DAY 21 WILD KENTUCKY PRAYERS

img_11515DAY 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 five percent of the population attended a church and bank robberies occurred daily.

James McCready, 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.

McCready’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 McCready 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.

PRAYER FOCUS

  • 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 19 THE SECOND GREAT AWAKENING

img11715DAY 19 THE SECOND GREAT AWAKENING                                          

Prayerfully read Acts 2: 1-21; Luke 18:1-8.

A Call to Prayer – The Second Great Awakening began in England around 1792.

It had its roots in the Call to Prayer of 1784. The pastors of the Northhampton Association issued a call to prayer for the first Monday of each month. Prayer meetings began to spread to other areas and across denominational lines. The object of the prayer concerts was: “That the Holy Spirit may be poured down on our ministers and churches, that sinners may be converted, the saints edified, the interest of religion revived, and the name of God glorified. At the same time…let the whole interest of the Redeemer be affectionately remembered, and the spread of the Gospel to the most distant parts of the habitable globe be the object of our most fervent requests.”

Revival did come to ministers and churches. Word of the revival spread across the Atlantic, and by 1797 the revival fires began to break out in the United States. This awakening was different from the first. Rather than outside evangelists, God worked through pastors in their congregations.

Pastor-led, Word-centered, and Long-lived – Pastors preached from God’s Word with a focus on God’s sovereignty and the necessity of redemption. The Holy Spirit brought deep conviction of sin, and people surrendered to Christ and were converted. These revivals were long lasting, covering two to three decades. Revivals swept many college campuses like Yale where 75 out of 230 students were converted. Half of these surrendered to the Gospel ministry.

Camp Meetings – By 1800 the movement crossed the mountains to Kentucky and Tennessee. James McCready preached in open-air meetings (later known as camp meetings). The presence of a holy God so gripped people that they experienced physical anguish often resulting in collapse, groans, and piercing shrieks. Individuals confesses their sins, prayer fervently for forgiveness and salvation, and were joyously converted.

Results of Revival and Awakening – This period of spiritual quickening lasted for decades and thoroughly covered Britain and the United States spreading to other countries around the globe. Lives and communities were so transformed in morals and spirit that outside observers were struck by the radical differences they saw. College campuses were reclaimed from religious infidelity to once again prepare missionaries and ministers of the Gospel. Churches were revived in spirit and flooded with new converts. No one has been able to estimate the total results of the awakening, but in Kentucky, Baptists saw an increase of 10,000. The Methodist Episcopal Church saw a national increase of 40,000 between 1800 and 1803. Many other denominations experienced similar growth.

Modern Missions – Perhaps the greatest impact of God’s sovereign work was the launching of the modern missions movement. William Carey began his preaching ministry in the Northamptonshire Association during the days of the Call to Prayer. In 1792 he led the organization of the Baptist Missionary Society; and went to India as its first missionary. Other organizations which came to life during this time included: the London Missionary Society; Congregational, Baptist and Methodist foreign missions societies; home missions societies of several denominations; national and international Bible and tract societies; numerous Christian colleges; 17 theological seminaries; and many more.

When God’s people are revived, He gives them a new heart with His compassion for a lost world.

This account has been adapted from The History of American Revivals by Frank Grenville Beardsley, 1912 (pp. 84-107) and “The Prayer Call of 1784” by E. A. Payne in Jubilee Celebrations 1942-44, Baptists Missionary Society, 1945 (pp. 19-31).

PRAYER FOCUS

  • Pray for a deep conviction of sin to come upon us a church and as a nation.
  • Pray for the gift of repentance to be embraced by the church and by our nation.
  • Pray for a fresh anointing of prayer in your life.

By Pastor Dotty Schmitt

DAY 16 REVIVAL INSPIRATION

RevivalDAY 16 REVIVAL INSPIRATION

Prayerfully read Psalm 24:3-6; Psalm 85; Matthew 28:18-20.

It is inspiring to read about those who have lived in the greatest revivals the world has ever known. The following is from R. A. Torrey. He was superintendent of Moody Bible Institute from 1889 through 1908. He also was a pastor. In his later years, he traveled extensively as an evangelist and laid the foundations of the great Welsh revival.

From his pen, Torrey wrote:

“I can give a prescription that will bring a revival to any church or community or any city on earth.

“First, let a few Christians (they need not be many) get thoroughly right with God themselves. This is the prime essential. If this is not done, the rest that I am to say will come to nothing.

