THE SHOCKING REASON

I rented an entire baseball stadium to have a prayer meeting—an actual prayer meeting—a meeting where you pray.  And before you finish reading this, you will understand that I am promising you a night of true prevailing prayer, for a miracle in California!

The shocking part is this: I have to stipulate that we are actually going to be praying.  That is because of the terrible thing that has happened to many major prayer gatherings in America.

They seem to do everything but pray.  They sing, they teach, they exhort, and they declare things—but they never just seem to pray.

There is no mystery why they do not pray:  it’s because they need to get a crowd. And let me tell you, my friend, there is a science to getting a crowd in Christian circles these days.  The key is three-fold: Politics, entertainment, and, last but not least, money. You need to get a famous Pastor, a famous worship team, and a famous theme for the event.

The planning for these events looks like a bill winding its way through Congress. By the time the committee sponsoring the prayer covers all the bases, prayer is just an add on.

First, there is the politics of appealing to various camps in the Body of Christ. You must appeal to the prophetic camp, the reconciliation camp, the worship camp, and to what I call the ‘superstition’ camp. They will not come if you don’t, at some point, feature their pet doctrine or their latest ‘revelation.’ All this takes time, and it takes time away from prayer.

Others will not participate until you promise them time to announce their ‘special’ projects and products.  Prayer is submerged beneath endless announcements and commercials.

Then there are the ‘superstition’ people who are big on curses.  They insist on digging up events from past history and trying to figure out which group should apologize to whom, for something their ancestors did.  I remember a pastor saying to the millennials in the stands, “I know you didn’t own slaves, I know you didn’t create segregation,” and here he yelled at the baffled youth, “but, I forgive you!”  You could feel the Holy Spirit departing from that stadium.

Other ‘superstition’ folks believe you must ‘spiritually map’ the area and learn the name of the ruling demonic spirit. Let me tell you plainly, my friend, that is nowhere in the Owner’s Manual.

What I see in the Word of God is the account of how Philip went down to Samaria and preached Christ to them.  When he arrived, he never asked the name of the local demon in charge. Rather, the demons began screaming.  I don’t know the name of the demon that rules over California, but I do know the NAME that will cause him to flee!  I know the authority that will say, “Pack up and get out!”

Then there is the crowd that worships worship.  God is not the object of their singing.  Musically chanting the same phrase over and over merely induces a trance-like state that has nothing to do with exalting the name of Jesus.  And, it feels like some kind of New Age mantra. Here again, prayer is put on hold. Singing absorbs the event, with maybe 15 minutes of prayer tagged on at the end.

Finally, prayer faces a threat from another unlikely source: The Famous Celebrities.  Each one of them gets up to pray, and then tries to be more eloquent than the previous Famous Celebrity, or ‘influencer.’  They are not calling on the name of the Lord from a broken heart; they are just making speeches under the guise of prayer. Wow! Even when we get to prayer, the prayer isn’t really prayer.

So that is why I rented a baseball stadium: because California needs prayer—honest to God prayer. Hell-shaking prayer.  Devil-busting prayer.  Old fashioned sobbing at a wooden altar type prayer.  We need prayer that travails and prevails. We need prayer that doesn’t regard man, time, or emotion.  We need prayer that has nothing to do with feelings.  We need prayer that is not poisoned by ulterior motives or ego trips.

Let me tell you, my friend, the vile talons of Satan have California by the throat.  There is no other remedy but God.  There is no stopgap measure to save this state.  The condition of California is beyond words and beyond human wisdom.  We are at a point where only intercessory prayer can break the grip of the enemy.

Will there be a powerful worship team at this event?  Yes. But you won’t be hearing their name, because they want you to come to pray.  They will flood the stadium with anointed music and will then yield to the true Spirit of Prayer.

Will there be famous preachers at this event? Yes. But they don’t want you to know they are coming. They are vessels of God who will lead prayer with true passion and power.

Join me and many others in the heart of Fresno, which is in the heart of California. Let’s present ourselves to Jesus and ask for revival—heaven-sent revival.  Let’s put doubt, fear, and apathy aside and stand as one, before God, with only one purpose, to implore Him to have mercy on California! Let’s come together to pray the prayers that God hears and answers!

Come to Chukchansi Stadium in Fresno, CA, on Sunday Night, October 20th.  We start at 6 P.M.  All seats are free. We will raise our cry to the heavens in a way you have never experienced before!

 

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