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God of Mercy and Grace,

You have called us from the east and from the west, from the south and from the north to be your body in this world. Keep us connected through you even in our physical distance.

We come to you trusting that you are our refuge and our strength, our very present help in trouble.

We pray for people who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and for the family and medical staff who surround them in care.

We pray for those who are most vulnerable to this disease, whether from underlying health conditions or other contributing factors. May they rest in your peace and protection.

We pray for healthcare workers and people on the front lines of this disease. For workers who are in essential roles to keep our communities going. Keep them healthy; keep them safe.

We pray for parents and children who are struggling with this new normal of homeschool, especially those who rely on school meal programs. We pray for everyone struggling with these rapid changes. May we be comforted by your peace and your presence.

We pray for people who face hate and discrimination brought on by fear and anger. May these your beloved children feel your embrace.

We pray for those whose actions are motivated by fear and anger. May they remember that you are a God of abundance.

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“Prayer often avails where everything else fails. How utterly all of Monica’s efforts entreaties failed with her son, but her prayers prevailed with God, and the dissolute youth became St. Augustine, the mighty man of God. By prayer the bitterest enemies of the gospel have become its most valiant defenders, the greatest scoundrels the truest sons of God, and the vilest women the purest saints. Oh, the power of prayer to reach down, down, down where hope itself seems vain, and lift men and women up, up, up into fellowship with and likeness to God. It is simply wonderful. How little we appreciate this marvelous weapon.”

~ R. A. TorreyHow to Prayer, (1909 Edition, 28)

Mother of Saint Augustine of Hippo

MONICA

“There are few conversions in this world unless in connection with some one’s prayers. I formerly thought that no human being had anything to do with my own conversion, for I was not converted in church or Sunday-school, or in personal conversation with anyone. I was awakened in the middle of the night and converted. As far as I can remember I had not the slightest thought of being converted, or of anything of that character when I went to bed and fell asleep; but I was awakened in the middle of the night and converted probably inside of five minutes. A few minutes before I was about as near eternal perdition as one gets. I had one foot over the brink and was trying to get the one over. I say I thought no human being had anything to do with it, but I had forgotten my mother’s prayers, and I afterwards learned that one of my college classmates had chosen me as one to pray for until I was saved.”

~ R. A. TorreyHow to Prayer, (1909 Edition, 27-28).

MASS REVIVAL BREAKS OUT ACROSS TENNESSEE: “THE HOLY SPIRIT CAME AND TOOK CONTROL”

Lord we pray revival will break out across the U.S.

Revival is taking place in Tennessee as churches from various denominations have partnered together in prayer and fasting.

East Rogersville Baptist Church located in Rogersville has been the launching pad for this move of God.

It’s a part of Awaken Tennessee, the 30-day initiative for prayer and fasting, kicked off Jan. 26 and will run through Feb. 23.

Pastors are reporting their services are exploding with revival services as a result of the Holy Spirit showing up and taking over. . .

“3,100 Awaken Tennessee Prayer Packets have been distributed across East Tennessee to 220 churches who are joining in the 30 days of prayer and fasting. Another 800+ churches are joining from Middle and West Tennessee. That’s a total of over 1,000 churches in Tennessee fasting and praying in unity,” Livesay continued.

“Many churches are only giving one packet per family where both the husband and wife have committed to pray, which means well over 100,000 Tennesseans could be involved in prayer during February. Prayer is always the foundation for revival,” he added.

“This rally is not about our church or any particular denomination, but it is our effort to join the concentrated prayer effort across the state for true revival in our churches that precipitates an awakening in our communities, state, and nation,” Butler said when the initiative began. “There are exponential results as you bring multiplied groups together to pray.”

The Awaken Tennessee is a city-wide movement of prayer and fasting focused on unifying the church to strategically pray for and bless the city, one person at a time.

Dove Award-winning singer/songwriters Terry and Barbi Franklin came to Rogersville to lead worship services for the revival. As a result, the former members of the Gaither Vocal Band were also invited to lead worship for the follow-up services.

The church pastor described for the newspaper how this past Sunday how “The Holy Spirit came and took control.”

“From the first worship song, people began to flood the altar for prayer and continued to do so for restoration and to receive Christ. We haven’t manipulated our people. They came expectant and God simply showed up,” Butler said.

The Franklins say they will help as long as they are needed. It’s something that they’ve been praying about for many years.

We’ve been longing to see America’s churches become houses of prayer again and revived in their first love for Jesus,” the pair said.

John Avant, president of Life Action Ministries, told the paper he hasn’t seen an outpouring of the Holy Spirit like this since 1995 when a revival broke out simultaneously in five churches in Brownwood, Texas.

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