Here's my best explanation as briefly summarized as possible.
In 2012, after a seven year study by the American Bible Association, it was determined that the area of Albany-Troy-Schenectady was the 2nd least Bible minded city/area in the US. Furthermore, New York state accounts for one third of the top fifteen cities/areas in the US that are least Bible minded with Albany, Plattsburgh, Buffalo, NYC, and Syracuse in the top 15. You can see the link here TOP 50 Least Bible Minded Areas
Having lived in New York state my whole life up until now with two thirds of that time living in Albany area - I feel a connection to the capital region and to the state as a whole.
Between personal experiences and direct ministry involvement in my community - there are a lot of people going through life without a sense of hope. Proverbs 13:12 says "Hope deferred makes the heart sick."
In 2005, I gave my life to Jesus. Since that time, I am fully committed to the belief that Jesus Christ is the only lasting Hope that exists for the world.
Since, I am committed to this belief, then I believe the only answer for those going through life without a sense of hope would be for them to meet the One who I believe would be their only real Hope - Jesus.
I am further committed to a belief that the dire spiritual case in the state of New York cannot be improved by efforts, approaches, or plans birthed, resourced, and executed from a place of human intellectualism - even when it is birthed within the walls of our church buildings, denominational headquarters, or even from the pulpit. The spiritual case can only be improved when the effort, approach, and plans are Heaven born, with God alone as the resource, and executed with and under the influence and power of the Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ.
C.H. Spurgeon is quoted as saying, "Whether we like it or not, asking is the rule of the Kingdom. If you may have everything by asking in His Name, and nothing without asking, I beg you to see how absolutely vital prayer is."
God does not expect us to come up with a solution to reach others by our own clever inventions.
God does expect us as His people to ask for the solution; and then by faith to patiently receive from Him the wisdom, the strength, and the ability to put into practice that which He, by His unlimited knowledge and foresight, sets into motion by His sovereignty and design leading to the outcome and effect for which we pray for. Which in this case is knowledge and acceptance of the Hope of Jesus Christ to sweep across the state of New York influencing a "change of heart" leading to life.
So, in an effort to stimulate prayer to God for the state of New York, I am making a song that was written by my wife and I as a prayer, with New York in mind, available as a free music download. In exchange for the download, I am asking you - one time only - to pray this prayer for the state of New York.
"God. Great and worthy are You. The state of New York is losing hope. And we need You. We need Jesus. So we humbly ask You to forgive us of our sins, and help us. Help us to forgive others. Help us to live for You daily, and to have the strength to say no to doing wrong. And we ask this with Your Kingdom, and Your honor in mind. In Jesus' Name, we pray."
If you prayed this prayer - Thank you for partnering with me and asking God to help change the spiritual landscape of the state of New York.
You can get your free download of "Arise" at http://www.noisetrade.com/ianzumback/arise-single
If you would like to raise awareness for this campaign, you can do the following:
1.Link to this blog.
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God bless you from Susan and I!