Day 1: Prepare for an Encounter with God

Prayerfully read Ephesians 1: 17-20; Psalm 51.

In obedience to the Holy Spirit’s prompting, we as pastors are calling all of our Immanuel’s family and friends to a 21-day season of prayer, praise, prophetic proclamation and fasting. There is a growing cry from all across this nation and around the world for a deep and fresh encounter with the Lord in personal and corporate revival and spiritual awakening! Our culture will only be changed towards godliness and holiness as individual hearts are transformed by a deep work of the Holy Spirit.

This 21-day prayer journal and devotional will help to guide us as a church family into united, strategic, life-changing prayer and intercession. Expect change in the church, and in the community and government in this blessed nation of ours! God is faithful to His Word. “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” (Jeremiah 33:3)

“So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with Him in prayer, petition and fasting.” (Daniel 9:3) Please dedicate these next 21 days to the Lord. Make a plan to spend more time in the Scriptures, in specific prayer and praise, in worship and in quiet meditation and silence. “But without faith it is impossible to please Him; for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a Rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6)

Ask the Lord what kind of fast He wants you to follow during these next 21 days. (Read Matthew 6: 1-18.)

You have many options to choose from:

  • Only water for 21 days
  • Only juices and liquids for 21 days
  • Only fruits and vegetables for 21 days (see Daniel Fast by Kristen Feola)
  • Only 1 meal a day for 21 days
  • Only 2 meals a day for 21 days

Read 7 Steps to Fasting for more understanding on the power and practice of fasting.

Pray for an increased capacity to feast on His Word, and to delight in His Presence.

“Your words were found, and I ate them, and Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart; for I am called by Your name, O LORD God of hosts.” (Jeremiah 15:16)

By Pastor Dotty Schmitt

21 Days of Prayer & Fasting

21DaysofPrayerAs pastors we are very expectant that the Lord will do a new thing in our midst as together we engage in in our season of prayer and fasting. We are standing on His Word as found in 2 Chronicles 7:14 – “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

Together we will seek His face, meditate on His Word, and expect Him to move powerfully in our midst as individuals, as families, and as a congregation, He will surely come to us in fresh way!

Remember His many promises to us regarding prayer: “Men ought always to pray and never give up.” (Luke 18:1) “Likewise, the Spirit helps us in our weaknesses, for we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.” (Romans 8:26)

Together we will ASK, SEEK and KNOCK and expect that: “He who comes to God must believe that HE IS, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently SEEK Him” (Hebrews 11:6). We are asking Him for an outpouring of His Spirit on our families, congregation and nation.

During these weeks of seeking His face, we are specifically setting 3 Fridays apart (January, 8, 15 & 22) for corporate prayer, and for the laying on of hands for healing. We ask you to be determined, definite and daring as together we “humble ourselves, pray, seek His face, and turn from our wicked ways.” He will hear from Heaven!

We bless you, our dear Immanuel’s family. And we believe that He will be glorified during this season of prayer, fasting and seeking His face!

You are loved!
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Pastors Charles & Dotty

DAY 20 – WHAT A NATIONAL REVIVAL LOOKS LIKE

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DAY 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!

P R A Y E R F O C U S
• 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 Schmitt

DAY 18 – SEEKING HIS PRESENCE

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DAY 18 SEEKING HIS PRESENCE
Prayerfully read Isaiah 55:6; Matthew 25:1-3

Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near. What does the author mean by, “while He may be found”?

 

Does this imply that there may be times when we will not be able to find Him? I, for one do not want to discover what this means the hard way. I want to take advantage of every opportunity that I have to seek out His presence in my life. Will there be a day when circumstances around me may prevent me from finding Him – circumstances like sin, deception, death, or even the end of the age? May I make the most of the opportunity I have been given on this very day to seek His presence. May I not follow the example of the 5 foolish virgins spoken of in Matthew 25, who ran out of oil for their lamps.

Today, I press into His presence to re-fill my lamp to overflowing of the oil of His glory. I rely on the promise found in James4:8. “Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.”
Prayer: Thank you for your glorious presence Lord. I long to walk with You in the cool of the day as Adam did in close fellowship and love. Prepare me for the days ahead with the fullness of your presence. I long to abide in You. Please abide in me. May revival begin with me. Revive me this day, and may it spread to others as I share the oil that You have given to me. I love You, Lord!

P R A Y E R F O C U S
• 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.

Shared by Pastor Darren McFate

DAY 17 – POWERFUL SPIRITUAL WEAPONS

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DAY 17 POWERFUL SPIRITUAL WEAPONS
Prayerfully read 2 Corinthians 10:3-5; Romans 12:1,2

These are exciting days to be a soldier in God’s army. Soak today in the meaning of 2 Corinthians 10:3-5! Focus especially on this phrase, “the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds.”

We see God is clearly not calling us to use our own strength to fight the evil in the world but wholly rely on Him. As we take up the Sword of the Spirit in prayer and fasting, God will take down the strongholds of the enemy. Oswald Chambers said it well when he wrote, “Prayer does not fit us for the greater work; prayer is the greater work!” Let’s pull down some strongholds today in Jesus’ name, and seek Him fervently!

