Monday, August 8, 2011

Repentance, A Response, & A Great Awakening

Saturday was an incredible, intense day of worship, repentance, praise and prayer.  Over 30,000 people attended The Response in Houston, TX and I was honored to have been a part of it.  Over 100,000 others joined online via live-streaming video (that number is probably much greater given the churches who hosted the event only counted as one hit on the internet although there were many in attendance at each location).

As thousands gathered, the only name lifted up was the name of Jesus. Many well-known speakers, pastors, musicians and worship leaders took the stage unannounced. No political or personal agendas, no denominations, no affiliations. Only praises to the King of Kings and personal and corporate repentance on behalf of our individual lives as well as that of our churches, cities, states and nation.
*A CALL TO PRAYER FOR A NATION IN CRISIS*
BLOW THE TRUMPET IN ZION, AND SOUND THE ALARM!
(Joel 2:1a)
CONSECRATE A FAST, CALL A SACRED ASSEMBLY, GATHER THE PEOPLE...
(Joel 2:15-16a)
SO REND YOUR HEART, AND NOT YOUR GARMENTS; RETURN TO THE LORD YOUR GOD, FOR HE IS GRACIOUS AND MERCIFUL... (Joel 2:13a)
Forgive us, God, for our sins as a nation and as a people. We repent and we say "Truly there is no other God but You!" Hear our cries and heal our land.

Sunday morning our Pastor continued in the book of Joel. Many people came to God for the first time and others who had been away came home. Words of a third Great Awakening came forth Saturday and Sunday. I am excited and looking forward with great anticipation to the things God is going to do through His people. He has called me and you to be a part of this final outpouring of His Spirit. Let us seek Him today with our whole heart...Let us be bold in proclaiming words of truth and standing for righteousness...

"And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and daughters shall prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams, Your young men shall see visions. And also on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days. And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth: Blood and fire and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned to darkness, And the moon into blood, Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord. And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the Lord SHALL BE SAVED. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be deliverance, as the Lord has said, Among the remnant whom the Lord calls."
Joel 2:30-32



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hearts repenting
knees bent low and hands lifted high
a nation under God
forgiveness
an outpouring of His Spirit
anticipation of a Great Awakening
leaders who lead
friends who pray
freedom to worship
an unrelenting God






13 friends had this to say:

Shannon said...

Love this post! What an example to the Christian world. It is all about Him - not minor doctrinal issues or other nonsense Satan uses to divide the church.

Betty Jo Luckey said...

I could not agree more. I have never experienced a time of God's presence more than that day. I am so excited to see the response of God from the response of His people. May the name name of Jesus continued to be lift up!

Amy Sullivan said...

Ok girl, you have had a busy summer, yes?

Looks amazing.

Linda said...

I agree, The Spirit of The Lord was in that place and The Name of Jesus was lifted up. No other Name But The Name of Jesus!!! Thank you Shelly for sharing this with everyone who could not be there, it was truly an awesome day in The Presence of our Lord!!!

Danelle said...

Wow! Amazing! Thanks for sharing your experience of prayer with so many!
I came over from Ann's. :)

Shanda said...

How wonderful and humbling to be a part of this. We need to take praying for our nation so much more seriously.

Shanda said...

How wonderful and humbling to be a part of this. We need to take praying for our nation so much more seriously.

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

These are frightening days in our country and it is so helpful to remember that God has placed us here . . . thanks for the reminder.

Fondly,
Glenda

wolfsrosebud said...

May His work continue in your heart and days then weeks pass.

-t- said...

Praising Him along with you!

dawnbright said...

I am so glad that the event was so well attended. The new coverage was landering to say the least. But I prayed that day for our nation and joined you as we celebrated what a wonderful country we have and most importantly what a wonderful Savior!

Jen said...

We were out of town for Response, but I am so curious as to how amazing it was. Thank you so much for bringing it home. I just love that collective confession and prayer time for our state and nation.

Graceful said...

Wow, what an awesome event! And I am inspired and filled with hope over that vision of so many worshippers gathered with only One agenda in mind.