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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