DAY 12 RETURN

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“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

DAY 11 GETTING A HANDLE ON LIFE

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“God, examine me and know my mind. Test me and know all my worries. Make sure that I am not going the wrong way. Lead me on the path that has always been right.” (Psalm 139:23-24)

Have you ever responded to a situation, and your response caught you off guard? Maybe you flew into a rage over something seemingly insignificant. Or perhaps something mundane brought you to tears, and you have no idea why you were so deeply impacted. The human heart and mind is so complex, King David talks in Psalm 139 about how God is the only one who really knows absolutely everything about us. Even the things we are not in touch with, God knows! The good news, is that if you allow the Lord, He will make known to you all of the hidden things in your life. That’s what Psalm 139:23-24 is all about. David is going before the Lord and giving the Lord access to every part of him so that the Lord can deal with whatever needs to be dealt with.

Years ago, as a part of my journey to become emotionally and spiritually healthy, I began praying this passage of Scripture over my own life. There were habits and behaviors surfacing that left me utterly confused by my own behavior. One such behavior was my massive rage. I would become filled with rage over the most random and innocent of things. It took a few years before I was able to completely process and get my rage under control – but it did happen.
I want to encourage you, to stick with this. If there is something in your life that you need to get handles on, don’t try this meditative prayer only once and then give up or forget about it. Trust the Lord and trust the process. Allow Him the time He needs to walk you through this journey of complete healing

Personal Moments of Reflection and Meditation with the Lord:

  1. Invite the Lord into your mediation time.
  2. Acknowledge that the Lord is with you and will be with you as you walk through this journey.
  3. Read Psalm 139.
  4. Ask the Lord, “Lord, show me where You were when this was happening.”
  5. Ask the Lord to reveal the spirit of truth about that situation.
  6. Lord, what is it You want me to remember and know about that situation?

Remember: Be patient with yourself and with the Lord. Trust that the Lord is faithful and that He knows what He is doing. If He does begin to reveal trauma or painful memories from the past, remember that inner healing is a journey and not a destination. If what the Lord is revealing is too much for you to handle on your own, seek help from a trusted pastor or therapist.

Lord, I desire to be the best me that I can be. Help me to press into You and give me the desire and the fortitude to seek inner healing and inner health. Please reveal to me the things You desire to deal with and reveal to me anything offensive that I have allowed to take root and become an active part of my everyday life.

PRAYER FOCUS

  • Pray for a repentant, tender heart before the Lord.
  • Thank Him for His healing love that flows into your heart and soul.
  • Pray for deep spiritual and emotional health to be imparted to you and your family.

By Jenny Childers

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 9 WHAT A NATIONAL AWAKENING LOOKS LIKE

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DAY 9 WHAT A NATIONAL AWAKENING LOOKS LIKE                            

Prayerfully read Isaiah 62.

“Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains would tremble before you.” Isaiah 64:1

Many across America are crying out for a mighty revival to come to the United States. This is what an awakening looked like a century and a half ago in New York City—

The Fulton Street prayer meeting (1857-1860), convened by a simple New York merchant, Jeremiah Lanphier, actually helped spark revival around the globe. By February 1858, many churches and public buildings in downtown New York City were filled with tens of thousands of people praying. Newspapers began covering “The Progress of the Revival” on a daily basis, and at the peak of the revival, conversions numbered 50,000 a week. Out of a total population of 30,000,000 people, 1,000,000 were converted to Christ across the nation. One account declared that between 1857 and 1859 2,000,000 converts were added to the Church. The following account of the revival was given:

“Such a time as the present was never known since the days of the Apostles…Revivals now cover our land, sweeping all before them, exciting the earnest cry from thousands, ‘what shall we do to be saved?’ Ministers…baptized with the Holy Ghost…preach with new power…The large cities and towns…from Maine to California are sharing in this glorious work. It really seemed as if the Millennium was upon us in its glory.”

