Dr. Michael Youssef Launches ‘Awake America’ Prayer Movement to Bring a Spiritual Awakening to the Nation


“Throughout our history, it has often been in the darkest times that God brought unprecedented revival” — Dr. Michael Youssef

ATLANTA — As Americans are experiencing discouragement and uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, Dr. Michael Youssef and Leading The Way are encouraging Christians across America to join them for Awake America, a spiritual awakening to gather believers and their prayers for our nation.

Dr Michael Youssef

Leading The Way reports that each day Americans are inundated with sorrowful news surrounding the coronavirus, detailing the health and economic consequences that the pandemic is having on our nation and the world. As the pandemic spreads, Americans are confronting the challenge of not being able to gather and worship face-to-face. Dr. Michael Youssef, the founder and president of Leading The Way, is calling on believers not to be defeated.

“Throughout our history, it has often been in the darkest times that God brought unprecedented revival,” explains Youssef. “However, the means God uses for bringing about revival are almost always the same: commitment to prayer and uncompromising preaching of the gospel.”

Youssef added, “For this reason, I am launching a prayer movement called Awake America, and I want to challenge you to pray for God to bring a spiritual awakening to our nation, starting with your community. Revival starts with you and me, so I hope you will join me.”

People can participate in the Awake America prayer movement by doing the following:

  1. Download and print the card and prayer guide by signing up at AwakeAmerica2020.com.
  2. Prayer-walk your neighborhood or pray from home.
  3. Take a photo with your card in the place you prayed.
  4. Post on social media with the hashtag #AwakeAmerica2020 to spread the word and invite other people to join.

Dr. Youssef explains, “I am so thankful for God’s timing and direction, which led to the formation of this prayer movement before the COVID-19 crisis even hit. I believe this is a God-given directive that has now become timelier than ever.”


Celebrating 31 years of ministry, Leading The Way is the media outreach of Dr. Michael Youssef. Leading The Way’s television and radio programs are broadcast in 26 languages to audiences across six continents through dual-language programs, Leading The Way’s satellite television channel THE KINGDOM SAT, and solar-powered Leading The Way Navigators. Leading The Way also produces DVDs, CDs, books, a monthly devotional magazine, and daily e-devotionals to reach the lost and encourage believers in their faith. The ministry utilizes field ministry teams to evangelize seekers and disciple new believers. Dr. Youssef’s unique perspective has given him a platform to speak boldly into today’s issues and provide biblical solutions to the challenges Christians are facing today.

Dr. Youssef was born in Egypt, but in 1984, he fulfilled a childhood dream of becoming an American citizen. He is the founding and senior pastor of Church of the Apostles in Atlanta, Georgia. He holds degrees from Moore College in Sydney, Australia and Fuller Theological Seminary in California, with a Ph.D. in social anthropology from Emory University. He is the author of 40 books. His latest book, Saving Christianity?: The Danger in Undermining Our Faith — and What You Can Do about It is available in bookstores everywhere.

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