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

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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 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 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.

 

A Word for America- Lincoln Memorial Nov 1

FB_wordtoamerica_180x180Please join regional saints at the Lincoln Memorial, Saturday, Nov 1, 2014.

Following a regional prayer event Washington Prayer Gathering, Oct 13, many believed that further prayer, celebration, and declaration should follow. So, A Word for America was born!

 

From 9AM to 3PM continual praise and worship will rise as Christian statesmen declare, “A WORD FOR AMERICA.”

Call: 601-212-9178 for more info or email ad.johnson54@yahoo.com

Add your voice to the choir by your presence or prayer!