A call to Hear
Hear this, you elders;
give ear, all inhabitants of the land!
This a call for the elderly and for the young – every man, woman, boy, and girl. He doesn’t want any to be left out. He is calling Hindus, Buddhist, and Muslims. He is calling the entire world to hear what He has to say through His Son Jesus Christ. Hebrews 1:1 says, “Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son.”
If you hear His voice don’t harden your heart!
A call to Awake
Awake, you drunkards,
A spiritual slumber has swept over the nations. The eyes of many Christians are heavy. Jesus is calling the church to come alive. He wants to bring revival. He wants to raise up those dry bones and breathe life into them so that they can live again. Ephesians 5:14 says, “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”
Are you asleep? Could you not watch one hour?
A call to Lament
Lament like a virgin wearing sackcloth for the bridegroom of her youth.
We are called to a grieve as deep as a betrothed virgin whose promised husband dies before the marriage is consummated. This is a time of mourning over one’s spiritual condition. But I also see what some call the deepest level of prayer here. For when we do not know what to pray for as we ought, the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.
A call to Be Ashamed
Be ashamed, O tillers of the soil; wail, O vinedressers, for the wheat and the barley, because the harvest of the field has perished. See verse 11
A call to Consecrate a fast
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. See verse 14
Jesus practiced prayer and fasting a lot. His disciples did it a lot as well. The early church fasted and prayed together very often. We usually hear with clarity when the Spirit speaks and we often have the power to do great things when he moves as a result of fasting and praying. “While they fasted and prayed – He spoke.” Jesus said, “this kind does not leave without fast and prayer are two power verses about the power of prayer and fasting.”
A call to Repent
This a call to forsake. It is a call to abandon, turn away from, change your mind. It is a call to renounce sin and sinful behavior. It is a call to embrace Jesus, grace. The question is are we going to turn?
A call to cry out
Psalm 107:6 says, “Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress.” The time has come to break free from normal, laid back, lazy Christianity. A place where nothing significant ever happens. This call is for those who are not satisfied with the status quo – those who want more of God, more of his grace and power.
Can I get a response from someone today?
December 31st, 2011