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EXPERIENCE GOD’S PROMISES

thank-you-121 Days of Prayer and Fasting.

We ask you to be determined, definite and daring as together we “humbled ourselves, prayed, sought His face, and turned from our wicked ways.”

We believe this will be a year of experiencing God’s very great and precious promises” – 2 Peter 1:4

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DAY 20 WHAT A NATIONAL REVIVAL LOOKS LIKE

RevivalDAY 20 WHAT A NATIONAL REVIVAL LOOKS LIKE                              

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!

PRAYER FOCUS

  • 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.)

By Pastor Charles P. Schmitt

DAY 18 MOMENTS OF REFLECTION AND MEDITATION

DjournalingAY 18 MOMENTS OF REFLECTION AND MEDITATION

Prayerfully 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

PRAYER FOCUS

  • 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.

By Pastor Jenny Childers

DAY 17 RUNNING TOWARD JESUS

running womanDAY 17 Running toward Jesus

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!

PRAYER FOCUS

Psalm 24:3 – Who can climb Mount GOD? Who can scale the holy north-face?

Psalm 24:4 – Only the clean-handed, only the pure-hearted; 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 16 REVIVAL INSPIRATION

RevivalDAY 16 REVIVAL INSPIRATION

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!”

PRAYER FOCUS

  • 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!

By Pastor Jamie Dixson

DAY 13 GOD OF ALL CREATION

Large Rock on Beach Scene Religious Stock PhotoDAY 13 God of All Creation

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!

PRAYER FOCUS

  • 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.

By Pastor Jamie Dixson

DAY 12 RETURN

Man In Prayer Christian Stock PhotoDAY 12 RETURN

“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.

PRAYER FOCUS

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!

By Jamie Dixson

DAY 11 GETTING A HANDLE ON LIFE

emotionsDAY 11 GETTING A HANDLE ON LIFE
“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? Maybe 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 impacted. 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.

PRAYER FOCUS

  • 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.

By Jenny Childers

DAY 10 INTROSPECTION ( A GOD IN ALL SEASONS)

DAY 10 Introspection

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

PRAYER FOCUS

  • 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.

By Pastor Shenan Childers

DAY 9 WHAT A NATIONAL AWAKENING LOOKS LIKE

Revival

DAY 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!

PRAYER FOCUS

  • 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