By March of 1858, 6,000 were also gathering daily for prayer in Philadelphia, and thousands were attending five different prayer meetings in Washington, D.C. A contemporary newspaper article stated: “There are several New England towns in which not a single adult person can be found unconverted.”

O Blessed Holy Spirit, do again what You did in Washington, D.C. and in other cities in 1858! Set Your people to praying as never before that we might see again the holy fire fall! In Jesus’ dear Name. Amen!

PRAYER FOCUS

  • Today in your own secret place of prayer as fasting, ask Him to lay His prayers and petitions upon your heart.

By Pastor Charles Schmitt

DAY 8 CANE RIDGE REVIVAL

img_111315DAY 8 CANE RIDGE REVIVAL

Prayerfully read Jeremiah 31:3; Joshua 4:21-24.

“The noise was like the roar of Niagara,” wrote a participant.

“The vast sea of human beings seemed to be agitated as if by a storm.”

On August 6, 1801, 25,000 people gathered at Cane Ridge, Kentucky, for a “communion” meeting. Led by Presbyterian minister Barton Stone and many others, the meeting became what is known as the greatest “religious” movement in the history of the United States. In actuality, the roots of the revival began several years before 1801, with the fiery preaching of evangelist James McCready. But the consummation came in August of 1801.

The second great awakening had begun. Black, white, slave and free, all came together for a movement that defied imagination. Barton Stone writes:

“The scene to me was new and passing strange. … Many, very many fell down, as men slain in battle, and continued for hours together in an apparently breathless and motionless state—sometimes for a few moments reviving, and exhibiting symptoms of life by a deep groan, or piercing shriek, or by a prayer for mercy most fervently uttered…With astonishment did I hear men, women and children declaring the wonderful works of God.”

After the Revolutionary war, America had been in decline. To the preachers of that day, it was known as the “Egyptian Darkness.” Francis Asbury wrote the following:

“When I reflect that not one in a hundred came here to get religion, but rather to get plenty of good land, I think it will be well if some or many do not eventually lose their souls.”

Many believe that the United States is in the same condition today. “An Egyptian Darkness.” Conditions are ripe for a new great awakening. In 1798, days of prayer and fasting were set aside to redeem the frontier from this darkness. So, we do the same. As was said at camp meetings all over the country, “Lord, do it again, like Cane Ridge.”

What part do you believe you can play in helping to bring about a new great awakening?

PRAYER FOCUS

  • Pray for a revelation that God is the same yesterday, today and forever. “Send us a great awakening, Lord!” • Pray for repentance to grip the church and the government officials – “Send the light of Your Word.”

By Pastor Jamie Dixson

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 6 WHAT REVIVAL LOOKS LIKE

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Day 6 – What Revival Looks Like

Prayerfully read Habakkuk 3.

“Revive Your work in the midst of the years.” (Habakkuk 3:2 AV)

We are crying out with thousands across America for God to revive His work in our land. This is what a national revival looked like a century and a half ago in the days of Charles G. Finney—

Revivals broke out under Finney’s fervent preaching all across New York State, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Ohio and in other states, as he appealed to men to respond to the grace of God in repentance and faith. Finney described one particular meeting near Antwerp, New York in these words: “An awful solemnity seemed to settle upon the people; the congregation began to fall from their seats in every direction and cry for mercy. If I had a sword in each hand, I could not have cut them down as fast as they fell. I was obliged to stop preaching.” Hundreds of thousands were swept into the Kingdom of God across the United States. Actually revivals were breaking out on both sides of the Atlantic – not only in the United States, but also in Europe.

Oh Lord, You see the need in our land for revival! We have wandered far from You in our moral degeneracy and waywardness. And we cry out to You to sweep across our land in great conviction and in a wave of repentance and saving faith! In Jesus’ dear name! Amen!

PRAYER FOCUS

  • Pray for a deep hunger to stir in your heart for personal and family revival. • Pray for a deep conviction of sin to come upon our nation , and for the gift of repentance to be given to us as a people.

By Pastor Charles Schmitt

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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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