DAY 14 LIVING IN THE LIGHT

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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 21- WILD KENTUCKY PRAYERS

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DAY 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 5 percent of the population attended a church and bank robberies occurred daily.

James McGready, 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.

McGready’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 McGready 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.

P R A Y E R F O C U S
• 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

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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 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 13 – REVIVAL – A LIFESTYLE

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DAY 13 REVIVAL – A LIFESTYLE

Prayerfully read Matthew 22: 37- 39, Psalm 133

Often times, I think that the western church thinks revival to be an event, a meeting, a shout. No.

Revival is a lifestyle. A lifestyle of love for the Father. A lifestyle of care and love for our brothers and sisters. A lifestyle of community flowing together in unity. A lifestyle of living from God and His all-sufficient grace infectiously spreading one to another. A revelation of awe and wonder of His majestic, glorious presence. When I consider the stars…what is man that you are mindful of him? Revival is a lifestyle of prayer. His presence in worship and prayer.

“Prayer should be the breath of our breathing, the thought of our thinking, the soul of our feeling, and the life of our living, the sound of our hearing, the growth of our growing.” Prayer in its magnitude is length without end, width without bounds, height without top, and depth without bottom. Illimitable in its breadth, exhaustless in height, fathomless in depths and infinite in extension. – HOMER W. HODGE
Every great revival begins, is carried on and consummates on the wings of prayer. Prayer that is breathed is a shout in the heavens. Prayer that comes from our renewed mind are arrows of glory into our soul. Prayer spoken from the authority of Scripture moves the heavens. The magnitude of prayer is without end, because our God is without beginning and without end. He is infinite. Therefore, our prayers are infinite in the heavenly realm. Our prayer’s from God’s heart, as well as from all those who have gone before us from the foundation of the world, are laid up in golden bowls in heaven. (See Revelation 5:8). Soon, they will all be poured out upon the earth. Not a soul from before time will escape His presence. Then, we will know and see that “Thine is the Kingdom and the power and the glory, forever!”

“By prayer, the ability is secured to feel the law of love, to speak according to the law of love, and to do everything in harmony with the law of love.” E.M Bounds, On Prayer

P R A Y E R F O C U S
• What does this quote from E.M. Bounds say to you about where “revival” begins and how it can be carried on in your personal life? (for the law of the spirit of life has set me free from the law of sin and of death) – Ask Him how to do this in your life.
• When reading the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:9-15, what is the mirror of God’s word personally saying to you? How will you begin to be a doer of the Word? – Ask for His Spirit to be poured out in your life and in the lives of your family.

By Pastor Jamie Dixson

DAY 12 – PREPARING THE HEART FOR REVIVAL

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Read Psalm 51 and Hosea 10:12

“The channel God uses in revival is the channel of a broken heart…

just as there is no state of soil more satisfying to the gardener than that which is mellow and pliable, crumbling to pieces at his touch, so there is no heart more satisfying to God than that which breaks at His touch, that crumbles under His mighty, yet tender hand.” (Ps. 51:17) — Arthur Wallis

Reread Hosea 10:12 and observe the 5 keys to revival in this passage.

1. Revival centers in the Lord Jesus Himself.
• “seek the Lord until He comes.”

2. Revival requires preparation
• “break up your unplowed ground”
• “sow for yourselves righteousness”

3. Revival produces eternal fruit
• “reap the fruit of unfailing love”

4. Revival is a sovereign happening
• “It is time…”

5. Revival is divinely disruptive
• “until He comes and showers righteousness on you.”
“The prepared heart becomes the praying heart that prevails with God… It is only out of a heart ploughed deep that there proceeds that kind of praying that prevails with God and brings revival.” (In the Day of His Power by Arthur Wallis)

P R A Y E R F O C U S
• Pray for a tender heart – “Search me, O God.” Invite Him to show you anything that hinders His work of revival in your heart
• Pray for our children to hunger and thirst for a deep encounter with the Lord Jesus.
• Pray for His Spirit to be poured out upon our children and the youth of this nation, and especially in our churches.

By Pastors Charles and Dotty

Day 11 – SHANTUNG REVIVAL

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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