Awakening

Father, you are Lord and Creator. You are holy and sovereign. We pray to you because you alone hear. You alone can intervene in our circumstances. You alone are able to bring about salvation, peace, and healing.

if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

2 Chronicles 7:14

As your people, we humble ourselves, pray, seek your face, and repent. When we look around our nation and world, we are heartbroken at the fallen condition of mankind. We see wickedness, despair, immorality, violence, and hate. We long for awakening. We long for sinners to come to know you. But we realize that revival must begin with us. Reveal to us our sins that we may confess them. Grant us repentance that we may turn to you.

Have mercy on me, O God,
    according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy
    blot out my transgressions.
 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
    and cleanse me from my sin!

Psalm 51:1-2

Have mercy on us your people. When we look in our sinful hearts, we find idols: things to which we give attention and adoration besides you (1 John 5:21). Use these days to reveal our idols that we may turn from them and to you with our whole hearts. We deserve judgment for our sin, but we plead your mercy.


You keep him in perfect peace
    whose mind is stayed on you,
    because he trusts in you.

Isaiah 26:3

Father, we are weak. As your people, we should walk by faith, not sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). But we find ourselves nervous, anxious, afraid. Forgive us for being overwhelmed by our circumstances and controlled by our fears. Teach us to keep our minds on you, to trust in you, and experience your peace.

do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7

Teach us to bring our anxieties to you in prayer with thanksgiving. Father, you want to hear us as your children. You want us to have your peace and presence. May we learn to pray in thankfulness and experience your peace.

They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.  As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth.

John 17:16-19

Thank you Father that you have changed us. Thank you that we have your Spirit living within us and our hope and future is eternal. Nevertheless, we find ourselves living in a world fractured by what is false and divided by disinformation. Sanctify us in your truth. You have sent us into this world to influence and impact. To fulfill your purposes, we need what is timeless: your truth and your Word. May we focus this day on your Word and your will.

praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.

Ephesians 6:18-20

Father, may we walk daily in a demeanor of prayer. May we persevere, praying when we feel like it and when we don’t. May we intercede for others. May we have boldness to declare the truth of the gospel that will redeem lost souls. The only hope for your people is revival and renewal in your Word and by your Spirit. The only hope for our nation and world is the gospel of your Son. Revive us your people that we may boldly proclaim Jesus to a lost world. In your glory and grace, grant revival to your people and awakening to our land.

Amen.

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Before the Exodus, God spoke to Moses in a burning bush. Before Ezekiel prophesied life to dry bones, God met with the prophet. Before the Holy Spirit fell at Pentecost, the disciples met together for prayer in the upper room. Before the revivals in Europe and the Americas centuries ago, Christians met in prayer seeking God’s intervention. 

While our prayers and pleadings and preaching do not guarantee the work of God in revival, they are our only recourse. God alone can send a revival among his people and an awakening among the lost. Our part in God sending an awakening is prayer. 

Recently, my mentor and friend, Dr. Greg Mathis invited me to join him and other pastors for a special time of prayer on Tuesday May 5. I plan to attend. On Monday May 5, pastors from across North and South Carolina will gather on the property of Rev. Fred Lunsford to pray for a spiritual awakening. 

Fred Lunsford is a 95 year old preacher who believes in prayer. A WWII veteran who stormed the Normandy beaches on D-Day, Lunsford earned several medals in the service of his country. As Lunsford led several pastors to his place of prayer on a cold January morning, he did not discuss his military service. Rather, he talked about the burden God had given him to pray. He said, “The reason I am still here is because God has left me here to pray for a spiritual awakening.” 

This May 5 prayer gathering is a time to pray together. Private prayer is important for our individual lives, but corporate prayer is vital to the church. When the gathered church prays, God intervenes (see Acts 4). Praying together is a humble, corporate acknowledgement of our desperate need for God. 

This May 5 prayer gathering is an opportunity to pray together in a certain place. We can pray anywhere, but having a certain place is biblical. I’ll never forget one of Dr. Kenneth Ridings’ most famous sermons in Luke 11 where he emphasized the “certain place” where Jesus was praying. Fred Lunsford has a certain place where he goes to pray regularly. Every day when Fred wakes up, he takes the two mile drive to his “certain place” to pray.

On May 5, pastors and church leaders will gather at Vengeance Creek Baptist Church in Marble, NC at 10 am. From there we will trek to Rev. Lunsford’s special place of prayer atop the mountain for a time of concentrated prayer for revival and spiritual awakening. The event has been organized by Perry Brindley, JD Grant, David Horton, Michael Horton, Greg Mathis, Ralph Sexton, Jr. and Don Wilton. You can find out more information or register at the Mud Creek Baptist Church website.

What if you can’t make it? Will you take your lunchtime on that Monday May 5 to add your voice in asking God for a spiritual awakening in our land? 

You can read more about this invitation from Milton Hollifield, the Executive Director-Treasuer at the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina here.