“Second, let them bind themselves together in a prayer group to pray for a revival until God opens the heavens and comes down.

“Third, let them put themselves at the disposal of God for Him to use as He sees fit in winning others to Christ. That is all!

“This is sure to bring a revival to any church or community. I have given this prescription around the world. It has been taken by many churches and many communities, and in no instance has it ever failed; and it cannot fail!”

PRAYER FOCUS

  • Please meditate on the above-mentioned Scripture and journal what God speaks to you.
  • Secondly, how do you plan to be a doer of His Word?
  • Pray for Him to join you with others who hunger for revival, and pray, pray, pray!

By Pastor Jamie Dixson

DAY 14 LIVING IN THE LIGHT

Morning Devotions Christian Stock ImageDAY 14 Living in the Light

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 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

21 Days of Prayer & Fasting

21DaysofPrayerAs pastors we are very expectant that the Lord will do a new thing in our midst as together we engage in in our season of prayer and fasting. We are standing on His Word as found in 2 Chronicles 7:14 – “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

Together we will seek His face, meditate on His Word, and expect Him to move powerfully in our midst as individuals, as families, and as a congregation, He will surely come to us in fresh way!

Remember His many promises to us regarding prayer: “Men ought always to pray and never give up.” (Luke 18:1) “Likewise, the Spirit helps us in our weaknesses, for we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.” (Romans 8:26)

Together we will ASK, SEEK and KNOCK and expect that: “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). We are asking Him for an outpouring of His Spirit on our families, congregation and nation.

During these weeks of seeking His face, we are specifically setting 3 Fridays apart (January, 8, 15 & 22) for corporate prayer, and for the laying on of hands for healing. We ask you to be determined, definite and daring as together we “humble ourselves, pray, seek His face, and turn from our wicked ways.” He will hear from Heaven!

We bless you, our dear Immanuel’s family. And we believe that He will be glorified during this season of prayer, fasting and seeking His face!

You are loved!
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Pastors Charles & Dotty

“AMERICA! AMERICA! GOD SHED HIS GRACE ON THEE!”

—thoughts by Pastor Charles P. Schmitt

America is in trouble. The cause of much of this lies with those who are committed to overturning the biblical foundations of America as a nation. They want to make America a purely secular nation; perhaps so that they can more easily further their unbiblical social agenda.

The elections of 2016 are therefore critical. As the dust settles and the candidates become more clearly defined, every true Christian will be given their greatest God-given responsibility—to vote into office those candidates—whether Democrat or Republican—who are most committed to restoring America to its original biblical foundations that we again may be a God-fearing nation. And obviously, our greatest need is to see yet another national heaven-sent Great Awakening that will turn the hearts of the people of America back to God!

America’s clear biblical roots and godly foundations are borne witness to in these amazing random historical statements—

  1. “Preserve me, O God, for in Thee do I put my trust.” —Psalm 16:1, etched on the stained glass window featuring George Washington in earnest prayer; in the Capitol Building
  2. “Search the Scriptures…Holiness to the LORD…May Heaven to this Union continue its beneficence” —Inscriptions on the carved tribute blocks of the Washington Monument
  3. Laus Deo (Praise be to God) —Engraving on the aluminum capstone of the Washington Monument
  4. “…the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth – that God governs in the affairs of men…We have been assured in the sacred Writings that “except the LORD build the house, they labor in vain that build it.” I firmly believe this, and I also believe that, without His concurring aid, we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel…I therefore beg to move that, henceforth, prayers imploring the assistance of heaven and its blessings on our deliberations be held in this assembly every morning before we proceed to business, and that one or more of the clergy of this city be requested to officiate in that service…As the Scriptures are given for our reproof, instruction and warning may we make a due use of this example before it is too late…” —Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
  5. “…The God who gave us life, gave us liberty…Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever.”…”The light shineth in darkness and the darkness comprehended it not.” —Inscription from John 1:5 in the Great Hall of the Jefferson Building, the Library of Congress
  6. “Thou hast put all things under His feet…The Truth shall make you free” —Scriptures engraved on the front facade of Union Station in New York City
  7. “Not until I went to the churches in America, and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness, did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, she will cease to be great” —Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America
  8. “I will insist that the Hebrews have done more to civilize man than any other nation…your Jehovah is our Jehovah and your God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is our God” —John Adams (1735-1826), 2nd President of the United States (1797-1801)
  9. “…The Bible is a book of faith, and a book of doctrine, and a book of morals, and a book of religion, of especial revelation from God; but it is also a book which teaches man his own individual responsibility, his own dignity, and his equality with his fellow-man” —Daniel Webster (1782-1852), leading American statesman, Senator from Massachusetts, and hailed as the leading constitutional scholar of his generation.
  10. “The Bible is the Rock upon which our Republic rests” —President Andrew Jackson, 7th President of the United States (1829-37)
  11. “The great vital element in our system is the belief of our people in the pure doctrines and Divine truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ” —Resolution, House of Representatives (1854)
  12. “Our society is illuminated by the spiritual insights of the Hebrew prophets.” —Lyndon B Johnson, 36th President of the United States

