, and your response caught you off guard? May-be you flew into a rage over something seemingly insignificant. Or perhaps something mundane brought you to tears, and you have no idea why you were so deeply impact-ed. The human heart and mind is so complex, King David talks in Psalm 139 about how God is the only one who really knows absolutely everything about us. Even the things we are not in touch with, God knows!
The good news, is that if you allow the Lord, He will make known to you all of the hidden things in your life. That’s what Psalm 139:23-24 is all about. David is going before the Lord and giving the Lord access to every part of him so that the Lord can deal with whatever needs to be dealt with.
Years ago, as a part of my journey to become emotionally and spiritually healthy, I began praying this passage of Scripture over my own life. There were habits and behaviors surfacing that left me utterly confused by my own behavior. One such behavior was my massive rage. I would become filled with rage over the most random and innocent of things. It took a few years before I was able to completely process and get my rage under control – but it did happen.
I want to encourage you, to stick with this. If there is something in your life that you need to get handles on, don’t try this meditative prayer only once and then give up or forget about it. Trust the Lord and trust the process. Allow Him the time He needs to walk you through this journey of complete healing.
Personal Moments of Reflection and Meditation with the Lord:
1. Invite the Lord into your mediation time.
2. Acknowledge that the Lord is with you and will be with you as you walk through this journey.
3. Read Psalm 139.
4. Ask the Lord, “Lord, show me where You were when this was happening.”
5. Ask the Lord to reveal the spirit of truth about that situation.
6. Lord, what is it You want me to remember and know about that situation?
Remember: Be patient with yourself and with the Lord. Trust that the Lord is faithful and that He knows what He is doing. If He does begin to reveal trauma or painful memories from the past, remember that inner healing is a journey and not a destination.
If what the Lord is revealing is too much for you to handle on your own, seek help from a trusted pastor or therapist.Lord, I desire to be the best me that I can be. Help me to press into You and give me the desire and the fortitude to seek inner healing and inner health.
Please reveal to me the things You desire to deal with and reveal to me anything offensive that I have allowed to take root and become an active part of my everyday life.
• Pray for a repentant, tender heart before the Lord.
• Thank Him for His healing love that flows into your heart and soul.
• Pray for deep spiritual and emotional health to be imparted to you and your family.
DAY 12 RETURN
by Jamie Dixson
“Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.” (Revelation 2:4)
This exhortation is written to the Ephesian Church. He commends them for their perseverance in the cause of Christ, their untiring work of weeding out evil dressed as apostles. The Message says the following in the commendation of the Church at Ephesus;
“I see what you’ve done, your hard, hard work, your refusal to quit. I know you can’t stomach evil that you weed out apostolic pretenders. I know your persistence, your courage in my cause that you never wear out.”
Yet, in the very next verse, we are told that they have fallen from their first love. Then the question, do you know how far you have fallen? Wow! Is it possible to be doing the works of the Kingdom, being busy, doing commendable things and be so out of order? The answer is yes.From the beginning, God wanted a bride; a deep relationship with us all. He walked with Adam in the cool of the evening. There is a big difference in doing and being. Good things out of order remove our attention from main thing: our beautiful and glorious Father. The mark of a man or woman lies not in what they do, but rather, who they are.
The Scripture says the greatest commandment is to love the Lord your God with ALL of your heart, mind, soul and strength. After all, He gave His all to us in His only begotten Son.
Can we allow the mirror of God’s word to change us, so we not be judged? As we seek Him, let us know that He is relentlessly pursuing us. His love is from everlasting. We are His children, the sheep of His pasture. It is His delight to receive us at the table!
DAY 13: GOD OF ALL CREATION
by Pastor Jamie Dixson
Prayerfully read Colossians 1:17:
“And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.” Isn’t it amazing that the God of all creation cares for you and me with an everlasting love? He is here and has never left. The above Scripture of Colossians 1:17 in the Message version is quite striking:
“He was there before any of it came into existence and holds it all together right up to this moment.” What a great truth to latch onto! The ever living and everlasting Lord God of the universe is holding all things together, upholding all things by the right hand of His righteousness.
In the Scripture, please take note of that little three letter word: ALL. He is before ALL things, before the existence of time, He is, or as Jehovah told Moses, “I Am”! The eternal self-existent one. ALL things are made by Him and His Spirit is in all things and through Him all things were created. He is before time and will be after all time ceases to exist. He is God and there is none other. Even greater, let’s look at 1 John 5:20 TMV:
“And we know that the Son of God came so we could recognize and understand the truth of God—what a gift!—and we are living in the Truth itself, in God’s Son, Jesus Christ. This Jesus is both True God and Real Life.”
