Thursday, July 14, 2016

What if God's people prayed?

         Remember the story about the impromptu cease fire at Christmas during World War I?
         An accounting of it says that about 100,000 suddenly ceased fire as the Germans and the Allies lined up along the Western Front.
         Said Graham Williams of the Fifth Long Rifle Brigade, “First the Germans would sing one of their carols and then we would sing one of ours, until when we started up ‘O Come, All Ye Faithful’ the Germans immediately joined in singing the same hymn to the Latin words Adeste Fideles. And I thought, well, this is really a most extraordinary thing ­– two nations both singing the same carol in the middle of a war.”
         “The next morning, in some places, German soldiers emerged from their trenches, calling out “Merry Christmas” in English. Allied soldiers came out warily to greet them. In others, Germans held up signs reading “You no shoot, we no shoot.” Over the course of the day, troops exchanged gifts of cigarettes, food, buttons and hats. The Christmas truce also allowed both sides to finally bury their dead comrades, whose bodies had lain for weeks on “no man’s land,” the ground between opposing trenches.”
         Saturday, two days from now, influential evangelical leaders throughout the U.S. will fly to Washington, D.C to join a crowd of as many as 1 million Christians to pray and worship together for the nation.
         Inspired by Nick Hall, founder of PULSE, "Together 2016" is a prayer and evangelism movement to empower the church and awaken the culture to Jesus. Americans are being urged to unite on the National Mall, July 16, to offer prayer that God will change the hearts of individuals and thus change the nation.
         "It's a gathering for all people to come together under the banner of Jesus. The only agenda is Jesus," Hall told The Christian Post. "It's the church from all backgrounds — Lutherans, Catholics, Pentecostals. It's going to be worship, it's going to be prayer, and it's going to be lifting up Jesus and praying that He changes our hearts individually. We're talking about a reset in our lives and ultimately a reset in this generation. We really believe that there's a heart issue and that God wants our heart."
         The thing is, I heard nothing about this this week. Nothing, till this morning. We’ve been obsessed with shootings and deaths and such.
         The top names are all coming. But I believe we need to add one influential person to the list.
         Confirmed guest speakers and artists include: Hillsong United, Kari Jobe, Francis Chan, Lecrae, Passion, Crowder, Kirk Franklin, Ravi Zacharias, Jeremy Camp, Andy Mineo, Michael W. Smith, Lauren Daigle, Christine Caine, Mark Batterson, Tony Evans, Matthew West, Jo Saxton, Mike Kelsey, Casting Crowns, John K. Jenkins Sr., Josh McDowell, Luis Palau, Tasha Cobbs, Lacey Sturm, Trip Lee, Samuel Rodriguez, Jennie Allen, Christine D'Clario, Matt Maher, Sammy Wanyonyi, Lindsey Nobles, and others.
         Here’s an idea. Let’s add you to the list.
         Can’t we do more of this, as convicted believers, children of God?
         What if …
         In Hall’s efforts, the radical evangelist managed to rally together believers from different denominations and backgrounds to stand in unity. He celebrated that Southern Baptists, Hispanic organizations, African-American churches and even Pope Francis will all be a part of Together 2016.
         But what if?
         What if we all, what meager amount of readers I have, passed the word and began to pray this Saturday anytime between at 10 a.m. Saturday Just sat down, knelt down, stood up and prayed that God re-enter the public square as the God He truly is.
         What if we passed the word, and at 10 a.m. Saturday we asked God to forgive us for not loving our neighbors, no matter our differences?
         What if we asked God for strength for the journey?
         What if we prayed his holy name like never before?
         What if we turned the tide by standing in the gap?
         What if we quit choosing sides and instead chose God?
         What if ???
         What if it all began Saturday?
         “I want people to look up and realize that we're praying for something so big that there isn't any one group that can do it. And really that's what we're praying for in our nation — no group can do it, no voice can do it, no organization can do it, only Jesus can do it.," he added. "There's something about Jesus' prayer in John 17. When we come together He is glorified and we see Him. That's why unity is so important in the body."
         Hall said as he believed in God to do the miraculous, the doors just kept flying open. They gained clearance through homeland security, the permit for the National Mall was granted, Hillsong and Francis Chan came on board, just one thing after the other.
         Let’s join together as part of the one thing after another.
         White, black, etc. All who have been forgiven. Let’s throw down our swords and let plowshares be picked up. Just for 12 hours, can’t we come together?
         What if God's people all stopped what they were doing, like a scene out of the Earth Stood Still movie, and prayed?

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