You've heard it said the enemy doesn't fight fair. Well, that's a spiritual-warfare understatement if I've ever heard one. The devil is a dirty fighter—and he's just as subtle as he is dirty. He never sleeps or slumbers, but he works to put us to sleep through apathy, complacency and waves of weariness.
Indeed, Satan has been working since the Second Great Awakening to put the church back into a deep sleep. He had some stops and starts. The Asuza Street Revival, the birthplace of the modern Pentecostal Movement, revived the saints at the beginning of the 20th Century. But that slumbering spirit crept back in unawares.
Although Pentecostals and charismatics are the fastest-growing segment of the church in the 21st century, the enemy effectively lulled much of the church to sleep a long time ago—even Pentecostals and charismatics. We were sleeping when prayer was taken out of schools and we were sleeping when abortion was legalized. Some segments of the church are waking up and fighting in the culture wars but the majority is still like listening to the enemy's lullabies (see Judges 16:19).