We are joining the Awake America prayer campaign! #AwakeAmerica2020
I will be capturing our prayers and devotional thoughts here through the rest of 2020, so bookmark this page to return and get updates.
Cry Out to God
“God’s people cry out to him for help… Like the Father of the Prodigal Son, God waits eagerly for His children to return to Him.” (1)
Read/Pray: Psalm 104 and 80
Repent and Return to God
“God calls His people to repent and return to Him or perish.” (1)We are the church. Each individual member of the Body of Christ, the royal priesthood. (Matt. 16:18, 1 Peter 2:9) “The full dimension of God’s love is experienced within the context of God’s people. God has fashioned His people into a living body of Christ–the church… The primary reason we need revival is that we have forsaken our love relationship with God–our first love. God’s invitation is for us to repent and return to our first love. His word to the church at Ephesus indicates that failure to repent is fatal. [Revelation 2:4-7]” (1)
Read/Pray: Psalm 81, 82
Pray for Revival
“God revives His repentant people by restoring them to a right relationship with Himself. God stands ready to receive His people when they return. He cleanses and forgives. He gives a new heart to serve Him and fullness of the Holy Spirit to empower them for His work. He restores the joy of being in the family of God.” (1)
“Revival means to restore or renew life. Revival is for God’s people who need a fresh encounter, a fresh love relationship with Him. Revival is God putting the plumb line of His Word right down the middle of His people. He calls us to repent and return to a holy love relationship with Himself. When we repent and return to Him, He turns our hearts back to Himself. He forgives. He cleanses. He restores life. This is revival. He gives renewed life. He is our life.” (1)
Read/Pray: Psalm 84-86
Pray for Awakening
“God exalts His Son Jesus in His people and draws the lost to saving faith in Him. When God has a people rightly related to Him, He is able to display His glory to a watching world. When a people experience the mighty power of God bringing wholeness to their lives, others will notice and want a similar experience of life. Spiritual awakening becomes a natural by-product of a revived people.” (1)
Read/Pray: Psalm 96-100
- Awakening America Alliance Resource: The following excerpt is adapted from Fresh Encounter: God’s Pattern for Revival and Spiritual Awakening by Henry T. Blackaby and Claude V. King
(Nashville: LifeWay Press, 1993), 8-10, 22-23. Used by Permission, Cry Out America 2009.
We are also following the ICEJ Isaiah 62 Prayer Initiative. Visit for more information https://us5.campaign-archive.com/?u=55a717a2b2&id=2b410af4eb
“This call to prayer is based on the following two passages that encourage us to cry out to the Lord and allow our prayers to ascend as incense before Him in the face of this modern-day plague:
“Then Moses said to Aaron, “Take your censer and put incense in it, along with burning coals from the altar, and hurry to the assembly to make atonement for them. Wrath has come out from the Lord; the plague has started.” So Aaron did as Moses said, and ran into the midst of the assembly. The plague had already started among the people, but Aaron offered the incense and made atonement for them. He stood between the living and the dead, and the plague stopped. But 14,700 people died from the plague, in addition to those who had died because of Korah. Then Aaron returned to Moses at the entrance to the tent of meeting, for the plague had stopped.” (Numbers 16:46-50)
and “and the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, rose before God from the hand of the angel.” (Revelation 8:4)
“There is a sense that through the coronavirus pandemic, God is summoning all mankind to call out to Him. His desire is for us as believers to draw near to Him, to examine our hearts, and to intercede for the people of Israel and the world.”
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25TH
A. Pray for Repentance
Let’s ask God to search our hearts – to test us and see if there be any sin in us. This is an important first step for any prayer effort. It causes us to test our hearts because we often choose comfort in this life over drawing closer to God on a daily basis.
Scripture to use:
“Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.” (Psalm 139:23-24)
B. Pray for Revival
Pray that Christians worldwide would turn to the living God with their whole hearts.
Pray that the unsaved would find Jesus – that this crisis would lead to great number of salvations.
Scriptures to use:
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.” (Deuteronomy 6:4-5)
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
C. Pray for an End to this Crisis
Pray for world leaders and local governments to make the right choices during this season. Pray that their every decision would create an effective outcome – helping to eradicate the spread of the coronavirus.
