Pray for Awakening Third week of March 2018

Pray for Awakening

Third week of March 2018, Ligonier ministries


Pray that God would send renewal to your nation and turn the hearts of many to Christ.

That times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord. — Acts 3:20

Prayer by highplainsparson

O Lord of Hosts, you poured out your Spirit in power upon our forefathers in the faith in great awakenings and revivals that changed the character, course, and career of this land, the United States of America. You awakened and converted many dead sinners, and led your people by your Spirit, leading them to soak in the word deeply, inculcating in them the doctrines of grace, as our own general assembly testified, to amend their lives, and to make great impact in their communities and society. If it had not been for these great awakenings in history, America would be a much worse place. We have backslidden against you and squandered the blessings of your word that you have lavished upon our land more than almost any other. Revive and awaken your people. Let true churches of Jesus Christ be filled with weeping and repentant sinners, while people are trying to get in the door but finding there’s not enough room because the buildings are full. Let revival begin with us. Warm our cold hearts. Give us repentance, and let us take vengeance upon our pet sins that offend you greatly with a holy vengeance. May we cast them aside and seek your face. Send us to reach our neighbors and bring them in where they may be touched by you and changed forever. Do this work in and through us and have all the glory Lord, for it is yours now and forever. Let there be a great harvest of souls across our union. Let there be a great harvest in our land before that time that only you know, when you renew the earth when the Lord Jesus returns physically, to rule it in majesty. Amen.

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Awakening Prayer Guide March week 2 NEIGHBORS, CHURCH, AND COWORKERS Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. — Rom. 12:11

Awakening Prayer Guide by Ligonier

March week 2


Pray that the members of your church would be full of zeal to serve Christ and bear witness to Him in your community.

Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. — Rom. 12:11

Prayer by highplainsparson

Gracious God and Father, we confess that we have been lazy in doing the work that you’ve given us to do. We have not taken advantage of opportunities to share the gospel with all those that you have laid in our way. We have spent more time napping or with trifling entertainments than we have in actively working to advance your kingdom. We have lounged and coddled our bodies instead of loving our neighbor enough to spend time sharing the good news about Christ has done for us, with them. Teach us to stretch ourselves out of our comfort zone and proclaim Christ to a lost and dying world that is crumbling around us. Let this be a major focus of the ministry of your church where we gather. Give us fresh ideas on techniques and opportunities to share the message of reconciliation, God reconciling himself to sinful man through Christ the mediator. Give us a holy zeal according to knowledge, that we may study and work to show ourselves approved. And let this zeal be channeled by your holy Scriptures. Sanctify us, put away our laziness, and empower our work in your church by your Holy Spirit, that by your grace working in us many more souls might be gathered and added to the number. We pray this in the name of Jesus Christ who is the Lord of the harvest. Amen.

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Pray For Yourself and your Family, March 2018 Week 1, Pray For Awakening

Pray For Awakening (Ligonier)

March WEEK 1


Pray that you and your family would know the love of Christ and respond in love and obedience to Him.

To know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. — Eph. 3:19

Prayer by highplainsparson

O Lord, you have loved me and my wife and children and beyond our comprehension. You sacrificed your own dear Son for us. He gave his life for us and endured much affliction. No greater love has a man than to give his life for his friends. This is the love that you’ve given to us. There’s nothing that we can ever do to repay you. But let the love that you’ve given us be reflected in our words and actions, especially to one another. We ask your forgiveness for unkind words and actions. We ask for forgiveness for omitting duties of love that we owed to one another various times. Teach us to love one another as we ought to, by your Spirit working through your word preached and read as we are blessed that you have not left us to wonder what shape and form of our love is supposed to take in response to your love, but you have given a specific instructions in your word on how to die to self, to love you most of all, and others as ourselves. We tend to love ourselves only too much, but you’ve demonstrated your love toward us in sacrificing your Son Jesus Christ for us. Let us likewise put others before ourselves especially our family members. And may this love be reflected and exercised in your church toward others that you have loved with your eternal saving love, so the world may say, “See how they love one another,” and be drawn to you by your love working in us. We pray this in Jesus name, amen.

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Pray for the nations

Ligonier awakening prayer guide February 2018



Pray that people in many nations would join themselves to the Lord by faith in Christ alone.

