12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day's journey away. 13 And when they had entered, they went up to the upper room, where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot and Judas the son of James. 14 All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.
We are missing a unity.
America may not have been this unified since 1776.
The riots of the 1960s do not reach the depths of the willingness of people to slant, mistakenly speak and act with the regrets of the people.
A unity - very seriously exists right now. Acts 1 has unity. Jesus is alive in the chapter and He tells the people not to be so concerned about government. A funny thing to point out when the photos on this post look like this:
Do we have two parties? Oddly the Democrats only gave up two people presenting themselves. That is just weird. Rubio is going home with 85 million dollars.
I was walking past a rock contest for a rapper here with 16,000 people gave the rapper a standing ovation for saying "Who can believe this utterly incredible media event that is unending and they have the gall to call this a Presidential Election." A standing ovation - not for music. For a good 5 minutes
So what do we have. We have 9% of the "United" States citizens are pleased with their choices to run the government. Ladies and Gentlemen - we have obtained Unity.
We have obtained a time where there is one solution. Pray. Vote and pray. When you listen to the National Conventions - you'd think we have obtained Nirvana. Let me tell you something, I think we have something here - I think we might have obtained the Sympathy of Almighty God.
Forget putting out these ugly signs. Do this instead:
Use times when trouble is present, riots, dissent, to keep peace and give God Authority. Lawbreaking. Confusion.
We have a general malaise. And this is the time to pray.
Jesus said when we need Father God to pray and not give up hope.
I'm praying everyday for the Nation and the world. I hope you are praying the Large Prayers.
1. There is no doubt our Father God has used powerful revivals as the major means of restoring the fortunes of a declining church and advancing the cause of the Gospel in the world. God regularly extends His kingdom, numerically and geographically.
2. Israel experienced this during the period of the Judges in the Old Testament. Every man decided what was right. The same cycle of sin and apathy, decline and defeat, desperate prayer for God's help and, finally, His powerful intervention, characterizes every revival.
Perhaps there is a time now for this.
1. TIMING: Revivals emerge during times of spiritual and moral decline, which leads to intense prayer.
2. PRAYER: God puts a longing into the hearts of many to pray for revival.
3. THE WORD: The preaching or reading of God's Word brings deep conviction and desire for Christ.
4. THE HOLY SPIRIT: The Holy Spirit takes people to a spiritual depth they could not achieve on their own.
5. CONVICTION: Affected sinners are inconsolable except in Christ.
6. GLORY FOR GOD: God receives praise, honor, and glory for bringing revival.
7. REFORMATION AND RENEWAL: Revival produces lasting fruit.
8. MANIFESTATIONS: Manifestations miracles vary by culture and denomination.
9. MESSY: Revivals are messy--controversies swirl about miracles, abuses, excesses, suspicions, and theological disputes (to name but a few)
10. CYCLICAL: Revivals inevitably crest and decline.
Is America Ripe for Revival Today?
A majority of Americans believe our country is going downhill. Yet church attendance as a percent of population has held relatively steady since 1990.
he number of born-again Christians has grown steadily to 46% of adults today.Given the state of moral and spiritual decay, how is that possible? People change life time denominations to find more about the Word of God.
The answer is simple. Today, Christianity is prevalent. We have the believers. We need our prayers to reach to be consistent.
We've not had an awakening in America of historic proportion for a long time. With such a great tradition of revival and awakening, a great base from which to start, and a great need to counteract the increasing moral and spiritual decline, our nation appears ripe for a fresh outpouring of God's Spirit.
History tells us that national revivals and awakenings cannot be manufactured. This is Good. We need God to do the work. We have to pray with consistency.
The earth and the fullness thereof belong to God.
God loves to respond to the prayers of His people (e.g., 2 Chronicles 7:14).
The Revival Library
In 1900 a revival broke out among South African Boer soldiers, who had been captured by the British and transported to various British colonies. At the conclusion of the war, in 1902, they returned to South Africa and the revival returned with them. Gypsy Smith reaped a great harvest there in 1904.
In Japan, during 1900, the church doubled in size as revival swept through many ailing churches.
In 1902, Torrey and Alexander conducted meetings in Melbourne, Australia, resulting in over 8,000 converts. This news spread like wild fire, igniting a passion for prayer and a fresh expectation for God to work in similar ways everywhere.
