Throughout the book of Judges, we constantly see repeated the following sequence:
- God’s people turn away from Him and start worshiping idols.
- God sends prophets who call the people to repent.
- The people ignore the prophets and persist in their idolatry.
- God disciplines His people by giving them into the hands of a wicked, ruthless foreign power.
- Finally, in pain, God’s people with one voice cry out in united prayer to God to forgive them and deliver them from their enemies.
- In mercy, God relents and sends a judge to deliver them.
- The people enjoy, for a season, the blessing of God as they honor, worship and obey Him.
When we followers of Christ walk in the flesh instead of the Spirit, we can behave much like our Old Testament counterparts. While we may not bow down to wooden, stone or metal objects, our hearts can certainly be drawn toward leisure, comfort, material things, lusts, hobbies and much else.
Not that we totally forget God, mind you, but we feel we NEED these other things also. Paul calls this idolatry.
For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.” (Ephesians 5:5)
Is it not fair to say this double-mindedness exists all too much in the American church today, including in us? Could this be why we are experiencing God’s discipline to us as a nation in an attempt to draw us back to Him?
It is time for God’s people to unite in prayer: prayers of repentance for our sin, but also prayers of faith, trusting Him to move in power to revive us His Church leading to the greatest spiritual awakening in the history of our nation. God will certainly hear those prayers and respond in power. Dr. A.T. Pierson said it clearly: “There has never been a spiritual awakening in any country or locality that did not begin in united prayer.”
Randy Hekman and
Co-Chairs of the Prayer Team