Forget the pastoral settings for prayer with rolling meadows and fragrant flowers.
John Bornschein, the National Day of Prayer task force vice chairman, unveils prayer for what it really is - a powerful weapon to be wielded in spiritual warfare. As a speaker at the upcoming PrayerCast LIVE 2013, Bornschein joins more than 60 of the foremost teachers on prayer.
Friday and Saturday, the Jericho Center in Colorado Springs will host the free event, and organizers anticipate more than 30,000 will tune in to watch. With special guests such as Joni Eareckson Tada, Bruce Wilkinson and Shirley Dobson, plus video feeds of Beth Moore, Franklin Graham, David Jeremiah, Harry Jackson and more, this group sets out to lay aside many common misconceptions about prayer.
Bornschein, a frequent guest on James Dobson's "Family Talk" radio program, is not afraid to sound the battle cry and take the church through spiritual boot camp. And he never has witnessed a more pressing time for prayer.
"It is only through the humble intercession of God's people and His gracious response that we will see healing and revival," Bornschein contends. "As culture continues to crumble by casting out truth for moral relativism (godlessness and lawlessness), we must realize that the church is a stronghold in this world."
Bornschein, who co-hosts the weekly podcast "Pray for America" and serves as the senior pastor of Calvary Fellowship Fountain Valley, argues that even though all Americans are affected by attacks on the Christian foundation of society, most sit quietly on the sideline while laying down their most powerful weapon - prayer.
"The challenge is that many in the church don't know how to pray," Bornschein says. "They think they do, but in reality, they don't understand the mountain-moving power of prayer - a relationship so deep and pure with almighty God that an audacious faith is unleashed with world-transformational power."
Beginning as a tradition in 1789, the National Day of Prayer officially was established as an annual event by the U.S. Congress six decades ago.
"The need for prayer must be continually impressed in our communities and throughout our nation if we are to preserve the biblical heritage that has enabled America to become great," Bornschein says. "At PrayerCast LIVE 2013, we are going to learn how to pray in a way that forever shapes our perspectives and guides the course of history."