"There has never been a spiritual awakening in any country or locality that did not begin in united prayer." - A. T. Pierson
"Every mighty move of the Spirit of God has had its source in the prayer chamber." - E.M. Bounds
Revivals are interesting phenomena. In one sense, they depend solely on the sovereign grace of God to bestow a sense of spiritual awakening to the people of God (and to those coming to faith in the revival). Yet studying revivals throughout church history, we can also identify some common threads: (1) robust expository preaching of the Bible as the Word of God, (2) an openness to the Holy Spirit, especially to bring deep conviction of sin, and (3) a vibrant sense of private and corporate prayer issuing to the throne of God from the people of God.
Most movements of God throughout church history have come as the church gathers together on its knees. There is no substitute for spiritual renewal and revitalization – let alone revival – without the church gathering together for prayer.
We cannot control or manipulate God in prayer. We can no more bring forth a revival or movement of God than we can control the weather! Yet, God often delights and smiles upon His children as we come together – shoulder to shoulder – to pray and seek His face.
On August 13th, we want come together to knit our hearts closer to God’s heart. As a church family, we come “empty handed” simply to offer prayer and praise to the Living God. We come in prayer as we send our children and grandchildren off to another school year; we come to ask for God’s favor and blessing as we crank up the Fall programs in the life of our church; we come together to seek God’s wisdom, direction, and blessing for our church family.
Thankful to be with you on this journey of discipleship,
Pastor Jason Carter
*** “Refresh: A Night of Prayer and Praise” will take place in the sanctuary from 6:15 to 7:00 followed by “Renew: Vision and Training” from 7:15-8:00. Hope to see you there!