My Prayer #2

Dear Father,

                    Acts 2:17–21

“In the last days, God says,
I will pour out my Spirit upon all people.

Your Sons and daughters will prophesy,
Your young men will see visions,
and your old men will dream dreams.

In those days I will pour out my Spirit
even on my servants—men and women alike—
and they will prophesy.

And I will cause wonders in the heavens above
and signs on the earth below—
blood and fire and clouds of smoke.

The sun will become dark,
and the moon will turn blood red
before that great and glorious day of the Lord arrives.

But everyone who calls on the name of the Lord
will be saved.”

Oh Father, one more time, pour out your Spirit upon America. Lord, in history books, I read about “The Great Awakening” in America. I read how the “Enlightenment” or “Age of Reason” philosophy spread from Europe across the Atlantic and was overtaking America, pushing a worldview that elevated science and logic over scripture and Truth. Your sons and daughters became complacent, church services and worship became more formal, attendance was dwindling, and rational humanism was at the forefront of thought. Ah but then, you saw things differently. And, sometime in the 1730s, a Dutch Reformed minister preached to a small congregation in Raritan, NJ, and you sent your Spirit to rain down and the seeds of revival were sown and flowers began to bloom. Soon, a Presbyterian minister began preaching a similar message in the Middle Colonies and more rain fell on a dry and thirsty land and revival spread. And then on July 8, 1741, a Calvinist theologian by the name of Jonathan Edwards, pastor of a Congregationalist church in Northampton, MA, preached in Enfield, CT, at to a congregation that had been resistant to revival. Pastor Edwards wrote his sermons in longhand, was so near-sighted he held his notes close in front of his face, and he preached in a monotone voice. And in that place, he read that famous sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”. Oh what a sight that must have been. The shrieking, sobbing, and crying was so loud, he was unable to finish the sermon. Pastors went out into the congregation, formed small groups, led them in prayer, and many people were saved that day. A traveling evangelist, a Calvinistic Methodist named George Whitefield, carried the torch of revival throughout the Colonies and the whole desert burst forth in bloom. Oh my Lord, the stories of the miracles you performed during those years are hard to believe these days.  Many historians credit this Great Awakening of yours, as being the motivation for the American Revolution.

Father, will you do it again? I don’t see how an awakening was needed more then, than it is now. Another strange philosophy has come out of Europe to the shores of America and has also spread around the globe.  Plus an ideology that hates you and everything America stands for, has invaded our shores and infiltrated our institutions. One is concealed in the guise of progress, but one is straight out of Satan’s strategy room and cares little about anything except destroying your people. Together they pose the greatest threat we’ve ever faced as Christians and as Americans. And the saddest thing is that the Church in America is not prepared.

I don’t know why you can’t begin to rain your Spirit here; with a small congregation that meets in a building called Calvary; in a small town on the prairie, called Lawton; in the heartland of America. Pour out your Spirit on us Lord. Begin the revival with us. From here it can spread in all four directions. Raise up young evangelists to carry your message wherever the winds of your Spirit blow. And Lord, let these old men dream dreams and pray, bless the young men with visions, pour down your rain upon your servants, male and female alike, and let them prophesy. Remove the fetters from this preacher, Lord, turn him loose and turn him on. Anoint him with a double portion of your Spirit; open his eyes to see you more clearly, his ears to hear only your voice, and his mouth to speak your Word, your message, with conviction.

In Jesus name, I pray

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