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Lord we cry out for another great awakening in this nation. We pray for unity in spirit, fellowship, and prayer. Turn our hearts toward You and each other.

I recently dreamt I was invited to church. It was in my pastor’s house. I was on the phone with her getting directions. The subdivision they lived in was called “Shining Light.” There was a parking lot outside of the subdivision. For some reason, the entrance was only narrow enough to walk through. No cars, nothing else could enter, only a single person at a time. So we went in. I couldn’t find their house so I kept walking forward. Many people who I didn’t know were doing the same, and they were carrying covered dishes.They were entering people’s homes. I knew they were having church in homes too. I kept walking until I came to a crossroads. The names of the crossroads were “Prayer” and “Awakening”, so I stood there not knowing which way to turn. People were moving up and down, left and right. Finally on the right, I actually recognized quite a few people from my church, so I followed them because I knew where they were going. I turned right and found the house on “Awakening Ave.” When we got there I noticed everyone waiting in the backyard. There were seats set up and one table toward the back. There was a large flower garden planted that was full of lilies and roses. It was in bloom, fragrant, and peaceful and that’s where many of us decided to hang out while we were waiting and fellowshipping. Then I woke up. 

As I read this and prayed, I first thought of the book of Acts when we first see the disciples after Christ’s ascension meeting in homes. Now I’m not saying that is what will happen, only God knows that, but this is what I was reminded of. We see the very first move of God in Acts, chapter 2, when the church is birthed. I write this to show you the ingredients of the early church and how they lived. Everything recorded in the bible is instruction for us on how to live, even the mistakes recorded are lessons. Here is what we can learn from the upper room encounter.

The disciples left the Mount of Olives and returned to Jerusalem, less than a mile away. Arriving there, they went into a large second-floor room to pray. Those present were Peter, John, Jacob, Andrew, Philip, Thomas, Bartholomew, Matthew, Jacob (the son of Alpheus), Simon (the zealot), Judas (the son of Jacob), and a number of women, including Mary, Jesus’ mother. His brothers were there as well. All of them were united in prayer, gripped with one passion, interceding night and day. (Acts 1:12-14 TPT)

“United in prayer”

They came together as one (unity) with a common purpose, to pray. Several translations use the word “joined together in prayer.” The word joined is used biblically to describe marriage, meaning no longer two but one. We are one, made up of many members, but one body joined together. We are one, called to be a spotless bride without blemish for Christ. Unity will always be a key for awakening. It can only come from the love of Christ. No unity means no awakening. Unity is to be together with a purpose, and that purpose is truth. As Christians, we are certain we have the truth in Jesus.(John 14:6)  False unity looks like unity to people who cannot perceive the truth. It’s a joining together under false truth. We can see much of this happening in America today. I believe it to be a counterfeit from the true unity that God desires.

Lord, make us one in Christ. Unite our hearts with a pursuit for the truth. We want to see Jesus Christ exalted. We want to see awakening sweep through our land and the nations again. 

Gripped with one passion”

What I love about this verse is that again it states one passion, pointing to oneness. It says they were gripped. One of the last words the Lord spoke before He ascended was this, “wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.” (Acts 1:4) They were told to stay in Jerusalem until the promise of the Holy Spirit was given. Their hearts were gripped by His words. This means to firmly grasp. They firmly held onto the Lord’s promises.The disciples knew that God kept His promises. When our hearts become gripped by His word, and we hold tightly to His promises in faith, we will see God answer.

Lord, we cling to Your words because You are faithful. We have stored Your words in our heart. Consume us with Your passion, let us hold fast and stand firm as we wait for You to move over this nation once again.

“Interceding day and night”

Jobs usually have set hours and when you’re done you simply clock out. Not so with intercession. We are invited to co-labor with Christ who is The Intercessor. We are invited at any time to come into His presence and intercede. The disciples were engaged in day and night intercession. We often read of them in the book of Acts meeting together and engaged in prayer at all hours.They knew because they saw Jesus demonstrate a lifestyle of intimacy with the Father and prayer. They lived in very dangerous times.They were being persecuted by religious and government leaders. Still, they met as one in homes praying. I believe this is why the early church was so effective moving in power and seeing such miracles and many souls saved. 

