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Father, make us like your servant Daniel, who worked during an evil time but who committed himself to pray during his workday — even at great personal cost. Give us the prayer lives of revivalists and reformers!

Revival and Reformation: God’s Call to Save America in a Time of Spiritual Decay

If there is any one thing that has become clear in recent years, it is that we need both a revival and a reformation in this country.

Revival is the spiritual renewal we desperately need, and reformation is the transformation of our society, our laws, our leadership, and more.

My question: What if God is raising up people who can do both? Even better, what if you are one of those people?

I believe that given the contemporary realities of remote work and technology, plus the increasing need for Kingdom warriors everywhere in our day, God is raising up not just revivalists or reformers, but also those who can carry both callings into their churches, workplaces, and communities. Some will even carry that dual calling out to the nation at large, and to all the nations of the earth.

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But what would that look like practically? Let me give you an example from my own week of how I was sowing into both revival and reformation. This week I broke a story about how public unions deleted a document to hide the ways they are colluding with the Biden administration (reformation).

Then, I went to the White House press briefing (reformation). On the train ride there, I prayed in the Spirit (revival). When I arrived, I read my Bible on my phone as I waited for the White House press briefing to begin (revival).

Here’s a picture from the inside:

I left an encouraging note about Jesus at the White House for someone to find, and on Saturday I am preaching to a small group about how Jesus can deliver us from any sin and bondage, just as He did for those in the Bible’s “Hall of Faith,” in Hebrews 11 (revival.)

I have several stories planned to work on next week, to expose how taxpayer funds are being used in a very controversial way (reformation). Now, I’m writing this column for intercessors who are focused on the salvation of this nation (revival and reformation!)

I am very far from realizing the fullness of the reformation-and-revival lifestyle, but we have to start somewhere.

I have friends who are praying for business leaders on work trips; who are making disciples while working on Capitol Hill; who are holding daily prayer meetings via Zoom during work hours at their job for a federal contractor. Can you imagine what would happen if this movement were to spread nationwide?

What if we had school board members who spent two hours in prayer every morning?

What if we had business owners who discipled their employees?

What if we had teachers who took their students on mission trips?

What if we Christian actors were to put on Biblically inspired plays at our local venue?

What if organizational boardrooms were to bring in prophetic voices to help create the corporate vision for the year?

What if you were the best employee at your job — and also hosted a Bible study during lunch breaks?

What if you were like Daniel: a government official given to prayer on your lunch breaks?

What if you were to invite co-workers to a barbecue and then shared your testimony?

You might be “just an intercessor” right now — but what if you went deeper into intercession while also running for county board, or school board, or state office; while running a local charity; while volunteering to lead the PTA? The possibilities and the Kingdom opportunities are limitless!

Revival and reformation! It is the way forward.

Will you join in?

With this in mind, let us pray:

-Father, make us like your servant Daniel, who worked during an evil time but who committed himself to pray during his workday — even at great personal cost. Give us the prayer lives of revivalists and reformers!

-Father, empower us with boldness and compassion to share our faith at work and to do the work of an evangelist (2 Timothy 4:5), as you say in your Word.

-Father, help us to steward our positions of authority well, and raise up the members of Christ’s Body to leadership in the land, that we might bring Kingdom reformation to every aspect and level of society. Let the salt preserve this society and prevent decay, Lord!

Verses to press into as you intercede on this issue: 

“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:13–16 ESV).

How are you praying for your role as intercessor? Have you asked God to lead you deeper in intercession? Share your thoughts below!

Casey Harper is a writer in the Washington, D.C., area, covering national politics. He has worked for The Daily Caller, The Hill, and Sinclair Broadcast Group. Casey is a graduate of Hillsdale College, and his work has also appeared on Fox News and in Fox Business, Washington Examiner, and USA Today. Follow him on Twitter: @CaseyHarper33.

 

 

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Nancy Goettman
September 10, 2022

We need to have Revival Now or we lose America and the world.
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Jessica Renshaw
September 4, 2022

A thought just came to me recently: As God is shaking everything that can be shaken, that those things that CANNOT be shaken will remain, we have all felt that severe shaking. It doesn’t feel good. We don’t like it.

But we are supposed to be salt in this rotting culture–and salt is SUPPOSED to be shaken. It can’t “preserve society and prevent decay” if it ISN’T shaken. So let’s let the Lord turn us upside down and shake us everywhere!

