ReFRESH 2013 Prayer Guide Introduction
Developed by Warwick Marsh & David and Marilyn Rowsome
Adapted for Sherwood by Stephen Kendrick
We thank you for your commitment to join with us for these 36 days of prayer from Sunday, September 1 to Sunday, October 6, 2013.
The good news is that Jesus Christ is our atoning sacrifice and we can join with him in His ministry of prayer. He is the spotless Lamb of God “who always lives to intercede” for us (Hebrews 7:25).
Jesus Christ is our example when it comes to prayer. Jesus began His ministry with 40 days of prayer and fasting. The writer of Hebrews also says, “During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, He offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears” (Hebrews 5:7). Then in the Gospel of Luke, we read that “Jesus told His disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up” (Luke 18:1). So we too encourage you to persist in prayer and follow in His prayerful footsteps.
The foundational verse for this call to prayer is found in 2 Chronicles 7:14.
“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 will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
All we are asking is that you commit to pray.
Please find below our four main prayer points over these 36 days of prayer. We invite you to pray them with us as you are led by the Holy Spirit.
1. Pray for a worldwide outpouring of the Holy Spirit for revival and transformation of the nations of the world.
2. Pray for the lost to repent and find Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord.
3. Pray for a multiplication of prayer, praise and worship to God across the world as never before, to bring great glory to God.
4. Pray for the ReFRESH conferences, Sherwood and our part in seeking revival in our country and the nations.
Consider the Prophet Jonah and his 40-day call for repentance given to the people of the great city of Nineveh (Jonah 3:1-5). Repentance is key to the success of any pursuit of revival and God’s presence. Repentance must always start with us in the church if we hope to reach the world for Christ.
It is our conviction that we should take heart from Jonah’s success as we together intercede for the nations of the world to come back to God in a spirit of repentance. Jesus likened His own life to the story of Jonah (Matthew 12:40). The good news is that the one who is greater than Jonah (Matthew 12:41) is in us and He has paid the price for our sin and the sins of the world.
As Jesus said in John 3:16:
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Please join the Sherwood staff as we pray for ReFRESH, revival and our world.
Parents, this prayer guide was adapted from material designed to encourage prayer for world-wide revival. We suggest reading through each daily devotional before reading it with your children