Welcome TO 24 HOURS OF PRAYER OVER JACKSONVILLE

We pray for personal revival and spiritual awakening on the 2nd Friday/Saturday of each month.  Each person has a permanent 1/2 hour time slot. If you desire a time slot, register here: https://bit.ly/fbc24prayer


Each month, by the Wednesday before the 2nd Friday, a prayer lesson and prayer list is added in the section below. 


The newest lesson and list is just below this section. Scroll down for older lessons and lists. Thanks for praying!

May 8-9, 2020

6:00 A.M. FRIDAY - 6:00 A.M. SATURDAY

If you can't recall your time slot see this Alphabetical List


A printable version of this week's prayer guide can be found at the bottom of this section.  


Revival Quote: 

“A revival may be expected when Christians have a spirit of prayer for a revival. That is, when they pray as if their hearts were set upon it. When Christians have the spirit of prayer for a revival. When they go about groaning out their hearts desire. When they have real travail of soul.”  ― Charles Finney


Prayer Time this Month: 

For the next three months we are going to continue our focus on personal revival using a wonderful guide that was used in the May 1-7, 2020 "Pray 714" focus on prayer that was promoted by the Arkansas Baptist State State Convention. The guide is called, "Personal Revival Checklist - Praying through the Sermon on the Mount - Matthew 5-7."  It was written by Pastor Bill Elliff. 


This month we'll focus on the Matthew Chapter 5 section of the checklist.  


4-Part Plan for this 1/2 hour session: 

1) Read through Matthew 5.  


2) Open Personal Revival PDF file at the end of this section.  It is designed to be viewed on a computer, tablet or smartphone. Turn your smartphone sideways for the best view.  In an attitude of prayer, ask God to help you with each question and verse.  Example:


Read question 1 and the verse or verses indicated.  Ask God to help you honestly answer the question(s), then respond to God about your answer.  Ask Him to help you make the changes He is talking to you about. 

REMEMBER:  When/if God is dealing with sin in your life, it is always to redeem you, NOT to tear you down.  Agree with whatever God tells you and be honest.  And if He affirms you in an area, then praise the Lord! 


Take your time with this. There is NO WAY you can do all 19 questions in this 1/2 hour time slot.  Use this during you daily quiet time for the next several weeks.   


Personal Revival Checklist PDF
(turn your smartphone sideways for the  best view)


3) Ask the Holy Spirit to show you how you can pray what you are learning from Chapter 5 over Jacksonville.  Pray for our fellow citizens to come to Christ and live their lives for the Lord. 


4) At the end of your prayer time, please pray for the NEXT person praying - see Time Order List


Printable version of the May, 2020 Prayer Guide


April 10-11, 2020

6:00 a.m. friday - 6:00 a.m. saturday

If you can't recall your time slot see this Alphabetical List


A printable versions of this week's prayer guide can be found at the bottom of this section.  


Revival Quote

When Holy God draws near in true revival, people come under terrible conviction of sin. The outstanding feature of spiritual awakening has been the profound consciousness of the Presence and holiness of God. – Henry Blackaby


Prayer Lesson

Investing time in prayer is a HUGE blessing to the Lord, to you, and those you pray for.  Here is an idea on how to invest 30 minutes in prayer. This is borrowed from a post by Pastor Bill Elliff.   His suggestions are especially useful in light of the COVID-19 virus. 


5 MINUTES:  pause and look up to God; read one of the Psalms; step into the Lord's presence in prayer. Calm your heart in His presence. Walk into the throne room and shut the door behind you and "pray to your Father."

 

5 MINUTES: Look up at God and thank Him for who He is ... His nature and character. Think of everything He has done for you, and give Him praise.

 

5 MINUTES: Ask God if there is anything in your heart or life that is not right, that is displeasing to Him. Confess that to Him and ask for His cleansing. 

 

5 MINUTES: pray for every one you know who has needs; pray for your needs and each of your family members needs; pray for your "daily bread."

 

5 MINUTES: pray for all those who are making decisions in this time: for all governmental leaders (by name) and health professionals in this dangerous, difficult time. Pray for church leaders who are making important daily decisions in how to care for their people. Pray for nursing home workers. Pray for business leaders who are making tough decisions.

 

5 MINUTES: Pray for a nationwide revival and spiritual awakening. We have had 4 nationwide spiritual awakenings that brought a dramatic course correction to our entire nation. Many of them came on the heels of nationwide calamities that brought us to our knees. Pray that this season would cause millions to turn to Him!


Now, it's time to pray! 


Have your Bible and a pen ready.  Be ready to mark verses in your Bible as you pray today. 

 

As you approach God –  use today’s prayer lesson or another outline of your choice to spend some time to adore Him, praise Him, and tell Him things that you are thankful for.  Remember – this is a conversation between two persons who love each other!  It may be several minutes before you move to the next section.  Follow the Holy Spirit’s lead. 

 

Today is called Good Friday by Christians all over the world.  How could the day we attribute to the crucifixion of Jesus be good?  The folks who crucified Jesus were certainly not doing good!  But, the results of Jesus’ crucifixion are indeed good! 

There is a cell phone app called, “Easter Now” that gives a timeline of the entire passion week. Here are their time entries for Good Friday.  As you read it over, would you thank Jesus for what He went through for you on Good Friday?  Pray for Him to surface current sin in your life that needs to be dealt with.  Pray for personal revival!  Pray from a thankful heart for what He endured for you on that Friday.  Pray as the Holy Spirit leads you. 

12:00 a.m. Friday – Jesus is experiencing serious anxiety while praying in the Garden of Gethsemane, even sweating blood. In Matthew 26:42 we read, "He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”  Stop and talk to the Lord about this. 

