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Prayer Guide Introduction

Thank you for participating in these 40 days of prayer for revival and spiritual awakening.  This Prayer Guide will help you join with other fellow believers in our church to bring these great needs before God.  The Guide provides a page for each day of the 40 Days of Prayer.  Each page has what you need to invest in a time of personal spiritual reflection and petition for yourself, our church, our nation, and the world.  Please keep in mind though, that the Guide is just that – a guide.  It is designed to give you a starting place for your time of prayer for revival and spiritual awakening.

What is revival?   Revival is a renewed commitment to the lordship of Jesus Christ, in a secular culture that minimizes the definition and impact of sin.  Only those who already have a relationship with Jesus can be revived.  As Christians begin to renew their love for their Savior and Lord, they will focus on His purposes of reaching lost people.

What is spiritual awakening?  Spiritual awakening is a by-product of the revived church, radiating the light of Jesus, creating an atmosphere conducive to an increased interest in knowing God.  Prompted by the Holy Spirit, believers can help awakened people come to know Jesus Christ personally.  Awakening results in changed attitudes, hearts overflowing with love, and a desire to be obedient to the Father.

Richard Land says, “To change lives we must first be changed.  We must pray for and experience spiritual regeneration, then recognize and accept our responsibilities as Christians to be salt and light. . .If we’re going to have faith in practice, we’ve got to get the faith right first.”

How to use the prayer guide

Stay Focused on the Theme for Each Prayer Session – For many of us, it is easy to get distracted during prayer.  Many other prayer needs will probably come to mind as well.  Unless God urges you to stop everything else and pray for these other concerns, consider writing them down and commit to pray for them when you have finished your current session.

Meditate on the Bible Passages on the Page – Let the Holy Spirit speak to you through them and show you how they address your life, our church, our nation, and the world.

Prepare Your Heart for Intercession – Let the Holy Spirit draw you into God’s presence and respond to Him as He speaks to you.  Open your heart and your life to Him before you begin your time of intercession.  Enjoy the closeness of His presence and fellowship.

Use the Prayer Points as Starting Points – The prayer points provide areas of concern you can focus on, but they are not comprehensive.  As you bring these concerns before the Lord, let the Holy Spirit guide you into other related areas that need your prayer.

Record Your Thoughts Daily in the Journal Section – As you pray and meditate on the Word of God for these forty days, write down those things that God has impressed upon your heart.  Don’t only be a “hearer,” but be a “doer” of what He speaks to you.

Fasting

If you wish to fast at any time during our 40 days of prayer, the following information will be helpful in giving you a better understanding of what fasting is and the types of fasts to consider as you seek God in prayer.

Fasting is the biblical discipline of abstaining from food for spiritual purposes.  Jesus instructs us in Matthew to not let others know about your fasting.  The strict details of your fast should not be something you constantly talk about to others.  It should remain between you and God.

Biblical fasting almost always concerns food.  Since the purpose of fasting is to focus on God, to humble ourselves and to remind ourselves that we are sustained by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God, then the task in fasting is connecting our “going without” to “hungering for God.”

There are several food fasts to consider:

The normal fast involves abstaining from all food but not from water.  Matthew 4:2 explains, “When He (Jesus) had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry.”  It says nothing about being thirsty.  Luke 4:2 says He “ate nothing.”  Again, it says nothing about being thirsty.  Since the body can normally survive no longer than three days without water, we can assume that He drank water during the forty-day fast.  The most common Christian fast is to abstain from food but to drink water or, in some cases, fruit juices.

The partial fast is a limitation of diet but not total abstinence from food and water.  This fast is demonstrated in Daniel 1:12 where we are told that Daniel and some of his friends had only “vegetables to eat and water to drink.”

The absolute fast means abstaining from both food and water.  There are several references in Scripture regarding the absolute fast.  We are told that Ezra “ate no bread and drank no water, for he mourned because of the guilt of those from the captivity” (Ezra 10:6).  Again, this type of fast is recorded when Esther requested that the Jews fast and pray on her behalf:  “Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day” (Esther 4:16).

The private fast is referred to in Matthew 6:16-18.  Jesus spoke quite eloquently to the crowd gathered about fasting in a way not to be noticed by others.  In direct contrast to the prideful fast exhibited by the Pharisees, Jesus made it clear that He looks deep into the heart of the person observing the fast to motivation.  Fasting for public attention or political power was not an acceptable reason to fast.

There is another fast to consider – abstaining from entertainment, which can be seen in Daniel 6:18:  “Now the king (King Darius) went to his palace and spent the night fasting; and no musicians were brought before him.  Also his sleep went from him.”

King Darius’ voluntary “fasting” from entertainment in the time of Daniel helps us further understand yet another type of fast.  Fasting from entertainment can be particularly helpful and accessible to children and youth.

Think of abstaining from television, ipods, video games, all reading except the Bible, music, texting, etc., for the duration of your fast.  This can be a very powerful decision even as a supplement to food fasts.

Choosing your fasting plan is a very personal decision.  We are all at different places in our walk with God and our spirituality should never be a cause for comparison or competition.  There is nothing more “inherently spiritual” about one type of fast as opposed to another.  Your personal fast should present a level of challenge to it, but know your body, know your options, and most importantly, seek God in prayer about this and follow what the Holy Spirit leads you to do. It’s also important to not let what you eat or do not eat become the focus of your fast.  This is a time to disconnect enough with your regular patterns and habits in order to connect more closely to God.

Not everyone should consider participating in a food fast.  Anyone with serious health problems should consult a doctor (one who has a relationship with God preferably), before fasting.

If you do not choose to fast, or no matter what kind of fast you choose, seek God with us in prayer for forty days, from November 9 through December 19, as we pray for revival and a great “spiritual awakening.”.

Prayer for Personal Revival

Duncan Campbell wrote, “Revival is not churches filled with people, but people filled with God.” When you look at history, revival does not begin when those outside the church walls come to Christ, it begins when those inside the walls repent of their sins, get honest with God, and go where he has called them.

