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 21 WILD KENTUCKY PRAYERS

img_11515DAY 21 WILD KENTUCKY PRAYERS

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.

PRAYER FOCUS

  • 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

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 15 THE POWER OF PERSONAL CONFESSION

DAY 15 The Power of Personal Confession

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 forgiven. 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.

PRAYER FOCUS

  • 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.

By Pastor Guy C. Carey

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 7 TRUST IN GOD’S SOVEREIGNTY

Peace Religious Stock ImagesDAY 7 Trust in God’s Sovereignty

Prayerfully 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.

PRAYER FOCUS

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.

By Pastor Darren McFate

DAY 5 THE POWER OF THE MOVING OF GOD

Crashing Waves Religious Stock PhotoDAY 5 THE POWER OF THE MOVING GOD

Prayerfully 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 world today.

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.

PRAYER FOCUS

  • 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.

By Pastor Guy C. Carey

DAY 4 JOY – WALK HUMBLY WITH YOUR GOD

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Photo Credit: Conscious Life News

DAY 4 JOY – Walk Humbly With Your God

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)

PRAYER FOCUS

  • 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.

By Pastor Dianna Whittle

Day 3: GOD’S STRATEGY FOR REVIVAL

godsstrategyDay 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!

PRAYER FOCUS

  • 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 2: What A National Quickening Looks Like?


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What A National Quickening Looks Like?

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.

PRAYER FOCUS

  • 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.

By Pastor Charles Schmitt