28 After that I will pour out my spirit upon everyone; (Joe 2:28 CEB)
15 Blow the horn in Zion; demand a fast; request a special assembly. 16 Gather the people; prepare a holy meeting; assemble the elders; gather the children, even nursing infants. Let the groom leave his room and the bride her chamber. 17 Between the porch and the altar let the priests, the LORD’s ministers, weep. Let them say, “Have mercy, LORD, on your people, and don’t make your inheritance a disgrace, an example of failure among the nations. Why should they say among the peoples, ‘Where is their God?'” (Joe 2:15-17 CEB)
The outpouring of the Spirit promised for the last days to usher in the Kingdom of God comes with certain conditions. One condition is that everyone in the house (oikos) prays. Not just the ministers, or the intercessors, but every age, gender, social standing, and culture, without excuse, should fast and pray specifically for renewal.
Like the Babylonian army that was coming upon the people in Joel’s day, so we have allowed evil, darkness and even thick darkness to encroach upon our society, pulling down the very moral and ethical values that we should hold dear. Will we care enough to spend the time in prophetic prayer, waiting to hear what the Spirit will say to the Church?