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

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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 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 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 12 RETURN

Man In Prayer Christian Stock PhotoDAY 12 RETURN

“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 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