Many nations shall join themselves to the Lord in that day, and shall be my people. — Zech. 2:11

Prayer by Riley Fraas

O, Lord, we live in a glorious time when the prophecies that you spoke of through the prophets of old, of many nations coming to Christ are being fulfilled before our eyes. Hasten and spread the knowledge of the gospel far and wide to places in the world where it is not yet much known. Bless the endeavors of your people to proclaim Christ to the nations. Take away the fear that your people have even in persecuted areas of reaching those around them. Let them boldly proclaim you. Let them be as shrewd as serpents and as innocent as doves in their situations knowing how to provide for their own yet also give good news to a dying generation. You have made a people out of every nation. You’ve made people for yourself in Jesus Christ to worship and glorify you joyfully forever. This people is made up of every tribe, tongue, and nation. Millions have come to know you in Africa, Asia, South America, and in the Middle East. We praise you for these mighty works look up on them joyfully. Thank you for the blessed occasions that we have to enjoy fellowship and communion with your people in multiple nations as you grant opportunity. Bring down the forces of secularism and anti-Christian political thought that stand against your word and impede missionary endeavor. Open the doors so that your good news may go what has not gone before, and many more people will be reconciled to you their creator through Christ Redeemer of his election every nation, by the Holy Spirit bring them from death to life in Christ, so many millions of our experience. Send the gospel forth with power in nations which have known you in the past, but have grown increasingly secular, such as Europe, Australia, and Canada, and the United States of America. Please send more godly Christian missionaries to those regions. Let the world be ours in Christ, amen.

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Pray for your church, coworkers, and neighbors. Ligonier ministries awakening prayer guide week 2 February 2018

Ligonier awakening prayer guide week 2 February 2018

Pray for your church, coworkers, and neighbors.

Jude 3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write on to you of the common salvation it was needful for me to write unto you and exhort you that you should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

Prayer by highplainsparson:

O Lord our Father we are a people that you have made and we live here in the city of Babylon in a foreign and strange place which does not know you. We bear the reproach and shame that the world puts upon us for being your people, but let us glorify your name in everything that we do, in conversation with others that don’t know you to lead them to the way. Let our local church hold fast to the confession that was once delivered to the Saints and was handed down through our forefathers in the faith. Let us be like the early church that did not waver in her faith or morals but proclaimed them to the world. Let us be thankful Lord for your law and your gospel and proclaim both without equivocation or trying to soften it up, but let us soften up our demeanor in order to bring people to the truth of you. Strengthen our hearts for we are so weak and frail and afraid. Let us go boldly in our community and tell others the reason for the hope that we have within us that many souls may be converted to you where we work, where we live, and gathered to your church where we worship. Add to the number of your local church where we gather and stir up your people to seek the lost in the world. The contrast between the world and the church is real. Let us never be ashamed of it but to unashamedly stand firm. Let us show them that your love is better than any love the world can offer and that we have a better way, and let this firmness of confession be ours by your Spirit and your grace working in us. Use it effectively to build the local church where we are. We pray this in Jesus name.

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Awakening Prayer: week 1 February 2018

From the Ligonier Awakening prayer guide. Week one February 2018: yourself and family

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. — Rom. 12:2

Prayer by highplainsparson

O Lord, the world around us is increasingly wicked and hardened in rebellion against you. Protect myself, my wife, and my children from the allurements, Temptations, and vanities of the world, that look good and taste sweet at first, but are bitter in the belly, leading to destruction. Awaken and revive us. Continue the work of grace that you have begun in our hearts. Give the new birth to my children if they do not have it yet. And continue the work of grace that you have begun in me, in my wife, and in my oldest child. Let us be witnesses of your grace in the darkness, and confirm us in your word. Transform our minds from the sinful ways of thinking that we have, by your Holy Spirit working through your word to change our thinking and make it like the thinking of Jesus Christ. Teach us to love you and one other. Let us cease fighting, argumentation, insults, and Unkind words toward one another, and instead compete in acts of love for the distinction of being the most loving to each other. Instruct us from your word on how to love; because of sin we do not know how to love each other as we should, So we need your law to teach us how to love. Write it on our hearts and minds and transform us by it so that we may be more like you.

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Pray For Awakening in 2018-with Ligonier Ministries

It is highly encouraging that such a high profile reformed Christian ministry has caught onto the idea of prayer for revival/awakening! Ligonier’s prayer points are simple, to the point, and given for every week of 2018. And they have devoted their annual conference this year to the topic of prayer for awakening! I have decided that our family will be praying the points this year. Who is with us? Will you join us in this coordinated prayer? Many of us were praying for revival last year, and the increase of such prayer meetings is part of the answer to the prayers. And let’s spread the word. Download your free copy of the booklet with prayer points for every week in 2018 here: Edwards’s “An Humble Attempt” inspired a generation of prayer meetings that God answered powerfully with many conversions at home and abroad. With Jacob, will you not let go until the LORD blesses us?

