Monday evening, March 12, 2018, a prayer meeting was held at Bethel Baptist Church of Escondido, hosted by Pastor Todd Hitchcock. The focus? Rev. Franklin Graham, leader of The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, will begin a 10 city, Decision America California Tour, from one end of California to the other, beginning May 20.
After a time of anointed praise, a representative for Graham took the platform of a packed house and described how California had been on Graham’s heart for the past few years; that sensing the leading of the Lord, Graham decided to embark upon this tour, by kicking it off at Grape Day Park in Escondido!
Incidentally, this will be the first rally since the home-going of the Rev. Billy Graham. One might ask, “Why Escondido?” Well, why not? It’s not on the coast, Escondido might not be considered central to San Diego County, but for those who remember, this author believes the Lord has been preparing our city; particularly Grape Day Park, for just such an event.
Remember the Wow Jams that impacted our city in 2012 & 2017. Remember the Celebrate Jesus worship and prayer gatherings from 2016. Gatherings such as these not only raised awareness of a spiritual need, they were not simply to draw a crowd, but were used to greatly impact the spiritual climate of Escondido. Many believers have spent considerable time praying over and committing Escondido to the Lord, asking that He would do something special here.
It is said of Graham, that something about Escondido “Bubbled to the surface,” that it had become apparent that believers in our city are hungry for a move of God. Have you been praying for God to do something powerful in Escondido? Perhaps you’ve been praying about the gang situation or the increasing homelessness, not only in our city, but the state at large.
These are areas of great concern to all of us. Are all of your friends, family members and neighbors serving the Lord? If not, May 20 at 7:30 p.m. provides a golden opportunity to join with the local body of Christ to be a witness.
Here’s how you can be involved: first, log onto california.billygraham.org/. Sign up to volunteer. Be sure to mention the event to your pastor or church leader. You may want to go out and hang up posters or pass out flyers. If social media is more your speed, get involved that way. I encourage you to form prayer groups to pray for California. They can be as small 2 or 3.
Jesus said, “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18:20, NKJV). Jesus also promised that when we pray, He would hear and answer us (see John 14:13-14). California is a wonderful place to live, but our state is under spiritual attack. If we will only unite our faith, nothing will be impossible to us (see Matthew 17:20).
“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 will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14, NKJV).
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Rob Granger and his wife, Becky, serve as Executive Pastors of Grace Church San Marcos under Senior Pastors Brian and Melissa Bauer. Located at 855 E. Barham Drive, San Marcos, Grace San Marcos meets at 10 a.m. Sundays and 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays with meetings for youth, children and other groups scheduled throughout the week. Visit www.gracesanmarcos.net for further information.
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