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The Great Experiment

May 1-31, 2018

Sunday, May 27

Here is today’s inspiration for The Great Experiment — May 1-31, 2018.

Today’s Scripture Reading
2 Chronicles 7:14 — If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

Read 2 Chronicles 7:11-18 for more context.

Today’s Prayer Points
Pray that God’s people in America will embody this verse. Confess your own sins, and also the sins of God’s people in America. Ask the Lord to give us a spirit of earnest prayer and action-oriented holiness.

Prayer Calls
Mark your calendar for these upcoming Great Experiment video-conference meetings!

TONIGHT! Sunday, May 27, 9:00-9:30 PM ET
Thursday, May 31, 9:00-9:30 PM ET

Join the Prayer Call on YouTube Live: 
https://www.youtube.com/embed/live_stream?channel=UC4uwb8PaMH4EKOwhJ9RssPQ

 

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What is the Great Experiment?

The Great Experiment is a commitment for the month of May 2018 to seek God in extraordinary ways to see what wonderful things He will do.

James 4:8 -- “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.”

The Great Experiment Commitment

We are trusting God to make His glory known in our lives, communities and nation. We are committing together to the seek the Lord for His divine purposes. In addition to praying fervently, we commit to the following with like-minded friends in Christ for 31 days for the month of May.

Each participant, whether part of a small group or participating as an individual, must commit to the following:

  1. Spending 30 minutes every morning reading the Bible and praying, and also spending time in the evening doing the same (Luke 18:1-8).
  2. Consciously repenting every day of all known sin and putting away everything that may hinder our devotion to Christ (Hebrews 12:1,2).
  3. Seeking God in the morning for the thing the Holy Spirit most desires for us to do that day, writing it down and following up that day (Psalm 143:10).
  4. Looking to share Christ every day and speaking about Christ publicly (Acts 1:8).
  5. (For those participating in groups) Meeting once a week for encouragement and accountability (in-person, skype, or conference call), and staying in touch during the week through whatever works best, e.g. group text, email, etc. (Hebrews 10:24-27).

Why the Great Experiment?

The Great Experiment is the boost you need in your walk with Christ. It will re-energize your faith and give you fresh purpose in God. You will see how you can partner with the Holy Spirit to transform your surroundings.

We are seeking God for sweeping spiritual transformation in America. How else will transformation come unless we, the people of God, rise up to become the Christian revival that is needed?

We are eager, and so is God, for another history-making move of God’s Spirit. What will He do in our time, if we seek Him with all our hearts? Will you answer the call and join the Great Experiment?

Historical Background

Christian renewal has come in the past as Christians have challenged the spiritual status quo and attended to the basics of being followers of Jesus.

In 1904, the small country of Wales experienced a national revival and impacted several other nations as they focused daily on four simple truths.

  1. Confess all known sin, receiving forgiveness through Jesus Christ
  2. Remove anything in your life that you are in doubt or feel unsure about
  3. Be ready to obey the Holy Spirit instantly
  4. Publicly confess the Lord Jesus Christ

This six-minute video tells the amazing story of the Welsh Revival.

In 1970, a similar effort was carried out by a few devoted students at Asbury University who changed the entire campus and significantly impacted the nation. A one hour chapel service lasted for 8 days without ceasing — 24 hours a day. Churches from around the US invited Asbury students to tell their congregations what happened. Almost everywhere the students went, a great move of the Spirit accompanied them.

This six-minute video relates the amazing events of the Asbury Revival.

How does the Great Experiment work?

The Great Experiment is best carried out in small groups of 3-10 people, although individuals may sign up without a group. Christian Union Day and Night will support small group leaders to fulfill the Great Experiment.

Whether part of a small group or not, each participant commits to fulfill the five steps of the Great Experiment on a daily basis. Those in groups meet once per week to remain accountable and share testimonies of God’s work.

Day and Night will also host conference calls throughout the month to hear testimonies from groups and individuals from around the country.

"Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you." James 4:8
"Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God." William Carey, 1751-1834

God's Next Move in America

America’s Christian heritage is among the greatest of all the nations in the world. God’s Kingdom has thrived here through the 1700s, 1800s, and 1900s, largely due to nationwide moves of God’s Spirit. We need another history-making move of God. By His sovereign grace, God ensures that we play a part in Heaven’s work. He draws near to us when we draw near to Him (James 4:8). We must ask, seek, and knock for an outpouring of His Spirit (Luke 11:5-13).

“Whenever God is about to do something truly great,
He first sets His people praying!” Matthew Henry, 1662-1714

Over the last three centuries, revivals have had a great impact. Between 1730 and 1830 successive movements of the Holy Spirit brought a large proportion of the population into the churches. These awakenings are not ultimately the result of marketing or organization. They come, by God’s grace and in his time, in response to extraordinary prayer. Christian Union Day and Night is making a serious attempt to spark this kind of prayer and devotion. I welcome it, and I’m very encouraged by it.

  • Tim Keller
  • Redeemer Presbyterian Church
  • New York City