We are in Him and He is in us. He is the true God and eternal life! I stand in awe! So, when life seems to overwhelm us and threats surround us, Lord, lead us to the Rock that is higher than I. Look around at God’s great Kingdom. He is more than able!
Read and meditate on Colossians 3:1-3.
Write down what God shows you, praying back the Scripture to Him. In knowing Him more deeply, surely you will find rest for your soul!
• Pray for a fresh revelation of the greatness of the Lord.
• Pray that His life will flow into you and through you and hope and healing to all around you.
• Ask for an awakening to come to this nation.
DAY 14: LIVING IN THE LIGHT
by Pastor Guy C. Carey
Prayerfully read I John 1:5-7.
If you did not read the text, take a minute or two right now and read these powerful words!
God is Light and in Him there is no darkness at all, not one bit! John, admonishes us that if we claim to have fellowship with God, we cannot walk in darkness. That means we cannot be living a double life. If we desire to have authority with God in our prayer life we must be willing to come clean with God. This is the “NO FAKE ZONE!”
To seek God for national revival, awakening and transformation without seeking Him for personal holiness is like going into combat with no weapons. Yes, we are holy because He is holy. But, His holiness must manifest, be lived out, in our lives. His holiness will be revealed in our transactions with others.
We too often believe our own press about our lives. Take time in the Light of the Holy Spirit to allow Father to “search you.” Psalm 139:23 reads, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts.”
As we approach Heaven today in prayer, let’s be truthful with God about ourselves.
• Father, grant us grace to be honest in Your presence with the condition of our own souls. • Father, search our hearts and reveal in the light of Your love anything that grieves Your Holy Spirit.
• Pray for personal revival. Ask the Father for a greater experience of His holy fire to purge and cleanse us from all that would hinder prayer.
• Pray for your family, friends, co-workers and church family to encounter God who is Light and respond to His work in their hearts.
DAY 15 THE POWER OF PERSONAL CONFESSION
by Pastor Guy C. Carey
Prayerfully read I John 1:9-10 and James 5:16.
Ever feel like you are praying for a grand thing like national revival and awakening and yet feel like you are not connecting with God? Prayer requires clear lines of communication and sometimes we are trying to talk to God while He is trying to talk to us. Nothing fouls up communication with God like unconfessed sin. The longer I walk with God the more in tune I have become with the need to make daily confession in His presence and if need be with my friend or spouse.
Agreement is a source of real authority with God in prayer. We come into agreement first with God in our own hearts before we align with Him for His purposes in the earth.
How do you get in agreement with God? Well, first you must respond to all the Light He gives you about you (see 1John 1:5-7). Then make personal confession to God.
Confession, simply put, is to say out loud what God already knows. When you come to God and in His Light you may see yourself (your flaws, faults, sins). So confess what you see to Him. Thank Him for the fact that what you have confessed He has already for-given. Thank Him for His work to cleanse you from its effect and power in your life, and rejoice in your forgiveness. Now your soul cannot condemn you, and your adversary the devil has no room to weaken you. You are ready to ask great things!
We are asking God for great things when we pray for a national awakening and global revival. Ordinary men like Elijah have asked God for extraordinary things (James 5:17) and had great impact and authority, but it was no accident that they had authority with God. In agreement with God, abiding in His light, let us ask for great things.
• Father, grace Your Church to receive the power of conviction by the Holy Spirit.
• Father, we confess that we as a nation have gone astray from you holy Word. Revive Your Church with Your holy fire. Restore the voice of holy prophets to the land.
• Father, as we align our hearts with Yours, grant us personal revelation of Your great plans for a national great awakening so we may pray in accord with Your will.
DAY 16″ REVIVAL INSPIRATION
by Pastor Jamie Dixson
Prayerfully read Psalm 24:3-6; Psalm 85; Matthew 28:18-20.
It is inspiring to read about those who have lived in the greatest revivals the world has ever known. The following is from R. A. Torrey. He was superintendent of Moody Bible Institute from 1889 through 1908. He also was a pastor. In his later years, he traveled extensively as an evangelist and laid the foundations of the great Welsh revival.
From his pen, Torrey wrote:
“I can give a prescription that will bring a revival to any church or community or any city on earth. “First, let a few Christians (they need not be many) get thoroughly right with God themselves. This is the prime essential. If this is not done, the rest that I am to say will come to nothing.
