Cry Out to God with Nancy and Friends

Over the ages, whenever God's children cried out for help, our covenant-keeping Father rushed to their defense (Ps. 91:14–15).

In certain situations, God delivered in extraordinary ways—as He did when creating an inconceivable escape route through the raging waters of the Red Sea.

Other times, our Defender worked invisibly behind the scenes. Like when the Persian Empire threatened to annihilate the Jews in Queen Esther's day. God's name isn't mentioned once in the astonishing deliverance—for this rescue, the Lord employed ordinary means and ordinary people.

Remember how Esther saved the day (Est. 4:12–17)? She first called for three days of prayer and fasting before taking courageous action. Bending the knee to God is the first step in order to be used by God.

God hasn't changed. He is near. He is mighty to save (Zeph. 3:17). The Lord invites us to seek His face rather than pace the floor.

Hear, O LORD, when I cry aloud; be gracious to me and answer me! You have said, "Seek my face." My heart says to you, "Your face, LORD, do I seek" (Ps. 27:7–8).

Who knows whether you, like the Jewish queen of long ago, have come to the kingdom for such a time as this? Our days are perilous. Will you take action to cry out to God?

An Invitation to Cry Out!

On Friday, September 23, from 6–9 p.m. CT/PT, 7–10 p.m. ET/MT, Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth will lead the charge for women across the globe to fall on their knees looking to the only One who can help. Gather your friends, call the women you lead, engage your community, or join a local group for the free Cry Out! Nationwide Prayer Event Simulcast. Visit CryOut16.com for details on how you can link arms with hundreds of thousands of praying sisters for this historic event.

But don't wait until September 23 to pray. Let's pray now with Nancy and three ministry leaders.

Pray with Nancy for our nation . . .

O Lord, as your people, we recognize that our strength is not in horses, it's not in chariots, it's not in kings, it's not in presidents or government officials; our ultimate hope and confidence are only in You. So Lord, we look to You, we seek You, we cry out to You.

Please come and intervene in this land. Please have mercy on us! We desperately need You, O Lord, to make Yourself known—to reveal Your power and Your greatness and to turn the hearts of people to Yourself.

Lord, You are the One who has blessed us with freedom, with liberty, with a great heritage in so many ways. In times past, our nation has exercised dependence upon You. Lord, if there was ever a time that we needed to recognize our great need for You and our reliance upon You, it is now.

So I pray that we might have humble hearts—that we might recognize our dependence upon You—and that we would rejoice in You, knowing that You are the ultimate King, the ultimate Ruler, and in Your way and in Your time You will reign over every nation in this world . . . and every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord!

Lift your voice with Dannah Gresh for churches . . .

Oh precious, Jesus! You are the head of this Body we call the Church. A broken Body, wounded by division and pride and sin, and yet the hope to healing our nation. For you have said that if Your people who are called by Your name will humble themselves and confess their sins, You will heal our land!

We invite You to humble each individual member and restore us our unique function as those gifted with teaching, evangelism, prophecy, exhortation, cheerfulness, and mercy (Rom. 12:4–8).

And give liberally, oh God, that we might be the Body You intended for us to be. In Your name, our dear Savior and King, Jesus.

Call out to God for your community with Trillia Newbell . . .

Lord, You are awesome and mighty. You are holy and good. You are the great I AM. You gave Your Son Jesus for us so we might approach Your throne of grace. It is for this reason we come before You and ask for mercy for our communities.

Lord, would You unite us in Christ? Lord, would You teach us to love as You have commanded us to do? We cannot do this on our own, in our own strength. We need You to work mightily and pray that You would, for the good of our communities and the glory of Your name.

Plead before the Father with Jani Ortlund for families . . .

Dear Father, we come to You, pleading before Your throne for our families. Help us to establish homes where biblical wisdom tastes sweet to our souls, homes where You are warmly welcomed into every room, every activity, every conversation. Help us to cultivate gardens of humility and kindness where the fruits of Your Spirit flourish for all to enjoy. Help us not to shrink back from the personal sacrifice and selfless servanthood required to build something with eternal significance.

Renew our marriages. Refresh our romance with gospel beauty and delightful passion. Sustain us to fulfill our vows. Teach us how to respect our husbands and do them good all the days of our lives.

For those of us in single-parent families, we ask for Your special care. We are hard pressed to nurture and train and provide for our children on our own. We look to You to supply all our needs, as You have promised You would. Strengthen us with power through Your Spirit, increasing our courage for this daunting task, knowing that You will never leave or forsake us. Help us to not grow weary of doing good, remembering that there is a harvest ahead if we don't give up.

We beg You to pour out Your Spirit on our children. Circumcise their hearts, making Your words a joy to them and the delight of their hearts. Build them up to be mighty in the land while keeping their hearts tender and humble toward You. Help them to serve Your purpose in their generation.

And Lord, we ask not only for the children already born, but for those yet to come-our grandchildren and great-grandchildren and on throughout history until You come again and redeem this broken world. Let Your name and honor be passed on down through our generation.

And to You—who can do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think—to You be the glory forever and ever, in Jesus' name and for His sake, amen.

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About the Author

Leslie Bennett

Leslie Bennett

Leslie Bennett served as a Director of Women’s Ministries for a dozen years prior to joining Revive Our Hearts in Women’s Ministry Initiatives. She is also the content manager of the Revive Our Hearts' Leader Connection blog and editor of two ebooks: Women’s Ministry Leader Survival Guide and 10 Truths to Set Leaders Free.

The Lord captured Leslie’s heart for biblical womanhood and revival at the national True Woman conference in 2008. Since then, she’s been spreading the message of how a woman’s femininity adorns the gospel wherever God sends her. Spend a few moments with Leslie, and you’ll catch her passion for the Word, prayer, revival and discipleship. She and her husband Mac live in the S.C. Lowcountry where she loves drinking sweet tea and encouraging women to treasure Christ above all.

Contact Leslie at LBennett@ReviveOurHearts.com

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