Rodney “Gypsy” Smith was an evangelist who preached in England and the United States. He saw God move mightily in great revival. Someone once asked Gypsy how to experience personal revival. “If you want God to move,” Smith said, “Go home, and draw a chalk line round yourself, and stand in the ring and say ‘Lord, begin here!’”

Revival starts with each of us. Everything flows out of our personal relationship with God. The inner life is more imperative than the outward life. Personal revival takes precedence over corporate revival.

Consider the following…

  • Does the gospel change everything in your life: your finances, your emotions, decisions, relationships…everything?
  • Are you growing to love and obey God’s Word more every day?
  • How much time do you spend in genuine heart-felt prayer each day?
  • Do you sin without feeling any conviction or concern over your actions?
  • How has your commitment to the church been lately?
  • Have you attempted to share the gospel to at least one lost person within the last week?
  • Who or what are you truly living your life for?

Your answers to these questions provide insight on your spiritual condition. What would you say it shows? Do you need personal revival?

We all have sin in our lives. Let’s refuse to tolerate it. Personal revival happens when we truly repent of our sins. Let us turn away from the sin and turn to God.

May we forsake all questionable habits and activities. Then, let us commune with God in prayer and time in the Word. When we do this, God will restore and revive us.

Day 1

Thirsting for God

Revival begins when Christians long for a closer walk with God. Just like the body must stay hydrated during physical activities, we must also “be hydrated in our spirits to keep our passion for God alive.”

Reflection Scriptures

Psalm 63:1-3   (1) O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You in a dry

and thirsty land where there is no water. (2) So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, to see Your power and Your glory. (3) Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You.

Matthew 5:6   Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.

Psalm 42:1-2a   (1) As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my   soul for You, O God. (2) My soul thirsts for God.

Isaiah 44:3   For I will pour water on him who is thirsty, and floods on the dry ground; I will pour My Spirit on your descendants, and My blessing on your offspring.

Pray for God to. . .

  • Give you a deeper longing to walk with Him
  • Reveal Himself to you
  • Help you put your relationship with Him before all things
Day 2

Thirsting for God

Just as the deer pants for the water to quench its thirst, may we, as the children of God, be thirsty for an intimate relationship with God. We are all spiritual beings in physical bodies. When we are passionate about God, in each of us, there is a unique spiritual thirst to be closer to Him.

Reflection Scriptures

Isaiah 26:9   With my soul I have desired You in the night, yes, by my spirit within me I will seek You early; for when Your judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.

Psalm 143:6   I spread out my hands to You; my soul longs for You like a thirsty land.

John 4:13-14   (13) Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, (14) but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”

John 6:35   And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.

Pray for God to. . .

  • Draw you close to Himself
  • Refresh your spirit
  • Renew your spiritual joy
Day 3

Longing for the Word of God

God’s Word is an indispensable part of genuine, lasting revival. Having a love for Scriptures, a delight in Scripture, a craving for the Word of God, and to know God through his Word should be characteristic of every believer.

Reflection Scriptures

Psalm 19:7-10   (7) The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; (8) The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; (9) The fear of the Lord is clean,   enduring forever; the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. (10) More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. 

Psalm 1:1-2   (1) Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; (2) but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. 

Psalm 143:6   I spread out my hands to You; my soul longs for You like a thirsty land.

Pray for God to. . .

  • Give you a deep thirst for His Word
  • Reveal Himself to you as you read His Word
  • Help you apply the truths in His Word to your life
Day 4

Longing for the Word of God

There is no greater place in which to turn for inspiration and counsel than to the imperishable truths written in the infallible, inspired book of God – the Bible.

Reflection Scriptures

2 Timothy 3:16-17   (16) All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, (17) that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Psalm 119:9-16   (9) How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking    heed according to Your word. (10) With my whole heart I have sought You; oh, let me not wander from Your commandments! (11) Your word    I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You. (12) Blessed are You, O Lord! Teach me Your statutes. (13) With my lips I have declared all the judgments of Your mouth. (14) I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies, as much as in all riches. (15) I will meditate on Your precepts, and contemplate Your ways. (16) I will delight myself in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word.

Pray for God to. . .

  • Show you areas in your life that need to be surrendered to Him
  • Help you realize the depth of His love as you read His Word
  • Help you trust Him more as you learn more about Him from His Word
Day 5

Self-Examination

Christians must see their sinfulness the way God sees it.

Reflection Scriptures

2 Corinthians 13:5   Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you? – unless indeed you are disqualified.

Psalm 51:10   Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Lamentations 3:40   Let us search out and examine our ways, and turn back to the Lord.

Psalm 119:59   I thought about my ways, and turned my feet to Your testimonies.

Romans 12:3   For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.

Pray for God to. . .

  • Search through your life and reveal any sin
  • Help you be honest with Him about your sin
  • Help you hate the sin in your life
Day 6

Self-Examination

Sin is common in the life of every person. God does not condone sinfulness. Sin is contrary to the very nature and person of God.

Reflection Scriptures 

Psalm 139:23-24   (23) Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; (24) And see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

Philippians 1:9-11   (9) And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, (10) that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, (11) being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. 

Job 13:23   How many are my iniquities and sins? Make me know my transgression and my sin.

Psalm 26:2   Examine me, O Lord, and prove me; try my mind and my heart.

Pray for God to. . .

  • Fill you with a deep desire for holiness
  • Help you surrender sinful thoughts and practices
  • Restore any lost joy in your walk with Him
Day 7

Examine Relationships

Our earthly relationships are important to the Lord. Whether we are talking about friendships, marriages, families or dealings between brothers and sisters in Christ, Christians must seek to restore healthy relationships.

Reflection Scriptures 

Ephesians 4:25-27   (25) Therefore, putting away lying, “Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,” for we are members of one another. (26) “Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, (27) nor give place to the devil. 

John 13:34-35   (34) A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. (35) By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Pray for God to. . .

  • Show you if you have any broken relationships in your life
  • Help you know if you have contributed to broken relationships
  • Help you determine to do all you can to mend broken relationships

 

Day 8

Examine Relationships

When Christians love one another, they demonstrate to everyone that they are true disciples of Jesus Christ.

Reflection Scriptures 

Matthew 5:21-24   (21) “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.’ (22) But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’ shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire. (23) Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, (24) leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.