 

1:00 a.m. Friday – Judas Iscariot comes to the garden with a contingent of temple guards to arrest Jesus.  Matthew 26:47-50  “47 While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived. With him was a large crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests and the elders of the people. 48 Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest him.” 49 Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed him.50Jesus replied, “Do what you came for, friend.”  Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him” Stop and talk to the Lord about this. 


2:00 a.m. Friday – Jesus has been mistreated and rejected by the Jewish leadership and endured three ‘trials in darkness.’  He has been convicted of blasphemy and sentenced to die.  The Jewish leaders lack the authority to execute anyone, and “blasphemy” is not a capital offense to the Romans.  At first light, they take Jesus to Pilate, change the charge from blasphemy to treason, a capital offence under Roman law, and request execution.  Jesus will soon begin the next three trials, the ‘Gentile trials’: before Pilate, then Herod, then back to Pilate.  Stop and talk to the Lord about this. 


8:00 a.m. Friday – Pilate tries to avoid giving in to the mob whipped up by the Jewish leaders. The Romans soldiers mock Jesus with a crown of thorns.  Pilate gives the crowd the chance to pardon Jesus, but the crowd chooses the criminal Barabbas for release instead.  Ironically, ‘Barabbas” means, ‘Son of the Father.’ Jesus will be crucified, and He will carry His own cross beam to the place of execution outside the city: Golgotha.  Stop and talk to the Lord about this. 


9:00 a.m. Friday – Mark 15:25 “It was nine in the morning when they crucified him.” He was crucified between two criminals.  He who had NO sin became sin for us.  Stop and talk to the Lord about this. 


10:00 a.m. Friday – The people hurl insults at Him.   Stop and talk to the Lord about this. 


NOON FridayMark 15:33 “At noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon.” Stop and talk to the Lord about this.   

 

3:00 p.m. Friday --  Mark 15:34 “And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).  Mark 15:37  “With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last.”  Stop and talk to the Lord about this. 

 

3:30 p.m. Friday – His body is removed  Stop and talk to the Lord about this. 

 

5:00 p.m. Friday – The body is buried and the tomb is sealed. Good Friday is completed by 6:00 p.m. Stop and talk to the Lord about this. 

Now pray for Spiritual Awakening for the lost - that folks in Jacksonville will come to know the Lord. Pray for lost people by name.


At the end of your prayer time, please pray for the NEXT person praying - see Time Order List


Printable version of this week's prayer guide


MARCH 13-14, 2020

6:00 A.M..FRIDAY-6:00 AM. SATURDAY

Revival Quote

Revival is indeed an extraordinary movement of the Holy Spirit producing extraordinary results – Richard Own Roberts

Prayer Lesson

We all need places of prayer

Where is your designated PLACE to meet with God?  “The world can be changed from a chair!” Find a regular place to meet with God. 

Believe the work of prayer

James 5:16b “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”

Pray conversationally

Prayer is a conversation between two people who love each other. Talk to Him from the heart.

Follow the Spirit

Romans 8:26  “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.” Ask the Spirit to help you when you pray. He is the perfect leader.

Enter In!  

When you pray, you ARE entering into the very throne room of God! Hebrews 4:15-16 “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Jesus makes this possible for believers because of His work on the cross. You have DIRECT access to God. Enter In!

 

The above adapted from talks by Pastors Bill Elliff and Kyle Reno at the Arkansas Baptist State Convention regional prayer gathering at First Baptist Church White Hall on February 23, 2020.


Now, it's time to pray! 


Have your Bible and a pen ready.   Be ready to mark verses in your Bible as you pray today. 

 

As you approach God – spend some time to adore Him, praise Him, and tell Him things that you are thankful for. Tell him that as you move to the next section, your heart is open and ready to receive anything He shares with you. Remember – this is a conversation between two persons who love each other!

 

Pray for revival for yourself and for fellow church members

--If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened; (Psalm 66:18)   


--Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear. (Isaiah 59:1-2) 

--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. (2 Chron 7:14)


“According to Psalms 66:18 and Isaiah 59:1-2, lack of genuine holiness is the predominant reason God withholds His mighty presence and power. And what is the key element of revival and spiritual awakening? According to Scripture in 2 Chronicles 7:14, it is nothing less than a massive return to deep repentance, fervent prayer, and thorough cleansing before Holy God. – Dr. Greg Frizzell in

“Returning to Holiness”


Pray those verses to God. Ask the Lord to surface any sin in your life, thoughts and deeds, that you are cherishing in your heart.  Stop and listen for Him to answer.


Agree with God. Deal with them one at a time. Ask Him to help you understand why you are doing those things. Stop and listen for Him to talk to you.


Ask Him to help you confess your sin and heal your heart.  If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess** our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.  If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.”  (1 John 1:8-10)  **confession is agreeing with God that what He says is sin, IS sin.

 

After dealing with your own life, ask the Spirit to help you pray the above for our church members in general. And, if you know of specific sin in a fellow member’s life, take those specific things to God and ask Him to have mercy on that person and show them their sin so they can deal with it and be healed!

 

Pray for Jacksonville 
Pray for our city leaders and residents that God’s will would happen in their lives. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you specific topics and persons to pray for.  Some scriptures you may wish to include in your prayers – feel free to use others! --  

Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6:10) 

Pray for lost people in our town in general, and for those you know by name, personalizing this verse for them to the Lord:  The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9)

 

Ask the Spirit what else He is asking you to pray over Jacksonville today. Stop and listen, then pray what He tells you.   Thank you for praying!