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Fasting & Prayer for Revival: Sitting on the Sidelines

Today we invite the people of God to join us in fasting and prayer for a revival in America. Beginning at 6 am we will be giving a focus area of prayer for each hour until 10 pm. Please join us each hour in prayer. We have been examining the areas in our lives where we need to repent. In this hour we will look at how God’s people are guilty of sitting on the sidelines and allowed our nation to sink into the moral and sinful cesspool we’ve become.

3 pm Revival prayer focus:

This hour pray that God will convict His people of sitting on the sidelines. Ask Him to forgive us for not taking our stance in the spiritual battles and political battles that have led our nation to stray from God.

Revival begins with God’s people.

Ephesian 6:12 “For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens.”

Sitting on the Sidelines of Spiritual Battles

As God’s people, we are part of His army but for too long too many have been content to sit on the sidelines, content to let others fight the battle. Those who are fighting are weary and tired. They’re battle fatigued and compassion fatigued. Too many are throwing in the white flag and surrendering and walking away from their calling because they have nothing left to give.

We’ve each been handed our God-given gifts and tasks and it takes all of us working together to keep Satan from winning the spiritual battle. If you’ve been sitting on the sidelines, it’s time to suit up in your spiritual armor and get in the battle.

Paul told us in Ephesians 6:10-18 to put on the armor of God:

“Put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the tactics of the Devil. For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens.This is why you must take up the full armor of God, so that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having prepared everything, to take your stand. Stand, therefore, with truth like a belt around your waist, righteousness like armor on your chest, and your feet sandaled with readiness for the gospel of peace. In every situation take the shield of faith, and with it you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is God’s word.

Stand and fight!

Sitting on the Sidelines of Political Battles

Many of us are also guilty of sitting on the sidelines in the political arena. We may go out and cast our vote and think we’re doing our part. Voting is important and if you don’t vote, you’re definitely sitting on the sidelines.

However, we need to be aware of what our political leaders are doing. When we go to the polls we should know what they stand for – not just what they say they stand for but what does their track record say about them. What bills have they supported in the past? Knowing their stance on the matters important to God is much more important than knowing their political party. If they say they are Christian, where do they attend church? Do they go often? How are they actively involved in serving in their church? Are they afraid to share their faith in the political world?

We also end up sitting on the sidelines when we know important items are on the ballot but we keep quiet about what God and His Word has to say about them. If the Christians of America stood up in the political arena there would have never been prayer removed from our schools. The Ten Commandments would not have been removed from federal buildings. Marriages would not have been “redefined.” Abortion would have never been made legal.

We need to get off the sidelines and get in the battle. Suit up!

“The coming revival must begin with a great prayer revival. It is in the closet, with the door shut, that the sound of abundant revival will be first heard. An increase in the secret prayer of ministers and members will be the sure herald of blessing.” 

Andrew Murray

Join us in prayer:

Father, for too long we’ve sat on the sidelines. We’ve not done our part in the battle. We have not stood up for You. As a result, our nation is filled with abominations and sin. The same sins that led your chosen nation, Israel, into exile. Because of the sin in our nation, Your face no longer shines on it and your favor has been removed.

Father, how I long for America to return to you. I am not content to sit on the sidelines. I will do my part in the spiritual battles and the political battles. Empower me, God, with your strength and wisdom. God, I put on the whole armor of God so that I can stand against the tactics of the devil. I put on the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shoes of the gospel of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit. And God, pray always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit to be watchful with all perseverance to open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel for which I am an ambassador. Help me to speak boldly as I ought to speak.

Father, we are here. The people called by your name. Today, we come to you brokenhearted, acknowledging how we, your people, have allowed this nation to turn so far away from you. And today, we ask you to revive our hearts. Revive your Church. Revive our homes, families, and marriages. Move among us. We invite you to be Lord in each one of us.

In the name of Jesus, Amen.

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