Colossians 3:12-15   (12) Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; (13) bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. (14) But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. (15) And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.

Pray for God to. . .

  • Restore your fellowship with those who have hurt you
  • Give you the courage to seek and restore fellowship
  • Help you be a peacemaker whenever possible
Day 9

Concern for the Lost

Christians should be genuinely, deeply burdened for lost souls. Jesus came to this world to seek and to save those who were lost (Luke 19:10). May we, as followers of Jesus, be passionate about sharing with those in our sphere of influence that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life.

Reflection Scriptures 

Matthew 28:18-20   (18) And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. (19) Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, (20) teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

Proverbs 11:30   The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise.

Mark 16:16   He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.

1 John 1:9   If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Revelation 20:15   And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.

Pray for God to. . .

  • Help you understand more about the plight of the lost
  • Help you understand better how much He abhors sin
  • Give you a renewed burden for the lost
Day 10

Concern for the Lost

Those who are lost may never know of God’s love for them if Christians keep silent.

Reflection Scriptures

Luke 10:2   Then He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.

Psalm 126:5-6    (5) Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy. (6) He who continually goes forth weeping, bearing seed for sowing, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.

Romans 10:14   How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not    believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?

James 5:20   Let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.

Pray for God to. . .

  • Help you share the gospel of Jesus Christ with the lost
  • Save the lost people you will pray for right now
  • Lead you to more lost people to witness to
Day 11

Repentance

You may be surprised to learn that the word “repentance” doesn’t mean sad, sorry or regretful, even though these adjectives appropriately describe the attitude we need to have in coming to repentance. The word “repent” itself literally means “to turn.” More than just turning away from sin, repentance requires that we turn toward God. Revival begins when Christians repent of their sins and embrace holiness.

Reflection Scriptures

1 John 1:9    If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Hebrews 12:1   Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.

Psalm 51   (1) Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; according to the multitude of Your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions. (2) Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. (3) For I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. (4) Against You, You only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Your sight – that You may be found just when You speak, and blameless when You judge. (5) Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me. (6) Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts, and in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom. (7) Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. (8) Make me hear joy and gladness, that the bones You have broken may rejoice. (9) Hide Your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. (10) Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. (11) Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. (12) Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me by Your generous Spirit. (13) Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners shall be converted to You. (14) Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, the God of my salvation, and my tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness. (15) O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall show forth Your praise. (16) For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it; you do not delight in burnt offering. (17) The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and a contrite heart – these, O God, You will not despise. (18) Do good in Your good pleasure to Zion; build the walls of Jerusalem. (19) Then You shall be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering; then they shall offer bulls on Your altar.

Pray for God to. . .

  • Create a spirit of humility and brokenness in your life
  • Confess your sins to God and repent of them
  • Help you to be an example of holiness to others
Day 12

Repentance

The Holy Spirit is grieved when a Christian cherishes sin and does not confess and repent of it.

Reflection Scriptures

Psalms 19:12-14   (12) Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from secret faults. (13) Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, and I shall be innocent of great transgression. (14) Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.

Psalm 66:18   If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear.

Ephesians 4:30   And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

Pray for God to. . .

  • Help you surrender every area of your life to Christ’s lordship
  • Help you be willing to give up sin in your life
  • Help you change any patterns in your life that tempt you to sin
Day 13

Action

True repentance leads to action.

Reflection Scriptures

Matthew 5:13-16   (13) “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. (14) “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. (15) Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. (16) Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

Philippians 1:6   Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.

Pray for God to. . .

  • Help you live a peaceable and quiet life in all godliness and holiness
  • Help you be involved in our church for the sake of the gospel
  • Enable you to engage with the culture creatively and effectively
Prayer for Church Revival

Pastor Joe McKeever once wrote that the reason there isn’t revival in the church today is not just because of prayerlessness. The reason there isn’t revival is simply because the church does not really want revival (which leads to a lack of prayer). Why? Because the most resistant people to a movement of God are oftentimes church people. Revival means change, and we do not want change. We like the way things are currently…familiar and comfortable. A revival will interrupt our routine. You see, when revival happens, people get confronted with sin, leave behind old ways, and follow God. New leaders, new people, new passion, and new priorities follow. If revival comes, reaching people for Christ will matter more than personal preferences. It is not an exaggeration to say that revival kills off the old church and leaves an entirely different one in its place. But, we like our comfort and we like our complacency. We like the same songs sung in the same way. We like seeing the same familiar faces in the same familiar pew. We like our Life Group the way it is, with the same people we know. We like the same order of worship in the same order it has always been. We like our church the way it is.

This is nothing new. God’s people have dealt with this life for laxity and resistance to the Holy Spirit from the beginning. So often, we are still satisfied with the old when God longs to do something new with us. Would you be accepting of a revival to take place in our midst? Would you be willing to leave your comfort zone to go to the new places God might call us?

Praying for our church is like filling a balloon with helium, the more it is filled, the more it will soar! For us to grow not just numerically, but in what is much more important, spiritually and in community to one another, requires our discipline and passion to pursue Christ more and ourselves less. We have to grow in Christ in a cherished, and intimate growing relationship with Him as LORD over all and LORD over us. We are called to become purpose driven with His purpose at our helm of leadership and lives so that our trust and intimacy is rooted in Him and not in our personal ideas or distractions (1 Chronicles 16:11; John 3:30; Ephesians 6:16; Colossians 2:6-8).

E. M. Bounds said, “What the Church needs today is not more, or better machinery, not new organization, or more novel methods; but men (people) whom the Holy Spirit can use; men (people) of prayer, men (people) mighty in prayer.”

Day 14

For Our Church

A God-honoring local church is the key to spiritually healthy Christians and effective ministry.

Reflection Scriptures

Psalm 85:6   Will You not revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in You?

Ephesians 3:17b-19   (17b) that you, being rooted and grounded in love,(18) may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height – (19) to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Hebrews 10:23-25   (23) Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. (24) And let us   consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, (25) not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.

Pray for God to. . .

  • Pour out His Spirit on our church
  • Increase joy in our fellowship
  • Strengthen our church’s commitment to missions
Day 15

For Our Church

A Christian cannot be committed to Jesus Christ and not be committed to His church. The church’s one foundation is Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Reflection Scriptures

Matthew 16:18   And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.

