Our response to a call to prayer, July 1–7, from Anne Graham Lotz

Some of you may have already received an email from a different source about this, but we felt it was important to both distribute this and also respond to it as a community.

Recently, Anne Graham Lotz, the daughter of Billy Graham, issued an urgent call to prayer on behalf for America, from 1 - 7 July. She writes,

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.

Read full text of Anne's letter 

We felt that a response was needed to this call, not just for America but for our nation also.  Whilst there are many differences between our two nations there are many similarities when it comes to the direction our nation is heading regarding our abandoning of God's laws and the moral decline of our society.  Our friends at Maranatha have recently been discussing this also with their report of the state of our nation (read more here).

We are asking that you would join us.  From the 1 - 6 July, taking an hour out of your day to pray for the ourselves, the church, the nation and the nations, then on the 7th July, we ask for you to fast and join us for some or all of an extended schedule.  On Monday the 7th we will be at Mount Chapel in Salford, praying from 5pm to midnight, 7 hours of prayer joining with the body around the world.  

Allen Hood, Associate Director of IHOP-KC, gives a really helpful explanation here.

Please consider joining us for this 7 days of prayer, the result of which, if we allow ourselves to believe what the Lord says, is the Lord pouring out His Spirit across this land in unprecedented measure.

Michael Ball

Husband, Father and Intercessory Missionary.