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Donna Kittrell
September 4, 2022

We all pay bills right? What if, with every bill, we pray to attach the presence of Holy Spirit to go forth and hover and surround EVERY person that comes in contact with the payment? Praying that the veil would be removed, eyes and hearts would be opened to the truth…Postmen, businesses, mail clerks, secretaries, accounts receivable, etc. I believe this is a Holy Spirit idea!

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Victoria Z
September 3, 2022

Father in the name of Jesus i feel that you truly are raising these Daniel types up, even if they currently feel they are in a period of captivity, remind them that DNiel was also a captive and he went from being threatened with death, to being used by you to tell and interpret Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, then promoted to one of the highest positions in a foreign nation (from captivity to victory). Help us to realize that our captivity periods are testing periods and may be our spring board to victories and influence like Daniel. Help us to be vigilant to not compromise, to seek you always with fasting and prayer for wisdom and counsel.

Daniel wasnt watching Discovery channel in his spare time he was praysrfully reading scripture trying to discern tge prophecies for Israel and he began to understand tge times and seasons and seek You even more repenting for his nation. He is a great example for all of us. When even threatened with death he didnt despair he pressed in harder.

Thank you for these biblical heroes and help us to emulate them for your glory and the sake of oyr families and our nation. In Jesus name thank you for hearing and answering our prayers on this topic.

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Roger Hall
September 3, 2022

Lord, teach me to pray with your heart for this country which you founded.

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Zoe Ella
September 3, 2022

Sounds like the revival (of many) needs to precede the reformation. (completion of the reformation). I do pray for the revival, the changing of hearts and minds to the loving kindness in the truth consistent with the order of Creation and the Creator.

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Deborah Melicharek
September 3, 2022

Yes, amen!! This is what God is calling us to do as He is taking us deeper and deeper into His love, grace and mercy, and as we trust and obey Him and respond to the opportunities that He opens before us, which often are disguised as difficulties, but are really place and opportunities to shine His light, share His love and hope, joy and peace, bringing His presence with us wherever we are!!!

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Barbara Janicki
September 3, 2022

Thank you, I am both convicted and inspired – it is not either/or – it must be both/and – intercession in the closet (“but when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen.”) and involvement in the market place (on the job – in the affairs of our country). I just signed up to volunteer on a political campaign for Congress from my district here in Indiana. First time ever – for such a time as this, we are called to be God’s salt and light. I have to leave the safety of my home to do that. Lord, help me to follow where You lead, to answer Your call and not leave it to someone else when You are calling me. http://www.mtothe5th.wordpress.com

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Linda Rice
September 3, 2022

As we speak revival, reformation and transformation, we have a few patterns – Europe after the Reformation, England after Wilberforce, America after the Civil War. Revive the individual heart, reform the Church, transform the nation. Unless the Church is reshaped, how will the nation be transformed. We jump too fast to fixing the outside of the cup when the inside is still unclean.

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Brian lynch
September 3, 2022

Great article, Casey. I am praying daily for revival and reformation. We desperately need it!

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Cheryl
September 3, 2022

Thank you for all you do. You give encouragement to continue to be that God Warrior and help renew strength to step out to be a stronger warrior in the name and blood of Jesus Christ!!

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Judy Beavers
September 3, 2022

I have been asked to lead a small group on Intercession. I am being fed of the intercessors role. How it should become wholly activated in the body. God is moving. This article really gives direction.

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Ellen Hoffman
September 3, 2022

Great article!!

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Becky
September 3, 2022

Amen Bob!
This is more of a testimony and truly Poppa God’s call to us, every believer. It felt like a sweet, tight hug from the Lord as I read it.
See, I was born into a real, authentic Jesus loving family…huge blessing! Heard the gospel from the womb as mom was in Sunday School regular!
At 8, Jesus met me personally and when I saw my sin He made sure to help me see and surrender all to Him, my Savior and Lord, even though I had very little idea what that meant at the time. Thankfully He planted us in a Bible teaching, Spirit filled church during my formative years but college He started drawing me deeper, into His Word, prayer and Spirit training, at least that’s what He has taught me, trained me, to call it. He used Daniel, Jeremiah, Rahab, Esther, old Abe, Deborah, James and so many others to help we walk in the Spirit and start fulfilling those callings, to revival and reformation.
I love how Casey gave examples from his own life. Shows how important it is to live that song, Trust and Obey. And to take time to reflect from time to time with Poppa God, to see how life with Him is a ‘take Your kid to work day’ everyday, and we are His kid!
This generation gets to chose if we will say ‘Yes’ or ignore the Lord. Like Esther we all are placed somewhere ‘for such a time as this’. ..may we be found faithful. Lord help us live with bold faith, like You❤️‍🔥

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Bobhuseby
September 3, 2022

The topic of Casey’s story is so much more than an inspiring article. It is our only hope to keep America – as it was created by God to be. We must develop this mindset of our actual role as believers. We must be a Reformer- even in our seemingly mundane lifestyles.
Godless ideology -like secularism- and false god religions – like Islam- WILL take our America from us if we don’t intercede for REVIVAL and REFORMATION .
Father may we be the salt you desire us to be,. May America be YOUR city upon a hill !!

