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Mom-Grandmother Author and Internationally Renowned Speaker Co-Founder of Immanuel's Church

Day 3- Prayer and Fasting

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DAY 3 GOD’S STRATEGY FOR REVIVAL
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 requests 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:
1. He will hear from heaven
2. Forgive our sins
3. Heal our land

This is revival and awakening!

P R A Y E R F O C U S
• 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

By Pastor Dotty Schmitt

Day 1-Prayer and Fasting

prayerDAY 1 PREPARING FOR AN ENCOUNTER WITH GOD
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 Mathew 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

See the following website for more understanding on the power and practice of fasting

http://www.cru.org/training-and-growth/devotional-life/7-steps-to-fasting/index.htm

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

By Pastor Dotty Schmitt

FIGHT FOR YOUR FAMILIES

FIGHT FOR YOUR FAMILIES

By Dotty Schmiitt

As I reflect upon the more than 60 years of having walked with the Lord, never before have I observed such moral compromise, confusion and sin in our beloved nation of America. We have lost our moral compass because we have flagrantly ignored and disobeyed God’s clear mandates for us as a people. His Word is given to us, not to put us into bondage, but to set us free to live and enjoy life to the fullest.

To disregard the power of His commandments is to choose death and moral chaos. The words of Nehemiah call us to “fight for our families” in the face of the enemies of deception, lies, ridicule and insults. (Has there ever been a time in this nation when Bible-believing, praying people have come under such ridicule and intimidation?) The “politically correct” terms, such as “tolerance” and “acceptance” have been used to undermine clear biblical teachings on moral purity, sanctity of marriage, and the honoring of life from conception through old age. God celebrates life and commands us also to “choose life” by loving and obeying Him!

How then do we fight for our families?

  1. We will as adults live pure, obedient and joyful lives. (Deut. 6:1-4). We will lead our families by example!
  2. We will fervently pray and claim the promises of God. (Nehemiah 4:9; Isaiah 59:21)
  3. We will diligently teach the Scriptures both by example and by our words (Deuteronomy 6:6-9; 2 Timothy 3:16,17)
  4. We will nurture our families with life — imparting words of affection, affirmation, attention, availability and accountability. (Matthew 3:17)

Let us fill our homes with love, kindness, gratitude, praise and forgiveness! “… Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families….” (Nehemiah 4:14b)

You are loved, Pastor Dotty Schmitt

More Than Enough – Day 22

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Today is a special day for us as Immanuel’s Church family!!  Together we are praying and believing the Lord for a total elimination of our debt (and yours).  Our goal is to give more than we ever have into the work of the Kingdom.  Our meditation for today is Malachi 3.  There are so many precious truths unfolded for us in this chapter.  It begins with the promise that the Lord, whom we seek and desire, will come to us.  It also gives us another exciting promise that as we willingly and obediently give to Him our tithes and offerings, He will “…throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.”  (Yes, indeed He is always “more than enough”).  This precious chapter concludes with the Lord writing in His special book of remembrance the names and conversations of each of His treasured children.  He obviously loves to hear us speaking often of His goodness and mercy.  And because He loves hilarious givers (II Corinthians 9: 6-8), I believe He also records our laugh of faith in giving!  Rejoice, dance, laugh and clap for the best is yet to come!

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 In the days ahead, may all of our ears be open to more clearly hear what His Spirit is saying to His Church.  We are living in strategic times, and our prayers must also be specific, determined and boldly based on Scripture.  Let’s continue to believe for:

  1. A national outpouring of His Spirit
  2. Revival in Israel and the Arab Nations
  3. The Gospel to penetrate into every unreached people group

You are loved and appreciated, and in the days ahead, you will experience the joy of knowing that He is indeed “More than Enough”.

More Than Enough – Day 21

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Today’s life-changing meditation comes to us from Proverbs 3: 1-10.  Proverbs is one of my favorite books; reading and studying it unlocks for us some profound kingdom principles.  Today, we learn about prolonged life and prosperity, about divine guidance and the importance of trust.  These few verses also instruct us on humility and health issues.  In verse 9, we are presented with a wonderful admonition to honor the Lord with our wealth and our possessions.  As we so honor Him, He promises us that our “barns will be filled to overflowing, and our vats will brim over with new wine.”  In other words, as we honor Him with our “time, talents and treasure”, He will pour back into our lives the amazing riches of His grace and of His provision!  Celebrate today with your family and friends that our God is always “more than enough”.  Prayerfully prepare along with your family what it is the Lord would have each of you give and commit to tomorrow, on our church’s commitment Sunday for “More than Enough”.

