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Devotional for Day 20 – September 20, 2013

Annie Cathcart, Australia Toowoomba Regional Prayer Network & Global Prayer Connections
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Intention:
Prayers can’t be answered unless they are prayed.

Scripture:
So He said to his disciples, “The harvest is large, but there are few workers to gather it in. Pray to the Owner of the harvest that He will send out workers to gather in His harvest.” (Matthew 9:37-38 GNT)

Reflection:
I found this old poem in my files, and it is so true:

“A life without a purpose is barren indeed
THERE CAN’T BE A HARVEST UNLESS YOU PLANT SEEDS
There can’t be attainment unless there’s a goal
And man’s but a robot unless there’s a soul
If we send no ships out, no ships will come in
and unless there’s a contest, nobody can win
For games can’t be won unless they are played
AND PRAYERS CAN’T BE ANSWERED UNLESS THEY ARE PRAYED.”

Billy Graham once said, “To get nations back on their feet, we must first get down on our knees.” And Max Lucado writes, “God’s power is unleashed when God’s people pray.” Can I urge you then to pray to the Lord of the harvest for the lost to find Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior? For when we pray we CAN EXPECT GOD TO ANSWER OUR PRAYERS. We can be sure that He wants to answer our prayers, but we need to pray!

Pray this Prayer:
Lord of the Harvest, please forgive us of our prayerlessness. I pray that You will raise up a prayer army throughout the nations of the world. Call many more people into this army so we will see a great harvest of souls throughout the nations of the earth. MAY YOUR KINGDOM COME AND YOUR WILL BE DONE ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN.
In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.

Continue in prayer using the 4 prayer points as the Lord leads you.

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Devotional for Day 19 – September 19, 2013

Dave Butts, Harvest Prayer Ministries and America’s National Prayer Committee
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Intention:
That we might truly enter into God’s provided rest.

Scripture:
“There remains then, a Sabbath rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience.” (Hebrews 4:9-11 NIV)

Reflection:
The author of Hebrews spends the entire fourth chapter dealing with the Sabbath rest of the people of God. In verse 10 he writes, “…for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work.” As we rest from our works, God’s work is highlighted and He receives all the glory and praise. We enter into His rest, which is not a cessation of activity on our part, but an awareness that we are called to allow God’s work to progress within us. To make it simple, it means going back to the words of Jesus in John 15:5, “Apart from Me, you can do nothing”.

We need to repent, because we have not entered God’s rest. We have tried to build our own kingdoms in our own strength, and somehow procure our own salvation. We repent and rest, and when we move away from God’s rest, we repent again and move back into God’s rest. This, Isaiah says, is our salvation…depending upon the saving power of Christ and His continued work within us.

Pray this Prayer:
Lord, I thank You for providing an eternal rest for us. Even now, on this earth, You invite us into that rest. Forgive me for not staying there with You in that resting place. I so often try to do Your work in my own strength. I repent! I turn from dependence upon self and turn completely to You.

Continue in prayer using the 4 prayer points as the Lord leads you.
1. Pray for a worldwide outpouring of the Holy Spirit for revival and transformation of the nations of the world.
2. Pray for the lost to find Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour.
3. Pray for a multiplication of prayer, praise and worship to God across the world as never before, to bring great glory to God.
4. Pray for the ReFRESH conferences, Sherwood and our part in seeking revival in our country and the nations.

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Devotional for Day 18 – September 18, 2013

Adapted from a devotion by Pastor Shibu Mathew, Bethel Faith Mission – Inland & International Ministries serving the people of India
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Intention:
We, as the people of God, need to know and use our power and authority over evil that was given to us by Jesus.

Scripture:
“I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.” (Luke 10:19 NIV)

Reflection:
Spiritually speaking, life is a battlefield. Most of the battles that we fight are not “of the flesh”, meaning they ultimately don’t have to do with other people or things in the natural, but instead, they are spiritual battles (Ephesians 6:12).

As soldiers of Christ, God gives us spiritual armor and weapons (Ephesians 6:13-18) and He gives us the power to use them. No matter what we face, we can be encouraged that through Christ, we have authority and dominion over every negative influence and all spiritual powers that we encounter. Jesus disarmed the power of the enemy through His cross (Colossians 2) and He has given us authority “to overcome all the power of the enemy”.

