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 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 19 THE SECOND GREAT AWAKENING

img11715DAY 19 THE SECOND GREAT AWAKENING                                          

Prayerfully read Acts 2: 1-21; Luke 18:1-8.

A Call to Prayer – The Second Great Awakening began in England around 1792.

It had its roots in the Call to Prayer of 1784. The pastors of the Northhampton Association issued a call to prayer for the first Monday of each month. Prayer meetings began to spread to other areas and across denominational lines. The object of the prayer concerts was: “That the Holy Spirit may be poured down on our ministers and churches, that sinners may be converted, the saints edified, the interest of religion revived, and the name of God glorified. At the same time…let the whole interest of the Redeemer be affectionately remembered, and the spread of the Gospel to the most distant parts of the habitable globe be the object of our most fervent requests.”

Revival did come to ministers and churches. Word of the revival spread across the Atlantic, and by 1797 the revival fires began to break out in the United States. This awakening was different from the first. Rather than outside evangelists, God worked through pastors in their congregations.

Pastor-led, Word-centered, and Long-lived – Pastors preached from God’s Word with a focus on God’s sovereignty and the necessity of redemption. The Holy Spirit brought deep conviction of sin, and people surrendered to Christ and were converted. These revivals were long lasting, covering two to three decades. Revivals swept many college campuses like Yale where 75 out of 230 students were converted. Half of these surrendered to the Gospel ministry.

Camp Meetings – By 1800 the movement crossed the mountains to Kentucky and Tennessee. James McCready preached in open-air meetings (later known as camp meetings). The presence of a holy God so gripped people that they experienced physical anguish often resulting in collapse, groans, and piercing shrieks. Individuals confesses their sins, prayer fervently for forgiveness and salvation, and were joyously converted.

Results of Revival and Awakening – This period of spiritual quickening lasted for decades and thoroughly covered Britain and the United States spreading to other countries around the globe. Lives and communities were so transformed in morals and spirit that outside observers were struck by the radical differences they saw. College campuses were reclaimed from religious infidelity to once again prepare missionaries and ministers of the Gospel. Churches were revived in spirit and flooded with new converts. No one has been able to estimate the total results of the awakening, but in Kentucky, Baptists saw an increase of 10,000. The Methodist Episcopal Church saw a national increase of 40,000 between 1800 and 1803. Many other denominations experienced similar growth.

Modern Missions – Perhaps the greatest impact of God’s sovereign work was the launching of the modern missions movement. William Carey began his preaching ministry in the Northamptonshire Association during the days of the Call to Prayer. In 1792 he led the organization of the Baptist Missionary Society; and went to India as its first missionary. Other organizations which came to life during this time included: the London Missionary Society; Congregational, Baptist and Methodist foreign missions societies; home missions societies of several denominations; national and international Bible and tract societies; numerous Christian colleges; 17 theological seminaries; and many more.

When God’s people are revived, He gives them a new heart with His compassion for a lost world.

This account has been adapted from The History of American Revivals by Frank Grenville Beardsley, 1912 (pp. 84-107) and “The Prayer Call of 1784” by E. A. Payne in Jubilee Celebrations 1942-44, Baptists Missionary Society, 1945 (pp. 19-31).

PRAYER FOCUS

  • Pray for a deep conviction of sin to come upon us a church and as a nation.
  • Pray for the gift of repentance to be embraced by the church and by our nation.
  • Pray for a fresh anointing of prayer in your life.

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 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