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 20 – WHAT A NATIONAL REVIVAL LOOKS LIKE

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DAY 20 WHAT A NATIONAL REVIVAL LOOKS LIKE
Prayerfully read 2 Chronicles 20:1-20

“Come down to make your name known…and cause the nations to quake before you!” Isaiah 64:2

We lift our voices with multitudes across our own land for a powerful visitation of the Holy Spirit. This is what a national awakening looked like a century and a half ago in the days of Charles Spurgeon—

Spurgeon wrote, “The times of refreshing from the presence of the Lord have at last dawned upon our land. A spirit of prayer is visiting our churches. The rushing mighty wind is already discerned, while on rising evangelists the tongues of fire have already descended.”

Spurgeon’s godly wisdom concerning revival was reflected in his words: “Observe how sovereign the operations of God are…He may, in one district, work a revival and persons may be stricken down and made to cry aloud; then there may be crowds and all may be still and quiet, as though no deep excitement existed at all….He can bless as He wills and He will bless as He wills. Let us not dictate to God. Many a blessing has been lost by Christians not believing it to be a blessing because it did not come in the particular shape that they conceived to be proper and right.”

Spurgeon had earnestly prayed: “O God, send us the Holy Ghost! Give us both the breath of spiritual life and the fire of unconquerable zeal. O thou art our God, answer us by fire, we pray thee! Answer us both by wind and fire…Oh that thou wouldst send the wind and the fire!…God, send us a season of glorious disorder…Oh, for the fire to fall again!…Give us now both hearts of flame and tongues of fire to preach Thy reconciling word, for Jesus’ sake! Amen!” And God answered! In those years a million people were converted to Christ in the United Kingdom!

We pray with Charles Spurgeon—
Oh God, send us the Holy Ghost! Answer us by wind and fire! God send us a
season of glorious disorder! O, for the fire to fall! For Jesus’ sake! Amen!

P R A Y E R F O C U S
• Lord, today I take additional time to seek Your face in prayer, fasting, worship, and adoration.
• As I am still in Your presence, speak deeply into my soul, all that is on Your heart for personal, national, and world-wide revival. (journal what you are hearing)

By Pastor Charles Schmitt

DAY 17 – POWERFUL SPIRITUAL WEAPONS

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DAY 17 POWERFUL SPIRITUAL WEAPONS
Prayerfully read 2 Corinthians 10:3-5; Romans 12:1,2

These are exciting days to be a soldier in God’s army. Soak today in the meaning of 2 Corinthians 10:3-5! Focus especially on this phrase, “the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds.”

We see God is clearly not calling us to use our own strength to fight the evil in the world but wholly rely on Him. As we take up the Sword of the Spirit in prayer and fasting, God will take down the strongholds of the enemy. Oswald Chambers said it well when he wrote, “Prayer does not fit us for the greater work; prayer is the greater work!” Let’s pull down some strongholds today in Jesus’ name, and seek Him fervently!

P R A Y E R F O C U S
• Pray for a life-changing revival in our families and churches.
• Lord, show me how to tear down any strongholds in my life.
• Pray for a greater desire and anointing to pray.

By Pastor David Black

DAY 16 – REVIVAL INSPIRATION

DAY 16 REVIVAL INSPIRATION
Prayerfully read Psalm 24:3-6; Psalm 85; Matthew 28:18-20

RevivalIt 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 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 Welch revival.

From his pen, Torrey writes;
“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!

P R A Y E R F O C U S
• 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 13 – REVIVAL – A LIFESTYLE

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DAY 13 REVIVAL – A LIFESTYLE

Prayerfully read Matthew 22: 37- 39, Psalm 133

Often times, I think that the western church thinks revival to be an event, a meeting, a shout. No.

Revival is a lifestyle. A lifestyle of love for the Father. A lifestyle of care and love for our brothers and sisters. A lifestyle of community flowing together in unity. A lifestyle of living from God and His all-sufficient grace infectiously spreading one to another. A revelation of awe and wonder of His majestic, glorious presence. When I consider the stars…what is man that you are mindful of him? Revival is a lifestyle of prayer. His presence in worship and prayer.

