Prayer Video: You’re Invited to Cry Out with Revive Our Hearts

When was the last time tears crawled down your face as you laid out your longings before the Lord like Jehoshaphat in 2 Chronicles 20? Or in Hannah-like heaving as in 1 Samuel 1, can you remember the last time you agonized in prayer but the words wouldn’t form on your lips? 

Desperate prayer rarely happens when life is plastered with happy face emojis.

Desperate, extraordinary prayer happens in times like ours, when history is spiraling downward at breakneck speed, and there’s nothing man can do to avert disaster.

In my lifetime, I haven’t seen anything like it before—but honestly—this isn’t new.

The prophet Joel lived in unsettling times like these. He understood God’s people couldn’t carry on as normal, but he didn’t give in to despair. What did he do? Joel sounded an alarm to declare a state of emergency. The trumpet blasted a startling alert: it was time to fast, pray, and return to the Lord. 

Consecrate a fast; call a solemn assembly. Gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land to the house of the Lord your God, and cry out to the Lord. (Joel 1:14)

An Urgent Appeal

Revive Our Hearts is issuing a clarion call for extraordinary prayer during the month of October. We believe there’s nothing more important we can do right now; so leader, we invite you to stand with women around the world to cry out for God to intervene and reverse the trajectory of evil and destruction in our day. 

We believe that revival in every heart and church is possible. We boldly believe a spiritual awakening is possible in this present moment. We believe nothing of eternal value can be accomplished apart from prayer, and that nothing is impossible with the Lord (Luke 1:37).

Here’s how you can respond to the urgent need for prayer:

  • Sign up for Cry Out!, a 31-Day email prayer challenge. Each day you’ll receive a devotional from a focus passage of Scripture, examples of how to pray, and prayer prompts to guide you to the throne of heaven. Share the challenge with your ministry team, church, small group, and with friends who will join this earnest appeal.
  • Read the Leader Connection blog each Monday and Thursday to pray with leaders and influencers who are battling with you in prayer.

Will you begin right now? Let’s join our hands and hearts to cry out together!

Pray with Leslie

Let us continue pleading before God every day during this month. Be a part of what God is doing worldwide as we unite steadfastly in prayer—

“Yet even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; and rend your hearts and not your garments.” Return to the Lord your God for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster. Who knows whether he will not turn and relent, and leave a blessing behind him. (Joel 2:12–14)

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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.

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