In India we face many challenges – over 600 million people live in deep poverty, Christian workers face persecution in some districts, sexual immorality has resulted in a HIV/AIDS epidemic, the caste system holds people in bondage, child labor is increasing, youth are growing up without hope and over 1 billion are without Christ. There are so many strongholds that we need to address in the power and authority of Jesus.
So church leaders and members, now is the time to stand in the gap and resist the devil (James 4:7) in the power and authority that Jesus has given the people of God. We must straighten our armor and sharpen our weapons and enter the battlefield for the saving the lost.

Pray this Prayer:
Dear God, I thank You for the victorious life, death, resurrection and glorious ascension of Jesus that has brought me into a right relationship with You. I pray that Your presence will be strong in my life and that I will minister to those in need with the power and authority of Jesus. May my life bring glory to You.

Forgive me for times I have allowed fear or lack of willingness to cause me to shrink back from the spiritual battle. I pray that Your power be made manifest in my life and that, in the name of Jesus, I will demolish strongholds of the enemy by Your grace. Thank You for the confidence of knowing that You are for me and are always with me. In the name of Jesus. Amen.

Continue in prayer using the 4 prayer points as the Lord leads you.
1. Pray for a worldwide outpouring of the Holy Spirit for revival and transformation of the nations of the world.
2. Pray for the lost to find Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
3. Pray for a multiplication of prayer, praise and worship to God across the world as never before, to bring great glory to God.
4. Pray for the ReFRESH conferences, Sherwood and our part in seeking revival in our country and the nations.

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Devotional for Day 17 – September 17, 2013

Carol Saia, The Sentinel Group, Documenting & Teaching on Transformation Worldwide
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Intention:
God wants to transform entire communities – not just individuals. He can change desperate situations that seem impossible to us.

Scripture:
“If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain… or if I send pestilence among My people, and 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, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:13-14 NASB)

Reflection:
Sins such as idolatry, bloodshed, and broken covenants defile the land – literally. But if we repent and return to God He promises to heal the land – literally.

In Almolonga, Guatemala, villagers had worshiped an idol for 500 years. Many men were alcoholics who beat their wives and did not provide for their families. Drunks slept in the streets and jailors sent their overflow to surrounding prisons. Today, 88% of villagers are Christians, priests have taken their idol elsewhere, and all four jails closed – no longer needed. Parents teach children to work hard, and the village prospers. Even in drought, moist soil in Almolonga produces giant vegetables which villagers sell to several countries.

Desperate Christians in Manchester, Kentucky began to pray together, repent, and, at God’s direction, they marched against drugs and corruption. 22 corrupt officials were jailed. Churches began working together with government agencies to rehabilitate young people from drugs, and now funerals of young people are no longer common. Even the land is being healed. The ecology has changed so black bear, Rocky Mountain elk, wild turkeys, and large fish now supplement the diet of the poor.

Desperation is a common element in these stories of contemporary transformation. Christians learned to set aside differences of denominations – to pray together and then obeyed what He showed them to do.

Pray this Prayer:
Lord, may Your kingdom come and Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Thank you Your fire has fallen in communities in our lifetime, with many saved and restored, the land healed, and social structures and governments dramatically changed.

Forgive our complacency with less than You desire for our lives, families, communities, and nations. Give us Your heart for the lost. Teach us what to pray and do. Increase our hunger to spend time in Your presence and Your Word. Help us learn to hear Your voice. Do not let us be satisfied until we see Your glory. In Jesus’ name.

Continue in prayer using the 4 prayer points as the Lord leads you.
1. Pray for a worldwide outpouring of the Holy Spirit for revival and transformation of the nations of the world.
2. Pray for the lost to find Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
3. Pray for a multiplication of prayer, praise and worship to God across the world as never before, to bring great glory to God.
4. Pray for the ReFRESH conferences, Sherwood and our part in seeking revival in our country and the nations.

 

 

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Devotional for Day 16 – September 16, 2013

Andrew Murray, the South African devotional writer, teacher and pastor (1828-1917)
Reflection is from the 31-Day Guide to Prayer
used by special permission of Barbour Publishing, Inc.
Prayer is by Marilyn Rowsome of the Australian National Day of Prayer and Fasting
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Intention:
The evangelization of the world depends first of all upon a revival of prayer. Deeper than the need for men – aye, deep down at the bottom of our spiritless life, is the need for the forgotten secret of prevailing, worldwide prayer.

