Week 6 – Revival and Awakening

Pastor Dave has asked that this week our prayer initiative center on ‘praying for revival’. I have added ‘praying for an awakening’ as well because although similar, they are different and both are needed in and for such a time as this in America.

In 1859 in the nation of Ireland, The Ulster Awakening occurred. In a book called Ireland’s Lost Heritage, two statements define a revival and an awakening which resonate in me ~

Revival – A visitation of GOD’s SPIRIT on GOD’s people. Revivals alter the lives of individuals.

Awakening – A time of such intense visitation (from GOD) that both Christian and non-Christian communities are affected. Awakenings alter the worldview of a whole people or culture. An awakening affects the whole of society.

A good place to begin (or should I say, return to) is found in this very familiar verse in which GOD has said…

IF my people who are called by My Name will ~

  1. Humble themselves…

Humble yourself in the presence of The LORD and He will lift you up…James 4:10. See also Proverbs 18:12; James 4:6: Proverbs 22:4

  1. Pray…

…The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man/woman makes tremendous power available – dynamic in its working…James 5:16.

See also I Timothy 2:1-6; Ezekiel 22:30; Matthew 5:6

  1. Seek my face…

Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you…Matthew 6:33. See also Proverbs 1:7 and 9:10; Psalm 27:4

  1. Turn from their wicked ways…

Righteousness exalts a nation; but sin is a reproach to any people…Proverbs 14:34.

See also Galatians 6:7-8; Romans 6:23; Matthew 7:13-14

Then…I will hear from heaven and I will heal their land. (II Chronicles 7:14)

The Body of CHRIST has four instructions from GOD in order to experience His promise of a healed land…a land healed by and thru an awakening to GOD. America has been brought to unity and healed in four previous awakenings, why not again? It all begins with us, the Body of CHRIST.

All over this nation, there are individuals and prayer groups fervently seeking GOD and crying out for revival and another awakening in America. Let’s join our voices in prayer with them until we see Psalm 64:9 before our very eyes throughout America ~ every family, every church, every segment of society, every town and city, every state from the northern border to the southern border, from the Atlantic to the Pacific.

And all men shall (reverently) fear and be in awe, and will

declare the work of God; for they will wisely consider and

acknowledge that is HIS doing.

­All people experiencing the fear of The LORD and declaring the work of GOD throughout our country…All people wisely considering and acknowledging that GOD is real, HE is alive, HE is in our midst, and HE is full of loving kindness and tender mercies on their behalf. Today is the day when salvation and the free favors of God profusely abound for where sin abounds, grace does much more abound.

 

JESUS IS LORD and KING today…and forever! Hallelujah!

Carol Jones

Week 5 – Our God is an Awesome God!

Again, from the book, Moving Mountains, by John Eldredge in the chapter entitled “Who He Is and Who We Are”; John gives some amazing, mind-boggling, jaw-dropping facts re our great and awesome GOD. Buckle your seat belt, here we go ~

“God gave us the sun – this ought to answer any doubts about his power and goodness. All life on this planet derives its life from the sun, that celestial nuclear device with a surface temperature of 5,500 Celsius. … Yet more than a million earths could fit inside the sun. … One solar flare releases more energy than 10 million volcanoes. (This is helping me realize God is powerful enough for whatever need I am praying for.)

“Now get this – there are roughly one hundred billion stars of all sizes in a galaxy, and one hundred billion galaxies in the universe. Which means there are approximately four hundred billion billion suns like ours that God has made. … Meanwhile, God is providing the energy of those suns every moment. J. B. Phillips nailed the predicament of too many Christians: ‘Your God is too small’.” (Page 42)

One sun…one million earths…1 solar flare/10 million volcanoes…one hundred billion stars…

400 billion billion suns! HE is The GOD of four hundred billion billion suns and is upholding all things by the word of HIS power (Hebrews 1:3)…All 400 billion billion suns AND you and me. This literally takes my breath away when I meditate on it. Take a few moments and simply sit and meditate on the above and then ponder that this is our FATHER GOD…great and mighty, powerful beyond all earthly measure, gracious, merciful and full of lovingkindness…and you are HIS daughter…HIS son! He knows each of us intimately! He loves each of us lavishly!

With this in mind, below are prayers of worship and adoration from Revelation 4 and 5 for us to meditate on and give our heart and voice to this week.

Revelation 4:8 (NAS)

“HOLY, HOLY, HOLY IS THE LORD GOD, THE ALMIGHTY, who was, and who is, and who is to come.”

Revelation 4:10-11 (NIV)

“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.”

Revelation 5:11-12 (NKJ)

“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing!”

Revelation 5:13 (NAS)

“To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, Be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever.”

JESUS IS LORD and KING today…and forever! Hallelujah!

Carol Jones