DAY 19 THE SECOND GREAT AWAKENING

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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

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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 15 THE POWER OF PERSONAL CONFESSION

DAY 15 The Power of Personal Confession

Prayerfully read I John 1:9-10 and James 5:16.

Ever feel like you are praying for a grand thing like national revival and awakening and yet feel like you are not connecting with God? Prayer requires clear lines of communication and sometimes we are trying to talk to God while He is trying to talk to us. Nothing fouls up communication with God like unconfessed sin. The longer I walk with God the more in tune I have become with the need to make daily confession in His presence and if need be with my friend or spouse. Agreement is a source of real authority with God in prayer. We come into agreement first with God in our own hearts before we align with Him for His purposes in the earth.

How do you get in agreement with God? Well, first you must respond to all the Light He gives you about you (see 1John 1:5-7). Then make personal confession to God. Confession, simply put, is to say out loud what God already knows. When you come to God and in His Light you may see yourself (your flaws, faults, sins). So confess what you see to Him. Thank Him for the fact that what you have confessed He has already forgiven. Thank Him for His work to cleanse you from its effect and power in your life, and rejoice in your forgiveness. Now your soul cannot condemn you, and your adversary the devil has no room to weaken you. You are ready to ask great things!

We are asking God for great things when we pray for a national awakening and global revival. Ordinary men like Elijah have asked God for extraordinary things (James 5:17) and had great impact and authority, but it was no accident that they had authority with God. In agreement with God, abiding in His light, let us ask for great things.

PRAYER FOCUS

  • Father, grace Your Church to receive the power of conviction by the Holy Spirit.
  • Father, we confess that we as a nation have gone astray from you holy Word. Revive Your Church with Your holy fire. Restore the voice of holy prophets to the land.
  • Father, as we align our hearts with Yours, grant us personal revelation of Your great plans for a national great awakening so we may pray in accord with Your will.

By Pastor Guy C. Carey

Day 6 WHAT REVIVAL LOOKS LIKE

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Day 6 – What Revival Looks Like

Prayerfully read Habakkuk 3.

“Revive Your work in the midst of the years.” (Habakkuk 3:2 AV)

We are crying out with thousands across America for God to revive His work in our land. This is what a national revival looked like a century and a half ago in the days of Charles G. Finney—

Revivals broke out under Finney’s fervent preaching all across New York State, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Ohio and in other states, as he appealed to men to respond to the grace of God in repentance and faith. Finney described one particular meeting near Antwerp, New York in these words: “An awful solemnity seemed to settle upon the people; the congregation began to fall from their seats in every direction and cry for mercy. If I had a sword in each hand, I could not have cut them down as fast as they fell. I was obliged to stop preaching.” Hundreds of thousands were swept into the Kingdom of God across the United States. Actually revivals were breaking out on both sides of the Atlantic – not only in the United States, but also in Europe.

Oh Lord, You see the need in our land for revival! We have wandered far from You in our moral degeneracy and waywardness. And we cry out to You to sweep across our land in great conviction and in a wave of repentance and saving faith! In Jesus’ dear name! Amen!

PRAYER FOCUS

  • Pray for a deep hunger to stir in your heart for personal and family revival. • Pray for a deep conviction of sin to come upon our nation , and for the gift of repentance to be given to us as a people.

By Pastor Charles Schmitt

“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

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Revival by Dotty Schmitt

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Wherever I travel nationally and internationally, the cry coming from His people and our nation is for revival and another “Great Awakening.” An awakening goes beyond the influence of a revival.

Revival brings back to life the people of God from a state of slumber and apathy. A “Great Awakening” comes to a whole nation, changing even the culture of the time.

The Psalmist exhorts us that: “What we have heard and known, what our fathers have had told us, we will not hide from our children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord…” (Psalm 78:2-7).

As it pertains to revival, a knowledge and understanding of the history of revivals is essential in our preparation for what God is planning to do on the earth.

My husband and I were brought into the Kingdom of God in 1950 and 1951 during a “season of revival.” Three different moves of the Spirit were happening at this time. The Argentine revival from 1948-1954, led by Dr. R. A. Miller and Tommy Hicks; the “Latter Rain” Revival of 1948-1951, coming out of North Battleford, Canada; and the “Hebrides Revival” on the west coast of Scotland, led by Duncan Campbell. All deep moves of God begin with those who are listening to the One “who daily lives to make intercession for us.” The Hebrides Revival was birthed as a result of two sisters, one 82 and the other 84, who were listening and received a promise from the Lord. “For I will pour water on the thirsty land and streams on the dry ground; I will pour upon your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants” (Isaiah 44:3 ESV). They stood in faith on this promise and faithfully interceded for those lost and wayward in their villages. Miraculous events happened as a result of the intercessions that arose from these islands. In a similar way, during this same season of revival, strong prayers and intercessions arose out of the small town of City Bell, near to Buenos Aires. This great move of God was preceded by intense travail, weeping and visitations.

A thread that runs through many accounts of revival through the centuries can be summed up in these words from Dr. Miller’s booklet, “Thy God Reigneth,” page 12: “As the war in the heavenlies progressed, intercession reached out for lost souls… The fountains of the deep were opened as tears flowed like streams down the faces of those young folk caught up in God.”

We have personally known folks who were immersed in a fresh baptism of His love in the “Latter Rain” Revival. George Warnoch, one of the leaders of this move of God, wrote in his “The Feast of Tabernacles” that, “…in the spring of 1948 God came forth in answer to the prayer and fasting of His children, poured out the gifts of the Holy Spirit and revealed the fact that now at this time He would bring His Body together….” During this same season of time, the healing revivals spread across the United States. Men such as William Branham, Oral Roberts, Jack Coe, Kenneth Hagin, Gordon Lindsey and many others helped usher in a fresh season of evangelism with signs, wonders and miracles. There were also college revivals at that time under the leadership of Henrietta Mears. Bill Bright and Billy Graham were strongly impacted. In a biography of Henrietta Mears, we read this inspiring observation about hundreds of college students: “They prayed on into the late hours of the night, confessing sin, asking God for guidance, and seeking the reality and power of the Holy Spirit. There was much weeping and crying out to the Lord… Then, the fire fell… God answered their prayer with a vision. They saw before them the college campuses of the world, teeming with unsaved students, who held in their hands the power to change the world. The college campuses — they were the key to world leadership, to world revival.”

The Church, and especially our young people, need to have a biblical, historical perspective and a personal encounter with the God of Revival! To have some grasp of the powerful moves of God under Patrick in Ireland (4th Century), Bernard of Clairvaux (11th Century), Francis of Assisi (12th Century), and then of Luther, Zwingli, Calvin and Knox from the Reformation era in the 16th Century, is essential in helping us understand our revival roots. Knowledge of the “First Great Awakening” in the 18th Century with men such as Count von Zinzendorf, John and Charles Wesley and George Whitefield, and then the “Second Great Awakening” of the 19th Century with men such as Charles Finney, William Booth, A. B. Simpson and D. L. Moody will inspire a whole new generation to cry out for the revival fires of God to fall once again.

As we end this very brief survey of revival, let me encourage you to study the Azusa Street outpouring under the leadership of William Seymour in 1906, as well as the very powerful move of God’s Spirit that ushered in the Charismatic Move and the Jesus Movement of the 1960s and the 1970s.

Read, study, worship, pray and prepare for the greatest harvest of the Holy Spirit we have ever seen. The King is coming!