Hearing the Call to Prayer
Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of evangelist Billy Graham, has a demanding schedule, full of writing projects and speaking engagements. She also takes care of her husband of 47 years, Danny Lotz, who has been ill for quite some time.
She recently wrote, "While at home caring for my husband, I have had time to be quiet and listen more to the whispers of the Spirit. He has revealed things to me in the stillness that I'm not sure I would have heard in my former busyness. One of the things He has impressed on me is that we are living at the end of human history as we know it."
Just recently, God asked Anne to call His people in our nation to prayer. Joel wrote, "Blow the trumpet...sound the alarm...for the day of the Lord is coming. It is close at hand--Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God..." (2:1, 13).
In obedience, she is blowing the trumpet...sounding the alarm...issuing a national prayer initiative entitled 7 7 7: An Urgent Call to Prayer.
Today is the first day of this call. On the 7th day, July 7, we are to pray and fast for 7 hours (of our choosing).
In Anne's message to a large crowd in the Capitol on the National Day of Prayer, she warned of God's soon-coming judgment on our nation. Alarms are going off, but are we hearing them? God is trying to wake us up before it's too late. We must put aside perfunctory prayers, mechanical prayers, prayers where we just check it off. "It's not just words. It's a cry."
She declared, "Judgment is coming. God's patience is running out. And that's a word from the Lord."
Perhaps you or even your small group could watch her 29-minute message given to a large crowd in the nation's capitol on the 2014 National Day of Prayer. You will find it at http://www.god.tv/national-day-of-prayer/video/national-day-of-prayer/anne-graham-lotz
Dear Jesus, we ask for the spirit of heart-felt repentance that will allow You to forgive our sins and to fulfill Your promise to heal our land.