Ephesians 5:25-27   (25) Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also   loved the church and gave Himself for her, (26) that He might sanctify   and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, (27) that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.

Psalm 80:18-19   (18) Then we will not turn back from You; revive us, and we will call upon Your name. (19) Restore us, O Lord God of hosts; cause Your face to shine, and we shall be saved!

Pray for God to. . .

  • Raise up more laborers for ministry
  • Bring unity and not strife within our church family
  • Help us do ministry and serve Jesus Christ for His glory and not for the applause of man.

 

Day 16

For Our Church

The holiness of God is a neglected subject in the church today. Yet, it is essential for revival. We need to understand that God is utterly holy. He is pure and without the stain of sin. He always does what is right and good. Believers must come to see their spiritual bankruptcy and utter dependence on God.

Reflection Scriptures

Isaiah 57:15   For thus says the High and Lofty One Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, with him who has a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.

James 4:6   But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”

Psalm 19:12-14   (12) Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from secret faults. (13) Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; Let them not have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, And I shall be innocent of great transgression. (14) Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.

 

Pray for God to. . .

  • Create a spirit of humility and brokenness among the believers
  • Grant believers a deeper understanding and awareness of His holiness
  • Reveal to believers the depth and the evil of their sin, calling on the Holy Spirit to move them to confess and repent of their sin

 

Day 17

For Our Church

Revival is a powerful work of the Holy Spirit in which He draws believers closer to the Lord Jesus Christ. In revival, He leads believers to love and to confess Jesus Christ in a deeper, more faithful way than at other times.

Reflection Scriptures

1 John 4:1-3   (1) Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. (2) By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, (3) and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.

Ephesians 4:30-32   (30) And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. (31) Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. (32) And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.

Also 2 Corinthians 5-6

Pray for God to. . .

  • Give the believers a deeper love for the Lord Jesus Christ
  • Deal with any unforgiveness or bitterness among the believers of the church
  • Convict and save any deceived, unregenerate church members
Day 18

For Our Church

Revival usually comes when God gives His people bold, faithful and fearless preachers of the Word of God. Many believers have become complacent toward the Word of God. May the church of God be stirred to be “doers” of the Word and not simply “hearers.”

Reflection Scriptures

1 John 2:3-6   (3) Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. (4) He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. (5) But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. (6) He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.

Psalm 139:23-24   (23) Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; (24) and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

2 Timothy 3:16-4:4   (16) All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, (17) that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. (4:1) I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: (2) Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. (3) For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; (4) and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.

Pray for God to. . .

  • Help our pastor preach the Word of God with power, conviction, and authority
  • Grant the believers a hunger for the Word of God and a readiness to obey the Word of God
  • Reveal any obstacles that could hinder our church from experiencing genuine revival, and pray for their removal
Day 19

For Our Church

As Christians begin to renew their love for their Savior and Lord, they will focus on His purposes of reaching lost people. We are to be “salt” and “light” whenever we go so that Jesus Christ will be glorified! May we have a burden to pray for and share the gospel of Jesus Christ with lost people.

Reflection Scriptures

Isaiah 55:11   So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.

Matthew 5:13-16   (13) “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. (14) “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. (15) Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. (16) Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

Matthew 28:18-20   (18) And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. (19) Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, (20) teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Pray for God to. . .

  •  Revive our church that we may exercise a righteous influence in the world in which we live
  •  Fill His children with a great hunger and thirst for righteousness that compels us to daily read, study and apply His Word so that we are prepared to claim its power in our lives and to share its message of hope and salvation
  •  Grant our church an agonizing burden for the lost and an unceasing desire to share the gospel with them
Day 20

For Our Church 

As the church, we are going to change if we are to continue to lead people to Christ. With changing demographics, changing monetary needs, changing family structures, and other major considerations, the church must be equipped to minister to those within its reach and capabilities. Not every church has the same needs or abilities. Producing cookie-cutter churches would be a mistake. However, the church must keep abreast of some basic elements of a changing world and make an effort to incorporate them into its methods of reaching lost people for Christ.

Reflection Scriptures

2 Thessalonians 2:16-17  (16) Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself,    and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, (17) comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work.  

Matthew 6:14-15   (14) “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. (15) But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Romans 15:4-6   (4) For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. (5) Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, (6) that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Pray for God to. . .

  • Grant that our church will be a community of grace and forgiveness
  • Give a spirit of forgiveness that will permeate our church members so that those who may be at odds with each other will be reconciled
  • Bring to our church an atmosphere of encouragement by being grateful for Christ’s work in us that enables our congregation to be inspired to give genuine hospitality to all who come through our doors
Day 21

For Our Church

The church has one mission, although denominations may have different ways of accomplishing it. The mission of the church is to make disciples – to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. It was true during the days of the disciples of the New Testament and it is true today, the church – those who believe in Christ – is to make disciples.

Reflection Scriptures

Micah 6:8   He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the   Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?

James 3:16   For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.

John 15:16    You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. 

Pray for God to. . .

  • Lead every church member to exhibit good Christian character and integrity with all of their relationships and dealings in life.
  • Convict our church members of gossip, negative criticism, envying, unhealthy burdens, strife and weariness that will seek to invade our church family
  • Help our church members to become real authentic disciples of Christ who are learning, growing and making fruit and in turn making more disciples
Day 22

For Our Church

Buildings house the body of believers in corporate worship and administration. When we fall into the trap of looking at the church as a place, we easily separate ourselves from its mission because we think of the church as a physical place to worship together instead of understanding the church as our identity with a specific purpose. The church leaves in the cars that exit the parking lot after Sunday worship and carries on its work throughout the week.

Reflection Scriptures

James 4:17   Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.

Proverbs 3:9-10    (9) Honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the firstfruits of all your increase; (10) so your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine.

Galatians 6:14   But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom[a] the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

Pray for God to. . .

