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Unified Prevailing Prayer for the Next Great Move of God in America

Unified Prayer-blogThe entire church of Jesus Christ in our nation needs to convictionally come together in unified prevailing prayer for the next great move of God in America. There is no greater need in America. What will it take to wake us up, die to ourselves, and come together under the banner of the cross?

There is no great movement of God that has ever occurred that does not begin with the extraordinary prayer of God’s people. Regardless of our denominational identity or independence, the time is now for us to come together before God in clear agreement, visible union, and extraordinary prayer for the next great move of God that will catapult us into reaching the world with the life-changing message of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I believe that unified prevailing prayer will lead to these results.

Learn from History

Jonathan Edwards was a man who believed in the absolute sovereignty of God. As a catalyst for America’s first and second Great Awakenings, Edwards called upon God’s people to act. He believed God would listen to the promptings of His people. Edwards called for prayer and fasting, both in secret and with one another.

George Whitfield was used by God to shake America. His powerful preaching of the need to be born again was used by the Lord to bring thousands to Christ. God used both Whitfield and Edwards in a supernatural way in the mid-1700s.

In the early 1800s, the second Great Awakening occurred, and God used men like Charles Grandison Finney, Timothy Dwight, and others to become instrumental preachers of the gospel.

In 1857-1858, Jeremiah Lanphier was a layman who had a burden to pray. Eventually, thousands were praying daily for a mighty move of God in the land, and our God shook America. In a two-year period, 1 million Americans came to Christ and another 1 million converted to Christ in Great Britain and Ireland. The church was revived and the fires of evangelism burned brightly. Missions exploded with the Student Volunteer Movement, where 20,000 young people surrendered their lives to missions.

God used these great movements of God to further impact leaders like Charles Haddon Spurgeon, D.L. Moody, and William Booth. These men and others were shaking the world for Christ.

Sadly, it has been since the Jesus Movement of the 1960s – early 1970s since we have seen such a movement of God upon our land. Churches were exploding in size as thousands were saved and many were called into gospel ministry.

In each of these great movements of God, unified prevailing prayer was occurring.

Prevail in Unified Prayer

If the churches and spiritual leaders of America cannot unify around the need to pray for the next great move of God in America, then we need to repent of our pride and our personal preferences. Stop ignoring history! Learn from it!  Take action to pray for spiritual awakening in a compelling way that is unified around the Lord Jesus Christ and His gospel. James 5:16 (CSB) says, “The prayer of a righteous person is very powerful in its effect.” This is prevailing prayer. This is what the Church must learn to do together.

Regardless of what we see with our human eyes, we must be faithful to cry out to God in our desperation, appealing to Him with all we have. God, we cry out to You with all we have and are: Wake up Your church in America! By Your grace give us the next great move of God in our nation.

The world is growing desperate for answers to everything going on today. The church must grow desperate for God to usher in the next great move of God in America!

Three Actions to Take Beginning Today

1. Pray Extraordinarily: This means praying for spiritual awakening even more than you have been. Create ways to unite with other people, leaders, and churches in prevailing prayer for spiritual awakening in America.

2. Awakening Brings Evangelization: Billy Graham asked the question, “Can Revival Come?” He believed firmly that, “An awakening can bring about evangelization of the world in our generation.”1 While denominations and churches try to fix their lack of genuine evangelism, they need to realize that a true spiritual awakening is the ultimate answer to this problem. While we must equip others and practice evangelism personally, we need to believe that God can do more in a moment than we can do in a lifetime. This is why we must prevail in unified prayer for spiritual awakening.

3. Maximize Prayer and Minimize the Rest: As we maximize the need for unified prevailing prayer for the next Great Awakening, we need to minimize the rest. It is a call to understand that only God is the One who can change the hearts of Americans from the inside out. While we work with our hands to make a difference in every way in this world, we bow our knees to the One who can change everything immediately.

We Can Do This

We, the churches and spiritual leaders in America, can humble ourselves and unify in prevailing prayer for the next great move of God in America.  We can come together in clear agreement that this is our greatest need. We can become a visible union, standing together in prayer. We can pray more than ever before, and practice extraordinary prayer for the next great move of God in America that will catapult the message of the gospel nationally and internationally. We can believe God in faith that He alone is able to do it! I believe God can do it. I am trusting God to do it.  

