Last spring I wrote a column calling for a national day of prayer and repentance on 9/11, never dreaming it would resonate with an outpouring of enthusiastic support from tens of thousands of people and hundreds of churches across America.
It clearly struck a chord – which is why I and a handful of prayer warriors are renewing that call for this fall.
I was blown away by last year’s response.
Pastors spread the word through their congregations about the plan.
Lay activists talked it up in Bible studies.
Rabbis wrote to me expressing their support.
It was the inspiration of Jonathan Cahn, the author of the best-selling Christian book of 2012 and 2013, “The Harbinger,” and the teaching that became the source of the best-selling Christian film of 2012 and 2013 – “The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment.” I agree with him that only prayer can save America from continued decline and judgment.
Rep. Michele Bachmann is also a big supporter of the effort. Last year she entered a statement of support fot the plan in the Congressional Record.
I like what Mrs. Bachmann had to say in her statement: “For centuries America has been blessed by God. Americans today and in previous generations looked to God for guidance on both private and national designated days of prayer and fasting.
“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.’
“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.
“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.”
I know she will support the effort again this year and next year.
Many people are asking me why we can’t do something sooner.
My answer is always the same – you can.
You can begin preparing now. Prayer and repentance is not a one-day event. It’s something that requires real introspection over time. I urge you to be thinking about this daily and getting into the right spirit before 9/11. It’s always a good idea to humble ourselves before God. You don’t need a special day. It’s just that an expression of heartfelt collective prayer by millions on 9/11/14 will be a sweet savor to our Lord.
But there’s more we can do while we gear up for a national event Sept. 11:
- 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 we’re up against, on Facebook and Twitter and by word of mouth;
- talk to pastors and Bible study leaders and rabbis and get them on board;
- Sign up to register your expression of support and your intention to participate.
I have never been more persuaded that this kind of action is the only way we’re going to save America from disaster.
Forget about politics for a few minutes. It’s necessary to engage in it, but it won’t be effective without a spiritual component.
Politics is what got us into this mess.
Doing things man’s way is the problem.
It’s time to start listening to our Creator.
And our God gave us instructions for times like this.
Those instructions are recorded in 2 Chronicles 7:14.
Do you think it’s time to give them a try?
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