Two years ago, Billy Graham wrote a letter calling all Americans to pray, fast and repent on behalf of our nation. This letter was largely ignored, with its call falling on mostly deaf ears.
Recently Billy Graham’s daughter, Anne Graham Lotz, former chair of the national day of prayer and founder of AnGeL ministries, gave an urgent call to seven days of prayer from July 1-July 7 of this year, 2014, culminating in a 7 hour fast to take place July 7th.
This call to prayer was picked up and repeated by multiple nationally prominent ministries including The National Day of Prayer Task Force, The Call and the International House of Prayer along with the president of the Southern Baptist Convention, Dr. James Dobson and Pat Robertson of the 700 Club.
Anne Graham Lotz wrote the following on her website:
“Blow the trumpet…sound the alarm…for the day of the Lord is coming. It is close at hand. Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God…” (Joel 2:1, 13)
“I am blowing the trumpet…sounding the alarm…issuing a national prayer initiative entitled 777: An Urgent Call to Prayer. The Call is for God’s people to pray for each of the first seven days in the seventh month—July 1–7. Then on the 7th day, July 7, we are to pray and fast for 7 hours.
The purpose is threefold:
- For God the Father to restrain, protect, and deliver His people from the evil that has come into our world.
- For God the Son to be exalted, magnified, and glorified in His Church, in our nation, and in our lives.
- For God the Holy Spirit to fall on us in a fresh way, compelling the Church to repent of sin and our nation to return to faith in the living God, resulting in a great national spiritual awakening.”
For the full text of the original call to prayer and fasting from Anne Graham Lotz including access to sign up for emails of prayer points for each of the 7 days you can click here.
For a teaching from Allen Hood of the International House of Prayer giving further explanation and background regarding this call to prayer, click here. For the notes from that teaching in .pdf format, click here.
For the message given by Anne Graham Lotz on the National Day of Prayer on May 1st of this year regarding Joel 1:15, click here.
We are posting this because our co-presidents, Phil and Christy Carlson, are asking all of our ministry partners and anyone within our influence to join us in this dedicated time of prayer, fasting and national repentance.
Please join us.
For the daily prayer points released by Anne Graham Lotz click the corresponding links below (we’ll update as they become available):
Anne Graham’s comments on the day after the seven days of prayer can be found here.