Keep your perspective: Our greatest need in America is the next great move of God.

Now is the Time to Lead and to Pray,

Ronnie W. Floyd
Senior Pastor, Cross Church
President, National Day of Prayer

1Dr. Billy Graham, “Can Revival Come?” (sermon, Louisville, Kentucky, October 4, 1993), Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. http://equip.sbts.edu/article/can-revival-come/ accessed September 16, 2017

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Dr. Ronnie Floyd is the Senior Pastor of Cross Church, President of the National Day of Prayer, founder of the Cross Church School of Ministry, and host of the Ronnie Floyd on Life and Leadership Today podcast.

To request an interview with Dr. Ronnie Floyd
contact Gayla Oldham at (479) 751-4523 or email gaylao@crosschurch.com.

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September 11: A Day of Prayer, a Day to Cry Out to God for America

Cry Out America 2017-blogAs America works through the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, our nation is under the historic winds of Hurricane Irma. Our country is experiencing pain and loss of life and property. As these storms are bearing down on America and North Korea continues its threats against us, we are walking through times that are unknown to most in this generation. With all this in mind, we enter September 11 asking you to make this a special day of prayer, a day to cry out to God for America.

Cry Out America is a prayer initiative that began after terrorists attacked our nation on September 11, 2001.These planned attacks resulted in nearly 3,000 deaths, 400 of which were police officers and firefighters. Since that day, America and the world have never been the same.

Cry Out America reminds us of these attacks on our nation and of our desperate need for God each day. As America remembers this day, we need to see it become a day where millions of Americans join for a few moments in various locations to cry out to God for our nation.

We already know of a few thousand gatherings that will be taking place. If you are having a gathering with other Americans to talk to God about our nation today, please contact us at http://www.cryoutamerica.us/find_event.

Cry Out America was initiated by the Awakening America Alliance in 2008, but in order to strengthen the call nationwide, it was recently entrusted to the National Day of Prayer Task Force. Therefore, even in this late hour, I want to call upon all of us to focus on these matters as we Cry Out America.

Our Three Major Prayer Points for Cry Out America on Monday, September 11

I want to call out to each prayer gathering to join in agreement. These three major needs in our nation coincide with our continual needs since 9/11. Feel free to download and share this image on social media to spread the word.

Cry Out Graphic

Whether in your personal life or prayer gatherings you participate in today, please agree in prayer with thousands of others who are praying for our nation.

Participate in or Create A Prayer Experience by Joining Us in Cry Out America

Please find out if there is a scheduled Cry Out America prayer experience in your region. Volunteer at the meeting or even create a prayer experience for your friends or family by going here: http://www.cryoutamerica.us/volunteer-nb-vers

These gatherings can happen anywhere at any time today, and can be small or large. America usually remembers 9/11 in a major way. All Americans can join us in prayer for America as we focus on these three major points.

I Will Be in Chicago in Daley Plaza for the Cry Out America Rally Live Streamed Across the World

Today, September 11, 2017, at 12:00 p.m., I will be joining a Cry Out America rally in Daley Plaza in Chicago, Illinois. If you live in the greater Chicago area, join me in this experience as I support, speak, and assist the coordinator, Pastor Arthur Guice. If you are not in Chicago, you can watch live at 12:00 p.m. CST at: http://www.nationaldayofprayer.org

Spread the word, tell your friends, and let’s gather America for this Cry Out America rally from the city of Chicago. And wherever you are, join with local believers to pray for America.

Now is the Time to Lead and Pray, 

Ronnie W. Floyd

Senior Pastor, Cross Church
President, National Day of Prayer

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Dr. Ronnie Floyd is the Senior Pastor of Cross Church, President of the National Day of Prayer, founder of the Cross Church School of Ministry, and host of the Ronnie Floyd on Life and Leadership Today podcast.

To request an interview with Dr. Ronnie Floyd
contact Gayla Oldham at (479) 751-4523 or email gaylao@crosschurch.com.

Visit our website at http://ronniefloyd.com
Follow Dr. Floyd on Twitter and Instagram @ronniefloyd