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Dear ADRN Family,
I believe we can all agree that we live in unprecedented times; and unprecedented times demand an unprecedented response. What if the whole Church in Greater Austin united together with ONE heart and ONE voice to fast and pray during the month of September? If we partner together with the Lord, could this invoke His divine intervention, ushering in the change we know our city and nation so desperately needs?
A CALL TO 30-DAYS OF FASTING AND PRAYER
Last Wednesday, our Executive Leadership team, along with the new Director of HOPE Prayer Center (HPC) Corey Stark, gathered to simply seek the Lord’s face for ADRN and HPC. Four and a half hours later, we left the meeting touched by God and surprised with what He had placed on our hearts — to call a Sacred Assembly for the month of September and for ADRN to pause the majority of our staff’s work time to join in prayer and fasting while serving the church in the process.
We believe God is redirecting our steps for such a time as this. He’s gathering the Church of Greater Austin, asking us to humble ourselves before Him, commit ourselves to prayer with fasting, cry out to Him for mercy for the sins of our nation, and ask God to move in power, turning the hearts of our city and nation back to Him! Will you join us?
Fortunately, God gives us a biblical model for a Sacred Assembly in the Book of Joel. We see that God allowed great pressure to come upon the nation of Israel as a motivator to help them turn their hearts back to Him. In Joel 1, God allowed natural disasters - locusts, drought, famine, fires - with the intent to wake them up. However, when they did not see God’s hand in the crisis and repent, God allowed the pressure to escalate through a military invasion (Joel 2). Through the prophet Joel, God gives us a divine “blueprint” and pattern for the response He is looking for from His people.
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 (NKJV)
The focus of this Sacred Assembly will be to:
- Corporately gather together in unified prayer with fasting;
- Rend our hearts and ask God to extend grace to turn wholeheartedly back to Him;
- Ask God for His mercy to deliver our city and nation from the current crisis; and
- Ask God for the promised outpouring of the Spirit upon His Church in our nation.
Now, therefore,” says the LORD, “turn to Me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning. So rend your heart, and not your garments; Return to the LORD your God, for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness; And He relents from doing harm. Who knows if He will turn and relent, and leave a blessing behind Him— a grain offering and a drink offering for the LORD your God? Blow the trumpet in Zion, consecrate a fast, call a sacred assembly; Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children and nursing babes…” Joel 2:12-16a (NKJV)
YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN US IN SEPTEMBER: NEXT STEPS
If you sense agreement in your heart from the Lord, here’s what we are asking of you and perhaps your family: