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Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, author of runaway bestseller “The Harbinger,” has been invited to join the speakers for the 63rd annual National Day of Prayer on a date he tells WND holds a special significance in both his book and American history.
The 2014 National Observance of the National Day of Prayer will be broadcast live from the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, May 1, beginning at 9:00 a.m. Eastern and concluding at 12 noon.
But the speakers’ gathering the day before, Cahn told WND, will be a haunting echo of similar actions taken years ago by America’s Founding Fathers.
“April 30 is the date given in ‘The Harbinger,’” Cahn told WND. “April 30, 1789, is the day that America came into existence as a fully formed nation with president and Congress, and on that day George Washington and America’s first government prayed and dedicated America to God at the very corner of what today we call Ground Zero.
“Now on the anniversary of that first prayer gathering, with America in grave moral and spiritual apostasy, the nation gathers again for prayer,” Cahn said.
Cahn, a Jewish Christian, was invited by National Day of Prayer organizer Shirley Dobson to follow her opening remarks with a reading from Scripture and prayer. Churches across the country will join together at the same time in prayer, and the National Observance will be broadcast live on GodTV and the National Prayer Task Force website.
Scheduled speakers include Cahn, Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of Rev. Billy Graham, founders of Focus on the Family Dr. James and Shirley Dobson, c0-founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, Vonette Bright, and more.
“If ever America was ever in need of prayer, it is now,” Cahn told WND. “There is a pervasive sense among many believers that America is in grave danger of God’s judgment. Every day brings a milestone on the road of America’s moral and spiritual descent.
“‘The Harbinger’ reveals a progression of national judgment. The nation in defiance of God is shaken. The shaking is a warning and a wake-up call. If the nation doesn’t respond to the first shaking, there comes a second, and another, until the nation either returns to God, or descends to judgment,” Cahn clarified. “Sept. 11 was a wake-up call. In the wake of 9/11, Americans flocked to houses of worship to pray. But in three weeks, it was all over. Since that time America’s descent has increased in scope, depth and rapidity.”
And yet God calls His people in 2 Chronicles 7:14 to pray and intercede: “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and seek My face and pray, and turn from their evil ways, I will hear from heaven. I will forgive their sin, and I will heal their land.”
“People who read ‘The Harbinger’ ask me if there’s hope,” Cahn told WND. “I answer, ‘Yes.’ If there were no hope, there would be no harbingers. Why would God warn, if those He warns cannot respond? As long as there are harbingers and warnings, there is hope.
The National Day of Prayer was established as an annual event in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman, though the tradition of a national day of prayer and fasting extends back to the very first presidents.
In 1798, for example, President John Adams proclaimed a national day of humiliation, prayer and fasting.
“As the safety and prosperity of nations ultimately and essentially depend on the protection and blessing of Almighty God, and the national acknowledgment of this truth is not only an indispensable duty which the people owe to Him,” he wrote, “this duty, at all times incumbent, is so especially in seasons of difficulty and of danger, when existing or threatening calamities – the just judgments of God against prevalent iniquity – are a loud call to repentance and reformation.”
The theme for the 2014 observance is “One Voice, United in Prayer,” emphasizing the need for individuals, corporately and individually, to place their faith in the unfailing character of their Creator, who is sovereign over all governments, authorities and men.
To further highlight the theme, the National Prayer Task Force has chosen Romans 15:6 as a theme verse: “So that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Get “The Harbinger” and movie companion “The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment,” or one or more of Cahn’s biblical teaching series productions: “The Masada Mystery,” “The Sanhedrin Secret,” “Hanukkah Endtime Mystery” and “The Secret of the Eighth Day.”