Chris Schofield is a student of revivals, awakenings and great movements of God throughout history, and he says there’s a common thread that unites all of them.
“Every awakening has started with God’s people recognizing their desperate need for Him and crying out to Him in heartfelt prayer,” says Schofield, who serves as director of the Office of Prayer for Spiritual Awakening with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSCNC).
Schofield, the Office of Prayer strategy team, and other state convention leaders urged fellow Baptists to join together at the 2017 BSCNC Annual Meeting on Nov. 6-7 at the Joseph H. Koury Convention Center in Greensboro. On Tuesday, Nov. 7, the entire evening session was devoted to a time of dedicated prayer for revival and spiritual awakening as part of the “Broken Before the Throne” prayer gathering.
The prayer gathering aligned with the Annual Meeting’s theme that year which was, “Return to Me,” based on Zechariah 1:3.
“We’ve got to return to Him, and the first element of that is being broken over our sin before His throne,” Schofield said.
“I do think God wants to send revival and spiritual awakening to His church and to America” Schofield said. “But it must start with my broken heart and my desperate prayer.”
While citing reports of spiritual apathy, declining church health, fewer conversions, as well as cultural, economic, political and social unrest, Schofield says he’s never seen a time in recent history where there has been a more desperate need for God to send revival to the church.
Schofield said the prayer gathering at Annual Meeting was an opportunity for God’s people to unite and humble themselves in brokenness, repentance and one-accord prayer. It will be a time to seek the Lord and call upon Him to move in a mighty and powerful way.
“We need revival in the church and spiritual awakening in the culture,” Schofield said. “This prayer gathering is a call for God’s people to pray and seek the Lord. It’s an opportunity to acknowledge and confess to God that He is our only hope.”
Acts 3:19 served a guiding verse for the prayer gathering. It reads, “Therefore, repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord” (NASB).
The prayer gathering included seasons of worship intertwined with Scripture readings, testimonies and directed seasons of individual and united prayer.
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