Scripture:
“And I will fill [them] with a spirit of mercy and a spirit of prayer.” (Zechariah 12:10 GNT)

“Do all this in prayer, asking for God’s help. Pray on every occasion, as the Spirit leads. For this reason keep alert and never give up; pray always for all God’s people.” (Ephesians 6:18 GNT)

Reflection:
Every child of God has the Holy Spirit in him to pray. God waits to give the Spirit in full measure. Ask for yourself, and all who join, the outpouring of the Spirit of supplication [prayer]. Ask it for your own prayer circle. It is only in the power of the Spirit already in us, acknowledged and yielded to, that we can pray for His fuller manifestation. Say to the Father, it is the Spirit of His Son in you that is urging you to plead His promise.

Pray that our mission work may be done in this spirit – waiting on God, hearing the voice of the Spirit, sending forth men with fasting and prayer (Acts 13:2-4). Pray that in our churches our mission interest and mission work may be in the power of the Holy Spirit and of prayer. It is a Spirit-filled, praying church that will send out Spirit-filled missionaries, mighty in prayer.

Time is one of the chief standards of value. The time we give is a proof of the interest we feel. We need time with God – to realize His presence; wait for Him to make Himself known; to consider and feel the needs we plead for; to take our place in Christ; to pray ‘til we can believe that we have received. Take time in prayer, and pray down blessing on the mission work of the church.

Pray this Prayer:
Lord of All, I ask that You pour out Your Spirit on me and (our) fellowship that we will be moved to pray. Help us to continue steadfastly in mighty prevailing prayer for worldwide revival. Too often our praying is replaced by activities and busyness in our lives and in our fellowships. Forgive us for our prayerlessness and our carelessness with your Word. We repent of self-effort and selfishness that makes us depend on worldly strategies or the flesh. Help us to pray in the power of Your Holy Spirit using the sword of the Spirit. We give ourselves wholeheartedly to Your ways for Your work. We thank You for the acceleration of mighty global, national and local prayer movements in the last few decades. We declare now our praise and worship to You, as never before, throughout the earth. Multiply prayer that will bring great glory to Your name. In Jesus name. Amen.

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Devotional for Day 15 – September 15, 2013

Andy Wooding Jones, World Prayer Centre, Birmingham, UK
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Intention:
Using familiar verses from Hebrews 12 to discover both what we should pray and how we should pray as we devote ourselves to prayer during this season.

Scripture:
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith, Who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” (Hebrews 12:1-3 NIV)

Reflection:
As we pray, there are some important reminders in these verses to strengthen us.

1. We are not alone! Let us draw encouragement from those whose faith-filled lives, even in times of difficulty and challenge, have reflected the faithfulness of God. May we not grow weary or lose heart as we pray.
2. As we pray, let’s ask God to show us the hindrances in our communities, nations and around the globe that create resistance to revival. Pray these may be thrown off.
3. As we pray, ask God that the entangling sin affecting so many lives today may be completely broken and people find freedom in Jesus.
4. And as we pray, let’s ask God for a renewed desire to seek Jesus first and let us fix attention on Him. There is so much to distract us. Let us not grow weary or lose heart especially when opposition comes for Jesus has gone before us.
5. Give thanks for Jesus using these verses.

Pray this Prayer:
Lord, as we meditate on these verses, we want to repent and say that we are sorry for the times when we have become hindered and entangled with sin. Please set us free.
Please show us how we can pray for freedom over our community and nations so that those around us would we free – fixing their eyes on Jesus and seeking Him first.

We thank You for all whose faithfulness has encouraged us and especially we thank You for the example of Jesus Christ. Help us to keep considering Him and learning from His life and from all He endured for us. In His precious name we pray. Amen.

Continue in prayer using the 4 prayer points as the Lord leads you.
1. Pray for a worldwide outpouring of the Holy Spirit for revival and transformation of the nations of the world.
2. Pray for the lost to find Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
3. Pray for a multiplication of prayer, praise and worship to God across the world as never before, to bring great glory to God.
4. Pray for the ReFRESH conferences, Sherwood and our part in seeking revival in our country and the nations.

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Devotional for Day 14 – September 14, 2013

Pastor Jeffrey Daly, National Day of Repentance
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Intention:
I ask, Lord, that You cleanse our consciences from dead works to serve You more intimately and with the zeal and joy of an overcomer.