  •  Help every church member to recognize and confess sins of omission (living a life of disobedience according to God’s will for us as revealed through Scripture)
  •  Help our church to commit to a healthy understanding, wisdom, accounting and handling of its stewardship and finances to better receive God’s blessings
  •  Convict our church family to live Christ in authentic adoration, praise, impassioned worship and glory in private and collectively as a church. Convict us that worship is never to be for show, entertainment or talent focused, rather God is the audience to our praise.
Day 23

Pastoral Leadership

The desire of every church is for their pastors to pursue God with surrender and vulnerability to the Spirit’s shaping so that their effectiveness will grow.  Pastoral effectiveness translates into healthy, growing churches. (See CATC Staff, p. 52)

Reflection Scriptures

Ephesians 1:15-19   (15) Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, (16) do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; (17) that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, (18) the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, (19) and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power.

Acts 6:4   But we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word.

Philippians 2:1-5   (1) Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, (2) fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. (3) Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. (4) Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. (5) Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.

Matthew 4:4   But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’”

Also 1 John 2:15-17

Pray. . .

  • For spiritual freshness as our pastors devote themselves to prayer and God’s Word
  • That our pastors would walk with God as His Spirit-filled servants
  • For unity, agreement, unselfishness, humility, and oneness in Christ among our pastors
  • That our pastors will hunger daily for the Word of God
  • That our pastors will not love the world, but set their minds on Christ
Day 24

Pastoral Leadership

The cross must be the pivot point for every pastor, the place around which the rest of life and ministry revolves. The apostle Paul said, “God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” (Galatians 6:14)

Reflection Scriptures

Psalm 51:17   The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and a contrite heart – These, O God, You will not despise.

3 John 2   Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. 

Ephesians 6:10-18   (10) Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. (11) Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. (12) For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. (13) Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. (14) Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, (15) and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; (16) above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. (17) And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; (18) praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.

Philippians 1:9-11   (9) And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, (10) that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, (11) being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. 

Also Psalm 91

Pray. . .

  • That each pastor will have a servant’s heart with a broken and humble spirit
  • For our pastors’ health
  • For our pastors’ physical safety
  • That our pastors will put on the armor or God daily
  • For our pastors to have discernment and sensitivity to what is pleasing to God
Day 25

Pastoral Leadership

Effective shepherd-pastors fill a role of delegated authority, extensions of God’s preeminent shepherding role. They place the sheep’s welfare above their own as they care for the weak, sick, injured and lost. They keep their flocks from scattering by providing direction, administering correction and building unity.

Reflection Scriptures

Colossians 4:3-6   (3) Meanwhile praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in chains, (4) that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak. (5) Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. (6) Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.

2 Corinthians 3:17-18   (17) Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. (18) But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

2 Samuel 24:10  And David’s heart condemned him after he had numbered the people. So David said to the Lord, “I have sinned greatly in what I have done; but now, I pray, O Lord, take away the iniquity of Your servant, for I have done very foolishly.”

Also Psalm 78:5-7 and Philippians 4:6-8

Pray. . .

  •  That our pastors will boldly share Christ motivated by God’s love
  • For our pastors’ families to grow in the Lord
  • That our pastors will beware of relying on their own strength
  • That our pastors will teach their children to walk in God’s ways
  • That our pastors will have joy and peace in ministry in spite of their circumstances
Day 26

Pastoral Leadership

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment” (Matthew 22:37-38).  The greatness of following this command is demonstrated in multiple ways, including pastoral effectiveness – true greatness in ministry is directly linked to obeying it. There is no substitute or detour.

Reflection Scriptures

Ephesians 6:12   For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

2 Thessalonians 3:1-3    (1) Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you, (2) and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men; for not all have faith. (3) But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one.

Psalm 15:1-2   (1) Lord, who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in Your holy hill? (2) He who walks uprightly, and works righteousness, and speaks the truth in his heart.

1 Thessalonians 1:4-5   (4) knowing, beloved brethren, your election by God. (5) For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance, as you know what kind of men we were among you for your sake.

1 Corinthians 15:58   Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

Pray. . .

  •  That our pastors will recognize spiritual warfare
  • That God would protect our pastors from the evil one spiritually, physically, emotionally, mentally, personally, and practically
  • That our pastors would walk with honor and integrity
  • That our pastors’ words and actions would be a clear presentation of the gospel by the power of the Holy Spirit
  • That God will keep our pastors true to their God-given purpose in ministry

 

Day 27

Pastoral Leadership

Servant leadership is at the core of effectiveness in pastoral leadership.  Pastors who are effective in ministryapproach every relationship with a mind-set of servanthood that asks, “How can I encourage you so that you feel valued and empowered to follow God’s destiny for your life?”  This humility of leadership is bold enough to direct people, but is always motivated by God’s purposes – not personal gain.

Reflection Scriptures

2 Timothy 2:2   And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.

2 Timothy 4:7   I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

Hebrews 13:20-21   (20) Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,  (21) make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

Hosea 2:18-19   (18) In that day I will make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field, with the birds of the air, and with the creeping things of the ground. Bow and sword of battle I will shatter from the earth, to make them lie down safely. (19) “I will betroth you to Me forever; yes, I will betroth you to Me in righteousness and justice, in lovingkindness and mercy.

James 1:5-6   (5) If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. (6) But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.  

Pray. . .

  • For our pastors to be equipped and empowered by the Spirit of God
  • For God to disciple believers in Christian maturity under our pastors’ leadership
  • That our pastors will walk in righteousness, love, and faithfulness
  • That our pastors would have godly wisdom and discernment in all contacts, decisions, and divine appointments
  • That our pastors will finish well
Day 28

Support Staff and Ministry Assistants

Support staff and ministry assistants are mostly service-oriented roles under the pastoral leadership and are essential to having an effective church ministry. They help to carry out the vision and purpose of the church. Therefore, it is important that they are devoted to God and are loyal to the church of God. (See CATC Staff, p. 52)

Reflection Scriptures

Ephesians 5:18   And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation,   but be filled with the Spirit.

Colossians 1:28   Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 1:16-19   (16) do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: (17) that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, (18) the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, (19) and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power.

2 Thessalonians 3:1-3   (1) Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you, (2) and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men; for not all have faith.(3) But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one.

Also Hosea 2:18-19, Psalm 15:1-2 and 2 Samuel 24:10

Pray. . .

