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Is there something going on?
It was a few weeks ago when WND founder and CEO Joseph Farah suggested a National Day of Prayer and Repentance on Sept. 11.
That is when there already was the prayer event called Cry Out America scheduled.
Then there was a U.S. National Day of Repentance on April 30 and a National Day of Prayer on May 2. Several Australian faith leaders felt a leading to hold a 72-hour prayer session spanning that gap and more than two dozen nations joined in prayer for America.
There’s a June 30 prayer event coming.
And now a faith leader who says it was during an informal working session among faith leaders that several suggested a 40-day session of prayer and fasting that would surround the Sept. 11 event.
Dave Butts, chairman of the National Prayer Committee, told WND he’s not planning something specific, is not coordinating it and is not promoting it.
But he said God may be.
“There is a coalition of ministries that are coming together, and have been talking, sensing from the Lord a need to do a month of repentance in August. … It is not a day but a month of calling the church to a time of deep repentance,” he said.
Repentance? From the church?
Exactly right, those working on some of the coming prayer events confirm.
For example, the message for the National Day of Prayer and Repentance on Sept. 11 is from II Chronicles 7:14, which promises, “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.”
“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.”
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 said. “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.”
That particular event already has been endorsed by talk-show host Barry Farber, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., Chuck Norris, David Barton, Greg Laurie and even syndicated radio talk-show host Mancow Muller.
Farah explains the idea is based on the Bible.
“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,” he said.
Butts told WND that it looks like something is developing.
“God’s calling us to do something,” he said, explaining that just as he was meeting with faith leaders who discussed an event for repentance and prayer, he was getting an email from those in Australia with shared goals.
He revealed that they had organized a 72-hour prayer event to span the days of repentance and prayer in the U.S., and as a result, Christians from 28 nations had spend the time praying for the future of the United States.
Butts said the group with which he met was sensing American Christians need to do some praying.
“Right now, it’s nothing more than just rumbling,” he said. “We have no idea what it’s going to look like.”
What already has happened is clear. At a website for Australia’s National Day of Prayer, there is a report on the campaign to pray for America.
“A worldwide call to pray and fast for the USA went out from Australia and New Zealand on 25 April 2013 from the team at Australia’s National Day of Prayer and Fasting,” says the report. “The Australian team felt led by God to bridge the U.S. National Day of Repentance and the U.S. National Day of Prayer on 2 May 2013 with a worldwide call for 72 hours of prayer and fasting for the USA.’
The report continued, “David Rowsome, one of the Australian organizers, said, ‘As we look back we stand amazed at what the Lord has done. The response from around the world to his prayer call surprised us all.'”
He reported a multitude of media outlets and prayer networks took up the call, and reports confirmed that events were held in Australia, Cameroon, Canada, China, Cook Islands, England, Fiji, France, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Israel, Kenya, Malaysia, Burma, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Spain, South Africa, Vanuatu and Vietnam.
Australia’s organizers reported, “Jonathan Edwards, the mighty American revivalist of the First Great Awakening and widely acknowledged as America’s greatest theologian, wrote in 1740, ‘When God has something very great to accomplish for His church, it is His will that there should precede it the extraordinary prayers of His people.'”
Farah reported 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.
Prominent leaders including Anne Graham Lotz, actor Kirk Cameron and Gov. Mike Huckabee took part in the event.
Rowsome has confirmed that there now also is a suggestion for an International Day of Repentance on Sept. 14, only three days after the U.S. Day of Repentance and Prayer, and the international day would be preceded by 40 days of prayer and fasting, to encompass the 9/11 event.
The coming June 30 event is the The Call2Fall prayer day. Pierre Bynam of the Family Research Council explained that it is in the style of the colonists in America, who in July 1775 “united in prayers ‘on their knees.'”
“Their prayers were heard, and resulted in the Declaration of Independence (our nation’s birth certificate) [and] the U.S. Constitution (the framework that would end slavery, give voting rights to men and women of every race, and produce more religious, political, economic and personal liberty for Americans than people in other lands had ever seen).”
Another coming event is the Cry Out America prayer event.
Famed evangelist Greg Laurie, who worked with the National Day of Prayer event a month ago, said it’s all needed. “First of all, let’s pray that our country turns back to God. America needs a spiritual awakening. let’s pray that a revival will come to our shores again.”
His call to prayer.
There's an open invitation to the 9/11 Day.