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Elizabeth
September 3, 2022

Hi Casey,
I agree with you! You wanted to know ways we are bringing reform and revival to those around us . Here are a few of our ways:
We are hosting a prayer group in our neighborhood. One neighbor recently gave her life to Christ. We were there to support her during a family crisis.
I am teaching my students patriotic songs to procure a love for their country. I planted a flower garden at our school where students eat their snack.
Colleagues have been reaching out to me with their crisis and I am praying for them.
I donated an Action bible to our school library. I tell my students I love them every day.
I work at the church nursery once a month.
I listen to amazing preachers on the way to and from work. I love the App, Glorify.
We sponsor 12 children through Compassion International.
I try my best to love and serve my family well.
Most importantly, I pray often and long. I read God’s Word. I try to do my very best to stay close to the Lover of my soul, Jesus. He is the vine and I am merely a branch. and apart from Him, I can do nothing, nada, none of this.
Did I mention…God allows suffering my life to keep me close to Him.
I hope these things are an inspiration and encouragement to someone.
All Glory to God who saved me from a worldly and rebellious lifestyle years ago. I am indebted to Him forever. He is my life.

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    Becky
    September 3, 2022

    Thanks for giving God glory for all the ways you are loving others with His love!!!
    Blessings on you and your Elizabeth!
    He never wastes our pain, sweet sisterfriend❤️‍🔥

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Stef Powell
September 3, 2022

Amen, Casey. Thank you for letting God mobilize you for His work in and around you. I’ve been motivated lately to prayer walk around our local high school two or three times a week and around the middle school when I can interceding for all associated with the schools and proclaiming the excellencies of God to powers and principalities. I’m also able to reach out and encourage people to pray and trust God on my job and to my grandchildren. I believe God is mobilizing his church in the very wish’s that you share about. It’s exciting and hopeful!

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    Jesus Follower
    September 3, 2022

    Stef Powell, I have felt called to do this too, around our schools. And then like two weeks later I read “prayer walking” was actually a thing! (I’m a newer Christian). Do you do it when school is in session or during evening/weekend? If you have any advice, I’d appreciate it. I would like to start doing this!

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      Elizabeth
      September 3, 2022

      Thank you Thank you! Our school families desperately need your prayers!!

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      Becky
      September 3, 2022

      Ask God. He will let you know the best way.
      Also, let me recommend MomsInPrayerInternational. MIPI. Wonderful resources on a user friendly site, and best of all, you can connect with other pray-ers.
      I do love IFA. And there are so many more great prayer ministries, some global like MIPI. As much evil as there is these days, Poppa God is so much greater and now is a great time to be alive and HIS!❣️

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Colleen W
September 3, 2022

May God continue to give you strength and guidance His Way is always worth fighting for. God bless you. He is a way Maker miracle Worker, Light in the darkness- that’s our God forever faithful 🙏🏻

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Johnny C
September 3, 2022

You go, Casey Harper! May The Lord bless and keep you. May the outpouring of the Holy Spirit flow through America.
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Priscilla Meyenburg
September 3, 2022

Psalms 91- Anna for you no better tool than Gods words/ Psalm 91

1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.[a]
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
3 Surely he will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
8 You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.
9 If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 “Because he[b] loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”
Decree: We decree that we take back our God-Given freedoms, our influence at the local level and leadership in our communities. Be blessed

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Anna Van Elswyk
September 3, 2022

Thank u for this inspiring story.
I have been praying but I desperately need Holy Boldness.
I can lead Biblical Citizenship classes; May God open a door for me

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    JesusFollower
    September 3, 2022

    There’s a need for that! Are you currently offering this class in your church? Or informerly at your house or the library’s meeting room with some friends?
    I have a friend who proposed to run a workshop to our church, they declined. She did it at her house w) friends. She posted it on Facebook. Like 20 people showed up! And some attendees started their own separate group study on the topic, after taking her class!

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