Lord, we need You. We need Your presence everyday. Breathe on Your church once again, give a second wind to Your intercessors. I thank You that we will see a growing prayer movement, even if it’s in our homes. We take our place as watchmen on the walls again and stand in the gap for this nation(s) and the people. Thank You for Your power that flows through our prayers when we are in agreement.

These are the ingredients for awakening. At no place in the bible or church history will you find revival without gathering together in unity and prayer. Perhaps that’s why, in my dream, prayer and awakening were intertwined. Now I want to whet your appetite by showing you what happened when they met together and prayed. 

  1. The power of God shook their prayer meeting. As a result they were filled with boldness to share Jesus during persecution. (Acts 4:31)
  2. They received wisdom from God about who to put in charge of ministry so they could study and pray more. (Acts 6:2-6)
  3. Tabitha was raised from the dead. (Acts 9:39-41)
  4. The gospel was received by gentiles. Cornelius, a Roman officer, was in prayer when an angel delivered a message from God also confirming Peter’s vision. Cornelius called for Peter so he could hear the gospel message of Jesus Christ.
  5. Peter was miraculously released from prison. The bible says the church prayed earnestly for him. (Acts 12:5, Acts 12:6-12) 
  6. Paul and Silas were also released from prison while praying and singing at midnight. (Acts 16:25-34) Because of this, a guard and his entire family were saved by seeing what God had done for Paul and Silas.

Each of these instances show the power of prayer. It also shows what happens when God’s spirit moves. Awakening is never about us. It’s always about Jesus. I’m not going to lie, everytime I read the book of Acts I’m challenged, convicted, stirred, and expectant all at the same time. I begin to say God, how does my prayer life compare? Am I praying more or less? When was the last time I saw a miraculous answer? I want more of Jesus in me and less of Gloria. We must be plugged into Jesus if we want to move in his power. Jesus has to be our first love. We must come back to the place of prayer. Azuza Street, Cane Ridge, Hebrides, Welsh Revival – no move of God has ever come without prayer gatherings. I also believe this dream is God calling us back to fellowship with one another. We cannot do the kingdom of God as lone rangers. We were created for fellowship with God and one another. I am convinced there will be another awakening despite how it looks now. Let it begin in each of us. 

Come awaken Your church Lord!  Come and finish what You started. Help us to prioritize community and re-align with like-minded Christians to fellowship and pray together. I pray for homes and doors to open, gathering places where homes will be shaken by the power of God as we meet together in prayer. I thank You that as we are obedient to meet together Your signs will follow according to Mark 16:17,18. The deaf will hear, the blind will see, the mute will speak, the dead will be raised to life, demons will be cast out, and nothing will harm us. Let Your presence give us boldness to proclaim the gospel in the face of uncertainty. I want to see Christians so consumed by Your presence that they “turn the world upside down”  demonstrating Jesus Christ in regions, cities, states, and nations. I ask for awakening not for selfish reasons, but to see the harvest. Let me never forget every soul I come across is a person Jesus died to save. Send another awakening to America, not because of anything we’ve done, but for the glory and honor of Your name. We want to see Jesus lifted high in this nation. We know that what happens to America affects the nations as well. We are crying out not just for America, but for a global awakening in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Author Gloria Robles is a passionate intercessor with a prophetic voice for today. For more from Gloria, go to Spotify or Anchor to listen to her podcast Something To Share. (Photo Credit: Unsplash.)

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  1. Amen! Such a glorious piece!! Thank you for sharing and blessing all of us. Let us persue becoming as the second chapter of Acts. Lift up the request for God to provide individual prayer partners in addition to our corporate times of prayer together. Let us seek with anticipation and we will surely find. He will provide! He is faithful and true! He must increase, but I must decrease. Blessed be the Name of the Lord. Amen

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  2. Lord, I pray for a Great Awakening of Your Church. I am not crying our for just America, but a global awakening, in the name of Jesus. I know that what happens to America, affects the other nations also. Lord, please I pray for a Revival and also for us to humble bow before You in repentance and sincerity. Help us to prioritize community and re-align with like-minded Christians to pray and have fellowship together. Open the eyes and ears of our hearts and help us to listen to You. In Jesus Holy and Precious Name I pray, Amen.