—Quotes courtesy of tzurshua@lantic.net

“AMERICA! AMERICA! GOD SHED HIS GRACE ON THEE!”

The Southern Baptist Convention, the Largest Protestant Denomination in the US, calls for prayer for a Great Awakening

southern-baptist-conventionThousands at the 2015 Southern Baptist Convention knelt in prayer and raised their hands to heaven July 16 as they prayed for revival in the church and a great awakening across the United States. Spiritual leaders from Southern Baptist churches across America—including Hispanic, Korean, Native American, and African American pastors—prayed for an end to racism and prejudice as they pledged to work together “as one family.”

“The only thing that can ultimately reshape America is a spiritual awakening and the next move of God,” Ronnie Floyd, president of the SBC, stated “When you look at it historically, there is no great movement of God that is not first preceded by the extraordinary prayer of God’s people.  Floyd, said he had participated in prayer a few days ago with a group of spiritual leaders in Ohio’s capitol building. Underneath the seal of the state of Ohio that appears in front of the building are the words, “With God, all things are possible,” he noted. “It is providential we’re here, because with God . . . all things are possible,” he said. “We pray that this will become a generational moment. Lord, open up the heavens and come down.” Jack Graham, pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas, called Southern Baptists to personal repentance.

“God is calling us to brokenness and humility,” he said. The greatest sin is the sin of pride.” Citing Nehemiah, who prayed for his own city when the walls were in ruins and the city was left unprotected, Graham said that is the spiritual condition of the United States: “God’s people, without protection.” Nehemiah’s response was to pray for his nation, but to start with himself and his own family. He prayed and fasted to get right with God. Graham challenged Southern Baptists to pray in brokenness, humility, and repentance.

Recalling the Haystack Prayer Meeting in the nineteenth century that launched a great awakening, Pastor Paul Ron of Cambridge, Mass asked “Why can we not experience another spiritual awakening today?” Reading Psalm 126:4, Pastor J.D. Greear from Raleigh, Durham urged Southern Baptists to reach the world through the hard work of evangelism, prayer, and patience, yearning for the heavens to open up to send a spiritual awakening. Don’t always look back at what God has done, Greear said. He not only “moved yesterday”; He “will move today and tomorrow.” Borrowing from A. W. Tozer, James Merritt, pastor of Cross Pointe Church in Duluth, Georgia, said too many American churches are so busy doing church that if the Holy Spirit left their fellowship they would not realize it.

Christians today, he admonished, are not too different than the Pharisees and Sadducees that Jesus condemns in Scripture. He described Jesus’s words against them as one of the most “damning rebukes” because they misinterpreted Scripture and failed to believe in the power of God. He said Christians need God’s power to work in them, witness through them, and walk before them. Pastor Vance Pitman from Las Vegas said he was not content just to read about the outpouring of the Holy Spirit but wants the nation to experience it like never before. And the reason for God’s lack of activity in the church is not due to the lostness of the nation, but “the lack of desperation of the people of God.”

Steve Gaines, senior pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova, Tennessee, called on the church to seek revival as a body. He spoke from Acts 4, when the early church prayed, sought after the Holy Spirit, and then proclaimed the Gospel. “In three centuries, these Christians conquered the world’s greatest empire, the Roman Empire,” he said. “How in the world could a group of ragtag fisherman, tax collectors, zealots, commoners turn their world upside down in such a short time? They had a holy fire” burning in their souls “and they could not be extinguished.”

SBC President Ronnie Floyd reminded participants that “The heart of God is for His people to walk in light. That’s why the church needs revival. It’s time for revival in the church,” he said.

