Pentecost

I want to bring forward just a few of the events surrounding what is called “Pentecost” in Acts.

There had been a prayer meeting:

Acts 1:14  “They were all united as one, as they diligently continued in prayer. Included were the women, Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.” ULB-EN

There was an outpouring of the Holy Spirit:

Acts 2:1-4 “When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in the same place. 2 Suddenly there came from heaven a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 There appeared to them tongues like fire that were distributed, and they sat upon each one of them. 4 They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other languages, as the Spirit gave them to speak.” ULB-EN

Acts 2:14-36 Peter preaches Christ with boldness.

And the multitudes believed: Acts 2:37-42—that’s revival!!!

Pastor Hendrix, in his first message at the 2016 Family Conference titled: “The Holy Spirit and Revival”, says:

“When we talk about Pentecost we are not talking about another Pentecost because this was unique just like the incarnation, just like the cross, but there are aspects about what the Spirit does in revival that we can learn from studying Pentecost.”

So, we’re not looking for the unique experience of the Day of Pentecost, but many similar things, especially the outpouring of the Holy Spirit to revive the believers’ hearts, and convict and convert unbelievers.

He goes on to quote Samuel Davies from a 1741 sermon defining Revival as:

“The ordinary work of God’s grace, performed with such extraordinary power, swiftness, and expansiveness, that both the church and the world are spiritually awakened. Which is to say, that both church and world become keenly aware of God’s glory, His majesty, and His special presence.”

This message was very powerful on the work of the Holy Spirit. If you have not yet listened to it, I highly recommend it:  The Holy Spirit and Revival

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Directions on Praying 2

My dear sisters, I want to give you some personal observations as to praying for revival. Again, I see this as God’s hand directing. Since I started preparing and writing this blog, God has brought to my attention so much material on revival. Now, I understand it’s very much like getting a car, a different model than you’ve had before that you’ve never notice, but now you see them everywhere. So, now I see information on Revival “everywhere”. God has placed before me so much that I don’t know what to share with you at times. I try to keep these brief because we’re here to pray, seeking God’s honor and glory in all things, so for today we’ll look again to God’s word for directions.

I purpose meditation on Psalm 85 for this week’s Prayer for Revival:

Psalm 85:1 “Yahweh, you have showed favor to your land;
you have restored the well-being of Jacob.
2 You have forgiven the sin of your people;
you have covered all their sin.  Selah
3 You have withdrawn all your wrath;
you have turned back from your hot anger.
4 Restore us, God of our salvation,
and let go of your displeasure with us.
5 Will you be angry with us forever?
Will you remain angry throughout future generations?
6 Will you not revive us again?
Then your people will rejoice in you.
7 Show us your covenant faithfulness, Yahweh,
grant us your salvation.
8 I will listen to what Yahweh God says,
for he will make peace with his people, his faithful followers.
Yet they must not turn again to foolish ways.
9 Surely his salvation is near to those who fear him;
then glory will remain in our land.
10 Covenant faithfulness and trustworthiness have met together;
righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
11 Trustworthiness will sprout up from the ground,
and victory will look down from the sky.
12 Yes, Yahweh will give his good blessings,
and our land will yield its crops.
13 Righteousness will go before him
and make a way for his footsteps.” ULB-EN

Seek the Holy Spirit’s guidance as you read and meditate on this Psalm. It is rich with hope and God’s forgiveness. He has restored in the past; He can again.

Directions on Praying

I’ve been asked to write on ways to pray, but I turn primarily to the scriptures, plus Biblical explanation and examples from others.

Sisters, let us look at Luke 18:1 first:

“Then he spoke a parable to them about how they should always pray, and not become discouraged,” ULB-EN

This is just the beginning of one of Jesus’ parables, but here Jesus is encouraging us to keep on praying and not give up.

Also, take a look at what is commonly called the Lord’s Prayer from Matthew 6:9-13:

9 “Therefore pray like this:
‘Our Father in heaven,
may your name be sanctified.
10  May your kingdom come.
May your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
11  Give us today our daily bread.
12  Forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13  And do not bring us into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.’
14  For if you forgive people their trespasses,
your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
15  But if you do not forgive their trespasses,
neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” ULB-EN

This is also often referred to as the “Model Prayer”, and although we can pray this prayer back to our Heavenly Father, we also use it as a form to pray. For more on this and Luke 18:1, let me encourage you to listen to Pastor Robert Elliot’s 3rd message at the 2016 Family Conference I have spoken of before: “A Parable of Persistent Prayer”.

