The Great Experiment

We can unite as the Body of Christ to make a difference in the spiritual landscape of our nation. Your own walk with Jesus will be challenged and refreshed. Learn more about the commitment and sign up below!

Day 30 Devotional – Seeking God in September

Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples!
Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works!
Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice!
Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually!
— Psalm 105:1-4

Christian Union began “Seeking God in September” as a means to encourage thousands of Christians in the United States to love God, obey God and seek God wholeheartedly.  Today, September 30, is the last day of this special emphasis of daily devotions.  God is our answer and our hope – the center of our lives and the center of all creation.  As humanity, all of whom are made in His glorious image, seek Him wholeheartedly, He is pleased and draws near to the creatures that He loves.  

A professor of church history at the University of Virginia, Robert Louis Wilken, believes that Psalm 105:4 is possibly the most descriptive passage in the Bible of the Christian church for the first four hundred years of its history.  The church sincerely and diligently sought God wholeheartedly, and it is no wonder that God responded by pouring out supernatural love, miracles, and incredible strength to stay faithful to Him even in the midst of mass martyrdom.  These early saints displayed extraordinary strength by the Spirit of God, because they knew God and drew on the abiding presence of Jesus Christ in their lives.  

God is a faithful God who keeps His promises, which means that His servants have every right to believe deep in their hearts that He will reward those who diligently pursue Him.  Seeking Him takes time, however, and unless Christians are willing to die to themselves, repent of all self-indulgence and make Him the number one priority, they cannot expect a heavenly visitation of any significance.  First century Christians devoted themselves to prayer and the Word at least twice daily – morning and evening – and also sought Him through a regular pattern of fasting Wednesdays and Fridays.  They periodically gathered for longer periods of devotion in line with the two annual week-long feasts of the Jews, and participated in multi-day periods of prayer and fasting.  They repented of their sins and sought to obey Him with great faithfulness and diligence, no matter the sacrifice or cost.  They truly believed that he who loses his life is the one who finds it.  

Numerous Christians have already made this sort of dramatic change in their devotion to God and as thousands of others join the cause, God will hear and respond with favor and blessing.  America needs God, especially during these tumultuous times of COVID-19, social unrest, and the upcoming election.  Will you make these sorts of radical changes in your life?  Christian Union Day and Night stands ready to help support and strengthen you as you make God your number one priority and as you seek Him as He requires.  

Thank you for your partnership in the Gospel and may God give grace to you and to your family and to the United States of America.  

In Him,

Matt Bennett
Founder and CEO, Christian Union

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.