I feel that most pastors and churches would agree that there continues to be a deep need for a spiritual revival in our churches today. We need to decide, as pastors and churches, to deal honestly with God’s desires for us to give our full allegiance to Him. Until we surrender to Him fully, we will have little to no prospect of a revival in our hearts, limited to no stirring of the Spirit in our churches, and little to no spiritual awakening in our land. True revival is nothing less and nothing more than the manifest presence of God in our lives. It is when Jesus is free to be who He wants to be in, through, and around us. A surrendered pastor and a surrendered church will experience spiritual revival, especially when both are surrendered at the same time.
Give Yourself to God Completely
I believe we are more likely to give ourselves to God more completely when we allocate a day or a period of days to some level of prayer and fasting. No, this is not always necessary, but at least consider it if it seems to be needed. Open your heart to whatever God wants you to do. Spiritual revival comes when we give ourselves to God completely. Revival is the manifest presence of God in our lives. Until the church of Jesus Christ regains its spiritual power, recaptures its spiritual passion, is willing to pay the price, and begins to demonstrate an unfailing love for Jesus Christ, it will remain lukewarm, out of touch, ineffective, purposeless, nonproductive, and impotent spiritually.
Give 100% of Yourself to Jesus
I often pray: Lord, I give 100% of me to 100% of You so that 100% of You will work through 100% of me! A spiritual breakthrough begins with personally surrendering oneself fully to God, transferring all ownership to the one true Owner, Jesus Christ. We do not need to grab, but to release. We do not live with our hands in fists, but with our hands open. We will never choose to let God have His way with us if we continue to hang on to our own desires, our own dreams, and our own bondage.
God Knows What is Best for Us
In wartime, if our enemy captures us, we are commanded to surrender. At that moment, we have a choice. We can take our chances, make a run for it, and hope for the best. But if an armed enemy pursues us, we have little chance of physical survival. When God asks us to surrender to Him, the analogy is the same except for one key point: God is not the enemy. He is our Father and our Friend. He knows what’s best for us. We need to surrender our lives to God in the same way a child holds up his arms surrendering to his parents.
Surrendering to God is abandoning all that we have in order to receive all that God possesses. When we enter God’s gateway to supernatural power for living, we begin to learn what a surrendered and exchanged life is all about. We begin to hear God speak to us in a voice we’ve never heard before. It’s not a harsh voice, but rather the voice of a waiting Father who will always tell us the truth.
Pastors and Churches, Surrender 100% of Yourselves to God Today
I continually challenge my Cross Church Family: Stop being content living life, doing family, working in the marketplace, and doing ministry through the local church without the power of God. This challenge is not just appropriate for each of us in my church but may even be worthy of consideration for you and your church.
I have believed this and said for years: Pastors, stop being content to live personally and do ministry daily without the power of God. This is not God’s will nor God’s way. There is a better way! What is it?
Pastor, surrender your life and ministry to God completely. Church, surrender all you are and have to God fully. Whatever it is Pastor, and whatever it is Church, surrender it to God fully. Right now. Not later. Today.
Now is the Time to Lead,
Ronnie W. Floyd
Today, I want to make you aware of some things that are currently happening with the National Day of Prayer. I know many people only think of the National Day of Prayer on the day of observance, annually on the first Thursday of May. However, much prayer, strategy, enlistment, mobilization, equipping, and work takes place daily prior to that day.
1. The theme for the 2019 National Day of Prayer will be determined soon.
Our National Day of Prayer Task Force team is praying through, listening, discerning, and will soon determine the theme for the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 2, 2019. Personally, I feel a deep burden to hear what the Spirit wants to say to our nation, but also to the churches of America. Pray for us as we move forward on this path. We will reveal our theme for 2019 during our upcoming National Leadership Summit, October 29-30.
2. The National Leadership Summit for the National Day of Prayer will be held on October 29-30, and we want you to join us.
Final planning is ongoing for our upcoming National Leadership Summit of the National Day of Prayer. We want you to join us. This year, this National Leadership Summit will be held in Northwest Arkansas. The summit will be hosted at the Pinnacle Hills campus of Cross Church in Rogers, Arkansas. You can find out more details here, and register here. The National Leadership Summit is for anyone interested in serving in your area with the National Day of Prayer.
3. Encouraging people to pray for the security and protection of the United States of America on September 11, 2018.
I am challenging everyone to mark your calendar for Tuesday, September 11, and pray together for the security and protection of the United States of America. This day is a memorable one due to the events on September 11, 2001, and an impactful opportunity to come together and pray for America. Whether it is alone, with a group of friends, or with your church, please call out to God in prayer for this need. With schools and universities beginning a new year nationwide, this will be an important day to pray for our schools. Join us wherever you are located and pray with us for the safety and security of our nation.
4. The Board of Directors meeting for the National Day of Prayer Task Force is August 21-23.
Twelve spiritual leaders will be in Northwest Arkansas on August 21-23, for the National Day of Prayer Task Force board meeting. These men and women of God who serve on the board are wonderful people with a great heart for our nation. Please pray for our meetings. Our desire is to seek the Lord together for direction for the National Day of Prayer.
5. The completion of our fiscal year is on September 30. Please consider a gift today.
The National Day of Prayer Task Force has a budget which needs to be met annually. Each year, our fiscal year concludes on September 30. Would you consider making a gift today to the needs of the National Day of Prayer? You can make a gift online or give by check to: National Day of Prayer, PO Box 64225 Colorado Springs, CO 80962. We want to finish this fiscal year in a positive way. Many think the budget is huge and there are plenty of supporters. Quite the contrary. Even though we have a small staff and our budget is not large, we still need assistance in supporting this ministry. For a national ministry, our number of donors is really quite small. Jeana and I give to it beyond what we give through our church. We pray you will consider this humble request and join us in giving to the National Day of Prayer.
Now is the Time to Lead and to Pray for America,
To request an interview with Dr. Ronnie Floyd, contact Gayla Oldham at (479) 751-4523 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.