Call to America
As I knelt before
the Lord at my favorite chair in our living room, I was sobered
by the conditions which the Holy Spirit had placed on His
promise to send revival. These conditions seemed to match the spirit
2 Chronicles 7:14:
If my people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves
and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then
will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal
With this Scripture strongly in my mind, I sensed the Holy Spirit
was telling me that millions of believers must seek God with all
their hearts in fasting and prayer before He will intervene to save
America. I was impressed by the Spirit to pray that two million
believers will humble themselves by seeking God in forty-day fasts.
While I was seeking His guidance, something extraordinary happened.
I distinctly sensed a sobbing in my spirit and, amazingly, I knew
our Lord was weeping. I was startled at first. And although I did
not know why He was weeping, I began to sob, too.
Then I sensed Him saying, “My people have forgotten one of
the most important disciplines of the Christian life, the major
key to revival.” And I knew He meant fasting with prayer.
Now, in answer to my question about how to persuade millions to
I felt the Holy Spirit saying to me that this was His responsibility,
not mine. My mind was swirling with the realization that God Himself
will move His people to fast. I began to see that this revival will
actually be a sovereign move of God. That He is not through with
America. That He still has plans for our beloved country. My heart
nearly burst with thanksgiving and praise to the Lord. As my eyes
filled with tears, I knew I had to do all that I could to relay
this message to the Christian world.
Then the Lord showed me how to communicate this message.
Calling a Fast
On the twenty-ninth day of my fast, as I was reading 2 Chronicles
28 through 30, I was reminded of the spiritual decadence of Judah,
resulting from the reign of the evil King Ahaz.
When Ahaz died, he was dishonored. He was buried in Jerusalem, but
not in the tombs of the kings. His son, Hezekiah, having escaped
his father’s human sacrifices, came to the throne at the age
In the first month of his reign, King Hezekiah reopened and cleansed
the temple. Then he sent letters throughout Judah and Israel, calling
all true worshipers of God to come to Jerusalem for the annual Passover
The wonderful results of their Passover celebration are also recorded
2 Chronicles 30:25-27. God’s favor returned that day. He prospered
the king and the people. But something special had caught my eye.
Hezekiah wrote letters inviting the people to come to Jerusalem
to celebrate the Passover.
I felt strongly impressed to write letters to several hundred of
the most influential Christians in the country, inviting them to
Orlando, Florida, as guests of Campus Crusade to fast and pray.
It would be strictly a time for seeking God's direction on how we,
His servants, can be channels of revival for our nation and for
I first invited sixty-eight of the most influential Christian leaders
in America and Canada to serve with Vonette and me on an invitation
committee.2 The number on the committee eventually grew to seventy-three,
and their enthusiasm for a united time of fasting and prayer confirmed
once again that the Holy Spirit was the author and implementer of
this idea. Several indicated that God also had been speaking to
them about the importance of fasting.
Next I drafted a letter to other Christian leaders, inviting them
to join us in Orlando. The letterhead read, “A Special Call
to Prayer and Fasting for America.” I knew that many of them
could not come, for various reasons, but I prayed that at least
what Adrian called “Gideon's 300” would respond favorably.
I was confident that as we met together, the Holy Spirit would visit
us as we fasted and prayed; and they would return to their radio
and television programs, to their pulpits and to various publications
to spread the news of this fresh call of God to revival for America.
God moved far beyond my expectations - more than six hundred came
to fast and pray.
Our Great Resource
America is a great resource which provides more money, technology
and manpower to help fulfill the Great Commission than all other
countries put together. If the enemies of the gospel had their way,
America would no longer be a great sending nation; Satan would take
away all of our religious freedoms.
God does not tolerate sin. The Bible and history make this painfully
clear. I believe God has given ancient Israel as an example of what
will happen to the United States if we do not experience revival.
He will continue to discipline us with all kinds of problems until
we repent or until we are destroyed, as was ancient Israel because
of her sin of disobedience.
The Lord sent all sorts of calamities upon Israel, trying to get
her attention and cause her to repent:
“And still you won't return to me,” says the Lord. “Therefore
I will bring upon you all these further evils I have spoken of.
Prepare to meet your God in judgment, Israel. For you are dealing
with the one who formed the mountains and made the winds, and knows
your every thought ... Jehovah, the Lord, the Lord Almighty, is
his name” (Amos 4:11-13, TLB).
This idea is reinforced with terrible warning in Deuteronomy 28:58-62:
If you refuse to obey …refusing reverence to the glorious
and fearful name of Jehovah your God, then Jehovah will send perpetual
plagues upon you and upon your children …The Lord will bring
upon you every sickness and plague there is, even those not mentioned
in this book, until you are destroyed. There will be few of you
left, though before you were as numerous as stars. All this if you
do not listen to the Lord your God (TLB).
God is calling the Church to rise up and lead the nation to repent
and follow Him. Our only hope is a supernatural visit from God.
1 Henry T. Blackaby and Claude V. King, Experiencing God
(Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1994), p.31.
2 The invitation committe included: Joe Aldrich, Neil Anderson,
Kay Arthur, George Barna, Henry Blackaby, Richard Bott, Bill and
Vonette Bright, David Bryant, Larry Burkett, Luis Bush, Paul Cedar,
Charles Colson, Paul Crouch, Evelyn Christenson, W.A. Criswell,
Roger Cross, Loren Cunningham, James and Shirley Dobson, Steve Douglass,
Dick Eastman, Howard Edington, Ted Engstrom, Paul Eshleman, Tony
Evans, Bill Gothard, Brandt Gustavson, Richard Halverson, David
Hannah, Jack Hayford, Stephen Hayner, Howard Hendricks, Jim Henry,
E.V. Hill, John Holland, John Howe, Marvin Kehler, D. James Kennedy,
Jerry Kirk, Tim and Beverly LaHaye, Greg Laurie, Max Lucado, James
MacKnight, E. Bailey Marks, Peter Marshall, Bill McCartney, Tom
Moffit Jr., Alberto Mottesi, Richard Mouw, Lloyd Ogilvie, Luis Palau,
Bill Pickett, Pat Robertson, Adrian Rogers, Mark Rutland, Denny
Rydberg, Al Sanders, Robert Schuller, Robert Seiple, Dal Shealy,
Charles Smith, Neil Snyder, Charles Stanley, Vinson Synan, Thomas
Trask, C. Peter Wagner, Thomas Wang, Jerry White, Luder Whitlock,
Ralph Winter, and Ed Young.
[Excerpt from Chapter 2, The Coming Revival by Bill Bright]
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