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

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“AMERICA! AMERICA! GOD SHED HIS GRACE ON THEE!”

—thoughts by Pastor Charles P. Schmitt

America is in trouble. The cause of much of this lies with those who are committed to overturning the biblical foundations of America as a nation. They want to make America a purely secular nation; perhaps so that they can more easily further their unbiblical social agenda.

The elections of 2016 are therefore critical. As the dust settles and the candidates become more clearly defined, every true Christian will be given their greatest God-given responsibility—to vote into office those candidates—whether Democrat or Republican—who are most committed to restoring America to its original biblical foundations that we again may be a God-fearing nation. And obviously, our greatest need is to see yet another national heaven-sent Great Awakening that will turn the hearts of the people of America back to God!

America’s clear biblical roots and godly foundations are borne witness to in these amazing random historical statements—

  1. “Preserve me, O God, for in Thee do I put my trust.” —Psalm 16:1, etched on the stained glass window featuring George Washington in earnest prayer; in the Capitol Building
  2. “Search the Scriptures…Holiness to the LORD…May Heaven to this Union continue its beneficence” —Inscriptions on the carved tribute blocks of the Washington Monument
  3. Laus Deo (Praise be to God) —Engraving on the aluminum capstone of the Washington Monument
  4. “…the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth – that God governs in the affairs of men…We have been assured in the sacred Writings that “except the LORD build the house, they labor in vain that build it.” I firmly believe this, and I also believe that, without His concurring aid, we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel…I therefore beg to move that, henceforth, prayers imploring the assistance of heaven and its blessings on our deliberations be held in this assembly every morning before we proceed to business, and that one or more of the clergy of this city be requested to officiate in that service…As the Scriptures are given for our reproof, instruction and warning may we make a due use of this example before it is too late…” —Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
  5. “…The God who gave us life, gave us liberty…Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever.”…”The light shineth in darkness and the darkness comprehended it not.” —Inscription from John 1:5 in the Great Hall of the Jefferson Building, the Library of Congress
  6. “Thou hast put all things under His feet…The Truth shall make you free” —Scriptures engraved on the front facade of Union Station in New York City
  7. “Not until I went to the churches in America, and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness, did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, she will cease to be great” —Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America
  8. “I will insist that the Hebrews have done more to civilize man than any other nation…your Jehovah is our Jehovah and your God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is our God” —John Adams (1735-1826), 2nd President of the United States (1797-1801)
  9. “…The Bible is a book of faith, and a book of doctrine, and a book of morals, and a book of religion, of especial revelation from God; but it is also a book which teaches man his own individual responsibility, his own dignity, and his equality with his fellow-man” —Daniel Webster (1782-1852), leading American statesman, Senator from Massachusetts, and hailed as the leading constitutional scholar of his generation.
  10. “The Bible is the Rock upon which our Republic rests” —President Andrew Jackson, 7th President of the United States (1829-37)
  11. “The great vital element in our system is the belief of our people in the pure doctrines and Divine truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ” —Resolution, House of Representatives (1854)
  12. “Our society is illuminated by the spiritual insights of the Hebrew prophets.” —Lyndon B Johnson, 36th President of the United States

—Quotes courtesy of tzurshua@lantic.net

“AMERICA! AMERICA! GOD SHED HIS GRACE ON THEE!”

The Southern Baptist Convention, the Largest Protestant Denomination in the US, calls for prayer for a Great Awakening

southern-baptist-conventionThousands at the 2015 Southern Baptist Convention knelt in prayer and raised their hands to heaven July 16 as they prayed for revival in the church and a great awakening across the United States. Spiritual leaders from Southern Baptist churches across America—including Hispanic, Korean, Native American, and African American pastors—prayed for an end to racism and prejudice as they pledged to work together “as one family.”

“The only thing that can ultimately reshape America is a spiritual awakening and the next move of God,” Ronnie Floyd, president of the SBC, stated “When you look at it historically, there is no great movement of God that is not first preceded by the extraordinary prayer of God’s people.  Floyd, said he had participated in prayer a few days ago with a group of spiritual leaders in Ohio’s capitol building. Underneath the seal of the state of Ohio that appears in front of the building are the words, “With God, all things are possible,” he noted. “It is providential we’re here, because with God . . . all things are possible,” he said. “We pray that this will become a generational moment. Lord, open up the heavens and come down.” Jack Graham, pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas, called Southern Baptists to personal repentance.

“God is calling us to brokenness and humility,” he said. The greatest sin is the sin of pride.” Citing Nehemiah, who prayed for his own city when the walls were in ruins and the city was left unprotected, Graham said that is the spiritual condition of the United States: “God’s people, without protection.” Nehemiah’s response was to pray for his nation, but to start with himself and his own family. He prayed and fasted to get right with God. Graham challenged Southern Baptists to pray in brokenness, humility, and repentance.

