-Renewal Among the Methodists

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Here’s a report of a renewal going on right now in the United Methodist Church through Aldersgate Renewal Ministries. The report comes from David F. Watson:

I know many people who are praying for renewal in the UMC and beyond, and we should continue to do this. But what we need also to understand is that renewal is happening now. You just have to know where to look for it. And in the UMC it’s happening through Aldersgate Renewal Ministries. Thanks be to God.

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Response: Read David’s entire report of a recent conference sponsored by Aldersgate Renewal Ministries. It is really encouraging. We really do need to pray for a continuing renewal in the UMC. Wouldn’t it be great to see these mainliners on fire again and add spiritual gifting and power to churches all across the heartland that have been declining for years.

These folks already know how to reach out with social programs. Can you imagine what would happen if life changing healing and miracles were added on to what they are doing now? This is what our cities need in America- to be on fire with the Holy Spirit instead of racial strife. Praise God and bring on the renewal! Time for you intercessors to get busy.               *Top

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-Praying for Revival (Psalm 31)

Psalm 31

In you, O Lord, do I take refuge;
let me never be put to shame;
in your righteousness deliver me!
2 Incline your ear to me;
rescue me speedily!
Be a rock of refuge for me,
a strong fortress to save me!

3 For you are my rock and my fortress;
and for your name’s sake you lead me and guide me;
4 you take me out of the net they have hidden for me,
for you are my refuge.
5 Into your hand I commit my spirit;
you have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God. …

11 Because of all my adversaries I have become a reproach,
especially to my neighbors,
and an object of dread to my acquaintances;
those who see me in the street flee from me.
12 I have been forgotten like one who is dead;
I have become like a broken vessel. …

14 But I trust in you, O Lord;
I say, “You are my God.”
15 My times are in your hand;
rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors!
16 Make your face shine on your servant;
save me in your steadfast love!
17 O Lord, let me not be put to shame,
for I call upon you; …

19 Oh, how abundant is your goodness,
which you have stored up for those who fear you
and worked for those who take refuge in you,
in the sight of the children of mankind!
20 In the cover of your presence you hide them
from the plots of men;
you store them in your shelter
from the strife of tongues.

23 Love the Lord, all you his saints!
The Lord preserves the faithful
but abundantly repays the one who acts in pride.
24 Be strong, and let your heart take courage,
all you who wait for the Lord!  (ESV)


    Our Father,

    We take refuge in you, you are our rock and shield. It through faith in your Son Jesus and by his righteousness and not our own that we call upon your name.

    We rejoice in your steadfast love for us and for the many times that you have saved us from the enemy in this life. Into your hands we commit our destiny both in this life and in eternity. Rise up O Lord and listen to our pleas.

    We now live in a land that no longer honors you or your Word. Our enemies are beginning to encircle us and cry out that we are ‘on the wrong side of history’ and must give up our devotion to your promises and teaching. Our enemies mock your name and the name of your Son and use them as common curses in their daily conversations.

    Rise up O Lord and show them that you are the Creator of history and of all things. Stretch forth your Spirit once more over this land and demonstrate your power and authority in the face of this unbelieving nation and shock those who mock your name.  Demonstrate in the midst of your people that your Word is not dead but alive and that there is still healing in your wings. Show them that miracles are not merely a philosophical proposition to argue over but a reality among believers in your Son.

    By your Holy Spirit bring healing and blessing to our families and let them be an example of your love and caring in our neighborhoods. Let the racial and denominational division among your churches and people be healed and let them unite as never before to bring forth blessing and healing to the cities that are falling apart. The enemy is sowing hate, division, and racial strife. Let your churches and people demonstrate your love and bring miracles and healing in the midst of it all. Let the enemy that wants to bring death and destruction be turned away in defeat.

    The enemy believes that he is about to bring down the church and your people in this land. He has encircled us with judges and lawyers that say that we no longer have a right to follow your Word and teaching. Demonstrate your power and authority in the midst of it all and let this be the finest hour for your people and for your church. Rise up O Lord and bring healing and revival to our nation once more.

    In Jesus name, Amen.                 *Top

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    -Praying For America

    Psalm 20: of David

    1May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble!
    May the name of the God of Jacob protect you!
    2May he send you help from the sanctuary
    and give you support from Zion!
    3May he remember all your offerings
    and regard with favor your burnt sacrifices! Selah

    4May he grant you your heart’s desire
    and fulfill all your plans!
    5May we shout for joy over your salvation,
    and in the name of our God set up our banners!
    May the Lord fulfill all your petitions!