  • That our support staff and ministry assistants would walk with God as His Spirit-filled servants
  • That they will know who they are in Christ
  • For a servant’s heart with a broken and humble spirit
  • That they will beware of relying on their own strength
  • That God would protect them from the evil one spiritually, physically, emotionally, mentally, personally, and practically
Day 29

Deacons

The similarities between the qualifications of pastors and deacons underscore the awesome responsibility deacons have for service.  In his service and function as a deacon, his conduct and character ought to stand out in such a way that people both inside and outside the church count him as an honorable man.  The result of deacons functioning to serve the church, in the power of the Holy Spirit, will be a church that is healthy and focuses on knowing Christ, growing in Christ, and going for Christ.

Reflection Scriptures 

Hebrews 11:6   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.

Acts 6:1-6   (1) Now in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplying, there arose a complaint against the Hebrews by the Hellenists, because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution.  (2) Then the twelve summoned the multitude of the disciples and said, “It is not desirable that we should leave the word of God and serve tables. (3) Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business; (4) but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” (5) And the saying pleased the whole multitude. And they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, and Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas, a proselyte from Antioch, (6) whom they set before the apostles; and when they had prayed, they laid hands on them.

Matthew 20:27   And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave.

Also I Timothy 3:8-13

Pray for God to. . .

  • Create a spirit of humility and brokenness in the lives of our deacons
  • Help the deacon body to function in strengthening our pastor, supporting our vision, and serving our church so that we may have honor, harmony, and health within the body of Christ
  • Help our deacons to be men who are full of faith and are men of visionGive to our deacons the heart of a servant
  • Make our deacons sensitive to those things within the church body that have potential to be a burden to the pastors and assist in taking care of them
  • Help our deacons, through the power of the Holy Spirit, to live lives that are blameless and above approach
Day 30

 Ministry Leadership

Spirit-empowered leadership of the churches’ ministries is crucial for effective outreach.  A healthy church needs leaders who are spiritually vibrant and in tune with the Spirit of God.  You cannot lead others to a place you are not yourself.  Revival will not come until our leadership is revived. For leaders, it is so tempting to put all their emphasis on the works of ministry – preaching, teaching, pastoring, leading worship, teaching a Life Group, witnessing, visiting the sick, being godly parents, going on missions trips, making disciples – and it is so easy to neglect their private devotion to the Lord.  As sad as it is to say, sometimes leaders lose passion, fire and drive. Leaders always need a fresh glimpse of the glory of God.  When leaders return to their first love, revival can happen. A revived leadership will lead to revival among God’s people. (See Ministries of CATC, p. 53)

Reflection Scriptures

Romans 12:1-8   (1) I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. (2) And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (3) For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. (4) For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, (5) so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. (6) Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; (7) or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; (8) he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

Pray for God to. . .

  • Fill each ministry leader with His Holy Spirit
  • Give each leader a deep thirst for the things of God
  • Give each leader a vision for what He wants their ministry to achieve
  • Help every leader understand the important role they have within the various church’s ministries
  • Give every leader the wisdom they need to serve God faithfully in their ministry
  • Raise up additional workers for our church ministries
Day 31

The Next Generation

We must make it easy for the next generation to cultivate faithfulness.  It is sad to say that our preferences have taken priority over reaching them.  The church today has designed “church” for older adults.  Church programming, church budgets, worship styles and leadership have caused the next generation to stumble.  While culture targets and markets our young people, why would we sit back and let the world steal them away while we make church a place for older generations?  The church must capture the hearts and minds of our children, students and young adults.  Paul writes to the church in Corinth, I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.  What are we willing to do?  How much is the next generation worth to us?  We must rethink the way we do things to reach the next generation.

Reflection Scriptures

Psalm 78:1-8   (1) Give ear, O my people, to my law; incline your ears to the words of my mouth. (2) I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old, (3) which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us. (4) We will not hide them from their children, telling to the generation to come the praises of the Lord, and His strength and His wonderful works that He has done. (5) For He established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which He commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children; (6) that the generation to come might know them, the children who would be born, that they may arise and declare them to their children, (7) that they may set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep His commandments; (8) And may not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation that did not set its heart aright, and whose spirit was not faithful to God.

1 Timothy 4:12    Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purit.

Also 2 Thessalonians 3:1-3 and Hosea 2:18-19

Pray. . .

  • That the next generation will make Jesus Christ preeminent in their lives
  • That the next generation will walk in righteousness, love, and faithfulness
  • That God will protect them from the evil one spiritually, physically, emotionally, mentally, personally and practically
  • That the next generation will respond to the call of God to serve Him as pastors, musicians, missionaries, church leadership and other Christian ministries
  • That our church would be willing and able to do whatever it takes to reach them
Prayer for Revival and Spiritual Awakening in our Nation

We have heard the statistics. We know immorality is rampant, moral degradation is all around and moral redefinition is in progress. Abortion, same sex marriage, pornography, divorce, prostitution, sex trafficking, racism, drug use, substance abuse and other issues are everywhere. It seems our nation is headed toward a destructive future. Spiritual indifference, unbelieving irreverence, false worship, corrupt practices and unrepentant sin filled the nation of Israel. However, Samuel restored the moral law which restored the people. They repented and returned to God, and they were able to defeat the Philistines. The same adjectives can be used to describe our nation today. Much of the church in America sleeps. Spiritual lukewarmness is plaguing the church, resulting in the infrequency of church attendance, declining churches, lagging evangelism, sagging giving and generational disconnectedness. Complacency and conflict categorize the church more than contrition and compassion. What will it take for our nation to turn from its wicked ways and return to God?

Francis Schaffer wrote, “We as Bible-believing evangelical Christians are locked in a battle. This is not a friendly gentleman’s discussion. It is a life and death conflict between the spiritual hosts of wickedness and those who claim the name of Christ…But do we really believe that we are in a life and death battle? Do we really believe that the part we play in the battle has consequences for whether or not men and women will spend eternity in hell? Or whether or not those who do live will live in a climate of moral perversion and degradation? Sadly, we must say that very few in the evangelical world have acted as if these things are true. Where is the clear voice speaking to the crucial issues of the day with distinctively biblical, Christian answers? With tears we must say it is not there and that a large segment of the evangelical world has become seduced by the world spirit of this present age. And more than this, we can expect the future to be a further disaster if the evangelical world does not take a stand for biblical truth and morality in the full spectrum of life.” 

