Published July 1, 2014
"A Call To Targeted Prayer"
I'm sure you, as do I, look on and are heartbroken as we observe moral values and priorities in our society deteriorating at an ever-accelerating rate. Our generation has never seen anything like it. It's as if it's part of some urgent plan to create a new Sodom-and-Gomorrah, anti-God culture here.
Come to think of it, it is. Rev. 12:12 reminds us of Satan's increasing efforts during the last days to deceive the world: "...Woe to the inhabitants of the earth... For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has but a short time." Nobody said his efforts wouldn't be effective. At least short-term.
Billy Graham has called his daughter, Anne Graham-Lotz, the "best preacher in the family." And she, too, senses that we are very close to the end the time is short. She is urging a seven-day period of prayer and fasting for our nation and society a period which begins today, the first day of the seventh month.
Here's a story about it, provided through ASSIST News Service and Godreports.com. Whether or not it is feasible for each of us to do fully, it's nevertheless an important reminder about the power of and the need for persistent, personal, targeted prayer for our society and those around us.
By Mark Ellis
The second daughter of evangelist Billy Graham, Anne Graham-Lotz, is blowing the trumpet and sounding the alarm, following in the footsteps of her father and with the impassioned spirit of the prophet Joel.
"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" (Joel 2:1,13).
Due to declining health of her husband, Dr. Dan Lotz, Anne has limited her speaking engagements and has been spending more time at their home in Montreat, North Carolina, caring for him. In December, 2012, Dr. Lotz was hospitalized and overcame a serious bout with a MRSA staph infection.
"As a result, I have had time to be quiet and listen more to the whispers of the Spirit," she wrote in a letter dated June 20th. "He has revealed things to me in the stillness that I'm not sure I would have heard in my former busyness."
Anne believes we are racing toward a dramatic conclusion to world events. "One of the things He has impressed on me is that we are living at the end of human history as we know it," she writes, based on her careful study of the Bible.
[In May], she was the honorary chair for the National Day of Prayer. She delivered a sobering message from Joel 1: "The Day of the Lord is at hand." "It was a message warning that judgment is coming," she writes.
Now she is calling people to pray, an assignment she says came indirectly from a Syrian pastor who attended the National Day of Prayer [in Washington, DC].
"In obedience, I am blowing the trumpet, sounding the alarm, issuing a national prayer initiative entitled '7-7-7: An Urgent Call to Prayer.'"
"The Call is for God's people to pray for each of the first seven days in the seventh month - July 1-7. Then on the 7th day, July 7, we are to pray and fast for 7 hours. The purpose is:
For God the Father to restrain, protect, and deliver His people from the evil that has come into our world.
For God the Son to be exalted, magnified, and glorified in His church, in our nation, and in our lives.
For God the Holy Spirit to fall on us in a fresh way, compelling the church to repent of sin and our nation to return to faith in the living God, resulting in a great national spiritual awakening.
Anne asks for many like-minded people to partner with her, by going to her website*.
"I will provide a prayer I have written for each of the seven days to help unite us in one spirit and one voice as we cry out to God. Please be assured there is no other agenda in this initiative. This is not about promoting anything or anyone. This is all about calling God's people together to pray, before it's too late, and judgment falls on our nation."
*Anne's website is http://www.annegrahamlotz.com/events/urgent-call-to-prayer/. You can sign up there for a daily email reminder from Anne with a targeted prayer for each of those seven days.
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