“Second, let them bind themselves together in a prayer group to pray for a revival until God opens the heavens and comes down.
“Third, let them put themselves at the disposal of God for Him to use as He sees fit in winning others to Christ. That is all!
“This is sure to bring a revival to any church or community. I have given this prescription around the world. It has been taken by many churches and many communities, and in no instance has it ever failed; and it cannot fail!”
• Please meditate on the above-mentioned Scripture and journal what God speaks to you. • Secondly, how do you plan to be a doer of His Word?
• Pray for Him to join you with others who hunger for revival, and pray, pray, pray!
DAY 17: RUNNING TOWARD JESUS
by Immanuel’s Pastoral Team
Prayerfully read Romans 6:11; Philippians 2: 7-8.
“From now on, think of it this way: Sin speaks a dead language that means nothing to you; God speaks your mother tongue, and you hang on every word. You are dead to sin and alive to God. That’s what Jesus did.” (Romans 6:11 MSG)
Have you ever seen a dead man or woman sin? Neither have I. When we are possessed with Holy Spirit, there is no room to go back to the grave of a dead person and dig up the remains. Yes, we are possessed with a Spirit; the Spirit of the living God. Galatians 5:20 tells us that we are co-crucified with Christ, but we live by the faith of the Son of God who loves us and gave Himself for us. Our lives are hidden with Christ in God. Sin then shall not reign in our being, for we are dead to sin and alive with Christ. We do have a choice of how to live. Whatever we give ourselves to, we are its slave; whether sin that leads to death or righteousness that leads to holiness. How then shall we live and what example can we follow?
“Rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!” (Philippians 2:7–8 NIV11-GK)
Let us therefore humble ourselves beneath the mighty hand God, becoming a servant to all. In due time, we will be exalted.
We have not yet resisted sin to the shedding of blood. Christ did it for us! The way has been made for us. Let us, with patience, run the race that is set before us…looking always unto Jesus!
Psalm 24:3 – Who can climb Mount GOD? Who can scale the holy north-face?
Psalm 24:4 – Only the clean-handed, only the purehearted; men who won’t cheat, women who won’t seduce.
Psalm 24:5 – GOD is at their side; with GOD’S help they make it. Psalm 24:6 – This, Jacob, is what happens to God-seekers, God-questers.
Clean hands and a pure heart. Precious is this in the sight of our Father!
“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.” —Jim Elliot Please meditate on this famous quote from Jim Elliot. With your Bible open, find meaningful Scripture for you; find a place of quiet and allow God to speak to you about your life. Allow the mirror of God’s word to reveal what you need to let go of and how to better formulate your walk with the Lord. Write it down and begin living it. God bless you all! ________________________________________________________________________
DAY 18: MOMENTS OF REFLECTION AND MEDITATION
by Pastor Jenny ChildersPrayerfully read Psalm 139.
Why Journaling is Important: “Virginia Woolf said that the moments of profound insight that come from writing about our soulful, thoughtful examination of our psychic wounds should be called ‘shocks.’ For they force us into an awareness about ourselves and our relationship to others and our place in the world that we wouldn’t otherwise have had. They realign the essential nature of our being.”
From: Writing as a Way of Healing by Louise DeSalvo
• Lord, make me a person of Your presence and power.
• Let my family and friends “smell” the fragrance of Your holiness and grace in my life.
DAY 19: THE SECOND GREAT AWAKENING
by Pastor Dotty Schmitt
Prayerfully read Acts 2: 1-21; Luke 18:1-8.
A Call to Prayer – The Second Great Awakening began in England around 1792. It had its roots in the Call to Prayer of 1784. The pastors of the Northhampton Association issued a call to prayer for the first Monday of each month. Prayer meetings began to spread to other areas and across denominational lines. The object of the prayer con-certs was: “That the Holy Spirit may be poured down on our ministers and churches, that sinners may be converted, the saints edified, the interest of religion revived, and the name of God glorified.
At the same time…let the whole interest of the Redeemer be affectionately remembered, and the spread of the Gospel to the most distant parts of the habitable globe be the object of our most fervent requests.”Revival did come to ministers and churches. Word of the revival spread across the Atlantic, and by 1797 the revival fires began to break out in the United States. This awakening was different from the first. Rather than outside evangelists, God worked through pastors in their congregations.
