For thus says the high and lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him who has a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. Isaiah 57:15
Four DaysThank you for your time. Four Days is a simple thing. On Sunday through Wednesday, November 18-21, I am asking Christians across our nation to fast and pray for true revival to come down on our land. We hear much talk about revival sweeping our nation ever since the tragedy of September 11. People are questioning God, and seeking answers.
But this is not revival.
"Now, therefore," says the LORD, turn to Me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning: So rend your heart, and not your garments, return to the LORD your God: for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and relents from doing harm.
True revival is not a "feel-good" thing. Revival involves the realization that we, both individually and as a nation, have strayed from the way God wants us to live. We have allowed other things to become more important, and many times, to even take the rightful place of God Almighty in our lives and hearts.
Revival involves sorrow and tears. It involves soul-wrenching pain as we realize how far we have strayed from our Lord. It engenders a deep, over-powering desire, almost a physical need, to run back into the arms of our heavenly Father and beg forgiveness for our wandering, just as the prodigal son did in Jesus' parable. This is the revival that we, as the church, and as a nation, need. Then, after our relationship with the Lord has been repaired and renewed, the joy will come.
For His anger is but for a moment; His favor is for life:
weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.
Make a commitment right now, as you sit here reading this page, between yourself and the Lord, that you will fast and pray on these four days. Get a group together, either from your church, or from several different churches in your community. Meet together every morning or evening to pray. For an hour, for a half hour, or even for only fifteen minutes, but get together every day if at all possible, and pray in one accord for God Almighty to send His Holy Spirit anew upon our land. If you can't get a group together, then pray on your own. In your own home, go into a room, close the door behind you, turn off the television, the radio, anything that could distract you, and pray for God to renew our hearts and our land. Whether for an hour, or for fifteen minutes, or even for only five minutes, just pray! Every time your body reminds you that you are denying it, remind your body of why you are denying it and pray again!
If my people, which are called by my name, shall 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 their land.
What an awesome promise!
You'll notice that these four days come immediately before Thanksgiving. After you have honored your commitment to the Lord to pray for revival, when you sit down to Thanksgiving dinner, realize just how much He has indeed given us, and give thanks to Him with a new heart.
Then I challenge you to take it a step further. Calculate how much money you would have spent on food for those four days, and donate it to the needy. Give it in advance so that a needy family can have a good Thanksgiving meal, or give it afterwards so that children living in poverty can have warm coats for the winter. You would have spent it on the food anyway, so you will never miss it. The recipient of your charity may never know where their meal or their clothing came from, but the Lord will certainly not forget.
"But I can't fast for four days!"
I am sure that some reading this page have had this thought running through their minds ever since they saw the word "fast." Let me assure you that you can indeed do this. After all, there is more than one type of fast. Take a look at the following types of fasts, and I'm sure you can find one that you can do:
And that's it. That's what Four Days is all about. It's a simple thing, but I think it's something this country desperately needs.
I have one final request: If you are planning to participate in this endeavor, either with a group or individually, would you do me the honor of signing the guest book to let others know where you're from and how many are in your group? It would certainly serve as an encouragement to someone who may not be sure if they wish to participate or not. It may even be that someone in your area could see it and wish to join you.
Thank you again for taking the time to read this. May the Lord of all peace bless and keep you and yours.
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