Reformation, Restoring Biblical Truth

499 years ago today, Oct. 31st, 1517, Martin Luther nailed “The 95 Theses” on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany.

May God again raise up men as in the days of the reformation, bold to declared God’s truth in our world of conflict, corruption, and confusion.

My sisters, let’s pray like Jacob did when wrestling with the angel of the Lord (Genesis 32), not let go until God pours out His Holy Spirit, mightily.

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Praying the Psalms

As we think about revival, let’s reflect that revival starts within—Christians and within the church. In order to have this revival within, we must “Draw near to God, and He will draw near to us.” James 4:8 A few weeks ago when I prayed through Psalm 86, I found it a very special, sweet time with the Lord. Therefore, I’ve decided to pray through the Psalms over the next months as my means for revival prayer.

The Psalms were written as songs, so most contain means to rejoice in the Lord, seek forgiveness from God & repentance, praises to God, as well as petitions to God, all helpful for revival within as well as far abroad. Since I’m a number-relational person, I plan to begin this on November 1st in order to keep on a schedule of one a day, except 119 which I’ll divide by the Hebrew letters.

Until then, I plan to study and pray from many of the promises of God. I want to mediate on all the good He has done for His people, knowing that He can do such great wonders for His people again.

Can I recommend that you find a portion of scripture to do the same…

From “Evening” Aug 7 by CH Spurgeon

Satan is sure to hinder us when we are earnest in prayer. He checks our importunity, and weakens our faith in order that, if possible, we may miss the blessing. Nor is Satan less vigilant in obstructing Christian effort. There was never a revival of religion without a revival of his opposition. As soon as Ezra and Nehemiah begin to labour, Sanballat and Tobiah are stirred up to hinder them. What then? We are not alarmed because Satan hinders us, for it is a proof that we are on the Lord’s side, and are doing the Lord’s work, and in his strength we shall win the victory, and triumph over our adversary.

Persevere…

Resources for Concerts of Prayer

During his third message, “Can We Do Anything to Help Bring About Revival?” at the 2016 Family Conference, Pastor Hendrix referred to “A Humble Attempt” by Jonathan Edwards.  It is Pastor Hendrix’s “understanding that Edwards’ wrote this small treatise to support a proposal that had been made by certain Scottish pastors to have an international concert of prayer; and the proposal was that each Saturday evening and each Sunday morning, and on the first Tuesday of each quarter, for no less than seven years, churches throughout the English speaking world, and perhaps other parts of the world, would intercede for revival, and not only revival, but for the conversion of the whole world. Mr. Edwards thought that was a good idea.” message

I highly recommend slowly reading through Edwards’  writing as we continue to seek God. Edwards

Concert of Prayer & the Gospel

My sisters, I want to come today to these two elements of revival, Concert of Prayer & the Gospel. I have found in my reading, and listening to messages on prayer, revival, and the gospel, that it is important that we pray in unison which many have referred to as “Concert of Prayer.” There are also records in history that there has been such concert of prayer preceding revival. This is the reason I have called us Christian women to pray for revival. Concert of Pray can be praying for the same thing, although most may think of it as praying at the same time. We can do both of course, but since we sisters are around the world, I believed a “common” time, although not the exact same time, would unite us as well. Therefore, the last couple of weeks I have been suggesting meditations on the same Psalm as a lead-into our praying.

This week, I wish to talk about the gospel and the need for evangelism to go hand-in-hand with prayer for revival. Mankind believes by hearing, and they hear by preaching—of the gospel. I highly recommend, if you have the ability, to listen to the sermon preached by Gary Hendrix this past Sunday, The Nature of Saving Faith.  I believe God will use this to revive the hearts of His children, and to draw more lost souls unto Himself.

This week, my sisters, let’s pray that God’s word, especially that of the gospel—the good news of Jesus Christ—will break in upon believers & unbelievers, for many to seek after Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. And as the gospel goes forth, let’s pray for faithful preachers to carry that gospel to the ends of the world; and let’s carry it to our neighbor as well.

Revival in Acts

Staying in God’s word is essential, so today I’m just going to touch on some places in Acts, leaving you to read them, where the Holy Spirit renewed hearts and converted in numbers:

Acts 2, of course, has Pentecost .

The end of Acts 2:47, we have “The Lord added to them day by day those that were being saved.” ULB-EN

Acts 8, we see Philip preaching in Samaria, with many heeding the things he spoke (preached).

Acts 10, we have Cornelius’ household.

Acts 11:21 “…a great number believed and turned to the Lord.”ULB-EN

Acts 14:1 In Iconium, “…and many people were added to the Lord”. ULB-EN

Acts 16, Lydia & the Philippian Jailer’s household.

Acts 17 at Thessalonica “Some of the Jews were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, including the devout Greeks, many of the leading women and a great crowd.”  ULB-EN

& at Berea “Therefore many of them believed, including some influential Greek women and many men.” ULB-EN

Acts 18:8 at Corinth “Crispus, the leader of the synagogue and all of his house believed in the Lord. Many of the Corinthians who heard Paul believed and were baptized.” ULB-EN

Perhaps there are others you’d like to share in comments…

Pray On….

In the future, I plan to talk more about unity in our praying, something I’ve learn that is called “Concert of Prayer”, but for today I want to first bring praise to God, then share our meditation.

This is much like a personal testimony of how prayer went for me last week and I encourage you to share how God is working in your prayer life by leaving a comment.

When I went to prayer last week, I intended to meditate on Psalm 85, but, as I started, the Psalm seemed so rich with God that I ended up praying the psalm verse-by-verse, even phrase-by-phrase at times, back to God. I praise God that He sent His Holy Spirit to give me a very sweet time of prayer with and to Him.

My dear sisters, let me urge you to seek strength from God during your revival prayer time this week:

Psalm 121:1-2
“I will lift up my eyes to the mountains.
From where will my help come?
2 My help comes from Yahweh,
who made heaven and earth.” ULB-EN

And meditate, perhaps pray through, Psalm 3:

1 “Yahweh, how many are my enemies!
Many have risen against me.
2 Many say about me,
“There is no help for him from God.” Selah
3 But you, Yahweh, are a shield around me,
my glory, and the one who lifts up my head.
4 I lift up my voice to Yahweh,
and he answers me from his holy hill. Selah
5 I lay down and slept;
I awoke, for Yahweh protected me.
6 I will not be afraid of the multitudes of people
who have set themselves against me on every side.
7 Rise up, Yahweh! Save me, my God!
For you will hit all my enemies on the jaw;
you will break the teeth of the wicked.
8 Salvation comes from Yahweh.
May your blessings be on your people.” ULB-EN