If a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit will fall again, then the church needs an eruption of prayer to sweep the globe. Joel gives us a picture into the heart of a prayer movement.
“Even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.” Rend your heart and not your garments. 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. Who knows? He may turn and relent and leave behind a blessing—grain offerings and drink offerings for the Lord your God. Blow the trumpet in Zion, declare a holy fast, call a sacred assembly. Gather the people, consecrate the assembly; bring together the elders, gather the children, those nursing at the breast. Let the bridegroom leave his room and the bride her chamber. Let the priests, who minister before the Lord, weep between the portico and the altar. Let them say, “Spare your people, Lord. Do not make your inheritance an object of scorn, a byword among the nations. Why should they say among the peoples, ‘Where is their God?’”
Lord, you have given us the keys to avert calamity and to defeat the enemy. Infuse us with the desire to use them. Our warfare is repentance, fasting and intercession. Let’s sound the alarm. Let Your people gather for prayer again and again. Father, put a burden for intercession on us. Let this burden fall on the elders and the young children. Let intercession grip young families and church leaders. Then, bring unity to our prayers. Let us call out to You in one voice. Let us cry, spare us from disgrace and chastisement…give us our inheritance…spread our influence among the nations…manifest Your presence among us so everyone knows You are alive and well among Your people.