There is a trumpet sound in Zion, an alarm, a battle cry. Gather the people and…fast and pray?

Blow a trumpet in Zion,
Consecrate a fast, proclaim a solemn assembly,
Gather the people, sanctify the congregation,
Assemble the elders
Joel 2:15-16
If I were watching an action flick, I would expect a flurry of activity. People would be mounting horses and sharpening swords. In a matter of minutes, generals would be addressing their troops and men would hug and kiss their women and children as they leave for battle.
But this is a different battle, isn’t it? It’s not against an enemy from without, it is the enemy within the camp. The Lord calling His people back to Himself and when they come back,
“It will come about after this
That I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind;
And your sons and daughters will prophesy,
Your old men will dream dreams,
Your young men will see visions.
“Even on the male and female servants
I will pour out My Spirit in those days.
Joel 2:28-29
How do we really win a war in the kingdom? With worship, fasting and prayer.
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