Pray that citizens around the world, would heed the sound advice being offered to them.
Let’s pray for those in the medical profession who are truly on the front-lines.
Scriptures to use:
“If My people who are called by My name will 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)
“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (Timothy 2:1-4)
“But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.” (Matthew 9:36)
D. Pray for God to Protect and Heal His People
Pray for the protection and healing for the Body of Christ worldwide.
Pray for healing among the people of Israel. So far, Israel has a remarkable record in that only one person has perished from COVID-19. We are asking God that the scepter of death from this virus will virtually pass over the nation of Israel in a mighty sign that He is with them!
Pray for the protection of all those who turn to Him throughout the nations.
Scriptures to use:
“Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place, No evil shall befall you Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; ” (Psalm 91:9-10)
Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt. (Exodus 12:13 13)
From ICEJ: https://us5.campaign-archive.com/?u=55a717a2b2&id=665612c81c
[Illinois] Statewide Day of Prayer
Written By David E. Smith – https://illinoisfamily.org/faith/statewide-day-of-prayer/
Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. …
The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
~James 5:13, 16
Most Christians believe in the power of prayer, but, unfortunately, many fail to utilize it as often as they should. And how can that be when God tells us that our prayers are powerful and effective?
With so many families and communities affected by the COVID-19 crisis and the extreme sheltering orders that have been mandated over the past several weeks, prayer should become a daily (if not hourly) priority for us (1 Thess 5:16-18). We are very grateful to State Representative Darren Bailey‘s leadership in calling for a day to pray for our state, our first responders, and everyone who is experiencing loss as a result of the pandemic.
This Day of Prayer is an opportunity for people of faith across the state to intentionally pause and pray to the God of mercy and hope. Peter tells us in 1 Peter 3:12 that “the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are attentive to their prayer.”
We have an amazing God who listens to the prayers of faithful and obedient believers. (John 9:31; 1 John 5:15; Jeremiah 29:12-13)
The Psalmist wrote:
I love the Lord, because He hears
My voice and my supplications.
Because He has inclined His ear to me,
Therefore I shall call upon Him as long as I live.
We have a loving and merciful God of compassion who wants us to turn to Him and take shelter in Him as our refuge and our strength. He is our sure rock in the midst of any storm, the light that pierces every darkness, and an anchor of hope for those who contend with despair. We should embrace every opportunity to bring our appeals before Him.
Prayer Guidance Points:
Pray for Revival: We may not be able to see it now, but God is working good in this season of COVID-19 (Romans 8:28). Pray that people around the world would seek God during this pandemic and economic shut down. Pray that the lost would find great hope and eternal peace in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
For the Glory of God: Pray that this crisis would be a wake-up call to lukewarm believers and would-be seekers. Pray that God would draw people to Himself in a powerful way. Pray for the spread of the Gospel. In this time of great anxiety and uncertainty, pray that God’s people would be ready to meet the world with the comfort and hope that only the good news of Jesus Christ can offer.
For those in Authority: As they decide how to respond to the COVID-19 crisis, pray for President Donald Trump and his teams of health and economic advisors. Pray for Governor J.B. Pritzker and his advisors. Pray for local city officials throughout the state. May the Lord give them an abundance of wisdom and discernment so that the “stay in place” order will quickly diminish and life can get back to normal.
Peace: May God Almighty reach out to all those who fear that they are sinking beneath waves of anxiety. May they receive that courage, resilience, and healing grace that can only come from the Prince of Peace.
Greater Faith: Pray that through this we would better understand what it means to “walk by faith and not by sight” (2 Cor 5:7). Scripture teaches that God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and love and self-control (2 Tim 1:7). Pray for enduring faith during this season of heightened fear, anxiety, and confusion. Appropriate precautions should be taken, but Christians must continue to rely on God and trust His purposes and plans (Rom. 8:28).
Medical Workers: Pray for healthcare workers and first responders who are on the front lines. Pray for protection for their health and protection for the health of their families.
News Media: Christians should pray for those in the news media. Pray that reporters and journalists would accurately report updates about the status of the virus and not seek to peddle conspiracies, politicize the threat, or stoke fear where it is unwarranted.