The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. –James 5:16
The air was electric. People were shouting, crying, pleading with God. Some were standing with raised hands, others were on their knees, and still others were prostrate on the floor.
I was in Suva, Fiji, at a conference for church workers. The people had come in from the dozens of surrounding islands to attend. I had just finished speaking on the prophet Samuel, presenting the tragic truth that while he was a judge, a prophet, and a kingmaker extraordinaire, he was not a good father. His sons did not follow the Lord. My challenge to the mostly male audience was not to be so focused on ministry that they neglected their own wives and children.
When I issued the invitation to repent of their sin and to commit to training up their children in the Lord, almost the entire audience of 600 church leaders surged forward. The result was an outpouring of urgent, desperate, passionate, heartfelt pleading with God to forgive, to have mercy, to bless. The atmosphere itself was thick with the presence of God.
I remember a woman seizing me by the arm and pulling me into her circle for prayer. Pray? I was terrified to pray in such a group. For good reason. When I opened my mouth and tried, my voice sounded hollow and wretchedly anemic.
I had never before heard prayer like I heard on that day in Suva, Fiji. Actually, very rarely have I ever heard prayer like that anywhere. Why? What’s wrong?1
Have you ever felt also that your prayers are anemic? I wonder if it’s because both of us are missing key ingredients such as focusing on God for who He truly is and an all-out…no-holds-barred…go-for-broke…nothing-held-back…old-fashioned desperation to get answers. Whether the issue is in our family, or in our marriage, or in our church, or in our community, or in the wake of terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, instead of buying into pop culture’s attitude of “God can’t fix this,” are we desperate enough to stay on our knees until He does?
I am committed this year to prayer. But not the casual, everyday, pray-as-you-feel-like-it, run-of-the-mill, garden-variety type of prayer. Not even the arrow-type prayer that is a distress call for help. I am committed to reversing the thunder…praying God’s Word and God’s promises back to Him. I want to push through any and every obstacle until Heaven is moved and nations are changed. Join me…
For His Glory,
1Adapted from Chapter One, The Daniel Prayer, Anne Graham Lotz, Zondervan Publishing, May 2016
REVERSING THE THUNDER
Anne’s New Messages for a Call to Prayer
Have you ever felt your prayers sounded hollow? Anemic? Then join Anne as she demonstrates in these four messages what prayer is like when it’s reversed thunder—praying God’s Word back to Him. Using prayers from the Bible, Anne will lead you to discover the blessing in prayer, to share God’s burden in prayer, to fight the battle in prayer, and to persevere through brokenness in prayer…and ultimately to receive God’s answers to prayer. God is calling His people to pray. Answer His call as you learn to pray more effectively and reverse the thunder.
- Message 1 – The Blessing in Prayer – John 17:1-5
- Message 2 – The Burden in Prayer – Daniel 9
- Message 3 – The Battle in Prayer – Daniel 10
- Message 4 – The Brokenness in Prayer – Habakkuk 1-3
Coming May 2016
What is the secret to revival? To the spiritual restoration of America? What is one key to renewing your own relationship with God? It’s prayer. But not your everyday now-I-lay-me-down-to-sleep kind of prayer. It’s prayer that storms the gates of Heaven until things change. It is passionate, heartfelt, I-won’t-let-You-go-until-You-bless-me pleading until you get an answer. It’s The Daniel Prayer.
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