In 1904, Torrey and Alexandra were in Cardiff, Wales and, in the light of a minimal response to the Gospel, they called for a day of prayer and fasting. Suddenly things changed dramatically and thousands were converted during the next 12 months.
On the day of prayer and fasting (according to Torrey) Evan Roberts received an anointing of the Holy Spirit with great power, in a meeting conducted by Seth Joshua. Here the Welsh Revival began. It was Sept 22nd 1904.
However, the roots of the revival went back further. Young Evan Roberts had been praying for revival and an outpouring of the Holy Spirit for 11 years. Through a vision he received, Roberts believed that God was going to win 100,000 souls. In response to a further vision, he returned home in Loughor from Newcastle Emlyn where he had been enrolled in a Bible College.
During his first few meetings the heavens opened. God's presence seemed to fill the air. Many were prostrated with conviction, others cried for mercy and many were so filled with the Spirit they pleaded with the Lord to stay His hand.
Soon the revival spread to other places in South Wales. Teams of young people assisted preachers like Roberts, Sydney Evans, Seth Joshua, Joseph Jenkins and R. B. Jones. The revival then took hold in North Wales. Within six months 100,000 had come to Christ!
The Welsh Revival was soon the main topic of conversation throughout the Christian world. Wherever the news went it seemed to cause passionate prayer and began to ignite revival fires everywhere. Christians across Great Britain turned to prayer and church membership increased throughout the land.
In Scandinavia a current revival was fanned into a mighty blaze, as a result of the Welsh Revival. Germany was similarly affected as the flame spread across Europe. Austria, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, the Balkans and Russia experienced awakenings.
The United States felt the after-shock of the Welsh Revival in almost every place. Prayer, conviction and conversion spontaneously occurred, resulting in unusual church growth.
In 1906 the modern Pentecostal Movement was born in Azusa Street, in Los Angeles, after a succession of local revivals through 1905. News of the Welsh Revival encouraged more prayer and suddenly the Holy Spirit descended. Daily meetings were held for the next three years. Visitors flocked there to catch the power of the Spirit and they were not disappointed. No one could have imagined that this was the beginning of the greatest and most effective missionary movement that the world had ever seen. It marked the birth of what was once called 'the third force in Christendom.' Some would argue that, 100 years later, it has grown into the largest and most powerful force.
Almost no country in the world was excluded from the effects of this incredible revival. Almost every nation, on each continent, received new power from heaven, a new passion for prayer and for the lost. Hundreds of thousands came to the Lord.
D L Moody, whose ministry may be described as "highly successful crusade evangelism interspersed with periodic revivalism". Moody began his ministry in Chicago and entered full-time Christian work in 1860, concentrating on his Sunday school and YMCA work. He was God's chosen vessel to take the sparks of the 1857-60 revival to ignite a fresh passion for God
in 1882, a worldwide interdenominational student missionary movement began. Though the YMCA in the States and Christian Unions in the U.K. had their inception during the former revival (1857), Moody's influence transformed these works into powerful missionary movements. The 'Cambridge Seven', including C. T. Studd, were products of Moody's visit and they went to on evangelise China in 1885. By 1912 Studd founded W.E.C., a missionary movement which had great success in parts of Africa. Wilfred Grenfell, the renowned missionary to Labrador was converted at a tent mission led by Moody in 1885.
What was Moody's Message? Always Remember God Loves You.
Never let anyone take from you - God Loves You.
What other movement centered on - God Loves You. The Acts of the Apostles.
The Last Century saw great wars. And most of us can point to what our grandparents did to keep families together and praying. Revivals are needed.
For this reason I kneel before the Father,from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name.
pray that out of Your glorious riches, Father God may strengthen us with power through Your Holy Spirit in our inner being.
We invite Jesus Christ, that You, God, may dwell in our hearts through faith.
I pray, asking Jesus to pray with us, that we, being rooted and established in love, may have power,
together with all the Lord’s holy people,
daily grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Jesus Christ.
And to Know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Now to our Father God who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to God's power that is at work within us, to Jesus Christ be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!
We lift up those we Love. Our cares. Their difficulties and Prayers. Our Churches. Communities, States. This Nation and all of the believers of Jesus Christ across the world. Jesus has told us to pray and have hope.
Yes, we are asking Father God, for more of Your Holy Spirit. Amen in Jesus.
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