“Prayer should be the breath of our breathing, the thought of our thinking, the soul of our feeling, and the life of our living, the sound of our hearing, the growth of our growing.” Prayer in its magnitude is length without end, width without bounds, height without top, and depth without bottom. Illimitable in its breadth, exhaustless in height, fathomless in depths and infinite in extension. – HOMER W. HODGE
Every great revival begins, is carried on and consummates on the wings of prayer. Prayer that is breathed is a shout in the heavens. Prayer that comes from our renewed mind are arrows of glory into our soul. Prayer spoken from the authority of Scripture moves the heavens. The magnitude of prayer is without end, because our God is without beginning and without end. He is infinite. Therefore, our prayers are infinite in the heavenly realm. Our prayer’s from God’s heart, as well as from all those who have gone before us from the foundation of the world, are laid up in golden bowls in heaven. (See Revelation 5:8). Soon, they will all be poured out upon the earth. Not a soul from before time will escape His presence. Then, we will know and see that “Thine is the Kingdom and the power and the glory, forever!”

“By prayer, the ability is secured to feel the law of love, to speak according to the law of love, and to do everything in harmony with the law of love.” E.M Bounds, On Prayer

P R A Y E R F O C U S
• What does this quote from E.M. Bounds say to you about where “revival” begins and how it can be carried on in your personal life? (for the law of the spirit of life has set me free from the law of sin and of death) – Ask Him how to do this in your life.
• When reading the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:9-15, what is the mirror of God’s word personally saying to you? How will you begin to be a doer of the Word? – Ask for His Spirit to be poured out in your life and in the lives of your family.

By Pastor Jamie Dixson

Day 10 – SPIRITUAL AWAKENING IN WALES

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Prayerfully read Isaiah 44:1-5

In the fall of 1904 a revival broke out in Wales. During the next six months, 100,000 people were saved in this great spiritual awakening, No one organized the campaign. They did not use advertising, public relations, radio broadcasts, or great soul winning and witnessing campaigns. God did a sovereign work that captured the attention of the world. When the Spirit of God fell on a people who were right with Him, things began to happen. Without anybody witnessing to them, people cried out: “What must I do to be saved?”

Wales is a principality of Great Britain west of London. The area has a wonderful history of revivals among God’s people. By the beginning of this century people had a longing for a fresh wind of God’s Spirit. The last great revival had taken place in 1859-60. Church membership had declined. People were indifferent to religious matters. The churches were formal. God’s people needed revival.

By 1904 God was at work in many places and in many people through Wales. The nation was like a tinder box God had prepared for the quick spread of revival fire. God chose to use a young man named Evan Roberts in a special way. Evan worked in the coal mines of Wales, but he had a great burden for revival. For 13 years he prayed for an outpouring of God’s Spirit. Prayer meetings with different groups of God’s people became a major emphasis in his life. Early in 1904, Evan accepted God’s call to preach, and he went to school to prepare.

Following a Sunday School service, a man named Seth Joshua led in prayer. One of his requests was, “Lord, bend us.” The Spirit of God used that simple statement to touch Evan’s heart. On his way out the door he kept praying, “O Lord, bend me!”

God gave Evan a burden to go to his home church in Loughor to conduct a week of services with the young people. Following a Monday night prayer meeting on October 31, 1904, seventeen young people stayed to hear Evan’s message. His message had four points:

1. You must put away any unconfessed sin.
2. You must put away any doubtful habit.
3. You must obey the Spirit promptly.
4. You must confess Christ publicly.

That night, all seventeen responded to his appeal. Crowds increased nightly. The Spirit was poured out on the nation as God’s people returned to Him. Lost people were dramatically converted – 70,000 in two months, 85, 000 in five months, and over 100,000 in the six months following that October meeting.

These commitments were life changing. Taverns closed due to the lack of business. The crime rate dropped radically leaving the police with little to do. People paid old debts and made restitution for thefts and wrongs committed. There was even a work slowdown in the coal mines as the mules had to learn the new language of the converted miners.

News of the revival spread to other countries, and people were stirred to prayer. Soon God was at work in nations around the world bringing people to Himself.

*Read the four points of Evan Roberts’ message and ask God now He wants you to respond to Him in any specific area of your life.

