Will Attacks Bring Revival?

World kneels in prayer—and asks hard questions about plans of God and man
On day one, the world watched fireballs and smoke. The focus was on "big" things: the second-tallest buildings in America and the world's largest office building attacked by jumbo jets. On day two, things got a lot smaller—we started to see faces and see names of those who were gone, striking our collective psyches in a completely different way. What will day three bring? What will the next year bring?

Several evangelical leaders say they sense revival in the land, reports the Associated Press. Continuing a trend of I-told-you-so prophetic voices, U.S. Prayer Center director Eddie Smith said God had told him revival was on its way, but "served … on a platter of ruin." Pastor Dutch Sheets of Springs Harvest Fellowship in Colorado Springs tells Family News in Focus, "Absolutely, this will drive the nation to prayer. … Typically in the past, these sorts of things (were) wake-up calls." Pat Robertson and other religious leaders are calling for Christians to pray that the tragedy would lead to revival, the AP reports.

In Colorado Springs, the World Prayer Center closed to the public following the attacks, but apparently it's open again. World Prayer Center Pastor Wesley Tullis tells Family News in Focus the center is trying to "coordinate strategic prayer for objectives around the world. "Unless we mobilize the Church of America to be prayer-based, we're going to continue to see ongoing challenges that aren't met by any wisdom of government alone, or any wisdom of the military," he says.

The World Prayer Center may be trying to coordinate the exact prayers churches are offering, but they certainly don't need to mobilize churches to pray. Around the country and around the world, churches continue vigils. New York City churches are ...

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