40 Day of Prayer for Awakening & Revival – Day 10

Pray for Revival. Pray for AWAKENING! Complacency & apathy are the enemies of revival. Read below & pray!

Battle Against Complacency (by Bill Fitzhugh)

…Why are we sitting here until we die?  2 Kings 7:3 (NKJV)

Four leprous, dying men were sitting at the gates of a dying city.  They couldn’t go into the city and were afraid to go out, because the enemy had surrounded them. If they stayed where they were and did nothing, they would surely die.

One question jolted them out of their complacency:

Why are we sitting here until we die?

The emphasis is upon the word “here.”  The question made them realize they had to take action.

I believe there are questions we must ask if we want a better tomorrow and a hope of revival.  Maybe a question like,

“Would I be content to die in the place where I am now in my life?”

If your answer to the question is, “I am not ready to die,” then,

“Why do we sit here until we die? “
“Why do we sit in the status quo when things can be different?”
“Why do we sit in depression, loneliness, strife and boredom?”

This is a day to be bold and daring and a little bit crazy in your faith.  We all have to risk breaking this stranglehold of status quo.  So let the dream of revival be restored in your life and become the devil’s worst nightmare.

Father, I want to combat mediocrity and complacency in my life.  I want my life to count in eternity.  Lead me to pray and live boldly on this side of heaven.

 

40 Day of Prayer for Awakening & Revival – Day 9

Knowing Jesus, His Word, and being intentionally obedient to Him leads us to a keen awareness of those without salvation and a desire to lead them to knowing Christ. The lost will be drawn to Christ through us when WE get revived! Revival starts with God working in His people and spills over into the community.

Read this devotional below and PRAY!

Become Aware of the Lost (by Reed Dillahunty)

How can anyone develop a keen awareness for the lost? Here are three insights that have helped me

The more I know Jesus, the better I understand who He is and what He desires.

Passionately knowing Him is the beginning of seeing my world through His eyes, especially seeing those who are lost. Do you know Him? Do you sense His heart for the lost?

Studying His word gives a deeper understanding of the heart of God.

…the LORD God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth; who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin.  Exodus 34:6-7 (NASB)

You will become more aware of the lost as you grow in your understanding of His heart. Memorize scriptures that describe the heart of God and think about them throughout the day.

Be intentionally obedient in witnessing.

You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, to declare the praises of Him who has called you out of darkness in to His light. You are called to bear witness; it is the normal activity of a child of God.

Father, give me a heart like yours for lost people. As I grow in You and Your Word, open my eyes and fill me with compassion for people who do not know You.

 

40 Day of Prayer for Awakening & Revival – Day 8

Please use this devotional below to continue to pray for revival & spiritual awakening!

He Will Do What He Wants To Do (by Mark Thornbrugh)

I can do all things through Christ which strengthenth me. Philippians 4:13 (KJV)

To say, “I can do all things” begs the question, “Like what?”  Does that mean that any plan or scheme I devise will succeed?  Definitely not! Someone once said, “Although Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith, He is under no obligation to finish what He did not author.”

To boldly declare, I can do all things through Christ requires knowledge of what is to be done.  Such an understanding comes only through the Word of God and through prayer.

Paul’s ability to adjust to constantly changing circumstances, and yet still effectively minister, is a direct result of the sustaining power of Christ in his life.  However, to serve as a conduit for the plan and purpose of God, we must know the plan and purpose we are to carry out.

Paul also admonishes us in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 to “Pray without ceasing.” This maintenance of an attitude and atmosphere of the presence of God is the only way to consistently know His will in daily ministry.  When we know our directed tasks, then we also know the outcome. I can, because the Lord has said He will!

Father, prayer doesn’t change anything – You do!  Direct my heart to pray for Your will – that You may be glorified in my life and in my church.

40 Day of Prayer for Awakening & Revival – Day 7

God’s never wastes a bad experience. God can use setbacks, disappointments, and tragedies to bring you to a point of trusting Him. Then, once encouraged, He will use you to help someone else going through a bad experience. Don’t let bitterness be used by the enemy, but let healing and forgiveness be used by God to bring reviva!

Please read this devotional by a fellow Village resident and PRAY FOR REVIVAL.

Seek His Insight into Your Troubles (by Karen Jordan)

A few days before I delivered our firstborn, my mother-in-law died unexpectedly. Her tragic death sent waves of shock and grief throughout our family.

