Thursday: Effective Prayer
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There are many effective ways to pray. Some people have found it helpful to kneel before God with their Bibles open. Then they read a few verses and commune with God about what they are reading. The Psalms are particularly inspirational as subject matter for prayer. Try meditating upon a particular psalm during your prayer … [Click to read more …]

02: The Heartbeat of Revival – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : Through prayer, we understand God more, know His will more fully, and experience His presence more powerfully. [Teaching plan for The Heartbeat of Revival July 8, 2013] 1. Have a volunteer read Luke 9:18. A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is. B. … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Praying Together
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Although Jesus often spent time alone in prayer, there were multiple occasions when He encouraged His closest disciples to pray with Him. Peter, James, and John accompanied Jesus to the mount of transfiguration (Matt. 17:1-2). He urged them to unite with Him in praying in Gethsemane (Luke 22:39-46). There is unusual power in united prayer. Carefully analyze Matthew 18:19-20. … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Jesus’ Prayer Life
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Compare the following texts: Mark 1:35, Luke 5:16, 9:18. What three specific things do these passages reveal about Jesus’ prayer life? “Christ was continually receiving from the Father, that he might communicate to us. ‘The word which ye hear,’ he said, ‘is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me.’ ‘The Son of Man came not to be ministered … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Prayer and Revival in Acts
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The believers in Acts were filled with power from on high. The Holy Spirit was poured out in a marked way. Hearts were touched, lives changed. The gospel penetrated the most difficult places, and thousands were converted. In Acts 2, three thousand were added to the church (Acts 2:41). Acts 4:4 records that the number of men alone who … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Prayer: The Heartbeat of Revival
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Read for This Week’s Study: Acts 1:4, 8, 14; Mark 1:35; Luke 5:16; Matt. 18:19-20; 2 Cor. 10:3-5; Ps. 50:23. Memory Text: “ ‘If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!’ ” (Matthew 7:11, NKJV). God moves powerfully as His … [Click to read more …]

What Makes My Country and My Church Strong
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In my almost 50 years, I have seen leaders of my country come and go. Some were called good, some were called bad. There have been some fierce debates over whether or not certain leaders were good or bad. Still my country remains strong. You know why I think that is? While some leaders are … [Click to read more …]

Further Study: Revival: Our Great Need
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“A revival and a reformation must take place under the ministration of the Holy Spirit. Revival and reformation are two different things. Revival signifies a renewal of spiritual life, a quickening of the powers of mind and heart, a resurrection from the spiritual death. Reformation signifies a reorganization, a change in ideas and theories, habits … [Click to read more …]

01: Revival: Our Great Need – Thought Starters
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“‘Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him and he with Me’” (Revelation 3:20, NKJV). [Thought questions for Revival: Our Great Need July 3, 2013] 1. Lukewarm. Do you remember how you felt the first time … [Click to read more …]