(CNSNews.com) – America is in need of a new “Great Awakening” – an awakening that some Christian leaders say can only come about if Christians get on their knees.
“America right now is facing great complexities. We have a financial struggle that we’re in, we’re facing health-care issues that have us scratching our heads. Our place in the world has shifted. We’re a nation that really needs help from beyond ourselves. We feel like God is the help,” The Rev. William (Billy) Wilson told CNSNews.com.
Wilson, executive director of the International Center for Spiritual Renewal, is a member of the Awakening America Alliance, which is sponsoring “Cry Out America” on Friday, Sept. 11 — an event calling for thousands of Christians to “gather at noon at county courthouses across the nation in repentance, to pray for the lost, to cry out for God to send another ‘Great Awakening.’”
It is an awakening that can only come about if Christians “wake up” and unite in prayer, Wilson said.
“Part of what we’re doing is calling for the American Church to wake up – and then to pray for a pervading — and pervasive — awakening in the nation that really brings truth and transformation,” he added.
“Biblically, the Church has tended to go to sleep at precisely the wrong moment,” Wilson said. “The disciples on Gethsemane slept through the night while Jesus was in prayer, and in the morning they simply were not ready for the pressures that came. And in many ways, the American church has been in a state of slumber.”
America’s decline in morality has been obvious, Wilson said, but there are now clear signs that American Christians are in need of a wake-up call.
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