Prayer for the Third Great Awakening
In the past, America has seen several noteworthy revivals—revivals that have each changed the course of the nation during their days.
For example, we saw the First and Second Great Awakenings. In the 1700s, when Jonathan Edwards preached his famous sermon, Sinners In the Hands of an Angry God, the Holy Spirit fell so strongly that even the deacons of the church clung to its marble pillars, crying out to the Lord to save them, for they sensed that they were falling into hell.
That revival transformed people to such a degree that even young adults, prone to pursuing pleasure, as Edwards later wrote, lost all interest in satisfying the flesh and instead met in houses to pray and worship the Lord.
In the 1800s, we saw the Second Great Awakening.
In that revival, Charles Finney would send his two intercessors into a town before he was to travel there. Those two intercessors would often find a secluded, hidden basement in which to pray and fast for days before Finney’s arrival. They got the victory in prayer, and then Finney would show up and preach.
When Finney preached, the Spirit of the Lord was poured out so strongly when he preached that he often could not even make it as far as the altar call. People would be convicted under the power of the Holy Ghost, and would stand up in the middle of the sermon, crying and shouting pleas to God for salvation and forgiveness of sins.
That is not even to mention the Azusa Street Revival, where intercessor Frank Bartleman recorded that the color line was washed away in the blood.
Time would also fail us to describe the Cane Ridge Revival, where even young children came under the power of the Lord and preached about the blood of the Lamb. Then there were the healing revivals, birthed by an outbreak of extended fasting and prayer—and yielding thousands of not only miracles, but true salvations and transformed lives.
Beloved, what God has done once, twice, three times, and more, He can and will do again—if we did what they did to get those results.
What did they do? They prayed and fasted, fasted and prayed; they let the Word of God govern their hearts and lives; and worshiped and repented and sought God with all their hearts.
Oh, for the church to do the same thing today!
Beloved, will you join me in crying out to the Lord today for real revival?
Will you pray with me for revival with roots—where the Word takes root in the hearers and bears the fruit of transformed lives? Will you pray with me for revival that heals families, transforms cities, and heals our nation?
Let’s pray together as follows:
“Dear Heavenly Father,
We come before You in Jesus’ name. Abba Father, thank You for hearing and answering our prayer today. Your Word says that ‘Before you call, I will answer,’ so we know You are already at work answering this prayer that we are about to pray. We thank You and praise You for that, Abba; for You are great and mighty and greatly to be praised.
Holy Father, in the mighty and precious name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, we humbly bow before You today. And in the name of Jesus, we humbly petition You to change our hearts and pour out Your Spirit upon our nation:
- Let young and old, sons and daughters, adults and children, men and women everywhere be suddenly and inexplicably drawn to You by Your Spirit.
- Let people who do not know You be suddenly drawn to read Your Word. Cause each one to discover Your salvation within its pages.
- Make the hearts of Your people everywhere pure and holy.
- Purge us of sin of every kind: pride, lawlessness, adultery, fornication, wrath, anger, hatred, idolatry, sorcery, selfishness, jealousies, and every other work of the flesh described in Your Word.
- Let the passing pleasures of sin hold no more appeal in the hearts of Americans everywhere. Let those things be replaced by a passion for holiness.
- Let every person in our great nation pursue holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.
Father, we ask that You would send every person in the USA visions of Jesus, the Man in white.
Show Your Son to us while we sleep. Let visions and dreams of Jesus come forth to every person. Let a great conviction fall upon America, and upon all Americans. Pour out Your Spirit of the Fear of the Lord (Isaiah 11:2) upon this nation, Father. We ask that every person in this great land would be filled with such a holy fear of You that we all tremble and weep under the power of Your Holy Spirit.
Abba Father, pour out Your conviction upon us once again. Let us clamber and stagger again to Your altars, weeping and confessing our sins. Let Your Holy Spirit wreck every heart with Your love, and with the baptism in Your Holy Spirit and fire. Let Americans once again break bread together from house to house, singing to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs.
Father, we pray that every broadcast of unholy media would be turned off in our homes, and that every heart would be turned ON and awakened to Your Son Jesus. Let Jesus have our full attention once again. Let us see Jesus, high and lifted up, the train of His robe filling the temple.
Father, we pray in Jesus’ name for better times for America.
You said in Your Word that “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). We humble ourselves before You now, Lord. Please convict us. Have Your way in our hearts. Let this nation worship You in the beauty of holiness once again.
Abba Father, pour out another fasting and prayer revival upon America.
Let us experience Pentecost once again. Let thousands be added to Your church every day. Raise up preachers in the most unexpected places—and let them bear fruit worthy of repentance. Let our hearts be consumed with true holiness, Father; for preaching without holiness only makes us a laughingstock among the world.
Father, we pray in Jesus’ name that Your Kingdom would come, and Your will would be done, on earth as it is in Heaven:
- Let America smell like Heaven once again.
- Let the incense of prayer arise from our land into Your nostrils.
- Let the very sounds of Heaven resound across our land, from sea to shining sea.
- Let the sound of Your worship fill the streets, the churches, and every home across America.
- Let Your pure and unadulterated Word thunder from every pulpit, every street corner, every platform, and every home once again.
- Let true healings, signs, wonders, and miracles break forth to confirm the preaching of Your Word.
- Bring our nation and our people into unity under the blood of Jesus.
- Let the dividing lines of race, gender, and ideology all be washed away in the blood of Your Son.
- Let us unite around the wondrous cross once again, and let all Americans be drawn to serve our Risen Lord.
Oh Father, we cannot do this ourselves. We are utterly helpless to revive America.
But, together with Rees Howells of old and with many others who surround us in that great cloud of witnesses, we pray, “Lord, send revival, and let it begin in me.”
I yield myself to You, Father. Begin this revival for which I am praying today—and begin it in my heart. And let this prayer spread over our whole nation. Let every person be fully occupied with our Lord Christ once again, and let righteousness and justice roll down like mighty waters in our land.
Let the Third Great Awakening come, Father—and let it be permanent.
Hear our prayer; observe our repentance; give heed to our cries, O Lord. Turn our nation back to You, and heal our land.
Thank You, Father. In Jesus’ holy, mighty, and precious name we pray, amen.”
Beloved, the grass may wither and the flower fades, but the Word of our God stands forever. Our God has promised us that He will heal our land if we will pray, repent, and humble ourselves. Let us pray this prayer continually in agreement before Him, and He will watch over His Word to perform it.
Did you pray this prayer in agreement with us today? If so, leave a comment below!
Jamie Rohrbaugh is the author of On-Time God: 14 Miracle Words and Prayers for RIGHT NOW. She is the founder and CEO of From His Presence, a ministry dedicated to equipping God’s people in prayer, the prophetic word, living supernaturally, inner healing, and Kingdom wealth. Her writing can be found on YouVersion, Charisma Magazine, The Elijah List, Spirit Fuel, and various other ministry outlets. Download her free prayer tool, Praying the Names of God: 555 Biblical Names of God and How to Use Them in Prayer and Worship, here. Photo Credit: NATHAN MULLET on Unsplash.
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