More Than Enough – Day 20

Friday, April 26, 2013

As we are nearing the conclusion of our prayer and devotional journey of “more than enough”, let’s expect a move of His Holy Spirit that exceeds all we can even ask, imagine or think.  Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.  ( Ephesians 3: 20-21) Not only is our God “more than enough”, but according to His own Word, He is immeasurably more!  This very day beloved Lord, I celebrate and rejoice in Your extraordinary and lavish love for me, and for all that concerns me.  (Re-read Ephesians 3: 14-21)  May the way I think,  the way I speak, and the way I spend my money demonstrate to those around me that I assuredly know that, “You O Lord, are more than enough”.

More Than Enough – Day 19

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Sometimes when God allows us to face alarming circumstances, our first response in the natural is fear!  Today, as we read II Chronicles 20: 1-30, we see God’s divine strategy for victory demonstrated for us.  As you ponder this powerful chapter note that Jehoshaphat moves from alarm to resolve.  He calls for a season of prayer and fasting to actively seek the Lord in trouble.  His prayer is quite strategic (vs. 5-12), and it releases a prophetic strategy: “Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.”  II Chronicles 20:15b  As the people are commanded to take up their positions and to face the enemy with song, praise, and worship, an amazing victory is won.  Not only do they defeat the enemy, but they plunder the enemy’s camp.  In versus 25-26, they carried off so much plunder that it was more than they could carry.  As we resolve to praise, pray and prophetically proclaim His Word, our God is always “more than enough” to win every battle.  Today, declare His victory over every circumstance in your life, in your health, in your finances, and in your family!  Shout the shout of faith.

More Than Enough – Day 18

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Would you like to enlarge your understanding of the Lord today?  Do you need a fresh revelation of how great our God really is?  Then together let’s read all of Isaiah 40.  This chapter has changed my life!!  Isaiah sees Him as all-powerful and sovereign.  Isaiah is also captured by the beautiful picture that He is tender and gentle as a good Shepherd.  Our God is sovereign over the affairs of men and nations (good to remember this when watching the daily news).  He is the creator, designer, and architect of the whole universe!  But the Lord appears somewhat perplexed by the complaint of His own cherished people in verse 27.  “He doesn’t see me nor does He seem to care,” they complain.  To these charges against Him, the Lord emphatically reminds them that He is “more than enough” to give strength to the weary, to increase the power of the weak, and to so empower those who “wait” on Him.  His people will soar into their destiny as an eagle.  Lord, today let me live in the revelation of how great You are, and teach me to wait upon You, so that I may be refreshed, replenished, and revived.  Lord, pour out Your Spirit on me, my family, our church family, and this nation.  I worship You, great God!

More Than Enough – Day 17

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Thank You today, Lord for the continuous joy of discovering more of who You are, and of who You have made us to be as Your cherished children.  Lord, you encourage and instruct us to be lavish, generous givers because that’s who You are!  You desire to work excellence into us in all we are, say and do.  But since you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you see that you also excel in this grace of giving.  II Corinthians 8:7.  Thank You, Lord that I am learning to trust You to be “more than enough” on even deeper levels in my life.  Help me teach my family to be lavish, generous givers to You, Lord.  Today, Lord release within us, as a church family  “hilarious giving.”  (Ponder II Corinthians 8)

More Than Enough – Day 16

Monday, April 22, 2013

It is always God’s desire to save the lost, and to revive the hearts of His people with a fresh outpouring of His Holy Spirit.  But, He amazingly looks to His people to cooperate with Him in prayer, petition and praise to accomplish His purposes.  Ponder Hosea 10:12. Sow righteousness for yourselves, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the Lord, until he comes and showers his righteousness on you. Hosea stresses the importance of  heart-preparation in preparing for the rain from heaven.  We are admonished to “plow up” the soil of our hearts, and to seek the Lord until He comes.  A man of God once wrote “The prepared heart becomes the praying heart that prevails with God.”  Lord make my heart tender that your intercessions may be on my lips!  Pour out Your Spirit!