It’s Time to Stand
Great signs and prophecies of awakening are occurring today, but God has told us in Ezra, Nehemiah, Daniel and II Chronicles 7:14 that first God’s people have to humble themselves, confess their sins (and those of their forebears) and repent before God releases His Awakening and heals our land.
With this in mind, we gathered at the birthplace of America where the Jamestown colonists knelt in prayer on April 29, 1607, humbled ourselves, confessed our sins and petitioned God for mercy.
It is time for the church to repent, and reclaim our land for Christ and pray that His light would beam forth from America.
Join together to act. Come together to pray. Repent for the sins of our church. Cry out for revival. Believe for the greatest awakening our nation has ever known.
Dr. Bob Bakke is the teaching pastor of Hillside Church of Bloomington, Minnesota. A graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Bob spent fourteen years serving Connecticut and New Jersey churches. For twelve years he served as an Executive Director of the Evangelical Free Church of America, promoting prayer and spiritual awakening. He is an author, and has produced television and radio simulcasts since 1994. Presently, he produces the Global Day of Prayer in the U.S. with scheduled broadcasting that covers the earth each Pentecost Sunday.
Bob Fox is a pastor in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where he has lived for 30 years. He is the author of Healing America’s DNA – a biblical and historical investigation into the 1607 Jamestown Colony that birthed America’s foundational spiritual makeup. The book is a call to the American Church to repent for the sins of our founding fathers which have influenced the sins of America today. Besides serving his own church, Bob sometimes serves as a coordinator for regional church projects within the larger Body of Christ. Bob greatly enjoys his marriage to Beth for the last 46 years! They have four children and 10 grandchildren who keep them busy and young at heart.
Jennifer LeClaire is the director of Awakening House of Prayer in Fort Lauderdale, FL and serves on the leadership team of New Breed Revival Network and is co-founder of AwakeningTV.com. Jennifer also serves as senior editor at Charisma magazine. Jennifer is a prolific author who has written over a dozen books, including The Heart of the Prophetic, A Prophet’s Heart, Fervent Faith, Did the Spirit of God Say That? 27 Keys to Judging Prophecy, Breakthrough!, and Doubtless: Faith that Overcomes the World. Some of her materials have been translated into Spanish and Korean.
Rick Curry was born in Richmond, Kentucky and has been involved in full-time ministry all of his adult life. He preached his first revival at age 16 and accepted his first pastorate at age 20. Rick is currently the National Director of The Sentinel Group & The Journey to Transformation for the United States. Additionally he serves as the Chairman of the Board of The Sentinel Group. He is the Lead Pastor of King’s Way Church in Pensacola, Florida and King’s Way Church in Manchester, Kentucky. He provides oversight to all of King’s Way affiliate ministries and congregations. Rick is a revivalist and speaker, story teller for revivals, conferences and many gatherings for America’s awakening & transforming revival.
Frank Costenbader is a Presbyterian minister and the Director of Manifold Hope, an organization that ministers to the underserved. Three years ago, God called Frank to address the church’s need for repentance for current and past sins, to help remove barriers to accepting their validity and facilitate a godly response. Frank has served as a pastor, church planter, consultant, and lay ministry trainer.
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.
2 Chronicles 7:14
A Message from Frank Costenbader
Almighty God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we humbly come before You to confess our sins and those of our ancestors. Our forefathers dedicated America to You and committed themselves to evangelizing the inhabitants of the land and spreading the gospel around the world. We have not been faithful to that commitment. Instead of introducing Indians to Jesus and educating their children, promises with the Indians were made and broken as greed overcame faith.
Our forefathers enslaved Europeans to tobacco while its growing profits demanded more land and more workers. We took the land and eventually enslaved people to work it. We see evidence of this influence in our own lives as we chase after success and use people. Instead of bringing the love of Christ and the light of God’s word to others we, like our ancestors, have allowed the surrounding culture to influence us and dim that light.
Work in our hearts by Your Holy Spirit. Pour out Your grace on us that we may humble ourselves before You. Convict us of sin and lead us to repentance. Turn us away from the darkness that both entices and demoralizes us. Pour out Your grace on us to turn from our love of the world (“the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life,” I John 2:16). Free us from greed into Your service, Jesus. Draw us into Your presence; place a right spirit within us. Open our spiritual eyes that we may see how You are working today and glorify You. You said, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Let us see the signs of the kingdom just as You opened the eyes of Elisha’s servant to see the surrounding army of God.
Therefore in the presence of Almighty God and in the company of these witnesses in Virginia Beach, Virginia, on this day of April 30, 2016, we who sign below solemnly commit ourselves to the following declaration from this day forward:
By Your grace, we will daily focus on Your coming kingdom. We will once again make the Bible the measure of what is true and the guide to how we live. We will work to live in peace with other people, to meet needs as You make us aware of them, to express Your love to others and introduce people to You, Lord Jesus, as the Savior of the world. We will pray and work for revival in the church and for an awakening that will transform our culture.
Thank You for Your love and mercy that triumphs over the judgment which we deserve. Hear our cry. Heal our land.