To make matters worse, my father-in-law had just been released from the hospital following surgery. Within days, we felt obligated to abandon our apartment, nursery and all, and move into his home to help him recover. When my son was born, I found myself living in a strange house with a demanding new baby, not having a clue about how to care for him, my recuperating father-in-law, or my grieving husband.

I remember sitting in my mother-in-law’s yellow leather rocker, crying as I tried to rock my son to sleep. I had never faced this type of crisis before, when everything seemed to be caving in on me at once. As I wrestled with my thoughts about my faith, I recalled a Scripture I had read:

For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God      prepared in advance for us to do.  Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)

Suddenly, I understood what that passage meant for me.  God brought this child into my life at this particular time for a reason.  God was working out a great plan…for both of us.

Father, there are many times when difficulties wedge their way between my heart and your presence. As You restore my soul, use me as a source of encouragement for others.

(Karen Jordan lives in Hot Springs Village)


40 Days of Prayer for Awakening & Revival – Day 6

Believe. Believe. BELIEVE! I am praying our belief will be so strong we will EXPECT revival, our faith be such that we will be confident God will send awakening, renewal, and salvation! Pray today BELIEVING. Pray that God will remove our unbelief. Read this devotional and PRAY BELIEVING!

Trust Him (by Gail Pucik)

“Where did this man get these things?” they asked.  “What’s this wisdom that has been given him that he even does miracles?  Isn’t this the carpenter?  Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon?  Aren’t his sisters here with us?”  And they took offense at him. Mark 6:2-3 (NIV)

Jesus’ ministry was in full swing. He had been actively ministering to the masses, and had even raised the dead, calmed a storm, and now He was coming to Nazareth, His hometown.

As Jesus taught, “many were amazed” (vs. 2).

But there was a negative reception – some even criticized Jesus and harshly rejected Him, His message, and His works. Those who should have known Him best actually knew Him least!

Unbelief has that affect on us.

Unbelief becomes a stifling barrier between us and the mighty things Jesus longs to do for us.  The unbelief in Nazareth hindered Him from doing more miracles there.  Jesus left, amazed at their lack of faith.

Father, let me not be so familiar with who I think You are that I miss who You really are.  Let me see Your mighty miracles and know Your living presence!

 


40 Days of Prayer for Awakening & Revival – Day 5

In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus found the disciples sleeping. He said “Watch and pray.” He kept going back and praying again. Be persistent in praying for revival and spiritual awakening! Be persistent. Please read today’s devotional and persistently pray!

Turn Towards Him (by Bob Fielding)

Does God really want a relationship with you?

Reading Isaiah 66:1, you may think that is not possible. God describes Himself as so powerful and immense, it is easy to feel insignificant!

Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool.
Where is the house you will build for me? Where will my resting place be? Isaiah 66:1

But He continues in verse 2:

…but on this one will I look: On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, and who trembles at My word.  Isaiah 66:2 (NKJV)

God says that if anyone responds to Him His way, he will “look” toward them, show favor to them, or have regard for them! God is willing to turn toward us if we will turn to Him. As you pray for personal revival, seek God for:

  • Humility – Ask God to expose pride in your life. James 4:6 promises grace to the humble.
But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” James 4:6

  • Brokenness – Confessing his sin to God, David remembered that God does not “despise” broken and contrite hearts (Psalm 51:17)
My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise. Psalm 51:17

  • Love for His Word – God blesses those who obey His Word. Jesus said that if we love Him, we will demonstrate it through obedience. (John 14:15)
If you love me, keep my commands. John 14:15

Father, expose pride in my life. Show me what to confess.  As I search Your word for truth and guidance, teach me and I will obey. Thank you for your regard for me. Bob Fielding

40 Days of Prayer for Awakening & Revival – Day 4

Continue to pray for Spiritual Awakening & Revival! Make some noise!! Read this devotional and pray a “noisy” prayer.

Pray Until He Comes (by Mark Bridges)

David Crowder wrote a unique worship song called Make a Joyful Noise.  I especially love two lines in the song, “I will not be silent” and “I will not be quiet anymore.” They remind me of the prophet’s words in Isaiah 62:1:

For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not be quiet, until her righteousness goes forth as brightness, and her salvation as a burning torch.

Why will the prophet Isaiah not keep quiet?  Because he longs to see the bright ray of righteousness and a flaming torch of salvation among his people.  He is anticipating a great awakening among the Lord’s people.  He is anticipating a massive movement of God’s Spirit.  He is anticipating revival.

The “until” in Isaiah 62:1 is a picture of revival!  Duncan Campbell captures the thought like this: “Revival is a community saturated with God.”  This community earnestly desires to be filled with all the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:19) and is moved to sincerely pray for revival.

