We live in an area blessed with beautiful, clear rivers and streams. This is especially appealing to my husband, who loves trout fishing. Of course, he knows to always check the Tennessee Valley Authority website for the water generation schedule before making his plans. You see, if the dams upstream are generating power, it will impact the water levels and fishing conditions downstream.
The Awakening America Alliance and Cry Out America prayer teams recognize a similar principle occurring in our nation today. Downstream in America, we find the symptoms of church irrelevance, fragmented relationships, cultural decay, and moral decline. However, wisdom tells us that if we will examine and address what those in authority are generating upstream, we can make a real impact on the pollution levels and fishing conditions downstream.
Many have a passion to embrace the authority given to fulfill the Great Commission:
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:18–20).
However, our prayer is that we also will not forget earlier in the Gospel Christ first revealed the Great Commandment:
Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’ (Matthew 22:37–39).
The Alliance proposes that if Christ-followers and those empowered with heavenly authority demonstrate a Great Commandment lifestyle, we can have hope of cleaner streams producing greater success as fishers of men.