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 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 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 14 LIVING IN THE LIGHT

Morning Devotions Christian Stock ImageDAY 14 Living in the Light

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.

PRAYER FOCUS

  • 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.

By Pastor Guy C. Carey

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