Desperate days require desperate prayerby J. Chris Schofield, BSCNC Office of Prayer
In a couple of weeks, millions of believers will gather to pray for America on the National Day of Prayer. Never in recent history has there been a greater need for God’s intervention in a nation than there is today in America. Why is that the case? Because at the heart of the matter is the desperate need for revival in the Church in America.
It is no secret — the Church in America is in deep trouble. America itself is being lost to paganism as lostness rapidly increases. All the while, the Church wastes away in sin, apathy, complacency and arrogance. The Church often wants to place the blame for this moral and spiritual collapse on political parties, the economic downfall, racial tension, the lost world and even the devil himself. But in reality, the body of Christ in America must own up to the fact that it is responsible. We (believers) have departed from the Lord, and He is judging us and this nation because of our sin. As James says, we have become friends of the world through our self-centeredness and self-reliance (prayerlessness), making us God’s enemy James 4:1-6). His call to His people in America is simple: “Rend your heart, and not your garments; return to the Lord your God” (Joel 2:13), and “Be ye holy as I am holy” (1 Peter 1:16).
Returning to the Lord in holiness can only begin one way — God’s way! 2 Chronicles 7:14 says, “If my people who are called by My name will humble themselves, pray and seek My face, I will hear from Heaven, forgive their sin and heal their land.” Thus one must begin the journey toward revival through humility and brokenness before God. This is the place to start. To humble oneself before God is to do so in great abandonment to self. It begins with me — not someone else. It begins with total surrender as a believer sets his or her heart and life totally toward the Lord. He alone is our only hope!
This year’s theme for the National Day of Prayer is taken from Isaiah 58:1, where the Lord says, “Cry aloud, spare not; lift up your voice like a trumpet; tell My people their transgression and the house of Jacob their sins.” This is a call to become transparent and honest about where we really are — we stand guilty in our sins and rebellion before a holy God and will perish under His judgement if we do not return to Him. Do you think we need to desperately pray that a genuine movement of humility, brokenness and repentance will sweep the Church in America?
Please gather somewhere with other believers and pray toward revival and spiritual awakening in America on May 5. Desperate days require desperate prayers.
Editor’s note: For more information on National Day of Prayer gatherings and resources, please visit www.NationalDayofPrayer.org.