Greg Laurie Leads Philly in Prayer for Awakening

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More than 17,500 Christians gathered at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia this weekend to pray for a national spiritual awakening.

The event, hosted by Harvest America and led by evangelist Greg Laurie, aired and was simulcast online to more than 2,000 venues around the country.

A number of leading Christian musicians joined the worship and prayer on Saturday evening, including Kirk Franklin, Lecrae, the Katinas, Mercy Me, and Jeremy Camp.

Organizers say they chose Philadelphia for the event because of its role in the birth of our nation.

Laurie is also mindful of the history of Great Awakenings in the United States. There have been three or four such events that sparked a national revival: In the 1740s from 1790 to 1840, just before the Civil War from 1857 to 59, and the "Jesus Movement" of the late 1960s.

Today, the people from that 1960s generation are grandparents and many Christians are praying that another awakening will visit this generation.

Laurie quoted the prophet Habakkuk who wrote, "In this time of our deep need, revive your work, as you did in years gone by. Show us your power to save us. And in your anger, remember your mercy." (Habakkuk 3:2).

But he also addressed those who were not Christians, urging them to give their lives to Christ.

"The Bible promises for those who have put their faith in Christ that they will live eternally," he said. "Jesus said, 'I am the Resurrection and the Life; he that believes in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live, and whosoever lives and believes in Me shall never die.'"

More information on the broadcast and simulcast of the gathering is available at the Harvest America website.

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