Scripture:
“For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” (Hebrews 9:13-14 NKJV)

Reflection:
Today is a huge day in the body of Christ in many nations. Thousands, taking time to be alone with the Lord; praying with the Holy Spirit’s loving guidance; “afflicting our souls” (Leviticus 23:26-32) will seek and will receive forgiveness from the Lord for a laundry list of past sins, old strongholds, outdated inner vows, and generational curses.

We all have these “dead works” and they have weighed down our service to Him to advance His Kingdom. Repentance is a real change in life’s direction away from the flesh and the world towards His Purity. Today, and every day, thanks to the Lord’s perfect blood, is a day to become a clean vessel of the Holy Spirit, to repent, to become an overcomer, soon to sit with Him on His throne as He also overcame and now sits with His Father on His throne. (Revelation 3:19-21)

As we individually renounce the “dead works” we all carry around with us, He restores our souls (Psalm 23:3); and intimacy with the Lord and His joy always follows repentance. As the power of repentance catches on, lukewarmness in the body will dissipate; apostasy will be confronted; new believers will come into the Kingdom; unity in the body of Christ will increase. A growing remnant within the Bride will continue to awaken, more and more ready to meet our soon-returning Bridegroom. And repentance will be received as a common practice. We will serve the living God with fresh zeal for the power of repentance to change our lives and advance the Godly destiny of our nations.

Pray this Prayer:
Dear Lord, if one very reluctant man, Jonah, could trigger massive repentance in a wicked pagan nation, causing You, Lord, to relent from the disaster that You said You would bring upon them (Jonah 3:10), we pray today that the outpouring of repentance in Your body will please You and will awaken Your Bride to be ready for Your soon coming. I pray this in Your Holy Name, Lord Jesus. Amen and Amen.

Continue in prayer using the 4 prayer points as the Lord leads you.
1. Pray for a worldwide outpouring of the Holy Spirit for revival and transformation of the nations of the world.
2. Pray for the lost to find Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
3. Pray for a multiplication of prayer, praise and worship to God across the world as never before, to bring great glory to God.
4. Pray for the ReFRESH conferences, Sherwood and our part in seeking revival in our country and the nations.

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Devotional for Day 13 – September 13, 2013

Based upon a devotional by J Michael Johnson, the International Director of PEOPLE INTERNATIONAL serving the peoples of Central Asia.
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Intention:
Half a billion Muslims in Greater Central Asia (between Turkey and China) are desperate to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ. How long do they have to wait?

Scripture:
“Again Jesus said, ‘Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.’ And with that He breathed on them and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.’ ” (John 20:20-23 NIV)

Reflection:
Today people are afraid to go to the really tough places as missionaries – to places that are in the news every day. Places like Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, and all the countries ending with … ‘stan’. Humanly speaking it is understandable, but take a close look at what Jesus said to His disciples:

1. Jesus met His disciples after He rose from the dead. They rejoiced at seeing him, but were also clearly concerned. Jesus quiets their spirits with “Peace be with you.”
2. They along with us are to be sent out in the same manner as the Father sent Jesus to earth – to the safe and to the dangerous places – so Jesus is sending us.
He said, “as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” John 20:21 NASU
Are you waiting to be called and sent? Well Jesus has called and sent all of us to reach the world for Christ.
3. We are not sent alone. Jesus breathed upon them and gave them the Holy Spirit. So it is with us too. The Holy Spirit is always with us, empowering us, and guiding us as believers.
4. Most people stop with verse 22, but Jesus goes on to say something absolutely startling in verse 23. “If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” It sounds like Jesus is giving His disciples the power to influence whose sins are forgiven!

Think of it. In many ways, this is true of us. Because Christians are not going to the tough mission fields of Central Asia, everyday Muslims die in their sins. We get to join God in helping the sins of others ultimately being forgiven or not by praying, giving, sending, and going or by simply staying home and ignoring what Jesus said about the church sending workers.

Pray this Prayer:
Dear Lord, please forgive us for being afraid of obeying You, and for not speaking to Muslims around us or not reaching out to the Muslim world when you call us to do so. We dedicate our life to You to use us however you wish. Help us to reach Muslims with the truth and love of Christ. Send out more workers for the harvest of souls in the hard places of the world. Amen.

