Godly Lady and a Grand Patriot

The services that morning at the Calvary Chapel were a remarkable display of God’s grace. Over 50 people made professions of faith. After the 3rd or 4th service, an elderly African American woman came up to me and said “You have the message that the Church needs to hear. You have the answer to what we are facing.”

She went on to say that when she had come in that morning, the Holy Spirit had told her to get on her knees during the worship, but she didn’t.  She didn’t want to be embarrassed.  She said she had to later repent for being disobedient.  Her focus was on the bowing of the knee. She said “you need to call churches across the nation to get on their knees, literally, before God.”

Our conversation had no greater meaning than many others I had that morning. I politely told her I would pray about it.  She then became insistent that this message was “of the Lord” and “the Church needed to respond.”

Later that evening while flying home, I picked up where I had left off reading a biography of Samuel Adams, my favorite patriot leader and the namesake of my youngest son.  I was at the place where the Continental Congress passed a resolution calling for a day in July of 1775 for:

public humiliation, fasting and prayer; that we may, with united hearts and voices, unfeignedly confess and deplore our many sins; and offer up our joint supplications to the all-wise, omnipotent, and merciful Disposer of all events; humbly beseeching him to forgive our iniquities, to remove our present calamities, to avert those desolating judgments, with which we are threatened…

Responding to the results of that day, James Warren wrote Samuel Adams a letter in which he said; “Three millions of people on their knees at once, supplicating the aid of Heaven, is a striking circumstance, and a very singular one in America.”

At that point I remembered my earlier conversation with the elderly lady and my request of God that that morning for an answer to the dilemma America now faces.  Could it be that until Christians humble themselves and get on their knees before God that we will have no answers, we will only see further political, moral and financial erosion?

There is an alternative.  We can follow God’s “Call 2 Fall” on our knees in humility and repentant prayer on July 5 in the hopes that God will hear, forgive, and heal.  I hope you will encourage your church to take part.

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