    Amen! 8
  3. Yes, there is a moving toward prayer in America. I know because of the reports from IFA about the thousands that recently joined, and my son-in-law is also moving to pray and intercede. Also, when a some years ago I feared that America was losing its prayer heritage, God showed me it was not happening. Dr, Stanley led with 40 Days of Prayer at that time, and I learned that many, many people all over America are praying for the Nation now. It is an awakening in itself, and prayerfully and hopefully heralds the arrival of a much larger Awakening. Many people are also praying for Revival, and have been praying for it for some decades now.

    The Banner of Truth published a new book, revised edition of Matthew Henry’s “A Method for Prayer, with Scripture Expressions Proper to be Used under Each Head, which was first published in 1710. (yes, more than 300 years ago.) The title of this new edition is “A Way to Pray” edited & revised by O. Palmer Robertson. I am going to put up prayers from this book, for they are a blessing to me right now in my prayer life. I take from the section, “Offer Special Prayers For Your Own Land and Nation”. The first one, ‘Thank God for His mercies to your land’

    LORD, thank You for planting us on a fruitful hill rather than making the wilderness our habitation or the barren desert our home. Our land yields abundant harvests. You have treated our nation so graciously. We have heard with our ears and our fathers have told us of the work you did for them in earlier days. By Your special favor we have experienced for ourselves exactly what previous generations told us. Help us to regularly remind ourselves of your mercy to our land whenever we gather together for worship.
    Scriptures for this prayer: Isaiah 5:1; Job 39:6; Psalm 85:12; Psalm 85:1; Psalm 44:1; Psalm 48: 8-9

    May God bless the praying of this prayer. I will put up some others at another time.

    Amen! 5
  4. Begin in me
    Father God In Spirit and truth ignite our hearts Your holy power when praying together.
    In these days, stir a hunger for all of You🙏🏻📖♥️🇺🇸🔥 and throughout the world. In Jesus mighty name amen

    Amen! 2
  5. As I read this early this morning, I was reminded how in early New Testament times, Paul wrote a letter to the Romans. And in that letter he tried to get the two groups to work together. So even then, there was division in the body of Christ. You had the Gentiles and the Jews who had returned to Rome after being expelled by Claudius. They wanted the Gentiles to practice the Jewish rites. The people at that time also met in house churches and I’m reminded how now some are meeting in homes for prayer. The theology he taught in his letters were meant to bring the two groups together. When we Christians work together we are strong, when there is division, that causes weakness. Our group meets weekly to pray together and we pray for a new Awakening to sweep across this land and into all the nations.

    Amen! 12
  6. This is my heart cryThis nation,our family and friends desperately need you and your presence. NOTHING ELSE WILL DO. Our eyes are trained on you,our hearts weep in desperation for you dear Lord.Without you we are lost and this nation has nothing. Forgive us for turning our backs on your precepts and principle. We name your name but do our will not yours.We have sinned against you and pushed you away.But I thank you for your faithfulness .No one is like You dear Lord.When you saved Abraham you saved his nation.I claim that for my nation.I ache for you to come and transform us.Youalone are the answer.We cry for the lost babies and the contamination of the children. They need your protection and care. LET YOUR NAME BE PRINTED ON THEIR FOREHEADS,each one declaring they are yours.Make them bold,courageous and men and woman of God.Make them be unstoppable in their pursuit of you.purify their heart and protect from evil and the evil one. We plead your Blood over all our hearts and minds.We need revival. We need unity,we need the fire of God.1 more time God ,do it again, In Jesus name.Amen

    Amen! 22
    1. Yes Marcella, I have also been led to pray about His name being printed on our foreheads. And also that verse from Amos, 5:24 “But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream”.

      The LORD knows what He wants to do with this nation, and He will put the prayers in our mouths.