Call the Wailing Women….

In my post, If two agree…, I mentioned a conference where women will gather to pray for revival. I return to that now because it is this Friday night. The brief video I watched about it is very encouraging, and also quotes Jeremiah 9:17-18

17 This is what the Lord Almighty says:
“Consider now! Call for the wailing women to come;
send for the most skillful of them.
18
Let them come quickly
and wail over us
till our eyes overflow with tears
and water streams from our eyelids. (NIV)

So supportive of what we are talking about here.  I recommend checking it out and perhaps tuning in Friday night if you’re able. You’ll need to stroll down a little to get the video. CryOut

Revival in Ephesus

Newcomers: Getting Started

The Adult Sunday School class I attend has just started The Life & Ministry of Paul. The teacher referred to Pastor Ted Donnelly’s preaching at the Trinity Ministerial Academy on Paul. In part 8 of that series, Pastor Donnelly refers to Paul’s ministry in Ephesus, and the evangelical results, and much more. The Life of Paul Part 8: Ministry in Ephesus

Donnelly says: “Our desire is to change society and to bring it captive to the Lord Jesus Christ in everything.”

This happened to the Ephesian society—how? “Society is changed through the preaching of the Word, and through transformed lives.”  (Donnelly)

Acts 19 records Paul’s time in Ephesus. It was a city full of idol worship & temples, along with all the immorality that went with that, but verses 17b-19 show a change:

Acts 19:17b-20 “They became very afraid, and the name of the Lord Jesus was honored. 18 Also, many of the believers came and confessed and admitted the evil things they had done. 19 Many who practiced magical arts brought their books together and burned them in the sight of everyone. When they counted the value of them, it was fifty thousand pieces of silver. 20 So the word of the Lord spread very widely in powerful ways.” ULB-EN (50,000 pieces of silver is just under 4 million USD today)

Later, the silversmiths were concerned that their “trade was in danger”.

Donnelly goes on to mention some examples in history, summarized here:

Revival in the town of Ballymena, Ireland, in July, 1860 the courts had to adjure because no crimes had been committed in the last 6 months. (Part of the 1859 Ulster Revival)

Nearby in Coleraine, “not one single glass of spirits had been sold on the market day.”

W.P. Nicholson—in the 1920s preached the gospel in the Belfast shipyards, and the shipyard authorities had to open a warehouse to hold the stolen goods that the shipyard workers brought back “by the wagons full”, convicted of their sin and need for change.

That’s the Holy Spirit at work, being poured down. My sisters, let us join together, seeking God to bless this world by again sending His Spirit “pressed down, shaken together and spilling over” Luke 6:38 ULB-EN The Call

A Quote from Lloyd-Jones

New readers, start here: GETTING STARTED 

I mentioned in my last post that I had finished reading a book in which much was said about revival at the very end. That book was: Authority by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, published by Banner of Truth, 1958 (newest editions available). On page 89-90, he writes:

“You cannot announce that a revival is going to be ‘held’ It is sheer confusion of language, and it is extremely misleading. I believe it is even capable of quenching the Spirit. A revival is something that can never be arranged and organized by men. A revival is the result of the direct action of the Holy Ghost in authority and power. A revival does not just mean preaching the gospel with the result that a number of people are converted. A revival means the Holy Ghost descending upon a Church or a community or a countryside in power and in might, in an unmistakable manner, breaking men down, and perhaps even casting them physically to the ground. It leads to agonies of repentance and longings for Christ and for peace and salvation. That is what is meant by a revival.”

That is what we are praying for. Let us start with our own hearts and souls, then expand that to our local churches. Seek God to send His Holy Spirit to descend on us to become Christ’s light in this dark world. THE CALL

The Prayer Meeting Revival 1857-1858

I’m going to keep this link here for a while to help new people get around. GETTING STARTED

Let me summarize a portion of David Scott’s presentation at the family conference I wrote about in The Call

Jeremiah Calvin Lanphier was hired by the Old North Church as a city (NYC) missionary. He saw little success, but came to realize his work needed to be “buoyed by prayer”—his words. He decided to start a mid-day prayer meeting, sending out pamphlet advertisements/invitations. This was for businessmen and started September 23, 1857, a Wednesday, noon to 1 pm. “It will continue for one hour; but it is designed for those who find it inconvenient to remain more than 5 or 10 minutes, as well as for those who can spare a whole hour.”

