Day 4: Harvest is Coming!
“America and the rest of the world will before the end of the year 2000 experience a great spiritual awakening! And this revival will spark the greatest spiritual harvest in the history of the Church.” – Bill Bright, CO-FOUNDER OF CAMPUS CRUSADE FOR CHRIST, INTERNATIONAL
…If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. -2 Chronicles 7:14 (ESV)
In 1994, Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, felt stirred to call a corporate 40-Day Fast for the whole nation. He was “impressed by the Spirit to pray that two million believers [would] humble themselves by seeking God in forty-day fasts.” The promise from God was the following: “America and the rest of the world will before the end of the year 2000 experience a great spiritual awakening! And this revival will spark the greatest spiritual harvest in the history of the Church.”
As a response, Bright gathered 600 major leaders from across ministries and denominations later that winter in Orlando to share the vision and launch the fast. Many leaders in the Body of Christ, including Billy Graham, endorsed this call to fast. Myself and others went on extended seasons of fasting and prayer, believing that this was a true word from God. Some estimate that hundreds of thousands, if not millions, went on forty-day fasts in that season.
Many would ask, “Where is the harvest?” because they equate great spiritual awakening with the harvest. But look again at what Bright predicted. His actual word was that awakening would lead to harvest. I believe a remarkable spiritual awakening did indeed begin before the year 2000 in the form of a global prayer movement. It was in 1999 that the International House of Prayer, Every Home for Christ, Burn 24/7 and even TheCall were all launched into their global purposes in prayer. I believe that the promised harvest is coming, and is now.
Twenty-five years later, we have come to The Send in Orlando, the very place where Bill Bright himself called the fast. I am convinced that another season of fasting has been launched out of Orlando. Can we believe in the culmination of 20 years of fasting and prayer for the greatest spiritual harvest in history?
Father, we thank You for the legacy and the calling of Bill Bright. We thank You for 20 years of the prayer movement and Your faithfulness. We dare believe for the answer to these prayers and fasting. Lord, release the great spiritual harvest for the end of the age!
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