Continue in prayer using the 4 prayer points as the Lord leads you.
1. Pray for a worldwide outpouring of the Holy Spirit for revival and transformation of the nations of the world.
2. Pray for the lost to find Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
3. Pray for a multiplication of prayer, praise and worship to God across the world as never before, to bring great glory to God.
4. Pray for the ReFRESH conferences, Sherwood and our part in seeking revival in our country and the nations.

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Devotional for Day 12 – September 12, 2013

Anonymous National Prayer Leader
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Intention:
Just as an individual needs to deal with sin in his or her life – so too do nations. Nations sin when the established laws of that nation run contrary to the Word of God.

Scripture:
“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people – the testimony given in its proper time.” (1 Timothy 2:1-6 NIV)

“Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.” (Romans 13:1-2 NIV)

Reflection:
God’s goal is to bring us into a right relationship with Him. Sin negates that process. So in order to restore that relationship we need to repent – or turn and go in the opposite direction to what led us into sin in the first place. As nations we need to consider our ways. Are the laws and statutes of our nation based on the Word of God or have we gone our own way and made laws that accommodate our own desires and thoughts?
Where we have cast off restraint and gone our own way, we need to gain a fresh revelation of Jesus and what He wants not only for ourselves as individuals but also for us corporately as nations. We must turn from our wicked ways in order for Him to be able to heal our land. Without repentance, we are doomed to continually live outside of God’s perfect plan for us as His people. Now is the time to repent.

Pray this Prayer:
Father, we confess that we have thought that we could live our own lives as we please while paying only token recognition of our desperate need for You. Please forgive us for such wicked arrogance and help us to turn our hearts back towards You. Re-fire us with your Holy Spirit and restore a right spirit within us.

As nations we have ignored Your word and done as we please. Bring the leaders of our nation to a point of recognizing that they do not have the answers. Lead them to a humble recognition that Your ways are best. Turn the nations back to Yourself and let Your Word strike deep into the hearts of all the people bringing with it a revival of repentance. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

Continue in prayer using the 4 prayer points as the Lord leads you.
1. Pray for a worldwide outpouring of the Holy Spirit for revival and transformation of the nations of the world.
2. Pray for the lost to find Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
3. Pray for a multiplication of prayer, praise and worship to God across the world as never before, to bring great glory to God.
4. Pray for the ReFRESH conferences, Sherwood and our part in seeking revival in our country and the nations.

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Devotional for Day 11 – September 11, 2013

John Robb, International Prayer Council and Children in Prayer movement
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Intention:
We need to teach children to hear the voice of God so that they may obey the Lord and change the spiritual climate in their families, in their schools, and even in their nations.

Scripture:
“Let the little children come to Me and do not hinder them. For the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matthew 19:14 NASB)

Reflection:
We know that it was the boy Samuel who clearly heard the voice of the Father. But it was Eli, the High Priest, who guided him in understanding and encouraging him to obey. Today parents, teachers and adults all carry the responsibility to provide opportunities and guidance for the next generation to grow in prayer and intimacy with God. The church no longer needs to entertain this generation; they are crying out to be trained as worship leaders, intercessors and evangelists.

Teaching children to hear the voice of God is an important part of discipling this generation. It takes discipline and practice, but as they listen they begin to recognize their Father’s voice and learn to follow Him. Obedience to God’s Word is a vital step in the preparation of a spiritual army. And children are eager to ask forgiveness from their peers, to do acts of repentance and to change the spiritual climate in their schools, families and even their nations.

Pray this Prayer:
Our Loving Heavenly Father, we thank You for the gift of children and all the love, joy and blessing they bring into our lives. Forgive us for leaving them aside when we are too busy for them. Forgive us for underestimating their capacity to hear from You and be used for your holy plans and purposes in the world today.

Help us to disciple the next generation even from their infancy and early childhood. Help them learn how to hear your voice so that they may truly know You and be channels of your love to our lost and dying world. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

Continue in prayer using the 4 prayer points as the Lord leads you.
1. Pray for a worldwide outpouring of the Holy Spirit for revival and transformation of the nations of the world.
2. Pray for the lost to find Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
3. Pray for a multiplication of prayer, praise and worship to God across the world as never before, to bring great glory to God.
4. Pray for the ReFRESH conferences, Sherwood and our part in seeking revival in our country and the nations.