The battle is real and it is not among flesh and blood but it is a spiritual battle. It is time for Christians to get off the sidelines and join the fight. The church in the United States has lost much of her influence in the communities across the nation. If most churches in our land disappeared from their communities tomorrow no one would even notice. A very popular verse in the Old Testament, 2 Chronicles 7:14 states, “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” We must pray for our nation, its leaders, and its people. Then, we must enter the front lines of battle and preach the truth of God! Just like Israel, when God’s law is restored to our nation, restoration and awakening can happen!

 

 

Day 32

Conditions for National Revival and Awakening

It is true that 2 Chronicles 7:14 is addressed specifically to Israel. But surely the passage shows God’s heart for any people, any land.  What does God want from us who are believers? First, we must humble ourselves. We must admit that God is God and we are not. We must submit to God and come to Him in brokenness and repentance. Second, we must pray and seek God’s face.  No revival or awakening comes without prayer. Extensive prayer. Fervent prayer. Corporate prayer. Continual prayer. Third, we must turn from our wicked ways. God wants obedience from us, not religious ceremony. If we do these three things, then God promises to hear our prayers, forgive our sin, and heal our land. He will pour out His favor and blessing upon us.

Reflection Scriptures

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 will forgive their sin and heal their land.

Psalm 86:6   Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer; and attend to the voice of my supplications.

Psalm 80:18-19   (18) Then we will not turn back from You; revive us, and we will call upon Your name. (19) Restore us, O Lord God of hosts; cause Your face to shine, and we shall be saved!

Isaiah 55:6-9   (6) Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near. (7) Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon. (8) “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. (9) “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.

Also Titus 2:11-14 and 2 Thessalonians 3:1

Pray. . .

  • That through personal repentance you will be revived and spiritually refreshed in God’s holy presence and that you will be equipped for every good work
  • For God to breathe a fresh breath of His Spirit into your life and witness
  • For God to open wide the doors for the gospel to spread swiftly across the nation
  • For God to draw the multitudes of lost people to seek Him so they may find Him
Day 33

Conviction of Sin

Only God can convict people of sin and of their need for Him.  Each person must decide individually if he or she will believe the gospel of Jesus Christ and accept the free gift of salvation. Prayer is an important part of the process.

Reflection Scriptures

Romans 1:20-21   (20) For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, (21) because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.

Ephesians 1:7   In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.

1 John 1:8-10   (8) If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. (9) If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (10) If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

Also John 16:7-11

Ask God to. . .

  • Send revival and a spiritual awakening to our streets, our schools, government, judicial system, businesses, media and entertainment industries, and congregations across our city and nation
  • Pour His Spirit out over our city and the entire nation
  • Convince and convict every person of their sin
  • Tear down the works of Satan in people’s lives who are in our city and nation, like false doctrine, unbelief or other teaching that the enemy may have built up in a person’s life. Pray for people’s lives to be taken “captive to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5).
  • Empower and embolden Christians to share their faith so the lost can hear the gospel
Day 34

Embrace of Biblical Values

Revival and spiritual awakening will occur in our city and in our nation when the people choose morality. God must reveal the wickedness of sin before many people will reject immorality.  Public morality reinforces personal morality and brings honor to any culture.

Reflection Scriptures

Psalm 119:105   Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

Psalm 1:1-2   (1) Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; (2) but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night.

2 Timothy 3:16-17   (16) All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, (17) that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

1 Timothy 4:6-8   (6) If you instruct the brethren in these things, you will be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished in the words of faith and of the good doctrine which you have carefully followed. (7) But reject profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise yourself toward godliness. (8) For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.

Ask God to. . .

  • Help our city and national leaders promote biblical values
  • Help parents to make godly choices for themselves and for their families
  • Convince our city and national policy makers that His moral code makes strong nations
  • Guide Congress to pass laws that promote biblical values
  • Cause people of all ages to choose lifestyles that reflect biblical values
Day 35

Government Leadership 

In no uncertain terms the Lord calls us to pray for our government leaders.  This is because no one person or group of people can change a country or get it back on track.  And when we consider how our fellow Americans are suffering because of the downturn of the economy, rising unemployment, the deterioration of family, and escalating conflicts on the world stage, we quickly realize that only almighty God can truly help us.

Reflection Scriptures

1 Timothy 2:1-4   (1) Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, (2) for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.  (3) For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, (4) who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

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

Proverbs 29:2   When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when a wicked man rules, the people groan.

2 Thessalonians 3:3   But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one.

James 1:5    If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

Pray. . .

  • For revival and spiritual awakening in our city and national government leadership
  • For the president, vice-president, and other government leadership to recognize their personal inadequacy for the task of governing our country and look to the Lord for wisdom, knowledge, and courage to succeed
  • That our government leadership will readily forsake their political careers and personal ambitions if it is necessary to do so for the best of the country
  • For our government leadership to respect, honor, and obey the Constitution of the United States – the protector of our freedoms
Day 36

Government Leadership

When we fight our battles on our knees, we win every time.  And as believers lift our city and nation up in prayer, we can make a difference regardless of how difficult our problems may be because we are taking the burdens of our city and country to the One who understands the way to victory.

Reflection Scriptures

Colossians 1:9   For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.

Jeremiah 33:3   ‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’

Romans 13:1-5   (1) Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. (2) Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. (3) For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. (4) For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. (5) Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience’ sake.

Psalm 111:10   The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; a good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever.

Psalm 11:7   For the Lord is righteous, He loves righteousness; His countenance beholds the upright.

Pray. . .

  •  For revival and spiritual awakening in our city and national government leadership
  • For our government leadership to reverse the destructive trends of humanism and atheism – which attempt to dethrone God and deify humanity – because they ultimately result in an ungodly society
  • For our government leadership to reject all counsel that weakens our defenses against aggressors or endorses agreements that would do so in the future
  • For our president and other leadership to remember their accountability to almighty God for their attitudes, motives, behaviors, and decisions that affect our nation
Day 37

Military, Firefighters, Police Officers, Emergency Management, Disaster Relief

Those looking to make the world a better place in which to live often turn to careers in our armed forces and in public service. These men and women are “there for us” to serve and protect us and to help and assist us domestically and internationally. These local and national men and women are to be commended for their tireless daily efforts and the sacrifices they make in serving the people of our great nation.

