A move of God is taking place in Tennessee after churches from various denominations partnered together in prayer and fasting, igniting a move of God’s Spirit that is transforming the region. What is happening in Tennessee involves 1,000 churches across the State. It’s a part of “Awaken Tennessee”, a 30-day prayer and fasting initiative launched on January 26 which ran through to February 23. Churches across Tennessee fasted and prayed for unity. Pastor John Butler of the East Rogersville Baptist Church described it as a concentrated prayer effort across the state for true revival in our churches. that triggers an awakening in local communities, the state, and the nation.
The initiative started last year when Pastor Dave Clayton of Nashville’s Ethos Church was successful in getting 400 churches to come together to pray for every resident of the city. Awaken Nashville was a huge success, so this year Clayton and other organizers decided to invite churches in the entire state to participate. Butler said that his church decided to join the Awaken Tennessee event and was preparing to host a conference with guest speaker John Avant, president of Life Action Ministries. “The week leading up to the start of the Conference was filled with prayer in every church. Each weeknight people gathered in homes to pray. It was an intense week of prayer.
Then Sunday morning came and what happened astounded everyone. As the song “10,000 Reasons,” was being sung “One man sitting on the back row made his way to the altar and began to weep and pray. A host of other men gathered around him and prayed. Before the end of the song, the altar was filled with people. Slowly the altar began to empty, then it would fill again. Wave after wave of people broken before the Lord. Jesus had set up His throne and He has been here ever since,” Butler said. When after an hour Avant finally made it to the pulpit to speak “His first words were that he felt the need to be very careful about what was said because this was a special moment.”
“We had coordinated our conference to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Asbury Revival of 1970 and the 25th anniversary of the Brownwood revival of 1995 and now God had come to us in a special way” he said. Butler reports that every meeting and every service at the conference was filled with God’s presence. People were getting serious about dealing with personal sin and people were coming to Christ for salvation. Thirty-year feuds were made right, relationships restored, and many masks had been removed. People made public confessions of sin, bitterness, and laziness about their involvement in God’s kingdom activity,” the pastor said.
Butler said the move of God didn’t just happen in his church. “There were Baptists, Methodists, non-denominational churches as well as Pentecostal and Charismatic churches involved. It’s all God! We pray that this experience begins to spread rapidly across our state and nation,” Butler said. “There has been a 50-year history of intense prayer across our region and the last two years we’ve seen God lead cities of churches together to do prayer walks, crusades, and tent meetings” he said. “Awaken Tennessee has brought an extra Holy Spirit presence through prayer and fasting that we now see exploding in church after church.”
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