  7. Great is thy faithfulness, morning by morning new mercies I see. Thank you Gloria for sharing such a powerfull reminder. our home prayer group touched on this today. we need each other to hear, discern and praise God. Jesus is our High Priest. Amen and Amen

    Amen! 10
  8. Amen!! My two brothers and I have been meeting weekly, sometimes twice weekly for more than three years praying for this exact thing to happen. We started meeting to pray for and discuss events happening in our region, the northeast. We have been praying for an awakening in ourselves, our churches and our region,and for this to spread and be connected to other regions across this great country we live in. This article gives me great hope as I see others with the same like vision that we have. Our God is moving, Let’s not lose hope, but keep focused on our Lord and Savior. Intercession prays to the end. God Bless as He is on the move in His people. Praise God!! 🔥🙏

    Amen! 24

    Amen! 26
  10. Great word for us, Gloria. We need to keep praying for awakening/revival in our nation, and world. We need a tremendous outpouring of Holy Spirit. Persecution is going to be turned up severely in our nation in the coming days. Lord, please use the coming persecution to wake up Your body of believers. Cause us to stop trying to figure out how to fit into this world that we live in. Show us how to be effective witnesses for You, and how You wish for us to live in these last days. In Jesus’s name we pray.

    Amen! 37
  11. Meet in homes to pray! My friends and I have been doing so for nearly a year and it has proven powerful and led us to IFA as a resource for these chaotic times. Stand firm, keep meeting and praying!

    Amen! 33
  12. Precious Sister in Christ,
    I was stirred and prodded to intercede with you in your inspired prayers for awakening! May we all be steadfast and certain in these “uncertain” times! Jeremiah 29:11 is for all of us, and we have been reminded to see every person we come in contact with a “Believer in waiting”…just waiting for us to give them Jesus! God bless you!!

    Amen! 35
  13. Thank you Gloria for your inspiring words and use of scripture. I prayed that the LORD Jesus would use me to share the good news and the “awakening” will continue in me.

    Amen! 32
  14. We are so disappointed that our congregation still has not been meeting in person. And, I was told by the leader that we are meeting on Zoom and this is fulfilling the biblical mandate to not forsake congregating…

    A few congregants and I are not buying this advice. So, we are thinking of meeting in a home from hereon.

    The church leader also advised us that the Church doesn’t endorse any political party.

    I believe the churches need to make a stand for what the Bible teaches. And forsake a political party that does not.

    So sad that faith leaders remain quiet at this crucial time in our country’s history.

    Amen! 54
    1. I am so sorry you are going thru this!! I believe, and it’s backed up in scripture, we are called to be involved in choosing leaders who mirror most closely the word, and admonitions of Almighty God. We will be accountable to Him!
      God Bless and keep the faith ❤📖🙏🕯

      Amen! 16
    2. Undoubtedly you are praying for your pastor and others in similar mind-sets and also for the congregants so all will be enriched by in-person fellowship and stirring one another to love and good works. Blessings to you.

      Amen! 7
  15. Amen, Gloria! Our Pastor declared last October the words of Yeshua: ” My house shall be called a House of Prayer!” Since then we have prayer groups all over the church meeting to pray, most significantly a 6:30 am group which, thanks to restrictions, meets on zoom, and started as a 21 day challenge but is still going strong after 70 days. May Holy Spirit bring the awakening of dead hearts and souls across this land! Amen!

    Amen! 41
  16. Father, prepare Your true church to rise up, reach out, and take back what has been stolen. Arm Your church with power and might and wisdom. Give us the eyes to discern truth from lies. Place bold words on our tongues. You have pruned us so that new growth can be revealed. We thank you for that. Use us in a way that reflects Your glory and goodness. In Yeshua’s name, Amen.

    Amen! 58
  17. Thank you Gloria for this article. The article is timely. The Lord told me over the summer that the our country will be a blood-washed America. (washed in his blood). The pastor of our church is gathering those who want to join for 7 weeks and teaching on “harvest eyes”. He is preparing for evangelism. Please pray for us and for others to rise up. I heard someone say he equips the called, verses calling the equipped.

    Amen! 52
  18. Church is not in a building, the gathering of his people in prayer and teachings in the Bible is what we need. No staged worship songs, no programs. No schedules of the order of a church service. We need you Jesus! Just like the gathering in homes back in the book of Acts.

    Amen! 47

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