We must wake up

September 23, 2009

It is a day and hour of great peril. It is the best of times and it is the worst of times. And we are heading into a great and terrible period of human history. I fear, that few will stand. I fear, that history is in fact doomed to repeat itself. I fear that we have been so effectively conditioned into ignorance and preoccupation that we do not see the coming storm. The tidal wave is building, and even as it builds it draws near. We are moving towards something so much bigger, I believe, than we even know how to comprehend. Perhaps the most fearful aspect of this is the fact that my generation is sleeping.

The end of all things is at hand; therefore we are to be of sound judgment and sober in spirit for the purpose of prayer.

There is urgency in my spirit to see my generation come awake to begin to oppose the darkness and onslaught on Truth. There is urgency in my spirit to see my generation come alive to something greater than themselves, to Someone greater than themselves. There is urgency in my spirit for a generation to understand the hour that we are living in, and to order their lives in light of it! We cannot slip into deeper places of apathy! It is crucial that messengers are raised up to call forth intercessors, revivalists and forerunners! The free world as we know it is in the process of crumbling and in the early stages of the conditioning process to receive the antichrist and his world-view. In America, the army of the Lord is being crippled even before it learns to walk. We are being blinded, even before we learn to see. We are being deafened even before we learn to hear and as a product of all this we are being silenced before we even learn to speak!

I want to declare to you with boldness, that the enemy has very effectively conditioned us to disagree with God in very many ways! There is a great battle for ideologies that must be fought in each of us and in this nation!
First, I believe we need to return to biblical Christianity. This is an easy statement to write. It is evident to us all that there is something greatly missing in Western Christianity.

The hour that we are heading into, demands that we be free of the ideologies that entangle us and hold us back from agreement. It also demands that we are free from all the petty little distractions that we have aligned ourselves with. So much of this actually serves to mold and form our ideas and perspectives and sooner than later we find ourselves disagreeing with God in a multitude of areas, because we so love our comforts and so love our pleasures.

We have become a Psalm 2:3 people, even in the church. This is what frightens me more than anything. We consider the restraint the Lord is certainly calling us into fetters and cords holding us back from life and pleasure. This is a false ideology and an area the enemy has most in the church bound with. When we begin to read the Bible through this lens, we begin to water down interpretation. This is frightening.

We are in a desperate hour. We must wake up.

URGENT CALL TO PRAY AND FAST!!

September 20, 2009

Lou Engle

Convergence

It is critical that the Church in America understands the times and what needs to be done now. The natural things speak of the invisible. Natural happenings on the earth are revealing something that is going on in the spiritual realm. There is a great spiritual conflict with a rising tide of Islamic boldness being manifested. Several happenings are converging this week.

First of all, our President has recently proclaimed, honored, encouraged the Muslim holy days of prayer and fasting called Ramadan. He was very silent on the National Day of Prayer, but very vocal on the support of Ramadan. Interestingly, at the same time, a major Christian leader of the Emergent Church called for forty days of fasting and prayer in the same Ramadan period with the goal that the Church will better understand our Muslim friends. We are all for understanding, but we must have spiritual discernment as to the spiritual dark powers that are being invoked into our nation.

Cause for Concern

At the same time, on the 25th of September, Muslims are calling for a Muslim Day of Prayer in Washington DC: (http://www.islamoncapitolhill.com/). They are calling for 50,000 Muslims to gather and pray on the DC Mall. This is the exact word of one of the Sheikhs who is leading this historic gathering: “Muslims should march on the White House. We are going to the White House so that Islam will be victorious, Allah willing, and the White House will become into a Muslim house.” These are not empty words. They speak of a dark spiritual intent and a coming day of great trouble to America.

A Divine Moment

Now, one of these events is enough to awaken us to this significant throbbing moment, but when they all converge, it becomes a massive spiritual alarm that must be responded to by the praying Church. However, I believe in this moment of divine providence that God has raised up on the stage of history, a little “Esther” that if we pray and fast for her, she could be a major voice to expose the dark under-belly of Islam and radiate a bright hope for a day of salvation for Muslims in America.

Headlines

On Monday, Rifqa Bary, a young 17-year-old woman, will be in the headlines of U.S. news. Four years ago, while living in a very devout and radical Muslim home, Rifqa met Jesus in a powerful way as her Savior. She hid her conversion, began praying secretly, and began hiding her Bible from her parents. Then, on Facebook, her love for Jesus was exposed to the radical Muslim community in Ohio.

Rifqa’s father demanded that she renounce Jesus or he would kill her as is commanded by the Koran. As a radiant Believer in Jesus she refused to renounce her Lord and fled to Orlando, where she was taken in and cared for by a Christian Church and family. Now, the father is appealing to the courts to bring her back under his custody. Major television networks have already covered her story. How must the Church of America respond in this moment for our sister who is a part of the Body of Christ?

A Major Sign

This convergence, I believe, is urgently summoning us in the midst of the rising tide of Islamic influence in America to recognize that our God is above every god and that if we return to Him with all of our hearts and call upon Him with fasting and prayer, then God could use what the enemy meant for evil to bring about a great day of salvation for Muslims in America, of which Rifqa is but a major sign.

Here is The Call

First of all, we cannot be passive as a Church to let these kinds of developments go on without being challenged in the spirit. Our fight is not against Muslims, it is against principalities, powers, and forces of darkness.

We are calling the Church of America at the end of Ramadan, from September 21st through 25th, to five days of concerted prayer. On Monday, we must pray that God would grant supernatural wisdom to the courts so that the testimony of Jesus would be proclaimed and that the best situation for Rifqa and her family would take place. We must pray for Rifqa to be bold in proclaiming Jesus that even thousands of Muslims would hear and be awakened to the love of Christ. She has already said that this is not about her, but about many Muslims coming to Jesus. We must pray for her lawyers who are being bullied, threatened, and challenged on every side.

On Friday, September 25th, the Muslim Day of Prayer, we are calling the Church of America to fast and pray that Muslims would be moved by the Holy Spirit, convicted by the testimony of Christ, and even be visited by Jesus in dreams. We must pray that God would restrain the spiritual powers behind Islam and grant us the great awakening that we desperately need for America.

Let us hear the call to prayer and not miss this moment.

Lou Engle
The Call