Reflection Scriptures

Ephesians 1:16-19   (16) . . .do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: (17) that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, (18) the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, (19) and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power.

Philippians 1:6   Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.

Matthew 5:13-16   (13) “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. (14) “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. (15) Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. (16) Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

Also Psalm 37

Pray. . .

  • For revival and spiritual awakening in the lives of our military and public servants within our city and our nation
  • For safety on the job and for wisdom in handling the demands of their jobs
  • For the families of our military and public servants to have peace that God is in control and will protect them and their public servant spouse or parent
  • For those military personnel and public servants who are unsaved to put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ for salvation
  • For Christian military personnel and public servants to be salt and light to those in their particular branches, precincts and fire stations who are unsaved
Praying for Revival and Spiritual Awakening Around the World

There are over 7.2 billion people in the world today. It is estimated that 4.5 billion are without Christ. If they were to die today, they would be headed to a Christ-less eternity. People are not only dying without the gospel, but they are dying without having a chance of hearing it. The latest research shows that there are 9,805 people groups in the world today. Out of that number, 3,201 people groups are considered to be unreached. These people do not currently have access to the gospel, and unless something changes, they will likely be born, live and die without ever hearing the gospel. This cannot be tolerable to us. How will they hear? Who will go?

As Christians, our ownership of the gospel creates an obligation with the gospel. Hudson Taylor, a missionary to China, said, “The Great Commission is not an option to be considered; it is a command to be obeyed.” Think about what is at stake: everlasting joy in Jesus compared to never ending suffering without Jesus. As one author wrote, “Every saved person on this side of heaven owes the gospel to every lost person on this side of hell.” Hell is real, and time is short. We don’t have time to waste. A cause worth living for, a cause worth dying for is to take the gospel to all the people. We must give our lives urgently and recklessly to make the gospel known.

Our revival should lead to taking the gospel to the world. Billy Graham said, “An awakening can bring about the evangelization of the world in our generation.” We cannot sit idly by in our comfortable lives while billions of people go to Hell. We must do whatever it takes to get the gospel to the world. The growth of the church has always been contingent upon the openness of believers to express their faith. Let’s do all we can, so, as one missionary wrote, we have “no reserve, no retreat and no regrets.”

Day 38

Reaching the Lost

Christians around the world must have a constant awareness that they are in a spiritual battle that has to be fought with spiritual weapons, like prayer and claiming the power and promises of God and putting on spiritual armor in order to be victorious.  As believers experience revival in their own lives, great boldness and freedom from fear in professing their faith to others will occur.  Personal revival, then, brings with it the potential of a world-wide spiritual awakening.

Reflection Scriptures

Matthew 28:19-20   (19) Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, (20) teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded   you; and lo, I am with you always even to the end of the age.

Proverbs 11:30   The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise.

Psalm 126:5-6   (5) Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy. (6) He who continually goes forth weeping, bearing seed for sowing, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.

1 Corinthians 2:4   And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power.

Acts 1:8   But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.

Also Luke 10:2 and Luke 19:10

Pray. . .

  • For God to send overwhelming love, godly fear and genuine repentance and brokenness among His people all around the world
  • For holiness, boldness and power in God’s leaders and churches around the world
  • For God’s people around the world to be filled with a burning passion to pray for and witness to the lost
  • For revival and spiritual awakening in people of all the nations
  • For God to open doors to share the gospel to the 3,201 unreached people groups around the world
Day 39

Global Missions

For almost 170 years, Southern Baptists have sought to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all people everywhere.  Its founding charter identifies its singular focus – “for the purpose of eliciting, combining, and directing the energies of the Baptist denomination of Christians, for the propagation of the gospel.”

Reflection Scriptures 

Romans 10:14   How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not    believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?

Matthew 5:13-16   (13) “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. (14) “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. (15) Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. (16) Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

Romans 16:25-26   (25) Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret since the world began (26) but now made manifest, and by the prophetic Scriptures made known to all nations, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, for obedience to the faith.

Also Matthew 28:19-20

Pray. . .

  • For those who have answered the call of God on their lives to serve as missionaries in a foreign country
  • For the 4,726 missionaries under appointment by the International Mission Board (Southern Baptist Convention)
  • For God to send revival in the lives of our missionaries and to use them as godly influences in leading people to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ
  • That our network of more than 50,000 churches and church-type missions will reach the 2015 Lottie Moon Christmas Offering goal of $175 million for foreign missions, and that our church will give $400,000 to missions causes this year
  • For unity and the cooperative effort of all our SBC churches in continuing to reach the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ
Day 40

Personal Response

Christians must focus on being salt and light to the whole world, wherever they may be or wherever God may lead them.  May His light so illumine our lives that it is a beacon of hope and refuge to those around us who walk in darkness and despair.  How will God use you?  Will you respond to His call on your life even if it takes you out of your comfort zone?  May our response to whatever God wants us to do or wherever He wants us to go, be like to that of the prophet Isaiah, “Here I am, Lord. Send me!”

Reflection Scriptures

John 20:21   So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you!  As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.”

Matthew 9:37-38   (37) Then He (Jesus) said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. (38) Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”

Isaiah 6:8   Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”

Isaiah 61:1-3   (1) “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; (2) to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn, (3) to console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”

Also Matthew 5:13-16 and Matthew 28:19-20 

Pray. . .

  • For God to revive the heart and life of every Christian around the world and for a spiritual awakening to occur as Christians heed the call to “go and make disciples of all the nations”
  • For God to fill His children with a great hunger and thirst for righteousness that compels them to daily read, study and apply His Word so that they are prepared to claim its power in their lives and to share its message of hope and redemption in our city, our nation and around the world
  • That I will personally be obedient to the call of God to serve and love Him with all my heart, soul, mind and strength as I totally surrender to whatever He has for me to do, or wherever He may lead me