For all of 2012, Louisiana Baptists and other Christian churches have been emphasizing the need for a spiritual awakening for our state. This came about when we realized that Louisiana has never really been touched by the four great spiritual awakenings in our country. You can find information about the first two spiritual awakenings in our country and their effects here and here.
All you have to do is look at the condition of the state, nation, and world to realize that without God we are in trouble. The world has always been that way. Jesus came to deal with the problem of our sin.
Why is it that things are worse now than they have ever been? Why is it that the world will deteriorate in the last days before Christ returns? Maybe the answer is the accumulation of sin over the thousands of years since the rebellion of Adam and Eve.
Fortunately, God did for us what we could not do for ourselves. He sent His Son and bestowed His Spirit.
We truly need to pray for God to do what only He can. We need spiritual awakening.
I want to challenge you to pray. Wherever you live, you can pray for the spiritual well-being of your community. The State of Louisiana has asked for a wave of prayer over our state as people gather at the courthouses in each parish to pray.
In St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, where I reside, we will meet Tuesday, April 3 at 4:00 PM on the north steps of the courthouse (near the memorial flags) to pray. This will happen all over the state.
We have already seen effects of our prayer. I can identify four marriages that God is in process of putting back together. This past Sunday we essentially had a man walk in off the street and confess his faith in Christ. These are the kinds of things that God does because we cast all of our cares on Him. As we confess our sin and seek His face, we experience the blessing of God that sweeps over our lives and our communities.
Please pray for God to move among His people.
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