Day 1: Prepare 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 and friends 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 Matthew 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

Read 7 Steps to Fasting for more understanding on the power and practice of fasting.

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

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More Than Enough – Day 19

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Sometimes when God allows us to face alarming circumstances, our first response in the natural is fear!  Today, as we read II Chronicles 20: 1-30, we see God’s divine strategy for victory demonstrated for us.  As you ponder this powerful chapter note that Jehoshaphat moves from alarm to resolve.  He calls for a season of prayer and fasting to actively seek the Lord in trouble.  His prayer is quite strategic (vs. 5-12), and it releases a prophetic strategy: “Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.”  II Chronicles 20:15b  As the people are commanded to take up their positions and to face the enemy with song, praise, and worship, an amazing victory is won.  Not only do they defeat the enemy, but they plunder the enemy’s camp.  In versus 25-26, they carried off so much plunder that it was more than they could carry.  As we resolve to praise, pray and prophetically proclaim His Word, our God is always “more than enough” to win every battle.  Today, declare His victory over every circumstance in your life, in your health, in your finances, and in your family!  Shout the shout of faith.

More Than Enough – Day 16

Monday, April 22, 2013

It is always God’s desire to save the lost, and to revive the hearts of His people with a fresh outpouring of His Holy Spirit.  But, He amazingly looks to His people to cooperate with Him in prayer, petition and praise to accomplish His purposes.  Ponder Hosea 10:12. Sow righteousness for yourselves, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the Lord, until he comes and showers his righteousness on you. Hosea stresses the importance of  heart-preparation in preparing for the rain from heaven.  We are admonished to “plow up” the soil of our hearts, and to seek the Lord until He comes.  A man of God once wrote “The prepared heart becomes the praying heart that prevails with God.”  Lord make my heart tender that your intercessions may be on my lips!  Pour out Your Spirit!