40,000 people from over 400 Christian churches recently united together to pray for everyone by name in a city known as “Music City”. “Awaken Nashville” was the name for an initiative of citywide prayer and fasting that went for 4 weeks. Intercessors from each of the more than 400 churches willingly received a “Prayer Warrior” packet that included a unique list of 15 specific people to pray for during the month. It also included their addresses and postcards so they could mail each one a handwritten note to encourage them, and tell them of God’s unchanging love.
A spokesman for the initiative gave this report “In my 45 years of full-time vocational ministry, I’ve watched repeatedly how envy, ambition, carnal promotion and strife go hand in hand undermining God’s purposes for a church, ministry, and the wider Body of Christ. “For where there is envy and strife, there is confusion and every evil work” (Jam.3:16). Satan knows “a house divided against itself will not stand” so he and his demons work overtime to foster polarization and fleshly pride. Here in the Nashville area we’re committed to being intentional in cultivating a culture of servant leaders committed to a “non-competition zone.”
“We prayed for God to help us to reject our tendencies to remain isolated rather than building relationally; avoiding comparison; and coming together to support each other. We believe these were essentials to cooperate with God for supernatural transformation of a locality: we had to gain an awareness of the urgency of the hour and be bold in addressing cultural issues like racism, abortion, immorality, etc; and turn to God in humble prayer and fasting; obey the Great Commission to share the gospel consistently and call people to repentance; finally, leaders had to be intentional in pursuing church renewal as we trusted God for another Great Awakening.”
“We were also committed to honouring spiritual fathers and mothers in the city as we co-laboured with the upcoming generation of young men and women of God. Remember the beautiful acrostic, T.E.A.M.? Together Everyone Accomplishes More! Spiritual observers saw something supernatural. Surveying the scene here are some developments: 18,000 Christians gathered in a large downtown auditorium for an evening of prayer and worship. Prior to the event, a couple of hundred leaders and spouses gathered for fellowship and prayer. It was a sacred assembly permeated by the manifest Presence of God. Many present exclaimed they’d never experienced anything like it!”
“We prayed that God would raise up righteous leaders and remove those who are not. As a result we’ve seen a liberal, pro-abortion Democrat mayor resign abruptly after being exposed in a scandal of adultery and fraud. We’ve witnessed the election of our first female United States Senator, a devoted Christian. We also elected a committed Christian Governor who is uncompromisingly pro-life. Recently the last Planned Parenthood abortion chamber in Nashville was closed down. “This week our state-wide newspaper, The Tennessean, did a large article with an accompanying photograph of intercessors engaging in this united initiative of prayer.
Since Sunday’s edition has the largest circulation in our state many were made aware of the endeavour. “We are on a journey with a long way to go but we are passionate for Jesus to be exalted in our city. We thank God for His favour upon us. We take seriously 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 I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” David Clayton, pastor of Ethos Church, said, “To see something spiritual like this has been absolutely amazing!” We are believing the best is yet to come!
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