The Great Experiment

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Day 22 Devotional – The Power of Seeking God Together

Jehoshaphat had a phenomenally good start as king of Judah. He sought after the true God and walked in His commandments. His heart was courageous in the ways of the LORD, he removed places and items of false worship, and he sent delegates throughout the land to teach people God’s law (2 Chron. 17:6ff). The Lord was with him, and he grew in power and wealth. Then he made a marriage alliance with Ahab, ruler of the northern kingdom of Israel. 

Alas, sometimes our bright ideas are really stupid. No doubt, an alliance with the king’s nearest rival seemed very shrewd. Avoid more fighting between the once-united kingdoms of Jacob’s children. Only, Ahab had forsaken Jacob’s God and done more idolatrous evil than even the worst Israelite king before him. When Ahab calls on Jehoshaphat to help him reconquer the city of Ramoth-Gilead, a prophet reveals to both Ahab and Jehoshaphat that the Lord has planned Ahab’s death in the campaign, but the two march off to war together anyway. While Jehoshaphat himself survives, another prophet confronts him on the way home:

Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the LORD? Because of this, wrath has gone out against you from the LORD. Nevertheless, some good is found in you, for you destroyed the Asheroth out of the land, and have set your heart to seek God. — 2 Chronicles 19:2–3

Imagine with me, for a moment, that you are Jehoshaphat. Having received this rebuke, you set yourself again to the task of calling your people to fear the Lord and obey His commandments. Then, as you are going about the affairs of state, you receive this urgent message: Moab, Ammon, and Edom have conspired together to invade with overwhelming force. Their armies have already crossed the Dead Sea and are now encamped less than fifty miles away.

What do you do now?

Then Jehoshaphat was afraid and set his face to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. And Judah assembled to seek help from the LORD; from all the cities of Judah they came to seek theLORD. —⁠ 2 Chronicles 20:3–4

Good move. In a further moment of clarity, Jehoshaphat stands with the assembly in the house of the Lord and petitions God on the basis of His covenant promises: first, God’s promise to Abraham that his descendants would possess the land forever (v. 6, cf. Gen. 17:8); and second, His promise to save the people from disaster if they humbled themselves, came to the temple, and cried out to Him (v. 9, cf. 7:13–14).

How committed is the Lord to keeping His promises? Well, His Spirit falls on one of the Levites in the assembly and prophesies, not only that the people should be unafraid, but that they won’t even have to fight the invading army; God will fight for them. In a beautiful display of faith, the people send the temple’s worship leaders out ahead of the army, singing: “Give thanks to Yahweh, for his ḥesed [covenant loyalty, faithful love] is forever” (v. 21). And in response (could we imagine it any other way?), the Lord turns Judah’s invaders against each other until they have utterly obliterated themselves. It takes Jehoshaphat and the people three days to gather all the spoil of the vanquished horde.

What might the Lord do as we come from all our cities to seek Him? If God sent one young musician to kill a giant, and routed a vast coalition army before His Old Covenant people assembled in worship, what might He do if we, the people of a new and better covenant, founded on better promises (cf. Heb. 8:6), come together and, believing His promises and forsaking all others, exult with sincere praise of His goodness?

Lord Jesus, You are so very worthy of our trust, honor, and praise. You have received all things from the Father’s love, and by Your Holy Spirit You declare what is Yours to us. Teach us to treasure every word that comes from Your mouth, to receive them as spirit and life, and to walk in Your anointing as You send us out in Your name. Blessed be Your glorious name forever. Amen.

Michael Racine
Ministry Fellow, Christian Union Lux (Yale University)

What people are saying about the Great Experiment:

"I am so thankful God led me to your Great Experiment. It truly has gotten me back on track."
- J. England (Lamar, CO)

"You have encouraged my faith walk in new ways. I have six other women from my church praying with me."
- J. Newton (Ballston Spa, NY)

What is The Great Experiment?

The Great Experiment is a commitment 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. Each participant, whether part of a small group or participating as an individual, commits to the 5 "Rs":

  1. Read & Pray. Spend 30 minutes every morning reading the Bible and praying, and also spend time in the evening doing the same (Luke 18:1-8). To intensify your devotional times, consider fasting for some of the days.    
  2. Repent. Consciously repent every day of all known sin and put away everything that may hinder your devotion to Christ (Hebrews 12:1,2).
  3. Respond to the Holy Spirit. Seek God in the morning for the thing the Holy Spirit most desires for you to do that day, write it down and follow up that day (Psalm 143:10).
  4. Represent Christ. Look to share Christ every day and speak about Christ publicly (Acts 1:8). Write down the names of five people on your heart. Pray for their salvation every day during the Great Experiment. Trust God for opportunities to share Christ with them.
  5. Raise Your Faith. Be bold and courageous in living out your faith (Joshua 1:8,9). Choose from one of the following options for a “Joshua Faith Challenge”: 

1. Host an all-night prayer meeting. Invite friends to come and pray with you for revival in America.

2. Every day, pray for ten friends and family members to come to faith in Christ and look for opportunities to share the gospel with them.

3. Share an evangelistic post on social media every day.

4. Anything else the Lord burdens you to take on that will require courageous faith.

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 eight days without ceasing! Churches from around the United States 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 something you can do individually, wherever you are. It is even better to participate with a group of others who are doing it with you. Consider inviting some friends and family to be a part of it!

Whether part of a small group or not, each participant commits to fulfill the five commitments of the Great Experiment on a daily basis.

Day and Night will produce video devotionals each day of The Great Experiment to encourage participants, share testimonies, and help us focus our prayers.