Several years ago in our city, we wanted to mobilize people for prayer related to a citywide event. Instead of making an “all-call” announcement to the churches, we realized that every church had intercessors. And real intercessors love to pray. We also realized that if we could capitalize on this catalytic moment, it might be used to spark some ongoing, unified, citywide intercession.
Calling Out the Intercessors
We asked the pastors and their administrators to give us the names of every intercessor in their church. This was understandable, because we were all participating in the meetings together, so it was ...
If you are desirous of stoking your faith about the prospects of revival in your church and community, I encourage you to do what continues to inspire me: reflect on how the Canadian Revival broke out forty-three years ago.
It all started with the bold leadership of humble Pastor Bill McLeod in a small church of about 175 members in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Bill, eager to have his people sharing their faith, trained them in evangelism and then told them to show up on a specific day to reach out to their neighbors. But when the day came, only two ...
Last week, Randy Hekman raised this question, and I daresay that most who read it immediately answered “yes” in their hearts.
You see, over the past four years, as I’ve had opportunity to minister the Word in many churches around the nation, I have asked the question, “Do you believe that our nation is under some degree of judgment from God?”
No matter what region in America I am, or what Christian denomination the person I am asking the question is, 90% of the time the answer coming back is “yes.”
But I don’t stop with that question ...
Our friends in Chicago are asking us to join them in prayer for that beleaguered city, particularly to pray against the violence that has plagued it, and to pray for the unity of Christ’s followers there.
To bring attention to their needs, a group called PrayChicago has scheduled an event for this Friday, September 5:
The City of Chicago faces an epidemic of violence. But, at this critical time, the Body of Christ is coming together!
Join followers of Jesus from across the city as we gather in unity at Daley Plaza on September 5th from 11:30 ...
Any person who has sincerely followed Christ for any length of time has experienced His love though painful discipline. “The Lord reproves [disciplines] him whom he loves” (Proverbs 3:12 ESV).
Families and churches who disobey God can likewise experience His chastisements. Since its founding forty-three years ago, OneCry’s parent organization, Life Action Ministries, has seen this reality numerous times. The good news is that when families and churches sincerely repent and seek forgiveness from the Lord and those they have wronged, He responds in mercy and blessing.
But what about nations? You cannot read the prophets of the ...
While I have been praying for decades, in many ways I really haven’t understood the amazing power of prayer. I am so grateful that God continues to patiently teach me about this gift that I fear many other followers of Christ likewise neglect due to ignorance.
A big part of my confusion was understanding precisely how prayer “works.”
What I mean is this: Since God knows what we need before we ask, why do we need to ask? I previously resolved this question for myself in thinking that, because He loves us so much, He wants heart-to-heart interaction with ...
If you faithfully obey the voice of the LORD your God,
being careful to do all his commandments that I command you today,
the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth.
(Deuteronomy 28:1 ESV)
The entire book of Deuteronomy is one long, final sermon from God’s leader, Moses. It is summed up simply:
God loves you and has chosen and called you out by extraordinary grace and purpose. Obey Him, and do not forget or turn aside. If you obey, there is blessing. If you do not, there is a curse ...
When you ask folks their memories of the ’70s, many think of Watergate, bell-bottom pants, The Brady Bunch, and Disco Fever. But, somewhat surprisingly, it was also a time of spiritual awakening!
As we deal with the problems of our current age, it can be helpful to look back on what God has done in our past. If those of us who lived through the 1970s will recall what God did in our own lives during that time, and then relate His workings to the younger generations, they too can learn the transforming power of God (Judges 2:10).
Some of us were around in the late 1960s when sex, drugs, and rebellion impacted college campuses and so many urban areas.
As the chaos grew, God’s people began to cry out to Him in desperation. The result, in the late 60s and early 70s, was a burst of spiritual revival in America, often called the “Jesus Movement.”
While some of this activity was undoubtedly more emotion than substance, God was still at work, and thousands were genuinely converted to Christ. As part of this movement, many of us college students joyously spent our spring vacations sharing our faith ...
Pastors and church leaders, are we truly praying as we should for revival to take place in our members’ lives?
Years ago as a young pastor, I was reading a small, classical work on prayer entitled The Kneeling Christian. The author, who describes himself simply as the Unknown Christian, related a personal experience he had while visiting a missionary in India, sometime near the beginning of the twentieth century.
The story revolves around a small band of young girls, Hindu famine orphans who had been gloriously converted to Christianity under the leadership of Pandita Ramabai. Having received a “spirit of ...