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Jessie J. Charpentier Sr.

If you’re willing to unite with others who have answered the call of OneCry we encourage you to make the following an ongoing part of your daily life.
First, pray daily for spiritual awakening. Seek God for personal revival, church-wide renewal, and even national spiritual awakening. In fact, tomorrow, Thursday, May 5, is the National Day of Prayer. Join your prayers with thousands of others committed to calling on God to “Wake Up America!”
Second, visit or start a prayer group. There are likely scores of prayer groups already meeting in your community – some in churches, others in homes, and others among friends who agree that revival is the key need of the hour. You could plug in and pray, or, if God leads, start your own prayer group.
Third, commit to the following rhythm of prayer. The National Prayer Accord, a rhythm characterized by the consistent, united, and passionate prayers of God’s people, was used to ignite great movements of revival in our nation’s past. We encourage you to adopt The National Prayer Accord as a guide to pray for revival: (1) daily as an individual; (2) weekly as a family; (3) monthly as a church family (i.e., in addition to regular scheduled times of prayer); (4) quarterly in conjunction with other churches; and (5) annually for the National Day of Prayer.
Fourth, proclaim spiritual awakening. If God has given you a teaching or preaching position, use it to spread the call to OneCry for revival.
Fifth, use your “platform” to be a voice for spiritual awakening. If you have influence within groups of leaders, God has given you an incredible opportunity. If your heart resonates with the OneCry movement, look for ways to introduce revival and spiritual awakening as a topic of conversation, prayer, and action.
Sixth, link your ministry with OneCry. OneCry was founded as a partnership of like-minded individuals and ministry groups that seek God together for spiritual transformation. If you are a chaplain, ministry director, pastor, or an organizational leader, add your voice to the call.
Seventh, host or help organize a citywide OneCry gathering. Something unique happens when churches band together to seek God’s face.
Finally, host a concentrated time of seeking God in your church. Life Action (the founding partner of OneCry) offers in-church ministry events that focus on seeking God for spiritual renewal. Based on the message Jesus gave to the church in Ephesus (Revelation 2:4-5), the Life Action Team can come to your church and help you facilitate a special season geared toward refreshing faith, reconnecting families, and reviving a first-love relationship with Christ. To learn more, visit www.LifeAction.org and look for local church events.
Also, at OneCry.com there are a host of prayer tools, day-to-day prayer guides, information on how to host church-wide or even city-wide prayer gatherings, and more. You will find downloads, book recommendations, shareable videos, as well as social media images and ideas. (Taken and adapted from: OneCry: A Nationwide Call for Spiritual Awakening. Visit www.onecry.com.)
“Shout it aloud, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet. Declare to my people their rebellion and to the house of Jacob their sins.” (Isaiah 58:1 NIV.) Wake Up America!
“If My people,” declares the LORD, “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 will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14 NKJV.)

Jessie J. Charpentier Sr. is pastor of Jenkins Memorial Baptist Church in St. Martinville.

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