The Way Up is the Way Down (Part 2)

“Call2Fall” on our knees will be happening in the many places Christians meet on Sunday, June 29th. We realize that the church gathers in worship centers, store-fronts, homes, and various other places all across America.  We are calling believers to kneel at least 3 to 5 minutes before the Lord wherever they may gather that day, Sunday, June 29, 2014. Why that Sunday? Because it is the Sunday before we celebrate our “Independence.” Should we not also express our “Dependence” upon the Lord? Throughout this special day, we encourage believers to spend time on their knees in crying out to God to heal our souls and to heal our land.

Why is there a necessity for a Call2Fall?

First, the Scriptures teach it. The key verse is 2 Chronicles 7:14: “If my people, who are called by my name, will 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.” The first requirement on the path to renewal is to “humble ourselves,” to fall on our knees and faces before the Lord in repentant prayer.  Over and over the Scriptures teach this.

Second, our history records it.   Our founding fathers sensed the need for a “Call2Fall” in view of the monumental struggle we were engaged in with Britain.  The 2nd Continental Congress called for a day of public humiliation, fasting, and prayer throughout the Colonies on July 20th, 1775 just after war broke out. James Warren wrote Samuel Adams: “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. May the blessings of Heaven follow in answer to our prayers…”

In addition, in colonial America and the early years of our republic, America experienced what observers have called Great Awakenings, which began with God’s people humbling themselves in repentant prayer and led to others becoming followers of Christ.

Third, our nation needs it. Ponder the past decade.  From 9/11 to war to natural disasters to financial and moral collapse, we are witnessing what happens when a nation turns away from God.  In view of the monumental challenges of our times, do we not find ourselves in a similar situation as that of ancient Israel and early America, or worse?  Consequently, we deeply sense the need to return to simple but powerful truths like:

God is sovereign.  He is holy and He is love. We are sinners.  We are saved from His severity of His wrath toward sin only by the fierceness of His love in Christ. When we drift away in disobedience, we experience His discipline. His judgments are just. The pathway back must begin with:

A humility and brokenness before the Lord.

A desperation to find the face of God.

A heart cry for the mercy of God.

A desire to turn from our sinful ways.

A resolve to return to the ways of God.

This is what the ancient words of Scripture are calling us to do when we speak of a “Call2Fall.”

  • Lord, please move upon believers across America to observe Call2fall – not as an end to itself, but as a precursor to a continuing lifestyle of humility, repentance, and seeking Your Face. Search our hearts, help us truly to turn away from our wicked ways – from anything and everything you identify as sin. May we persist in prayer to see You send another great Awakening to our nation, one that will make us truly One Nation Under God, again, and make us a blessing to our needy world. In Jesus’ Name, Amen (Is 28:9-12a; Mt 28:18-20; Jn 8:31-32Acts 3:19-21)

Ron Boehme is Director of YWAM US Renewal

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