“Blow the trumpet in Zion;  sound the alarm on my holy hill. . . Blow the trumpet in Zion,  declare a holy fast, call a sacred assembly. Gather the people   consecrate the assembly;. . .” Joel 2: 1, 15-16.

Alarm clocks  – some beep, some chirp, others blare, some play music – regardless of their sound, all are designed to awaken the sleeper.

This past weekend I had the privilege of speaking at a prayer conference called “Awaken the Watchman.”  It got me thinking about alarms.   I have three sons  and each of them  have varied in their response to alarm clocks, especially, during their high school years.   My oldest would have numerous alarm clocks in his room, and all would go off with varying levels of sounds and annoyance, but  he still would remain asleep.  It would not be until either my wife or I  entered the room and rehearsed the dire consequences of his continued slumber, that he finally would rise from his bed.   My second son only required one alarm clock.  It would go off and he would push the snooze button one or two times, but he would get up without outside intervention.  He immediately would go to take his shower.   However, later we learned that oftentimes he would fall back asleep on the bathroom floor, and it was only when we yelled, “Hurry and get out of the shower!”   that he actually got into the shower.   Finally, my youngest son has yet to enter high school.   He is in 7th grade and has been the easiest to awaken.  Normally, we just have to call his name and he rises and is ready to meet the day.

Truly, I believe alarms are sounding in our nation.   They vary in their pitch and frequency, but there is an urgency to them.   What will be our response?  Will we ignore them and stay in  our beds of comfort or will we give immediate response only to shortly afterward return to the state we were in? Or will we choose the better way?  Will we hear our Father’s voice calling us by name and  will we rise, ready for action?  The last response is what my prayer is for the church in this hour.

April 9th at the Lincoln Memorial we are sounding the alarm.   It is an alarm calling for prayer, repentance, and action.   Will you respond to the call?  Joel 2 gives the solution when a nation is in crisis.  It says, “Blow the trumpet in Zion, declare a holy fast, call a sacred assembly. Gather the people consecrate the assembly; bring together the elders. . .”  We do our part, and the Lord does His.   Joel 2:13 says, “Return to the Lord your God  for he is gracious and compassionate slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.”  On April 9 we will be calling out for the compassion and mercy of God on this nation.    Please make plans to be part of this historic gathering.   You can register here at   http://unitedcry.com/register/

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