Thus, my pattern for calling women to a similar one, but, with this computer age, trying to reach around the world.

But why women? Because Acts records women praying near the river, and…

Acts 16:13-14 “On the Sabbath day we (Paul & company) went outside the gate by the river, where we thought there would be a place of prayer. We sat down and spoke to the women who had come together. A certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple from the city of Thyatira, who worshiped God, listened to us. The Lord opened her heart to pay attention to the things which were spoken by Paul.” ULB-EN

Notice that they were at a place of prayer and God opened Lydia’s heart. Lydia is the first recorded believer in Europe.

So, let us women pray. THE CALL

Nineveh Revived

Since we’re all just getting started together, I thought I’d leave this link here to help us out: GETTING STARTED

2 Chronicles 7:14  reads: “then if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves, pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.” ULB-EN

I know that is a verse used frequently to call God’s people to Himself, but think of the way it was fulfilled in Nineveh. Jonah was God’s very reluctant, and disobedient, prophet that He sent to Nineveh to warn them of coming destruction, but when he finally preached through the streets—-just picture Jonah perhaps digging his feet, head lowered, may be even muttering at times, “In forty days Nineveh will be overthrown.” Jonah 3:4  ULB-EN.  Jonah didn’t like the Nineveh people, he didn’t want to see them saved, yet God sent the warning, and in Jonah 3:5-9

“The people of Nineveh believed God and they proclaimed a fast. They all put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them down to the least of them. 6 Soon the news reached the king of Nineveh. He rose up from his throne, took off his robe, covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. 7 He sent out a proclamation that said, “In Nineveh, by the authority of the king and his nobles, let neither man nor animal, herd nor flock, taste anything. Let them not eat, nor drink water. 8 But let both man and animal be covered with sackcloth and let them cry out loudly to God. Let every one turn from his evil way and from the violence that is in his hands. 9 Who knows? God may relent and change his mind and turn away from his fierce anger so that we do not perish.” 10 God saw what they did, that they turned from their evil ways. So then God changed his mind about the punishment that he had said he would do to them, and he did not do it.” ULB-EN.

See how the news came to the king and he orders fasting, sackcloth (a way to show mourning), and prayer seeking God to “relent and change His mind” and He did.

Oh, how much more could He change the conflict, corruption, and confusion of the world we live in by renewing hearts through the prayers and tears of His people.

September 6th is our first Tuesday time of prayer. Join me, sisters, and see what great things God will do. THE CALL

If two agree…

Since we’re all just getting started together, I thought I’d leave this link here at the top to help us out: GETTING STARTED

Jesus said in Matthew 18:19-20, “Moreover I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father who is in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in their midst.” ULB-EN

I find it very strange how we can see the hand of God, always for us looking backward, but He plans these things. Let me explain: it was immediately after that sermon on July 28th that I felt moved to call us Christian women around the world to pray. I talked with another lady there about coming up with my POWER acronym, thoughts were traveling through my mind, which I started to write down on Aug. 7th. About a week later, I heard an advertisement about a conference where women were planning to gather (as part of that conference) to pray for revival. I had almost given up the idea of doing a blog, but this encouraged me to press on. I wrote my pages then struggled with my limited computer skills to get the blog looking good, so it wasn’t until the hands-on, expert help of a young Christian lady that I was able to move along.

In time, it was looking good, but how Satan likes to put roadblocks in our way to keep us from our labor of love for God; just little things weren’t coming together right so another discouragement, but God sends others to turn that around. Another woman at my church who attended this same conference, actually my neighbor, had also been plotting and planning. She sent out information on August 29th to rally ladies of our church to incorporate revival prayer into our normal prayer life as well as adding a call for Tuesdays. I had originally planned on Wednesday, but, not to over burden others, I changed to Tuesday so many could just do both efforts by joining one. She & I are talking about how we can continue, perhaps feeding off of each other’s efforts.

Then, I finished a book just last night which ended with lots about revival. More on that later.

But, see how God was working all along in individuals when others didn’t know. That so much seems to be applying Matthew 18:19-20 above. I’ve certainly had the feeling of Him in our midst, and of two agreeing. Will you join us? THE CALL