There already are plans for a National Day of Prayer on May 2, as well as a a National Day of Prayer and Fasting on Sept. 11 and a coming day of repentance.
But now the hope that the U.S. will recognize its sins and return to the God of its Founders is going global.
According to Breaking Christian News, the national day of prayer team in Australia is offering encouragement to Americans.
In addition, the International House of Prayer is pushing the campaign on its website, which reaches readers in 130 nations.
The plans call for people to set aside “time with the Lord” in local churches and homes during a 72-hour window, April 30-May 2.
Repentance, fasting and prayer will be the focal points.
And the goal, BCN reported, is “for the United States to return to its earlier dependence on God.”
Explained the BCN report: “April 30 is an appropriate day for repentance. The legislature in Pennsylvania has designated April 30 as its day of fasting and prayer. And April 30 marks the 224th anniversary of President Washington’s inaugural remarks thanking God for His miracles in founding America.
“April 30 also is the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln’s ‘National Day of Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer’ in the midst of the despair of the Civil War. Issuing the proclamation, Lincoln said in part: ‘We have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray in the God that made us. It behooves us then to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins and to prayer for … forgiveness.'”
April 30 is scheduled to be the National Day of Repentance. And the U.S. National Day of Prayer will be May 2.
In asking for support for the 9/11 National Day of Prayer and Fasting, organized by WND CEO Joseph Farah, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., entered a statement into the Congressional Record.
She pointed out that the future of a nation appears to be up to Christians.
“I join together with other Americans who have called for September 11, 2013, to be set aside as a day for personal prayer, reflection and fasting, for ourselves and for our nation,” Bachmann said in a statement. “At this time of national mourning, as we search for comfort in the aftermath of this loss of innocent life, we would be wise to consider afresh 2 Chronicles 7:14: ‘If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.’ As we humble ourselves and pray and seek God’s face and turn from our wicked ways, we can take assurance from the Holy Scripture that God has promised to hear from heaven, will forgive our sin, and will heal our land.”
Jonathan Cahn, the No. 1 bestselling Christian author of 2012 and 2013 with “The Harbinger,” also is on board for the September event.
So is Pastor Greg Laurie of Harvest Fellowship, known for massive evangelistic events that fill the largest stadiums and arenas in the country. He is also a weekly faith commentator for WND and the honorary national chairman of the 62nd annual National Day of Prayer called for May 2. The organizers of the May 2 event have pledged to shift their attention to the 9/11/13 project after May 2.
“If we pray, God will hear,” Laurie said. “When He hears, who knows what He might do?”
Laurie said the nation needs much prayer, not just a single event.
“As this year’s honorary chairman of the National Day of Prayer I support WND’s 9/11/13 National Day of Prayer and Fasting. I agree with Joseph Farah that America faces a spiritual crisis and there is nothing more effective we can bring our requests to God,” Laurie said. “In Scripture, God tells us ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’ (Jer 33:3)”
Laurie, like Farah, notes that in times of crisis, the U.S. frequently has called on God. The Scripture chosen for this year’s event is Matthew 12:21, which says, “And in his name shall the Gentiles trust.”
Farah’s action plan includes the following:
- Make a note on your calendar now to join in the commitment to participate;
- Help spread the word to the remnant of Americans who understand what the nation is up against on Facebook and Twitter and by word of mouth;
- Talk to pastors and Bible study leaders and get them on board;
- Pray daily for believers across the nation to take serious the promise of II Chronicles 7:14 and follow its prescription;
- Sign up to register your commitment of support and your intention to participate.
“We’ve got our instructions,” said Farah of II Chronicles 7:14. “God is waiting on us to act – His people. He’s not waiting on the whole world to act. He’s not waiting on a majority of Americans to act. He’s waiting on us – his children, his followers, his believers.”