Ahead of the “God Loves You Tour UK” event with Franklin Graham in Liverpool, England, on May 14, Christians rallied together to pray for revival in their city.
One group of Christians spent 12 hours in prayer on May 9, while another group went to the Liverpool Exhibition Centre on May 11, where the event was held, and walked around the venue seven times.
The Bible says that the Lord promised the land of Canaan to the Israelites. Joshua, the leader of the Israelites after Moses’ death, had sent two spies to Jericho, the first city of Canaan the Israelites decided to conquer, and discovered that the people there feared God’s people. The Lord then told the Israelites to walk around the walls of Jericho once a day for six days, with the priests carrying the Ark of the Covenant. On the seventh day, the Israelites walked around the city seven times, and on that day, when the priests blew their horns and the Israelites raised a great shout, the walls of the city fell (Joshua 2:1-24; 6:1-27).
Christians in Liverpool have faith that God will similarly tear down the walls of animosity and division in their own community, making way for the Gospel of Jesus Christ to go forth.
Originally scheduled for 2020, the God Loves You Tour UK was postponed in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and challenges to religious freedom in the United Kingdom. But now that COVID restrictions have eased, and with the benefit of an April 2021 landmark religious liberty ruling involving the removal of Franklin Graham Festival bus ads in Blackpool, England, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has revived the Tour. The God Loves You Tour has additional stops in South Wales and Sheffield in May and a stop in London in July 2022.
“It’s my prayer that people from every walk of life will attend the God Loves You Tour,” said Franklin Graham. “[I hope they] listen to the Gospel with an open heart and leave changed by the message of ‘redemption that is in Christ Jesus’”(Romans 3:24, ESV).
Article updated May 19, 2:45 p.m.
Above: Christians pray outside the Liverpool Exhibition Centre, where the event was held.
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