Friday, April 2, 2010

Wilderness Outcry, June 14-18, 2010

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
-- 2 Chronicles 7:14

"I searched for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand in the gap before Me for the land, so that I would not destroy it; but I found no one. Thus I have poured out My indignation on them; I have consumed them with the fire of My wrath; their way I have brought upon their heads," declares the Lord GOD.
-- Ezekiel 22:30-31

No greater power is available to humankind than the power of prayer and worship. When these are corporate - when many people come together in unity to seek God's face - that power is magnified exponentially.

Never has our country needed such power more than it does today. Even many nonbelievers sense that something is terribly wrong. The United States of America was founded as a Christian nation, yet it has turned away from God to the extent that it can no longer be considered truly Christian. Many of its people, including some who call themselves Christian, don't know what true Christianity is. Now we're seeing the results in the news every day.

We can't fix these problems ourselves. Political, social, and economic solutions might help a little, but they're really just Band-Aids. All they do is treat the symptoms.

What we need is to get at the root of the problem. We need to change what caused this situation in the first place. America must turn back to God. If we don't, things are going to get worse. The Bible clearly shows that there are serious consequences for sin and for ignoring God. But He's also merciful when He sees true repentance.

A group led by Dutch Sheets and Lou Engle are calling for a time of corporate repentance, prayer, and worship this summer. On June 14-18 the Wilderness Outcry will be held on Moriah Ranch in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. People of all ages are being called from around the nation to cry out to God for a revival, for a Third Great Awakening to be poured out on America. It will be a time of radical commitment and consecration.

Even if you can't attend - even if you don't totally agree with their approach - please consider joining your prayers with theirs, particularly during this time. Our country needs all the help it can get!