2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV) 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.
At no time in the history of our nation have we been more desperate for God’s intervention. The spiritual and moral decline we are experiencing, while alarming, points to our need to turn our hearts toward the only one and true redeemer, Jesus Christ. Over the last several decades, there has been a flurry of specialized programs and events launched to bring about spiritual transformation. Many of these efforts, though well intended, have not brought about a sustained revival among men. I believe that God is calling men in America to pray fervently. I am also convinced that this sacrificial commitment is central to experiencing a sustained spiritual awakening in our nation.
I believe that God is calling men in America to pray fervently. I am also convinced that this sacrificial commitment is central to experiencing a sustained spiritual awakening in our nation.
Having spent the better part of the last twenty years involved in ministry to men I can honestly say that it has been both rewarding and frustrating. Rewarding in the sense that I have personally sensed a tremendous move of God in bringing men into events where they have been exposed to the wonderful truth of God’s Word. Frustrating however from the standpoint of not seeing a sustained revival among men in our nation.
I am convinced that our tendency toward event driven strategies has caused us to overlook their lack of power to produce long-term life-change. In many ways we have been “eventing” men to death. As a nation we are now experiencing the result of a kind of superficial Christianity that is not helping men understand the need for going deeper in their walk with Jesus.
In short - we will never see a spiritual awakening in this nation unless righteous men are fervently praying.
James 5:16 The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
So, what is the answer? We must recognize where we are, honestly own the mistakes of the past and determine to build men who are spiritually deep. Can you imagine what could happen if we could see Dick Simmons vision of one million men in America rising early every day to pray for our nation? Dear friends, this is no longer an option - it is critical toward seeing God’s kingdom advanced in our nation in our day.
On a personal note I had the pleasure of having breakfast with my dear friend Bill McCartney the other day. We talked about all of this and he could not agree more with the need to help men go deeper and get them praying. I had him share something very special for my men at OTI by recording it on my phone. You can click the image on the top right of this TargetPoint to watch.
In essence this coach and founder of Promise Keepers is now going around the country calling men to three non-negotiables - he says that ever day men need to be searched, fed and led. We need to allow God to search us every day and confess the sin that is in our life. We need to be fed every day by the Word of God and we need to be daily led by the Holy Spirit. This is the kind of man whose daily prayer will availeth much.
As I close this TargetPoint I want to ask all of you who are reading this to do two things: First, and most important, please make a commitment to pray for this idea every day. Pray that there will be a deep and sustained revival among men in America. And second, please consider passing this plea to others you know and encourage the same.
We must recognize that our well-intentioned human efforts to bring about transformation have fallen short in part because of our focus on programs and events. We also need to recognize where this battle needs to be fought.
Ephesians 6:12 (NIV) For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.