WASHINGTON – Could prayer events in the U.S. be behind the revelation of political scandals unfolding in the nation's capital on nearly a daily basis?
That's what some supporters are beginning to suggest – albeit quietly.
On May 2, the nation observed its official day of prayer – one proclaimed by Barack Obama at the request of Congress. Then on May 8, a special prayer meeting in the Capitol was observed by several members of Congress and former members including House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
A special message was delivered by Jonathan Cahn, author of "The Harbinger" and the inspiration behind "The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment" documentary. And now plans are being made for another National Day of Prayer and Repentance on Sept. 11.
Some supporters are beginning to suggest there may be a connection between recent news events and the prayers and calls for prayers.
Talk-show host Barry Farber, who announced his support for the 9-11-13 National Day of Prayer and Repentance on his nationally syndicated program this week was one of those who made the link.
"You're reminding me of the lessons I learned – and forgot – during the Hungarian Revolution of 1956," he told WND’s Joseph Farah, who first made the call for the 9/11 event.
"Everybody in Hungary went to bed on October 22, 1956, thinking they were the only anti-Communists left alive in Hungary. By mid-afternoon the next day, there were no Communists left in Hungary. Ditto for those of us who believe in God, endorse prayer, oppose abortion, despise Benghazi lies. Do you realize the extent of the revolution you might be leading? I forgive you if you don't. It's all too huge."
Neither the earlier prayer events nor the upcoming one is meant to be political, but could they have political implications? That's the question being raised.
Farah says he made the call for the 9-11-13 National Day of Prayer and Repentance out of a sense of frustration with politics and the decline in morality in the country. He suspects there is a connection between the revealing of national "sins" and the desire by believers to confess their own sins to God in unity with other believers.
"The key to this call is II Chronicles 7:14," said Farah. "This is the prescription of a Holy God for national healing. He tells believers they are to do four things: humble themselves, pray, seek His face and turn from their wicked ways. In turn, God says He will hear their prayers, forgive their sins and heal their land. Honestly, I believe if believers across America do this, we will see miracles. Could it be they are already occurring? I wouldn't be surprised."
The 9-11-13 National Day of Prayer has been enthusiastically embraced by thousands around the country, including Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., Chuck Norris, David Barton, Jonathan Cahn, Greg Laurie and even syndicated radio talk-show host Mancow Muller. Recently Farah and a small working group behind the project have decided to give the event a new focus – repentance.
"Since the biblical prescription behind this project is II Chronicles 7:14, we determined, after much prayer ourselves, that repentance is the most important missing ingredient in America today," said Farah. "God told Solomon that when the nation faces judgment for disobedience, there are four requirements for restoration: humility, prayer, seeking His face and repentance. Prayer without repentance is useless – that's what the verse suggests. In fact, it suggests the prayers of believers go unheard unless is it accompanied by turning 'from their wicked ways.'"
Also, significantly, Sept. 11, 2013 is the biblical Day of Teshuvah, which means repentance.
And while fasting is often a good idea as a companion to serious prayer, Sept. 11, 2013, comes just three days before Tishri 10 or Yom Kippur, which is a day of fasting.
"As Jonathan Cahn pointed out so effectively in 'The Harbinger' and 'The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment,' America prayed after Sept. 11, 2001," said Farah. "But America did not repent. The model America followed was the same paradigm followed by ancient Israel as described in Isaiah 9:10 – the pledge to rebuild bigger and better in our own strength without notice to what God was trying to communicate through a limited judgment. As a result, America has seen continued judgment ever since. Therefore, repentance is as important as prayer."
In addition, historically and biblically, Farah points out, fast days are also days of rest. But 9-11-13 will be a work day for millions of believers in America.
"The Lord promises to hear prayers if there is repentance," said Cahn. "Having this day as a day not only for prayers of repentance, but for actual and specific repenting of believers who will pray, will be the key to its effectiveness. It will make the event permanent, life changing, world changing. A day of prayer ends, but a day of a day of repentance does not end. It will end up changing lives, churches, ministries and perhaps a nation."
Farah says he's not discouraging fasting for those who choose to do it. But the name of the event is changing from the "9-11-13 Day of Prayer and Fasting" to the "9-11-13 Day of Prayer and Repentance."
"America is facing challenges today that, in many ways, rival anything seen since the start of World War II," said Farah. "And there are few in America – believers or not – who truly think government can fix the problems. Not only is government broken, but so is the press and the other institutions we have counted on to help us sustain effective, moral self-governance in America. So where do we turn at times like this – when every man and woman does what’s right in their own eyes?"
II Chronicles 7:14 provides the prescription says Farah. It says: "If My people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."
Farah and Cahn point out that this is a commitment by God to believers.
"God is not expecting non-believers to do these things," Farah says. "He's simply expecting believers to do them. Is that too much to ask? In fact, He says, without the humility and the sincere repentance, He won't even hear our cries. That suggests to me it's time for believers to get on their knees, on their faces and search themselves for any evil deeds or thoughts or preoccupations that are within us and turn away from them."