Prayer isn’t just an individual’s communion with God. The corporate expression of prayer can take many forms which we’ll explore in future blogs, but today we will delve into the Sacred Assembly.
During times of national crisis, Israel gathered to cry out to the Lord for repentance and for help in times of need. My favorite account is when Jehoshaphat faced a huge army. Instead of consulting his generals, he turned to the Lord, proclaimed a fast, and gathered the people. In his prayer he said, “…we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.” (2 Chron 20:12). The short version of the story is that God gave them the strategy of sending the choir ahead of the army singing “Praise the Lord, for His mercy endures forever.” (vs 21). The Lord “ambushed” the enemy and by the time they arrived, all they saw were dead bodies. It took them three days to gather the spoils of war.
There’s power in corporate prayer. God’s promise is still for us today, “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 will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chron 7:14)
Joel wrote to a wayward nation “Consecrate a fast, Call a sacred assembly; gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land into the house of the Lord your God and cry out to the Lord.” Joel 1:14.
I doubt there is a question that we as a nation desperately need the Lord. We may not be facing a literal army, yet the flood of evil invading our culture is overwhelming. Like Jehoshaphat, let’s gather, fast and pray, declaring we have no power, nor wisdom to combat the enemy, but our eyes are on Him!
The Rock of Roseville is hosting a regional Sacred Assembly, Saturday, September 29, 9am-9pm, as part of a 40-day fast prior to the elections. If you are in the Sacramento region, join us! For more information: www.rockofroseville.com, click on “events”.
Not in the area? Check out www.dayofrepentance.org to learn more about the National Day of Repentance on September 26 and how you can get involved.