June is always a month of transition for me. At the end of April or the beginning of May, we wrap up the Mantour Conferences. Then, most of May is spent cleaning up the Mantour Conferences, wrapping things up from an office point of view, and planning and attending our annual 4One Ministries board meeting. When we finally get to June, I'm usually pretty tired. I also spend a lot of time in June asking God what direction He wants to take the women's portion of the ministry in the year ahead.
Last year, the Holy Spirit gave me the idea to start the "Girl, That'll Preach!" podcast. What a great year it's been chatting with my friends as they share God's will for their lives.
This year, as I sought the Holy Spirit's guidance, He laid three new ideas on my heart. This week, I'm excited to share the first one with you.
It seemed appropriate to make this announcement first since we've just celebrated the 4th of July holiday. I don't know about you, but I love celebrating this day. Jamie and I wear goofy outfits, listen to patriotic music, watch fireworks, and take time to thank God that we are blessed to live in the greatest country on earth.
This year, we have even more to celebrate as the Supreme Court overturned the horrific Roe v Wade decision just a week before. As one friend posted, "Babies are now free to be born in America."
If you have been following me on Facebook, you know that the Holy Spirit challenged me to pray that Roe v Wade would be overturned every day leading up to the ruling. He also told me to share the prayer request every day. (You may have seen the flood of posts the past few months.) Yet, even as we got closer and closer to the glorious day of the announcement of that decision, the Holy Spirit began placing a new burden on my heart: we need to pray for revival in America.
Because as great as our country is, we still have a lot of problems. This became too real on Monday when the 4th of July celebrations were interrupted by a mass shooting in Indiana and a shooting in Philadelphia that left two police dead. We were reminded that our country has real problems among all the celebrations of our freedom and independence. At the heart of many of our issues is that we've rejected God, our Judeo-Christian heritage, and a Biblical point of view. America has a sin problem.
As I said in last week's blog, I believe that praying for revival is the best thing we can do for our country. Because more than anything, America needs revival--not just so the church can sell t-shirts and CDs and feel the move of the Holy Spirit, but a revival that calls people to repentance and salvation. I genuinely believe this is our country's greatest need.
To encourage you to pray with me, every Tuesday (after today), we'll be having what we're calling "Prayers of a Patriot," where I'll encourage those who love our country to see it turn from its current path and join together to pray for revival.
We will pray for revival.
Pray for our leaders.
Pray that God will forgive the country of our many sins and bring us back to Him.
We can pray for our judges—that they will make wise decisions.
Pray for our country, state, communities, and neighbors.
It's the very least we can do for a country that has given us so much.
Generations before us were called to war. We are called to spiritual warfare. Will you answer the call to save the country you love?
Following our founding fathers' footsteps, will you do our part to keep America strong and free? Will you join me in prayer each week?
Look for Prayers of a Patriot on Tuesdays, share the post and pray along with me.
Tune in next week for our second new announcement.
Adessa Holden is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God specializing in Women's Ministry. Together with her brother, Jamie, they manage 4One Ministries and travel the East Coast speaking, holding conferences, and producing Men's and Women's resources that provide practical Biblical teaching for everyday life.
When asked about herself, she'll tell you "I'm a women's minister, a sister, and a daughter. I love to laugh and spend time with people. My favorite things are chocolate, the ocean, sandals and white capris, anything purple, summertime and riding in the car listening to music. It is my absolute honor and privilege to serve Jesus and women through this ministry."