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The 40 Days of devotional study and prayer has been held in many churches. The following are a few testimonies of individuals who participated, and the blessings they and their church received from the 40 days of devotional and prayer emphasis.
Dear Pastor Smith, I just received a call from a lady who is participating in the 40 day journey. She said that it has changed her life. All her life she wondered what was missing and now she knows--the Holy Spirit. I wish you could of heard her testimony. She said that for the first time in her life she feels she has a relationship with God. She told me she feels like weeping. Sabbath was truly a blessed day for her. Others have already seen a change in her.I have to tell you that this is one of the most effective ways to change a church. I literately just put most of the 50 books in peoples hand and told them they would hear more about it later. I didn't want to give them the opportunity to reject it. You would have to understand the spiritual condition of our church to know why I chose to do it this way. I then started to communicate via email what the plan was and when we would be starting. I send out a notice everyday to announce which two person team we would be praying for and they love it. I also include a quote on prayer or scripture text.The response has been beyond my expectations though I have been praying earnestly that God would use this "simple" means to bring revival in our church. Yesterday after potluck we had yet another "planning" meeting. These are basically "where do we go from here" meetings. One thing for certain was that as soon as these 40 days are over we would start again because those who are not participating want to do it. They have heard how much others are being blessed.I have been elevated to hero status for bring this program to the church. Praise be all to our longsuffering Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
“Dear Pastor Smith, You book "40 Days" has truely been a blessing in my life and that of my prayer partner. Simply put, thank you so much for all the work that went into it and your dedication to this message. Our church in __________. brought this book to our attention and many of the members got them and formed prayer partner relationships and have been blessed. Today I and four others started a fellowship group. Thank you so much and may God continue to bless your ministry.___Your sister in Christ,”
“Pastor Smith, after our Church completed the 40 Days of Prayer book the __________ Church started. Our Pastor shared our experience at the pastor's meeting. The president of ________ Conference bought one for all the pastors in the conference and are inviting them to read this with their congregations too. We have seen wonderful answers to prayer in our church and we are praying for a revival in the _________ district & ________ Conference as a whole. PTL”
“Our small groups are starting slowly but powerfully. We have an evangelistic meetings going on now and we did not want to interfere with this. We will start fully after the meetings. I am not sure if I told you about prison ministry we do in __________. It is just 3 of us and the Lord has done wonderful things. I recently sent several copies of your book Spirit Baptism & Abiding in Christ and they were gone overnight, everyone grabbed them and are mesmerized by what they are learning. I have a waiting list for more. In the interim, I want you to know that the impact you made on our church through the Holy Spirit is a lasting one and the Prayer Team constantly reminds the congregation in our differing roles throughout the church of the lessons we learned and how to allow Jesus to live in us and daily seek the baptism of the Holy Spirit.”
“I just got back from Ozark Adventist Academy in Gentry, AR where we had a 2 day teen leadership mtg in preparation for a Teen Prayer Conf. called “Teach Us 2 Pray”…….The Holy Spirit poured down in abundance and it would take me a while to tell you what all happened. But first we prayed for the infilling of the Holy Spirit and then put them in the Word and the Spirit of Prophecy and then sent them into the community to pray with others! One meeting they spent 6 hours straight preaching to each other, reading scripture, confessing, repenting, humbling themselves before the Lord and on Saturday night at midnight we had requests for baptisms and we were still having baptisms at 3am on Sunday morning. 50 young people repented and experienced revival in their heart and begged for reformation in their lives! It was awesome!”
"I went to a revival seminar by Dennis Smith two years ago in Australia . From that time on I have been asking for the Baptism of the Holy Spirit every day.
My life has dramatically changed. I have done the 40 days book and read many other books on these topics by Dennis Smith. My prayer life has increased 10 fold and my witnessing to others has taken on new meaning and bought joy into my spiritual life and understanding righteousness by faith has taken my Christian walk with Jesus to a new level , where He is having victory after victory over sin in my life.Not long after I went on a share him evangelistic campaign to Borneo where I got to share the Gospel and 38 people were baptised. I then asked Dennis if I could preach the same message out of the 40 days on the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and righteousness by faith at my local church and overseas. I have been preaching on these messages ever since at my local church and then in Thailand and the Philippines. Whilst in the Philippines after preaching on the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and righteousness by faith we had 319 baptisms including 6 pastors . The conference president there got 50 of the 40 day books for all his pastors. A friend of mine who came with me has started a ministry called on your bike which gets Pastors who have left there church’s and accepted the truths of God writing His Law on our hearts as the bible tells us He wants to do by His Holy Spirit (see Heb 8 and Heb 10 and 2Cor 3 ) to get back into ministry for $1000 US per year, there are 50 of them in this Philippines conference who have left there jobs for truth.
God is using me to go and preach this message in Kenya, Ethiopia and Cambodia over the next 12 months and in Australia at local church’s. Our conference president has bought 50 of the 40 day books to give out to his pastors to encourage them to have revival in there church’s and now Matt Gamble a renowned youth preacher is putting together 40 days on YouTube for youth. God is doing amazing things with this book to bring revival to individuals and church’s. One Pastor in a Adventist hospital in Thailand where 90% of the workers there are not Christians is using the 40 day book to do his devotionals there where most of the workers there come to hear.. There are so many other miracles happening around this 40 day book. Its all about Prayer for the Holy Spirit in your life to be Just like Jesus and prayer for your friends and family to have Christ in there lives. Its so simple." Colin Hone