For further reading on the Wales Awakening see: The Flaming Tongue by J. Edwin Orr, Chicago: Moody Press, 1973; or Glory Filled the Land edited by Richard Owen Roberts, Wheaton: International Awakening Press, 1989

P R A Y E R F O C U S
• Pray for His Spirit to be poured out upon our children, and the youth of this nation.
• Pray that the next generation will have a heart to seek and serve the Lord.
• Pray that the children will be protected from the snares and devices of the enemy.
• Pray for the mass media that many believers will invade this field and raise a standard of righteousness.

By Pastor Dotty Schmitt

Day 8- CANE RIDGE REVIVAL

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Prayerfully read Jeremiah 31:3; Joshua 4:21-24

“The noise was like the roar of Niagara,” wrote a participant. “The vast sea of human beings seemed to be agitated as if by a storm.”

On August 6th, 1801, 25,000 people gathered at Cane Ridge, Kentucky, for a “communion” meeting. Led by Presbyterian minister Barton Stone and many others, the meeting became what is known as the greatest “religious” movement in the history of the United States. In actuality, the roots of the revival began several years before 1801, with the fiery preaching of evangelist James McReedy. But the consummation came in August of 1801.

The second great awakening had begun. Black, white, slave and free, all came together for a movement that defied imagination. Barton Stone writes;

“The scene to me was new and passing strange. … Many, very many fell down, as men slain in battle, and continued for hours together in an apparently breathless and motionless state—sometimes for a few moments reviving, and exhibiting symptoms of life by a deep groan, or piercing shriek, or by a prayer for mercy most fervently uttered…With astonishment did I hear men, women, and children declaring the wonderful works of God.”

After the Revolutionary war, America had been in decline. To the preachers of that day, it was known as the “Egyptian Darkness.” Francis Asbury wrote the following;

“When I reflect that not one in a hundred came here to get religion, but rather to get plenty of good land, I think it will be well if some or many do not eventually lose their souls.”

Many believe that the United States is in the same condition today. “An Egyptian Darkness”. Conditions are ripe for a new great awakening. In 1798, days of prayer and fasting were set aside to redeem the frontier from this darkness. And, so, we do the same. As was said at camp meetings all over the country, “Lord, do it again, like Cane Ridge.”

What part do you believe you can play in helping to bring about a new great awakening?

P R A Y E R F O C U S
• Pray for a revelation that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. “Send us a great awakening, Lord!”
• Pray for repentance to grip the church, and the government officials – “Send the light of Your word.”

By Pastor Jamie Dixson

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 4 – JOY – THE ESSENCE OF PERSONAL REVIVAL

PrayerDAY 4 JOY – THE ESSENCE OF PERSONAL REVIVAL
Prayerfully read Psalm 63:1-8

What is David’s secret for living in personal revival? Let us study three responsive acts in this Psalm that gave David his spiritual joy and overflow.

Verse 6: “Think of the Lord.” At all times, may I consciously turn my attention toward the Lord. Psalm 46:10 commands us to “be still and know that I am God.” Quiet your hearts and your minds in His Presence many times throughout the day.

Verse 7: “Sing to the Lord.” God is my Help and my Salvation, may my life song sing to Him. Joyfully in the rain and in the sunshine, I will choose to sing words of gratitude for His unending love, for His gift of Salvation through Jesus Christ, for His personal concern for my life.

Verse 8: “Cling to the Lord.” I acknowledge my utter dependency upon Him. As Jesus says in John 15:5b, “apart from Me, you can do nothing.” Yes, He alone is my Stability, my Refuge and my Strength. God is my ever constant Companion in times of trouble and in seasons of peace.

Pray that we, as children of God, would quiet our hearts and live in the Truth that it is “in Him that we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28). As we allow ourselves to soak in His love, we can then in turn pour His love into the lives of others. Loving well is the goal of our Christian walk – loving Him, loving ourselves, and loving others well. Revival of the heart begins in the secret place of personal adoration and worship.

P R A Y E R F O C U S
• Lord, restore to me the joy of my salvation.
• Pray that His Spirit may fill your life so that your family and friends may be thirsty for Him.
• Pray that you may live in the joy of His presence.

By Pastor Dianna Whittle

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