The Assemblies of God is calling its members to purposeful prayer in order for the United States to experience a true spiritual awakening. Called the "7:14 Prayer Movement," AG General Secretary Jim Bradford, who is heading up the 7:14 effort, believes now is the time for the Assemblies of God to specifically seek God for a fresh revelation of His Holy Spirit to sweep across America.
The prayer initiative is based upon 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 I will forgive their sin and will heal their land" (NIV).
However, the call is not just to the senior prayer warrior, prayer teams, ministers or those involved in church leadership - it's for everyone in the church.
"The Holy Spirit isn't interested in the age or position of a person," Bradford states, "He's interested in the condition of their heart - is he or she a Christian by name only or a person who is truly willing to step out and be used by the Holy Spirit for God's glory?"
Bradford asks AG members to join him at 7:14 a.m. and 7:14 p.m. every day for a brief moment of prayer, asking God for personal spiritual awakening in the church and across the country. "In addition, I would like for those who can, to join me, the Executive Leadership Team and the General Presbytery in fasting one hour at noon each Friday - or whatever day you desire - to seek God in renewing our churches and preparing hearts to hear from the Lord."
Standing apart from other prayer initiatives, the 7:14 Prayer Movement extends beyond a single event or day. Having been part of the prayer focus for the November elections, the 7:14 Prayer Movement has only begun. Churches are encouraged to consider using the 7:14 Prayer Movement as part of a week of prayer in January. It will also be incorporated with the national prayer conference to be held at Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie, Texas, this March.
In January, the national offices will be releasing a prayer app for iPhones to complement the 7:14 Prayer Movement (an app for Androids and in Spanish will follow), that will track the number of people keying in and saying they've prayed at 7:14, from the East Coast to the West Coast each day. In addition, the app will offer daily devotionals, prayer reminders and verse of the day opportunities. A 7:14 book on prayer by Bradford, a 7:14 website (that will operate similar to the app) and other materials are also in the making, including efforts targeting teens and college-age young people.
"The 7:14 Prayer Movement has just begun, but it's already growing and expanding beyond our expectations," says Bradford. "But when the focus is communicating with God, developing that personal relationship and seeking His will, fantastic things happen."
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