More than 30,000 gathered in Houston for the prayer and fasting Response Saturday (August 6, 2011). The Trumpet Sounding for The Response was among the most popular posts since our beginning here 10 months ago. Thousands more surely must have live streamed The Response or simply spent time in prayer while fasting.
Texas Governor Rick Perry set the tone with this prayer:
“Lord, You are the source of every good thing, You are our only hope. And we stand before You today in awe of your power, and in gratitude for Your blessings; in humility for our sins.
Father, our heart breaks for America. We see discord at home. We see fear in the marketplace. We see anger in the halls of government. And as a nation we have forgotten Who made us, Who protects us, Who blesses us, and for that we cry out for Your forgiveness.
We pray for our nation’s leaders, Lord — for parents, for pastors, for the generals, for governors — that You would inspire them in these difficult times. Father, we pray for our president, that You would impart Your wisdom upon him, that You would guard his family. We pray for our military and the families who love them. Father, especially for those special operators who lost their life yesterday in defending our freedoms.
You call us to repent, Lord, and this day is our response. We give it all to You. For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen and amen.”
The Houston Chronicle found the Christians who attended said the seven-hour event was just a beginning. The Response, they say, was a spiritually significant moment in their lives and in America’s body of believers. “There’s a revival coming.”