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 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 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 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 1-Prayer and Fasting

prayerDAY 1 PREPARING 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 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 Mathew 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

See the following website for more understanding on the power and practice of fasting

http://www.cru.org/training-and-growth/devotional-life/7-steps-to-fasting/index.htm

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

Israel Ministry: February 11 – March 4

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Dear Intercessors,

As we prepare for our time of ministry in Israel, I found my heart resonating with Paul’s words, “My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power”.  (1 Cor. 2: 4, 5).  There is such a sense of urgency that these words of Paul be true for the whole ministry team. We desperately need the POWER and PRESENCE  of the Lord to flow into us and into our Israeli and Arab sisters.  Thank you for agreeing with us in prayer that the Holy Spirit:

  1. Will come to us in His power to heal, deliver, restore and redeem.
  1. He will bring healing and transformation through His Word (Lord let revelation and understanding come as we study your Word).
  1. He will give us a baptism of joy and laughter. (There is so much tension, fear and oppression in the land).
  1. He will give life-giving relationships to both the Arab and Israeli sisters (pray for unity and trust to be established).
  1. He will give us divine appointments and strategic connections with His people in the land.
  1. He will give to all of us divine health, protection and safety (Psalm 91).
  1. He will give travelling grace to all of us on planes, cars and buses.

Thank you, thank you for being our prayer covering.  Recently as I was watching some footage on World War II, I realized that as the Body of Christ, those who pray are like the air coverage in a battle.  The air coverage was strategic to the effectiveness of the troops on the ground.  As our team goes to Israel, we are the troops on the ground, but those of you who pray and intercede give us the strategic cover in the spiritual realm.  I know that as you wait upon the Lord, He will give you other issues to pray about.

Please especially cover us on:

2/13            –           Ministry in Jerusalem

2/14            –           Ministry in Ashdod

2/15            –           Ministry in Tel Aviv (Ron and Elana Cantor)

2/16-27       –           Pray for whole groups coming in

*2/20            –           Strategic Women’s Leadership Roundtable (Pray for Chaiya and Ronia; sisters coming from all over Israel)

2/22            –           Charles ministering in Tel Aviv (Avi and Chavya Mizrachi)

*2/26            –           Men’s strategic Roundtable

27,28          –           Women’s Conference in Tel Aviv

3/1              –           Dotty ministering in Tel Aviv

(Team:   Dotty, Kathleen, Margaret, Ros, Gloria, Teresa, Rosemary, Betsy and Sue).

“… As you help us by your prayers, then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious FAVOR granted us in answer to the prayers of many” 2 Cor. 1:11.

Thank you, and may His blessings abound in your lives. (Gen 12:1).

Joy and love,

Pastor Dotty Schmitt

FIGHT FOR YOUR FAMILIES

FIGHT FOR YOUR FAMILIES

By Dotty Schmiitt

As I reflect upon the more than 60 years of having walked with the Lord, never before have I observed such moral compromise, confusion and sin in our beloved nation of America. We have lost our moral compass because we have flagrantly ignored and disobeyed God’s clear mandates for us as a people. His Word is given to us, not to put us into bondage, but to set us free to live and enjoy life to the fullest.

To disregard the power of His commandments is to choose death and moral chaos. The words of Nehemiah call us to “fight for our families” in the face of the enemies of deception, lies, ridicule and insults. (Has there ever been a time in this nation when Bible-believing, praying people have come under such ridicule and intimidation?) The “politically correct” terms, such as “tolerance” and “acceptance” have been used to undermine clear biblical teachings on moral purity, sanctity of marriage, and the honoring of life from conception through old age. God celebrates life and commands us also to “choose life” by loving and obeying Him!

How then do we fight for our families?

  1. We will as adults live pure, obedient and joyful lives. (Deut. 6:1-4). We will lead our families by example!
  2. We will fervently pray and claim the promises of God. (Nehemiah 4:9; Isaiah 59:21)
  3. We will diligently teach the Scriptures both by example and by our words (Deuteronomy 6:6-9; 2 Timothy 3:16,17)
  4. We will nurture our families with life — imparting words of affection, affirmation, attention, availability and accountability. (Matthew 3:17)

Let us fill our homes with love, kindness, gratitude, praise and forgiveness! “… Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families….” (Nehemiah 4:14b)

You are loved, Pastor Dotty Schmitt