P R A Y E R F O C U S
• Pray for a life-changing revival in our families and churches.
• Lord, show me how to tear down any strongholds in my life.
• Pray for a greater desire and anointing to pray.

By Pastor David Black

DAY 16 – REVIVAL INSPIRATION

DAY 16 REVIVAL INSPIRATION
Prayerfully read Psalm 24:3-6; Psalm 85; Matthew 28:18-20

RevivalIt 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 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 Welch revival.

From his pen, Torrey writes;
“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!

P R A Y E R F O C U S
• 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 – OUR FOCUS: JESUS

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DAY 15 OUR FOCUS: JESUS
Prayerfully read John 14 – 15

We humans are creatures of habit. We observe, analyze and organize the things others do.

We measure ourselves against the disciplines of our spiritual leaders. We think if they spent 2 hours with the Lord every day and are this mature, then that is what I should do. Other times we think that we want to be just as radical as someone else. And still other times we hear people talk about revival, and we study what they did and how they got there in hopes that if we do exactly what they did, we too can have revival. Copying others’ methods puts our focus on them and what they did.

Instead, we must start where they started—with Christ Himself. Everyone wanting more of Him has to START and CONTINUE with the Giver of Life, and His Name is Jesus. ‘The Life’ is only found in Jesus who is ‘The Way’. Real growth only takes place when Jesus is the One who begins a particular work, and we simply obey His direction. As we fast AND SEEK HIM our faith will be focused on Him and not on what someone else did. He will be ‘The Way’ for us. He will revive us. He is our focus!

Remember: fasting, like all spiritual disciplines or methods, doesn’t have life in itself. It just puts us in the right place to have fellowship with Christ, and to hear His voice.

P R A Y E R F O C U S
• Lord, help me to focus on knowing You.
• Lord, I continue to seek Your face for a fresh move of Your Spirit in my life, family, workplace, congregation, and in our nation.

By Pastor Niel Van Staden

DAY 14 – THE POWER OF PRAYER AND FASTING

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DAY 14 THE POWER OF PRAYER AND FASTING
Prayerfully read Mark 9:29; Isaiah 58

“And He replied to them, ‘This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer and fasting.” Mark 9:29 (AMP)

I am sure we all have memories of how lethargic we become after we have stuffed ourselves on Thanksgiving dinner. Often we find ourselves falling asleep or at least wanting to if given the opportunity.

How often, over the years, I have heard people quote the above scripture, thinking that when we fast it is almost like a hunger strike to make God do something for us. I have heard people say, ”I fasted even, and God didn’t do what I asked.” I have to admit, that growing up, when my church called for a fast, I too, thought the same thing.

Fasting is not trying to prove how serious we are or to make God do what we want. Fasting is acquiring a sensitivity in the spirit. When I am full on Thanksgiving dinner, my body and mind want to sleep. When I deny myself food, my spirit becomes more alive, more sensitive. It is easier to receive things from the Holy Spirit.

When living in Hong Kong, I saw that even the realms of darkness understood this principle. When they were preparing to walk on hot coals or climb a ladder of swords, they would fast so they could more easily receive the spirits of their gods to perform this feat.

When we fast, we too, can more easily receive the Spirit of the Living God to perform the works of the Kingdom of God.

P R A Y E R F O C U S
• Lord, I empty my body to cause my spirit man to become more sensitive to Your Holy Spirit. Fill me Lord – possess me with your Holy Spirit.
• Give me a sensitive ear in the realm of the spirit to better hear Your voice. Pray Isaiah 50:4,5.
• Like Jesus, I want to do what You do, and say what You say,

By Pastor Beverly Schneider

Day 11 – SHANTUNG REVIVAL

RevivalDAY 11 SHANTUNG REVIVAL
Prayerfully read John 15:1-17

In the 1920’s Christian missionaries in North China were grieved over the spiritual condition of the churches. Members showed little or no spiritual sensitivity or concern. The missionaries began to wonder if many people had accepted Christianity mentally but had never been born again.

In 1920, missionaries and Chinese leaders began to devote one day a month to pray for revival. In March, 1927, the southern revolutionary army burned Nanking, and all missionaries were ordered to Tsingtau and Chefoo for possible evacuation. Those evacuated to Chefoo began to study the Scriptures and ask the Lord why they had been removed from their work. God began to speak through His Word.

A group of missionaries asked Marie Monsen, and evangelical Lutheran from Norway, to join their prayer meetings. God began to use her to challenge missionaries and others to get right with God. The missionaries spent days before the Lord. They confessed every known sin. They sought to be reconciled with one another.

During a special prayer time God worked to heal the eyesight of Ola Culpepper. In the middle of their rejoicing, God convicted the missionaries that they were far more concerned about physical healing than they were about the salvation of the Chinese. They once again began to confess sins to the Lord. God was getting a people right with Himself.
Marie was again used of the Lord as she asked the missionaries and others, three penetrating questions.

1. Have you been born of the Spirit?
2. What evidence do you have of the new birth?
3. Have you been filled with the Holy Spirit?

