The current prayer revival is now in its third decade in America. There have been prayer walks, prayer missions, and prayer journeys – all with heaven’s silence. Unique prayer efforts have been fostered. One man has recently traveled to the capitals of all 50 states to pray and blow a Shofar. Prayer drives have occurred from Miami to Portland, Maine. From San Diego, northward, along the old mission trail, prayer journeys have taken place. One group drove and rode boats, following the trail of tears from the Carolina Mountains to Oklahoma, weeping over the nation’s treatment of Indians. Another group prayer-walked from Atlanta to Savannah, and back to North Carolina, following the path that Sherman burned, with representatives from the North, seeking reconciliation. Recently, with the border conflicts between the US and Mexico, a team of intercessors traveled from San Diego to Brownsville, driving as close to border as possible, through Indian Reservations, and stopping along the way to hear the stories, measure the emotional intensity of the conflict – and pray for peace. These – all sincere and extensive prayer efforts are historic. But they have not yet secured heaven’s favor in a nation changing spiritual awakening.
We need a national revival. We have prayed for a national revival. God wants to send one. Why doesn’t it come?
In Acts 3:19, Peter said to Israel, their only recourse was to “repent in order that their sins might be blotted out, so that times of refreshing might come from the presence of the Lord …” The “sins” are like a dam, Peter is suggesting, holding back a reservoir of divine blessing.
Only repentance will break this dam.
This is an excerpt from the Praying Church Handbook, Volume II, which can be ordered at alivepublications.org.