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God is stirring my heart about the upcoming Pray SA Event
I have been in ministry in San Antonio for more than 20 years now. From almost the beginning of my ministry efforts, I heard about revival and awakening coming to San Antonio—that our city would usher in an amazing, magnificent move of God and disperse it to the rest of our nation.
You see, God quickly connected me to other spiritual leaders in our community that had a desire for “city transformation” and a major move of God in their hearts, too. Many were called here from across the world. And while each may have used different words, they were all saying the same thing…, “God called me to San Antonio to see revival come to this city.”
We gathered and we prayed. We read about revival and city reaching. We devoured the Transformation video series put out by George Otis and The Sentinel Group that documented moves of God in other parts of the world. These were astounding. We met weekly for many years. We shared what we were learning. We searched the scriptures. Outreach events and conferences were held. And we kept praying. In fact, I learned many spiritual leaders that had already passed into glory had heard the same prophetic words and prayed into them for many, many years before us. We were then, and are now, standing on the prayers of many saints that sowed tears and longed to see a move of God in San Antonio like nothing that has ever come before. And we waited with expectancy and anticipation. Today, we are still waiting by faith.
Recently I learned of a park-and-pray event called Pray SA that will be held at the Freeman Coliseum on the east side of our city this coming Sunday, August 9th and the following Sunday, August 16th. As soon as I heard about it, I got the Holy Ghost bumps without quite knowing why.
Was it because Max Lucado, who has authored many, many best-selling Christian books, felt called to gather other leaders from across our city with no other agenda but to seek God about a prayer event? In fact, I learned God has been stirring Max’s heart since October 2019, when he was preaching on revival at Oak Hills Church. In the middle of his sermon, someone filled and led by the Spirit, stood and starting singing an old hymn asking God to “revive us again” (view the video of this taking place at the end of this article). A sign from heaven and it got Max’s attention.
Might my Spirit be stirred because of the many prophetic words spoken over the years about this move of God starting on the east side of our city (happens to be the Pray SA event location)? Was it because of the unity and humility of the leadership team for this important prayer event?
You see, many of us have been waiting for many years now, some much longer than I, for this move of God in San Antonio. Throughout the years, there have been other events held in our city that bore much fruit and each time I wondered could this be the spark. There was spiritual excitement and God showed up at these events, but the move of God that we longed for did not take place. There have been times that my faith has wavered over this ever happening in our city. But by the power of the Holy Spirit, I have remained steadfast trusting God that He will indeed move in San Antonio in unprecedented ways. So why are my spiritual senses heightened by this particular upcoming park and pray event?
As I have pondered this, prayed for the event and looked at 2 Chronicles 7:14 again and again, I may have found the answer. For Almighty God to move and for Him to bring healing there has to be more than just prayer, as powerful as it is. There must also be repentance. Not just worldly sorrow but Godly sorrow over our sin—a repentance so pure that it leads to salvation and new beginnings (2 Corinthians 7:10).
Repentance is always accompanied by two companions. Because of the coronavirus that has brought sickness and death with no cure in sight... because of the racism and riots... because of unemployment and business closures... because of fake news and division in our country... we may have finally come to realize that we are in such a mess only God can fix it. That, my friends, is BROKENNESS. I mentioned that true repentance shares two companions. Brokenness is one. In addition, the challenges we face today have lasted so long that they have impacted people’s emotional and financial well-being. We have reached the point where we are DESPARATE for a breakthrough. Desperation is the second companion of true repentance. Brokenness and desperation lead to a Godly sorrow that allow us to fulfill our part of 2 Chronicles 7:14 as we cry out to God. It comes from deep within our hearts and invites God’s presence and power like nothing else can. And when we fulfill our part, God promises to move!
So, my wife and I will be attending this Sunday with an expectant Spirit. We are praying that this event will indeed begin a move of God that will launch revival and awakening and the greatest harvest the world has ever seen. We are broken and desperate. If brokenness and desperation are in your heart too, I hope you will join us. God will be there and I believe He is ready to move mightily.
The event is free but you must register.
Please visit praysa.org for more info and to register.
2 Chronicles 7:14
14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and
pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways,
then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.