The hunger for spiritual vitality caused people to do much soul-searching. Christians and especially the leaders were revived and filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. Once Christians were revived, God had clean vessels through which to work. By 1932, revival was spreading.

Many came to realize they were only “head” Christians, but they had never placed their trust in Christ. An evangelist for 25 years, Mr. Chow realized he was trusting in his good works and not in Christ for salvation. After he was saved, he refused to be paid for his preaching because he had preached for 25 years without the presence and power of the Lord. Lucy Wright, a missionary nurse for nine years, realized she had only joined the church. She trusted Christ for the first time. In 1932 masses of people were coming to Christ. In one school all 600 girls and 900 out of 1,000 boys trusted Christ during 10 days of meetings.

RESULTS

  • Saved people went everywhere telling everyone what Jesus had done for them.
    Those who turned to Christ took down their “house gods” and burned them.
  • The hearts of God’s people were full of praise and thanksgiving. Joyful singing filled
    the services. New songs were written and the Scripture was put to music.
  • All believers had a great hunger for God’s Word, Bible classes met nightly, and the
    Bible schools and seminaries saw significantly increased enrollments.
  • Spiritually dead churches were revived. Church attendance multiplied, and the
    members paid close attention to worship, prayer, and discipleship. Prayer meetings
    lasted two or three hours as people got right with God and prayed for the lost.
  • Broken families and relationships were healed.

This account has been adapted from Go Home and Tell by Bertha Smith, Nashville: Broadman Press, 1965, pp 12-39, and The Shatung Revival by C.L. Culpepper, Atlanta, North American Mission Board, 1982.

P R A Y E R F O C U S

• Pray for a fresh out-pouring of the Holy Spirit in our lives
• Pray for the salvation, filling of the Holy in each member of our families and friends
• Pray for a godly fear of the Lord for our Congress, Senate, and Cabinet members
• Pray for our President, President Obama, and his family to deeply experience God’s love and anointing of wisdom

By Pastor Dotty Schmitt

Day 10 – SPIRITUAL AWAKENING IN WALES

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Prayerfully read Isaiah 44:1-5

In the fall of 1904 a revival broke out in Wales. During the next six months, 100,000 people were saved in this great spiritual awakening, No one organized the campaign. They did not use advertising, public relations, radio broadcasts, or great soul winning and witnessing campaigns. God did a sovereign work that captured the attention of the world. When the Spirit of God fell on a people who were right with Him, things began to happen. Without anybody witnessing to them, people cried out: “What must I do to be saved?”

Wales is a principality of Great Britain west of London. The area has a wonderful history of revivals among God’s people. By the beginning of this century people had a longing for a fresh wind of God’s Spirit. The last great revival had taken place in 1859-60. Church membership had declined. People were indifferent to religious matters. The churches were formal. God’s people needed revival.

By 1904 God was at work in many places and in many people through Wales. The nation was like a tinder box God had prepared for the quick spread of revival fire. God chose to use a young man named Evan Roberts in a special way. Evan worked in the coal mines of Wales, but he had a great burden for revival. For 13 years he prayed for an outpouring of God’s Spirit. Prayer meetings with different groups of God’s people became a major emphasis in his life. Early in 1904, Evan accepted God’s call to preach, and he went to school to prepare.

Following a Sunday School service, a man named Seth Joshua led in prayer. One of his requests was, “Lord, bend us.” The Spirit of God used that simple statement to touch Evan’s heart. On his way out the door he kept praying, “O Lord, bend me!”

God gave Evan a burden to go to his home church in Loughor to conduct a week of services with the young people. Following a Monday night prayer meeting on October 31, 1904, seventeen young people stayed to hear Evan’s message. His message had four points:

1. You must put away any unconfessed sin.
2. You must put away any doubtful habit.
3. You must obey the Spirit promptly.
4. You must confess Christ publicly.

That night, all seventeen responded to his appeal. Crowds increased nightly. The Spirit was poured out on the nation as God’s people returned to Him. Lost people were dramatically converted – 70,000 in two months, 85, 000 in five months, and over 100,000 in the six months following that October meeting.

These commitments were life changing. Taverns closed due to the lack of business. The crime rate dropped radically leaving the police with little to do. People paid old debts and made restitution for thefts and wrongs committed. There was even a work slowdown in the coal mines as the mules had to learn the new language of the converted miners.

News of the revival spread to other countries, and people were stirred to prayer. Soon God was at work in nations around the world bringing people to Himself.

*Read the four points of Evan Roberts’ message and ask God now He wants you to respond to Him in any specific area of your life.

For further reading on the Wales Awakening see: The Flaming Tongue by J. Edwin Orr, Chicago: Moody Press, 1973; or Glory Filled the Land edited by Richard Owen Roberts, Wheaton: International Awakening Press, 1989

P R A Y E R F O C U S
• Pray for His Spirit to be poured out upon our children, and the youth of this nation.
• Pray that the next generation will have a heart to seek and serve the Lord.
• Pray that the children will be protected from the snares and devices of the enemy.
• Pray for the mass media that many believers will invade this field and raise a standard of righteousness.

By Pastor Dotty Schmitt