Last week, I invited you to join me, and thousands of women across the globe, as we urgently ask God, together, to revive His people and bring about spiritual awakening in our nation and our world through the “Cry Out” conference or simulcast. To prepare for that event, I want us to spend several days on the topic of prayer here on the blog. I’m hoping we can get our hearts in a position to fully engage in a season of crying out to God for a movement of His Spirit.
For the past three years, I’ve noticed that there has been an increased number of groups uniting in various intentional prayer efforts for our nation. Spiritual leaders have been challenging the Church to “go to the wall” in fasting and prayer, to lift up radical and intense prayers for God to move in an incredible way in our nation.
I’ve joined with those who are praying. We’ve been lifting up specific requests related to our need for revival in our nation: repentance on a wide scale, recognition of our greed, our lack of depending on God, our dishonoring of Him, and crying out to Him for a mighty movement of His Spirit.
I’ve asked Him to “give us courage to see, believe and live in the Light of eternity, so that we resist the attractiveness of temptation, sin, selfishness and evil, and abandon ourselves to (His) will” (from Anne Graham Lotz: “An Urgent Call to Prayer”).
But more intently than going to the wall to pray for our nation, my heart knows I need to first cry out for my personal walk, my family, and my church.
Revival must first begin in me in order for me to intercede for our nation. So first, I’m climbing up on the wall, to cry out to God to establish and deepen my devotion to Him, my family’s devotion to Him, and my church’s devotion to Him. I’m asking Him to do the work that is needed in us so that we will be a “praise to Him” in our daily lives:
[box]On your walls, O Jerusalem, I have appointed watchmen;
All day and all night they will never keep silent.
You who remind the LORD, take no rest for yourselves;
And give Him no rest until He establishes
And makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth. (Isaiah 62:6–7)[/box]
God’s people were in a spiritually bankrupt condition and approaching a long season of captivity. God appointed “watchmen” (prayer warriors) to cry out to Him for the spiritual restoration and reformation that was needed. “All day and all night they will never keep silent . . .” this is a description of an intensity of prayer that rocks the heavens! This kind of bold, relentless praying is what God is telling us is needed.
God has “appointed” us to go to the wall, to stand at our watch, and cry out for the spiritual condition of His people.
How intently are you praying for God to work in your own life?
What specific spiritual needs for yourself, your family, and your church, are you laying out before God?
What are you asking God to do, that can only be accomplished by His sovereign power?
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