Pastor-led, Word-centered, and Long-lived – Pastors preached from God’s Word with a focus on God’s sovereignty and the necessity of redemption. The Holy Spirit brought deep conviction of sin, and people surrendered to Christ and were converted. These revivals were long lasting, covering two to three decades. Revivals swept many college campuses like Yale where 75 out of 230 students were converted. Half of these surrendered to the Gospel ministry.
Camp Meetings – By 1800 the movement crossed the mountains to Kentucky and Tennessee. James McCready preached in open-air meetings (later known as camp meetings). The presence of a holy God so gripped people that they experienced physical anguish often resulting in collapse, groans, and piercing shrieks. Individuals confesses their sins, prayer fervently for forgiveness and salvation, and were joyously converted.
Results of Revival and Awakening – This period of spiritual quickening lasted for decades and thoroughly covered Britain and the United States spreading to other countries around the globe. Lives and communities were so transformed in morals and spirit that outside observers were struck by the radical differences they saw. College campuses were reclaimed from religious infidelity to once again prepare missionaries and ministers of the Gospel. Churches were revived in spirit and flooded with new converts.
No one has been able to estimate the total results of the awakening, but in Kentucky, Baptists saw an increase of 10,000. The Methodist Episcopal Church saw a national increase of 40,000 between 1800 and 1803. Many other denominations experienced similar growth.
Modern Missions – Perhaps the greatest impact of God’s sovereign work was the launching of the modern missions movement. William Carey began his preaching ministry in the Northamptonshire Association during the days of the Call to Prayer. In 1792 he led the organization of the Baptist Missionary Society; and went to India as its first missionary. Other organizations which came to life during this time included: the London Missionary Society; Congregational, Baptist and Methodist foreign missions societies; home missions societies of several denominations; national and international Bible and tract societies; numerous Christian colleges; 17 theological seminaries; and many more.
When God’s people are revived, He gives them a new heart with His compassion for a lost world. This account has been adapted from The History of American Revivals by Frank Grenville Beardsley, 1912 (pp. 84-107) and “The Prayer Call of 1784” by E. A. Payne in Jubilee Celebrations 1942-44, Baptists Missionary Society, 1945 (pp. 19-31).
• Pray for a deep conviction of sin to come upon us a church and as a nation.
• Pray for the gift of repentance to be embraced by the church and by our nation.
• Pray for a fresh anointing of prayer in your life.
DAY 20: WHAT A NATIONAL REVIVAL LOOKS LIKE
by Pastor Charles Schmitt
Prayerfully read 2 Chronicles 20:1-20.
“Come down to make your name known…and cause the nations to quake before you!” (Isaiah 64:2) We lift our voices with multitudes across our own land for a powerful visitation of the Holy Spirit. This is what a national awakening looked like a century and a half ago in the days of Charles Spurgeon— Spurgeon wrote, “The times of refreshing from the presence of the Lord have at last dawned upon our land.
A spirit of prayer is visiting our churches. The rushing mighty wind is already discerned, while on rising evangelists the tongues of fire have already descended.”
Spurgeon’s godly wisdom concerning revival was reflected in his words: “Observe how sovereign the operations of God are…He may, in one district, work a revival and persons may be stricken down and made to cry aloud; then there may be crowds and all may be still and quiet, as though no deep excitement existed at all…He can bless as He wills and He will bless as He wills. Let us not dictate to God.
Many a blessing has been lost by Christians not believing it to be a blessing because it did not come in the particular shape that they conceived to be proper and right.”
Spurgeon had earnestly prayed: “O God, send us the Holy Ghost! Give us both the breath of spiritual life and the fire of unconquerable zeal. O thou art our God, answer us by fire, we pray thee! Answer us both by wind and fire…Oh that thou wouldst send the wind and the fire!…God, send us a season of glorious disorder…Oh, for the fire to fall again!…Give us now both hearts of flame and tongues of fire to preach Thy reconciling word, for Jesus’ sake! Amen!” And God answered! In those years a million people were converted to Christ in the United Kingdom!
We pray with Charles Spurgeon— Oh God, send us the Holy Ghost! Answer us by wind and fire! God send us a season of glorious disorder! O, for the fire to fall! For Jesus’ sake! Amen!
• Lord, today I take additional time to seek Your face in prayer, fasting, worship, and adoration.
• As I am still in Your presence, speak deeply into my soul, all that is on Your heart for personal, national and world-wide revival. (Journal what you are hearing.)
DAY 21: WILD KENTUCKY PRAYERS
by Pastor Dotty Schmitt
Prayerfully read Psalm 42; Psalm 63.
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.)