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Could God Bring Another Outpouring of His Spirit?

It has been more than 150 years since America experienced what has been called the Third Great Awakening. During a period of two years (1857–59), anywhere from 500,000 to 1,000,000 individuals were added to the church, and at one point 50,000 people were coming to Christ every week! This work of God could be considered one of those rare moments in history when God woke up an almost spiritually comatose nation in order to do a “new thing.”

America is in desperate need of a Christ-awakening.

Americans are now living in the third largest mission field in the world. Current statistics indicate that less than twenty percent of Americans attend church on any given Sunday.

Historically when a community or nation has experienced awakening and revival, it has always been preceded by intense periods of prayer. In the past century, hundreds of thousands have prayed for another work of God to occur that would impact our nation.

But no one who is alive today has seen this kind of movement in America.

Why?

This kind of powerful movement is the work of a Sovereign God, but Scripture indicates He listens and responds when His people cry out in humility and repentance before Him. Let’s look at a few prayers that caught God’s attention.

Effective Prayers:

Each of these prayers (as well as others recorded in Scripture) have some key elements we should note and apply to our own prayer lives as well.

Key Elements:

  • Confession of corporate sin
  • Humility before God and dependence on His power
  • Request made on the basis of God’s character: faithfulness, covenant-keeping, compassionate
  • Desire for God’s reputation and name to be vindicated–God’s glory to be seen!

But also note who offered these prayers . . .

  • Men who were walking in obedience to God

They were not perfect, but they were striving to be right with God and live honorably in their relationship with others.

“The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months. Then he prayed again, and the sky poured rain and the earth produced its fruit” (James 5:16–18).

 “If we are praying for revival, while failing to deal with those things in our hearts, lives, and relationships that are standing between us and the Lord, then we are wasting our breath.” (Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth)

Imagine hundreds of thousands of women standing in the gap in prayer for our nation to experience awakening and asking for revival to sweep through the church. Imagine God’s response. Imagine and allow your hearts to capture the vision and faith for the powerful work God desires to do in His church and in our nation!

Will you join us?

Don’t miss this opportunity!

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6 Comments

  • Rache'l Campbell

    Asking God to search my heart and prepare it for this special night of prayer. I am so thankful that God has orchestrated this event and excited I will be there. I look forward with joy and anticipation to the fruit He will bring from the cries of His children. May our prayers on that night be a sweet aroma to our Heavenly Father!

  • Pauline Butler

    Joining in prayer with you from Maine. God has given us the desire and burden to pray. It won’t be for naught. He will glorify His name.

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Yes! Agreeing with your prayer, friend! So grateful for the opportunity to be part of this, and excited to experience a massive prayer event like this! May God meet with us, and may He be fully praised!!

  • Kimberly Wagner

    🙂 Hope you might be able to catch some of the Friday night prayer event online, Julie! Joining you in prayer for our nation . . . I keep thinking of G. Campbell Morgan’s statement during this time:

    “The supreme need in every hour of distress is a fresh vision of God.”

    May it be so!