Why a Gathering of Prayer and Fasting?
In the Bible book of Joel, in Chapter 2, an ancient Hebrew prophet speaks to a nation in crisis and gives God’s solution when He tells them to, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning (contrition and humility)” (Joel 2:12). In that day, the command was for everyone to stop what they were doing and gather for a “sacred assembly,” to turn to God with prayer and fasting.
Why did God desire fasting, weeping, and mourning from the people? It provided them with an opportunity to gather before God and acknowledge that their nation had drifted away from its foundations in morality and faith (Joel 2:15). Because of this moral decline, the people were not prepared to face the threats rising up against them and God wanted His people to understand that their moral decline was far greater than the threats of economic crisis or military invasion.
God ordained in that hour of history that prayer would serve as the only way of escape from their mounting troubles. Only God had the power to solve both a nation’s internal and external threats. All were unsolvable by human means and human solutions, but God had a solution that could be found in His great mercy
Sound familiar? America is at a crossroads … and the root is not to be found in political agendas, economic doldrums, crime rates, or terrorist threats, as many believe. Our country is in crisis because we are a people who are no longer honoring God in our prosperity or humbly calling on Him in our predicaments. The Response is committed to activating a return to prayer by those with contrite hearts, to provide witness that the Church is taking a stand for righteousness and asking God for His mercy on the land we love.
As a nation, we must come together to call upon Jesus to guide us through the unprecedented struggles we face today, and thank Him for the blessings of freedom we have so richly enjoyed. The epic crisis facing our nation and threatening our future demands an epic response of repentance, prayer and fasting, asking God for mercy on us and on our land.
The call of God to His people in times of great trouble is to gather together and call on Him with one voice, one heart, and a unified desire to see great blessing and great glory come to our nation again. The power of unified prayer from a humble gathering of the saints is found in the hope that He might answer us once again, and turn the tide of our trouble and the host of threats that stand against us.
Will you join us?
Thousands are gathering all around the US at The Response: USA events. We believe it is vital that you be there, too. Your presence will change you and it will change America. As a result of your prayers, along with others from your church and community, plus those of men and women from other churches and communities in every state, we believe a sense of revival will grow as together we will proclaim a renewed sense of moral and spiritual purpose. We desire that the presence, power, and person of Christ to fill our nation and turn the hearts of millions to righteousness, peace, and joy in Him. We want the blessing and favor of a Holy God, who loves righteousness and wants to see it exalted in our nation in this generation. We want to see real change across America, a revival that only God can perform. There is hope for our country and while it lies in heaven, we will find it on our knees.
Will you join us at a The Response: USA event? Will you pray, fast, and believe with us for a mighty move of God in our nation again?