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Critical Theory and the Unity of the Church

This seems helpful.


The undersigned concerned individuals are constrained, indeed compelled, to speak to ideological dangers that threaten and subvert the unity of the Body of Christ.

Some in the conservative Reformed community evince a laudable desire to overcome racial injustice, but they often seek to understand racial divisions by relying on categories drawn from the “critical theory” of secular academia (e.g., notions of “white privilege,” “white guilt,” “intersectionality,” and more broadly the power-analysis tradition that stems from Marx, Foucault, and others) rather than from Scripture and the Christian tradition.  As a result of this uncritical borrowing, some in the church are falling headlong into the divisive identity politics that now plague the broader culture and particularly higher education.

These secular categories are often unhelpful.  For example, what are often taken to be examples of “white privilege” are simply the rights and opportunities that should be enjoyed by all, and the appropriate response…

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Problems with the Nashville Statement

The Nashville Statement is troublingly ambiguous on the sinfulness of same sex attraction:

“Article 8. WE AFFIRM that people who experience sexual attraction for the same sex may live a rich and fruitful life pleasing to God through faith in Jesus Christ, as they, like all Christians, walk in purity of life.”

Is this Christian’s purity of life attained by repenting and mortifying the sinful “sexual attraction for the same sex”, or are these desires somehow compatible with such purity? It seems they mean the latter, which is unbiblical, and a heretical denial of the sinfulness of sinful lusts.  The authors of the statement had no trouble being crystal clear on the sinfulness of many sins.  Why the lack of clarity here, on one of the most confronting issues of our time?  I take it as a denial that same sex erotic attraction is sinful, which is a huge mistake because:

1. It seems to deny that some sins are more heinous than others.  

One area where Christians need to be taught better, is the degree of heinousness of sins.

Westminster Larger Catechism Q. 150. Are all transgressions of the law of God equally heinous in themselves, and in the sight of God?
All transgressions of the law of God are not equally heinous; but some sins in themselves, and by reason of several aggravations, are more heinous in the sight of God than others.

All sins are heinous, but some are more heinous than others due to several aggravating factors. One of the aggravating factors that the Larger Catechism lists in Answer 151 is that a sin is more heinous if it be against the “light of nature.” For this reason, in this respect, same sex attraction is more heinous even than lust for the opposite sex, which is not, essentially, against nature. Same sex attraction is not the moral equivalent of opposite sex attraction, which God gave us for the purpose of procreation.  The recent confusion among the Reformed and Evangelicals over the sinfulness of same sex attraction shows this deficiency.
2. It denies the Christian doctrine of original sin. 

The statement that a Christian can live a pure life despite experiencing erotic desires toward persons of the same sex, suggests that such proneness and proclivity to enter into temptation are not sin unless they are acted upon.  But this flies in the face of Scripture and the traditional Augustinian teaching on original sin.  “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.” James 1:14 Temptation arises from our sinful nature, which is itself sin, and calls down God’s wrath upon us. By grace, those whom God has regenerated, get the victory eventually over their indwelling sin, by mortifying it daily. This teaching is sorely lacking in the church today. It is being said that our sinful nature, and the temptations that arise from it, are not sin, as if to raise up Pelagius from the grave.  If the Church ceases to maintain the historic, orthodox, definition of Original Sin, she will fall utterly.

I am concerned that the Nashville Statement adds to the confusion and false teaching on sin rampant in the Church today.

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A French Huguenot minister in New York

A little family history. Here’s a letter written by a Dutch reformed minister in New York to the Classis of Amsterdam on September 30, 1696. His name is Domine Selyns. In the letter he mentions the French reformed minister who serves where my ancestors the Sicard family [bearing my paternal grandma’s maiden name] were settled in New Rochelle, New York. His name was Reverend (or Domine to use the Dutch title) Bondet, A Huguenot minister from France and a former professor at the famed Academy of Saumur. This was the pastor of some of our ancestors in of New York who had escaped France eight years before.  

Selyns writes, “Domine Brodet [Bondet], who was formerly professor at Saumur, and who lived among the Indians and preached to them for eight years, is at New Rochelle, 20 miles from here, and is very useful by his ministerial gifts and holy life.”

A History of the Reformed Church, Dutch in the United States by ET Corwin, 115.

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