    6Now I know that the Lord saves his anointed;
    he will answer him from his holy heaven
    with the saving might of his right hand.
    7Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
    but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
    8They collapse and fall,
    but we rise and stand upright.

    9O Lord, save the king!
    May he answer us when we call.  (ESV)


    Our Father:

    Praise your name Lord, praise your name. Many times you have answered us when we called upon you in our times of trouble and difficulty. You filled us with confidence and resolve in the face of the enemy and joy fills our hearts at the remembrance.

    Once more our enemies are at our gates and we cry out to you. Our nation is falling away and most do not know or care. But your Holy Spirit working in us has called our attention to the division that the enemy is stirring up in our cities even divisions among your churches and believers.

    Rise up O Lord and bring healing and revival to our people, neighborhoods, cities, and churches. Let your Spirit hover once more above our nation and let the enemy and his minions be defeated, dishonored and rejected.

    Let your Kingdom come down in our midst and bring love, healing, and freedom from the bonds that the enemy brings along with the death, division. and destruction. Let your light shine, let the truth reign, let your love transform and bring your salvation. Shatter the forces of evil and let them be exposed by the light of your Son and Spirit. Save us O Lord.

    In Jesus name, Amen.

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    -Ramadan: A Good Time to Pray for Muslims

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    The Muslim month of Ramadan for 2015 began the evening of June 17 and ends in the evening of July 17. This is a really good time to pray for Muslims if you know any or to pray in general for Muslims to find out the truth about Jesus Christ.

    Ramadan is a whole month in which Muslims seek and pray to Allah and try to be pious and faithful to their religion. In recent years hundreds if not thousands have come to Christ through dreams and visions of Jesus and angels particularly during this time.

    It is also a time to pray against the enemy who causes many Muslims to rise up and kill and persecute Christians and others in the name of their religion and false understanding of God and the truth. This is a time that they seeking God in their lives let this be a time when they find the truth and a true understanding of God and his Word.

    Here’s a link to a good article about Ramadan from the Christianity Today. The writer also calls on Christians to pray for Muslims during this time:

    What if Christians fervently prayed during the month of Ramadan that God would reveal himself to Muslims in this time of seeking? What if we covered millions of fasting Muslims with 30 days of intense intercession that something would happen in their spiritual search? Believing in the power of prayer, could we not expect God to respond to our heartfelt burden for the lost millions of the world?

    …Rather than hardening our hearts and dismissing their lostness to the judgment of God as something they deserve, we should plead for their hearts to be open to God revealing himself.

    Join me this month in praying for Muslims in our own communities as well as those around the world. Pray that they would truly seek God and be open to revelation that would lead them to the truth. In seeking Allah, an impersonal deity that is aloof and cannot be known, may they find a loving, compassionate God who revealed himself through Jesus Christ and died for their sins.

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    -My Prayer: Let Their Legacy be Peace, Love, and Reconciliation

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    Psalm 11

    In the Lord I take refuge; …if the foundations are destroyed,
    what can the righteous do?”

    The Lord is in his holy temple…his eyes see, his eyelids test the children of man.
    The Lord tests the righteous, but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence.
    …For the Lord is righteous;
    he loves righteous deeds; the upright shall behold his face. (ESV)


    Our Father,

    In the news today, more Christians were killed in the Middle East, a whole village in Africa. The evil words of a young racist who killed nine praying folks in a church continues to haunt America and others continue to stir the pot of hate between the races in our big cities. Many are saying that riots are on the horizon while police are being ambushed and young black people continue to die in our streets. The voices of hate are running hot today with no relief in sight.

    Father God, you are still our refuge and by your Holy Spirit let the agents of your love rise up and mediate between the forces that would tear our country and cities apart. Let agents of your love and justice rise up and speak words of conciliation in our communities and drown out the shouts of division and hate. Let believers in your Son Jesus walk over the bridges together in love Like they did with Martin LK in former days.

    Let a legacy of peace and love come out of the church in Charleston, may they not have died in vain. Let Americans rise up and honor their prayers and faith. Let us be renewed and battle the hate that perpetrated this evil deed. Let it stop here, let their legacy be one of peace, love, and justice not more strife, recrimination, and division.

    Let believers rise up and proclaim that you are still on the throne and your Kingdom of love and justice is coming. Let your Spirit reach down and touch the hearts of America this Summer and bring love and reconciliation all across our cities. Let your love, peace, and justice reign as never before.   

    In Jesus name, Amen.

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