Recalling the Haystack Prayer Meeting in the nineteenth century that launched a great awakening, Pastor Paul Ron of Cambridge, Mass asked “Why can we not experience another spiritual awakening today?” Reading Psalm 126:4, Pastor J.D. Greear from Raleigh, Durham urged Southern Baptists to reach the world through the hard work of evangelism, prayer, and patience, yearning for the heavens to open up to send a spiritual awakening. Don’t always look back at what God has done, Greear said. He not only “moved yesterday”; He “will move today and tomorrow.” Borrowing from A. W. Tozer, James Merritt, pastor of Cross Pointe Church in Duluth, Georgia, said too many American churches are so busy doing church that if the Holy Spirit left their fellowship they would not realize it.

Christians today, he admonished, are not too different than the Pharisees and Sadducees that Jesus condemns in Scripture. He described Jesus’s words against them as one of the most “damning rebukes” because they misinterpreted Scripture and failed to believe in the power of God. He said Christians need God’s power to work in them, witness through them, and walk before them. Pastor Vance Pitman from Las Vegas said he was not content just to read about the outpouring of the Holy Spirit but wants the nation to experience it like never before. And the reason for God’s lack of activity in the church is not due to the lostness of the nation, but “the lack of desperation of the people of God.”

Steve Gaines, senior pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova, Tennessee, called on the church to seek revival as a body. He spoke from Acts 4, when the early church prayed, sought after the Holy Spirit, and then proclaimed the Gospel. “In three centuries, these Christians conquered the world’s greatest empire, the Roman Empire,” he said. “How in the world could a group of ragtag fisherman, tax collectors, zealots, commoners turn their world upside down in such a short time? They had a holy fire” burning in their souls “and they could not be extinguished.”

SBC President Ronnie Floyd reminded participants that “The heart of God is for His people to walk in light. That’s why the church needs revival. It’s time for revival in the church,” he said.

—Adapted from SBC Life, Summer 2015

Read the complete article.

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 19 – THE SECOND GREAT AWAKENING

DAY 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 McGready 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 Northhamptonshire 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).

P R A Y E R F O C U S
• 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 8- CANE RIDGE REVIVAL

prayerDAY 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 6th, 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 McReedy. 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. And, 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?

P R A Y E R F O C U S
• 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 – THE FIRST GREAT AWAKENING

PrayerDAY 7 THE FIRST GREAT AWAKENING
Prayerfully read Psalm 85

The First Great Awakening in the American colonies is often dated 1740-43. Like other great revivals, the spiritual climate of the churches had reached a low point. Practices like the Half-Way Covenant brought many into church membership without requiring any indication of saving faith. Consequently, churches were a mixture of believers and unbelievers. The vitality of the Christian testimony was watered down by its mixture with the world.

Far Reaching Results. Traveling evangelists like George Whitefield and Gilbert Tennent were used by God to quicken the spirits of His people. Through their preaching many church members and even preachers came under the conviction of the Holy Spirit and realized that they had never been converted. They were greatly distressed until they had made their salvation sure. Historians estimate that 25, 000 to 50,000 persons were added to the churches in New England alone. New churches were started in record numbers, and colleges like Dartmouth and Princeton began to train missionaries and ministers to carry the gospel to the lost world. This revival also laid the foundation of cooperative relationships between denominations. The religious liberties guaranteed in the new republic had their birth in this revival.

Revival at Northampton. Sometime around 1734 revival began to occur in several locations in New England. God used these early revivals and awakenings to prepare the soil of New England for the sowing of the gospel that would follow. Northampton, Massachusetts, was the site of a citywide awakening in 1734-35. Jonathan Edwards was pastor of the Congregational Church. Prior to the revival the town experienced a “degenerate time” with a “dullness of religion.” According to Edwards, the young people were addicted to tavern drinking, lewd practices, and frolics among the sexes the greater part of the night.

In a nearby village two young people died in the spring of 1734. People began to think soberly about spiritual and eternal matters. In answer to the prayers of His people, God began to move. In the fall Edwards preached on justification by faith alone. In December of 1734, five or six persons were converted. One of them was a young woman who was “one of the greatest company keepers in the whole town.” Her life was so radically changed that everyone could tell it was a work of God’s grace. During the following six months, 300 people were hopefully converted in this town of 1,100.

Edwards said, “God has also seemed to have gone out of his usual way in the quickness of his work, and the swift progress his Spirit has made in his operation, on the hearts of many”. “There was scarcely a single person in this town, either old or young, that was left unconcerned about the great things of the eternal world…The town seemed to be full of the presence of God: it never was so full of love, nor so full of joy. …It was a time of joy in families on the account of salvation being brought to them… Our public assemblies were then beautiful; the congregation was alive in God’s service, everyone earnestly intent on public worship …our public praises were then greatly enlivened. God was then served…in the beauty of holiness.”

Would you like to see God sweep our city and church like that? Would you be willing to pray: “God whatever it takes for you to bring revival to your people, please do it”?
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This account has been adapted from “Narrative of Surprising Conversion” by Jonathan Edwards in The Works of President Edwards, New York: Levitt & Allen, 1857 (pp.231-272); and The History of American Revivals by Frank Granville Beardsley, 1912 (pp. 20-83).

P R A Y E R F O C U S
• Pray that you and your family will seek first His Kingdom in every area of life (Mark 6;33).
• Pray for the gift of faith as you pray for your family, our congregation, our state, and for this nation. “Lord, arise!”

By Pastor Dotty Schmitt