Psalm 33:12 – Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord
By ROBERT PIERCE
• Daily Leader
On Sept. 11, 2001, America was shook by a series of surprise terrorist attacks, awakening the country to the new reality of global terrorism.
Nine years later, local, state and national church leaders say the nation needs to be awakened again, not just to the threat of terrorism, but also to what is being called a critical spiritual condition.
“This nation needs revival,” said Pastor Ann Holman of Liberal’s Risen Glory Church and the coordinator for this year’s local Cry Out America event.
Revival is the focus of Cry Out America, sponsored by the Awakening America Alliance, and Holman said this year’s event, which will take place from noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11, at the Seward County Courthouse, will follow a similar format to the previous two years.
“We’ll start out with a couple of patriotic songs,” she said. “Different leaders in the city, Seward County and Kismet will be involved. One of the pastors from Kismet will be leading a prayer. What we’ll do is just be praying for different areas of the nation and different needs, but basically that God will have mercy on us as a nation and restore us to Biblical values, which is what made this country great.”
Holman referred to Psalm 33:12 which states “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance,” and II Chronicles 7:14 which says, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
“Basically, it’s just going to be praying for God’s mercy over America,” she said. “I haven’t really planned the program yet as far as the different people, but I know I want the Hispanic community represented and the African-American community. I’ll have pastors from those categories.”
Holman is likewise inviting leaders from both the City of Liberal and the Seward County governments to attend.
“We’ll just be leading prayers for the nation,” she said. “Our part of the nation is Seward County. Like I have in the past, I’ll probably read some historical quotes from our founding fathers to show that this nation was founded on Judeo-Christian principles.”
There will also be prayers for troops serving in Afghanistan and Iraq and a remembrance of the victims who died in the attacks of 9/11.
“We’ve got to come together in unity and stand in the gap for this nation,” Holman said.
The Awakening America Alliance is challenging everyone to help reach every state, every county and every heart in the nation during a season of “desperate need for another Great Awakening.”
“They’re calling for every county to gather at the county seat,” Holman said. “I’m the Seward County coordinator. It would be nice if every county seat would have a prayer rally.”
Like many across the U.S., Holman believes the church in America has been in a state of sleep, and Cry Out America is a way of addressing the need for an awakening of the church.
“I think that’s just happening all over,” she said of the current state of the church. “The 9/11 memorial should remind us that we’re still at war. This nation is under attack. They’re just waiting for an opportunity. It’s not a time to be asleep.”
Holman said many people are not sure of what to do at a time such as this, and she said one thing they can do is gather for prayer.
“So many times, when we hear people talk about the problem, it’s just kind of murmuring and complaining,” she said. “That’s not really helping anything. When we gather for a prayer rally and come together as the body of Christ, we’re actively doing something, one of the most powerful things we can do, which is call out to God for Him to help us and have mercy on us and pour out His spirit on a spiritual awakening.”
Holman said in America’s history, there have been two Great Awakenings, and church leaders are calling for a third to spread revival throughout the country.
Many believe Christian values are being taken away from Americans, and Holman said this needs to be addressed as soon as possible.
“If we don’t do something, that’s what will shape America for years to come,” she said. “With the Glenn Beck rally on Saturday, with hundreds of thousands of people coming out, that shows there’s a lot of people in America that still want America to be the great nation that it’s always been. Sarah Palin said, ‘We don’t want to change America. We want America to be restored to the greatness that it once was.’ We don’t want a different America. So much of the present administration is saying we need a change. We just need to be restored back to what we once were.”
The Seward County Cry Out America event will feature area leaders conducting prayers for various sectors of America, such as government, business, education and the church itself.
“We’ll remember the victims of 9/11 and just pray for God’s protection and to have mercy on America and to send us a spiritual awakening,” Holman said. “It’s not denominational. It’s a community event calling the body of Christ to come together and cry out to God who has and is the answer for us.”