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

Day 6 – WHAT REVIVAL LOOKS LIKE

PrayerDAY 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!

P R A Y E R F O C U S
• 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

PrayerDAY 5 THE POWER OF THE MOVING OF 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 (Eph. 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.

P R A Y E R F O C U S
• 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 3- Prayer and Fasting

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DAY 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!

P R A Y E R F O C U S
• 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

Day 2-Prayer and Fasting

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DAY 2 WHAT A NATIONAL QUICKENING LOOKS LIKE
Prayerfully read Acts 3

We join with millions around the globe and across our nation in asking God to revive us again! This is how a national quickening began a little more than a century ago in the days of William Seymour—

During his time in Houston, Texas, Charles Parham was impressed to open a short-term Bible school on January 1, 1906. The most important person to be touched by Parham at this school was a son of slaves, a black Holiness preacher named William Joseph Seymour (1870-1922).

After the school, Seymour left Houston to accept a call to pastor a newly formed Holiness congregation on Sante Fe Street in Los Angeles. His first sermon was from Acts 2:4, which earned for him a padlocked door on the meeting place.

From there Seymour accepted hospitality at the home of Richard and Ruth Asberry at 214 Bonnie Brae Street, where Seymour gave himself to prayer. Soon the Holy Spirit was poured out. Carl Brumback described the event:

“As though hit by a bolt of lightning, the entire company was knocked from their chairs to the floor. Seven began to speak in tongues and magnify God….Soon it was noised over the city that God was pouring out His Spirit”.

Soon large crowds gathered at the Asberry home. Only after part of the floor collapsed were the meetings moved to an abandoned A.M.E. Church building at 312 Azusa Street in mid-April of 1906. Vinson Synan calls the meetings at Azusa Street among “the most far-reaching religious meetings of the twentieth century.” Synan continues: “No sooner had Seymour began preaching in the Azusa location than a monumental revival began. Scores of people began to ‘fall under the power’ and arise speaking in other tongues.” Services continued daily for 1000 days.

The great San Francisco earthquake in which nearly 10,000 lost their lives, hit at the very same time – in mid-April, 1906, and contributed to the mystique of the hour. Hundreds and then thousands began to flock to Azusa Street by the trainloads, from all across the United States and Canada and even from around the world. As they drew near to the building, people would fall down under the power of God, blocks away. Angels were seen, and fire was seen consuming the building just like the burning bush in Exodus. In the meetings there was complete integration of the races; “the color line was washed away in the blood.”

John G. Lake described William Seymour in these grand words: “God had put such a hunger in that man’s heart that when the fire of God came it glorified him. I do not believe any other man in modern times had a more wonderful deluge of God in his life…and the glory and power of a real Pentecost swept the world….”

O Father, do it again! Pour out your Pentecostal power upon your Church, that the overflow might renew a parched and desolate land! In Jesus’ awesome Name! Amen.

William J. Seymour 214 Bonnie Brae Street Azusa Street

P R A Y E R F O C U S
• Pray for churches throughout this area and nation. “Lord, awaken Your people!”
• Pray for each of our pastors to be “aflame” with passion for revival.
• Pray for our elected officials to receive the “fear of the Lord” as they lead.

By Pastor Charles Schmitt

21 Days of Prayer and Fasting

PrayerBeginning January 1, 2015 Immanuel’s Church, Silver Spring, MD joins with millions across the nation and the globe seeking the face of God for a fresh outpouring of His Holy Spirit.

Located at the top of this blog at the 2015 Season of Fasting and Prayer Guide is a 21 day guide to help you focus in agreement with all of your brothers and sisters.

This prayer guide is available by returning to Immanuel’s Church Prayer Page.  We trust you will have many encounters with Jesus Christ over the next several weeks.  Please feel free to comment on the Prayer Page.

 

More Than Enough – Day 12

April 18, 2013

Father, thank You that You have planted me in a church family that has a heart and vision to preach the Gospel into the nations.  Thank You for the many servants in our own midst who continuously are coming and going into the different nations.  May we as a church family go, send and give to Your work so that we will always have “more than enough” to zealously fulfill Your command,   Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19” Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”  Lord, send forth more laborers!  Matthew 28: 18-20

More Than Enough – Day 11

Wednesday April 17, 2013

Thank You Lord that the entrance of Your Word sheds light and illumination into my soul.  Thank You that “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”  (Ps. 119: 105).  Thank You that when I don’t know what to do, I can sit quietly in Your Presence and soak myself in Your Word, and find that Your Words are sweet to my taste and honey to my mouth (Ps. 119:103).  Your Spirit breathed Word is always “more than enough” to bring guidance and direction into my life.  Lord increase my hunger for Your Word.  Give me and my family tender hearts, and receptive ears to hear what You are speaking in this hour.  Meditate on Psalm 119!  Lord, pour out Your Spirit.

More Than Enough – Day Two

Monday­­ – April 8, 2013

Prayerfully read Romans 8: 28-39.  God’s strategy of always pouring out His unconditional and unfailing love into our lives assures us that no matter what happens, He is determined to make us “more than conquerors”.  Take time to declare this Scripture over every situation and relationship in your life.  Thank You, Lord that I am more than a conqueror in my family, work, school and church life!  Pray for the fullness of His Spirit to fill you and your family.  If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” (Luke 11:13)