—Adapted from SBC Life, Summer 2015

Read the complete article.

WINNING THE ABORTION BATTLE

Some thoughts by Pastor Charles Schmitt16-week-unborn-baby

The High Court of our land – I use that term because there is only one Supreme Court, and that Court is the Supreme Court of Heaven; and there is only one Chief Justice and His name is Jesus Christ! – the High Court of our land has made at least three major moral blunders in its history.

The first was the Dred Scott Decision, declaring that those of African descent could not be citizens of the United States of America. Thank God that erroneous decree has been reversed, and the recent election of our first African-American President was the ultimate undoing of this grievous miscarriage of justice.

The second moral evil of the High Court was its 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling endorsing abortion and thereby consigning 61 million pre-born boys and girls to a painful death for the crime of simply being “inconvenient” (but that is changing!) The third moral blunder was when a panel of unelected officials recently created legislation redefining marriage (instead of fulfilling their purpose to clarify existing legislation).

In all of this we are reminded of the stern warning that comes to a corrupt judicial system: “Can a corrupt throne be allied with you, O Lord, one that brings on misery by its decrees? They band together against the righteous [as in the Dred Scott decision and now the recent Marriage decision] and condemn the innocent to death [as in the Roe v. Wade decision]…. The Lord … will repay them for their sins and destroy them for their wickedness…” (Psalm 94:20-23). Sobering words! If I were a High Court Justice I would take these words seriously to heart!

AMAZING GAINS ON THE ABORTION ISSUE

  1. The U.S. abortion rate hit its lowest level since 1973, the year of the Roe v. Wade ruling! A tide is turning! Kristan Hawkins, President of Students for Life, writes— “This generation of young people is the most pro-life since the Supreme Court handed down Roe v. Wade in 1973. Abortion facilities are at their lowest numbers in the past 20 years. State legislation restricting abortion is at an all-time high. And public opinion clearly shows that the majority is morally opposed to abortion and would ban abortion in the 2nd and 3rd trimesters in favor of common-sense restrictions.”
  2. Righteous lawmakers in the U.S. Congress are also poised to introduce the “Life at Conception Act,” declaring unborn children “persons” as defined by the 14th Amendment to the Constitution and thereby entitled to legal protection. In the original 1973 High Court decision of Roe v. Wade, the Court made this admission: “If [the] suggestion of personhood [for the preborn] is established, the [case for abortion] collapses, for the fetus’ right to life is then guaranteed specifically by the 14th Amendment,” which prohibits depriving “any person of life [and] the equal protection of the law.” We need to support this bill by prayer and by encouraging our legislators to pass it!
  3. Another bill being put forward by righteous law makers in Congress is the “Pain Capable Abortion Ban Bill,” which would end the abortion of fully-formed, viable babies at the 20th week of pregnancy, at which point every study shows the pre-born are capable of feeling excruciating pain. (The U.S. is one of only seven countries in the world that does not protect unborn babies at this stage!) We must also prayerfully stand with our lawmakers in encouraging this bill!
    • Kermit Gosnell, who regularly delivered babies alive at his abortion facility in Philadelphia, only to snip their spinal cords with scissors before discarding their limp, dead bodies, is now serving two life sentences for infanticide. Justice has come to him!
    • The wisdom of one of our truly great U.S. presidents, Ronald Reagan, sheds clear light on our pathway – “Every legislator, every doctor, and every citizen needs to recognize that the real issue is whether to affirm and protect the sanctity of all human life, or to embrace a social ethic where some human lives are valued and others are not.”
    • And our God Himself declares, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I set you apart…” (Jeremiah 1:5). King David also testifies to this truth: “Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be” (Psalm 139:16). Life is sacred to God and sacred to godly people. Regardless of one’s past mistakes in this dilemma, we must rise up in the We are winning the battle for life!

Power of Prayer

powerofprayerPaul wrote some powerful truths about the effects of prayer ―…on Him we have set our hope that He will continue to deliver us, 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 Corinthians 1:10-11

These words pierced our hearts and inspired us to communicate with you and enlist your prayers and intercessions for us while we are traveling and ministering in India and in Israel!

Specifically pray for favor, health, safety and protection from the Lord.

Week 1: February 1-7
Pray for the gathering in Galilee as Dotty ministers to Arab and Messianic women leaders.  May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us— yes, establish the work of our hands. Psalms 90:17 NIV