Don’t complain about the darkness, start lighting candles

In 1774 a small group of extraordinary devout Christian men got on their knees in prayer before they would sign our declaration of independence. It wasn’t just a political meeting. It was a prayer meeting. Witness said they spent hours in prayer before their heavenly Father in complete dependence on Him as ruler of this important document (full prayer here)

Men and women who wanted to worship freely birthed a brand new idea, a brand new country.  The brave fought for it, countless men and women gave their life for this cause.  This same freedom and fire for the cross has not been forgotten.  No, the world isn’t getting worse, I believe it’s on the cusp of revival! Here are just a few examples:

Serfei and Aleona Isakov Russian fashion designers highly respected in their field left their home country to bring their talent and their mission to America.  The stated “we believe that revival is coming to America and we want to be a part of it”

25 years ago Brooklyn Tabernacle in New York  could barely draw 26 people to a Sunday service. Today the congregation is 6,000 strong–filled with converted prostitutes, pimps, drug addicts, and homeless people, and more… All credit due to the prayer meetings they started on their knees, giving God total control of their church.

Just last school year I watched young teacher who invested in a 2nd grader who had no parental support.  In one academic school year he went from “trouble maker” to honor student….all because someone believed in him.

Sororities and Fraternities are rising up to make a difference in their communities.

At critical junctures in history God raises up a remnant to reestablish His reign and rule.  It’s rarely a majority.  In fact, it’s almost always a small minority.  But all it takes is a faithful few to begin a reformation.  –Mark Batterson Draw the Circle

When you pray you see God’s hand at work.  It’s like opening up your eyes to what He has been doing all along.

Businessmen praying for those they shake hands with
Athletes praying for their team mates
Janitors pray for those who will sit at the tables they wipe
Hair dressers pray over the chair where their next client will be
Teachers praying over the desks in their classroom
Doctors laying hands over their patients rooms
Waitress praying over the tables they serve

“If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and seek my face…I will forgive their sin and heal their land” 2 Chronicles 7:14

America, let’s not complain about the darkness. but start lighting candles!  Alone it is a small light, but together we can set the world ablaze with the light of the good news, the very reason our country began.

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