Day 14

Awaken Us: 40 Days to Fast & Pray – Day 14

“He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers; or else I will come and strike the land with a curse.” Malachi 4:6

This Last Day’s verse is an interesting one.  Apart from a sovereign move of God upon our fathers, our “land” is likely to be cursed by the Hand of the Lord.  Where are our fathers? Many a mom out there is asking the same thing.  The following are 2009 statistics for single-parent families by race:

Non Hispanic White  24%
Black or African-American 67%
American Indian 53%
Asian 16%
Hispanic or Latino 40%

As you can see, some communities are more impacted by this abandonment phenomenon than others.  Is it any wonder we see more civic challenges in these communities?  And while a few of these are fathers raising children, most are single mothers.

For years our government has poured billions of dollars into this challenge — some plans helped, but the vast majority not only did not help; they may have actually hurt.  Perhaps the key reasons for the challenges these communities face lies not in the political, but in the moral and spiritual breakdown within families.  I don’t know about you, but it seems like an almost impossible situation. And this cyclical problem goes far deeper than the problem of missing fathers, I’m aware.

Nevertheless, “with the Lord, nothing is impossible.” Pray for a breakout of revival in these communities and awakening of the lost to new life in Christ!  Pray that what tax dollars couldn’t do, GOD will do — bring the hearts of dads back to their kids, and the kids back to their dads.  (We will cover more on this topic tomorrow from a different perspective)

Terry Franklin

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