For Arkansas’ sake, I will not keep silent until a longing for revival births in my ministry and in my church. This is the noise I’m longing to hear:  the noise of faithful prayer warriors; the powerful noise of the Spirit blowing wherever He pleases (John 3); the noise of salvation; the noise of many changed lives.

Father, unleash a movement of Your Spirit like we have never seen, heard or experienced before.


40 Days of Prayer for Awakening & Revival – Day 3

Pray for Spiritual Awakening & Revival. Pray that God will remove any motive that does not align with loving God and loving our neighbor as ourselves.

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 22:36-40

Make Friends for Eternity (by Sam Carey)

Whenever God determines to do a great work, he first sets His people to pray. – C.H. Spurgeon

Is God calling you do something great for Him?

In Rick Warren’s 40 Days of Purpose campaign, a question is asked, “What on earth am I here for?”  The answer is simple: to love God and to love His people.

As we prepare for church-wide harvest events, like a high attendance day in Sunday School, we must realize that those who will walk through the doors of the church are more than a goal: they are His people, created in His image – the ones who bear the mark of creation.

It is true that sometimes those images may be tarnished, dinged, and bent, but look closely into the eyes of your neighbors.  Is it a friendly church that they need or is it friends?

Today is the day to see beyond whatever numerical goal the church may have and ask God for eyes that can see the heart of the matter: will we love the people He brings among us?

Father, when you bring the crowds into our church, help me to see individuals, not just numbers.  Use me to win each person’s heart by becoming a friend.

Wonder, Worry, Wish

What do you wonder about? … worry about? … and wish for? I asked that question a few months ago. The congregation of Balboa Baptist responded revealing these topics:

  • Personal issues of aging, health, finances, and work. (4 responses)
  • Unity of the church under God’s leadership. (7 responses)
  • End times, our future, and heaven. (14 responses)
  • Condition of our nation and world in light of current events. (34 responses)
  • Concern for family members’ relationship with God. (35 responses)
  • And #1, desire for a deeper walk with God, finding His will, and obeying Him. (41 responses)

As Jesus hung on the cross dying for us, Scripture records seven statements. The seven last words of Jesus before His death and resurrection addressed similar topics:  Forgiveness, Heaven, Family, Loneliness, Physical Needs, Salvation, and Death.

It’s hard not to notice the similarities between our felt needs today and what Jesus said on the cross.

God perfectly understands what we wonder about, worry about, and wish for. We believe with all confidence:

“For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.” Hebrews 4:15 ESV

This Sunday at 9:00 a.m., one week before Easter, I will address these seven last statements of Jesus.

A three sermon series addressing the Wonder, Worry, & Wish question begins on Easter Sunday:

  • April 5: “Can I Really Know God?”
  • April 12: “Does God Really Care about Us?”
  • April 19: “What Difference Does God Make in Our World?”
On Easter Sunday only, Balboa Baptist will have TWO services, 9:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. You’re invited!

Pray for Awakening & Revival – Day 2

Pray urgently, fervently for God. Not until we hunger for the face of God will we see Him. Desire more than anything else to know our Father who loves us. Pray for our Easter services less than two weeks away. Pray for our Revival meetings April 26-29.

Read this devotional thought below and PRAY!

Long for the Presence of God (by Don Pucik)

In the early 90’s, I worked for an environmental engineering firm in south Louisiana. Occasionally, I would go into a chemical plant or refinery to draw water samples. In the lab, we analyzed the samples for the presence of various chemicals.

After a worship service, I often hear people say “God was here today.” How can we know for certain? How can we “test” for the presence of God in our church fellowship?

Things happen. People change. God’s presence accomplishes something in our lives. For example:

  • You will have a sense of awe (Revelation 1:17). John fell on his face in the presence of God.
  • You will have a sense of His love (Ephesians 3:17-19). His love is not only a fact; it is also experiential and defies verbal description.
  • You will have a crushing awareness of your own sinfulness (Isaiah 6:1-5). Like raising the lights in a darkened room, God’s holiness will highlight all the impurities in our lives.
  • You will have a deep desire to confess your sin and make things right with others (Luke 3:8-14). Under John the Baptist’s anointed message of repentance, the people, tax collectors and the soldiers all asked, “What shall we do then?”
  • You will begin to share His heart for a broken and lost world (Luke 9:36-38). If His heart is moved with compassion, how can ours beat in any other way?

Father, I want to know what it is to be in Your presence on this side of heaven.

Don Pucik