The most critical hour of human history is upon us. Evil is rising at an unprecedented rate, propelling us forward to the coming of the antichrist and his one world order, and ultimately to the triumphant return of our warrior King.
Every news station tells of the combination of creation’s groaning, God’s judgment, and the rising of evil. Our economy is in shambles, pornography is ravaging our churches and our homes, we have aborted countless innocent lives, and we have stood quietly and ignored the screams of women and children trapped in sex slavery.
And our churches? For the most part, we cut our own throats building idols to man’s traditions, falling into offense at any given provocation, feeding off of gossip, and competing to see who can get a monopoly on the Spirit’s moving in a region. We have equated loving God to feeling a buzz during worship songs. We’ve made the pinnacle of Holy Spirit experience to making people fall down when we pray for them; and meanwhile the demoniac remains undelivered, the paraplegic stays in a wheelchair, and the alcoholic stays trapped in hopelessness. We have traded Holy Spirit power for a 12-step program.
God’s prescription has not changed with the turning of centuries. The prophet Joel begs us to call a fast, gather the assembly, and cry out before the Lord for mercy–for who knows?; He may relent and leave behind a blessing. History shows that when we set ourselves to seek God through repentance, humbling ourselves, and prayer, we touch His heart.
This weekend, our Jewish brothers and sisters are observing Yom Kippur–a day of fasting and repentant prayer. From sundown Friday night until sundown Saturday, many of them will not eat, drink, or indulge in any pleasure-giving form of entertainment. Instead, they will observe five set times of prayer throughout the day, finally breaking their fast with a celebration on Saturday night.
I invite you to prayerfully consider observing this 24-hour period into a day of fasting and prayer as well. Fast as much as you are able. If possible, meet with other believers and pray corporately. Cry out to God for mercy–for the church who has not stood up for justice; for government leaders who have promoted dishonest schemes; for the lives of babies who never see the light of day; for the freedom of 5-year-old girls who have never known a life outside of sexual slavery. Set periods in the day where you examine your own life and bring to the Lord your own weak flesh. He is our righteousness, and He longs to hear our voices.
“Who knows….perhaps He will relent….”