“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways …”
— 2 Chronicles 7:14
A multitude of presidents through the years have declared a National Day of Prayer. And our country needs prayer. In fact, I think this country needs our prayers now more than ever before, except perhaps during the War for Independence and the Civil War. We desperately need a national revival. Unless we have one, I believe that America, as we know it, won’t exist much longer. And if America falls, virtually the entire missionary enterprise of the Church could come to a screeching halt. But if America turns back to God, He could prevent this country’s demise.
If we need to be convinced of the importance of national revival, we need look no further than the Israelites. In ancient Israel prophets arose and proclaimed the destruction of Israel unless that nation turned back to God. But the people mocked the prophets and ignored them, telling them to go tell their doleful tales elsewhere. Yet true to the prophets’ words, the Assyrians came down like wolves in a pack, fiercely and cruelly defeating Israel, and ancient Israel (not to be confused with ancient Judah) never recovered. Had the Israelites turned back to God when He spoke His intentions through the prophets, they wouldn’t have met with such a devastating fate.
If our nation, like Israel, needs national revival, then what is it and how can we bring it about? William Sprague defines national revival like this: “Wherever you see religion rising up from a state of comparative depression to a tone of increased vigor and strength, wherever you see professing Christians becoming more faithful to their obligations and behold the strength of the Church increased by fresh accessions of piety from the world, there is a state of things which you need not hesitate to denominate a revival of religion.”
How can we bring this about? By doing what our government has set this day aside for us to do—pray. Will you join me and millions of others in praying for the spiritual revival of this great nation?