Takeaways from National Day of Prayer

For all who prayed for our country yesterday, and for those who fasted, we pray you had a blessed and meaningful day!

Something interesting happened during the day, for me in particular. It was right after I’d spent some time agonizing in prayer. By the way, that happens sometimes when you really pour your heart into it. I wonder if that is why we more often find reasons not to talk to God, so we don’t have to feel the pain we hide from ourselves, the pain He readily sees and longs to comfort, if only we will open up.

Anyway, back to the story. I’d just spent some time praying and crying out to God over the increasingly secular state of my nation, asking Him to reverse our course. After this, I had the distinct, albeit brief, vision of the children of God in our nation being lifted up, almost like a giant cloud, above the fray of everyday life in America. There was a slight shaking involved in the lifting, like the kind you give an object left on the porch too long, to get the dust off.

I remembered last year hearing Jonathan Cahn, prophet, rabbi and author I respect very much, speak of a ‘shaking’ coming to America. As I reflected upon his prophetic words and my odd vision, I felt comforted that even if God chooses not to reverse the ‘secular’ course of our nation, He can be counted on to remain focused on the needs of His children. He loves us, treasures us, calls each of us by name. And He will refine and strengthen us no matter what is going on in Washington, D.C., or the culture around us!

With a fully surrendered, pure and impassioned family of faith, what could He accomplish in our nation, in our world, through us? I wonder if we can even consider that God may be more interested in the purity of His children than in the perfection of our nation? Probably.

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Praise, Peace, and Comfort

On this, National Day of Prayer, the Lord led me to Psalm 34. What a beautiful song of praise and assurance as we and so many are fasting and praying for our nation. Be encouraged, read the words of King David and may His lovingkindness touch you today!

Psalm 34

I will bless the Lord at all times;
    his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

My soul makes its boast in the Lord;
    let the humble hear and be glad.

Oh, magnify the Lord with me,
    and let us exalt his name together!

I sought the Lord, and he answered me
    and delivered me from all my fears.

Those who look to him are radiant,
    and their faces shall never be ashamed.

This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him
    and saved him out of all his troubles.

The angel of the Lord encamps
    around those who fear him, and delivers them.

Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!
    Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!

Oh, fear the Lord, you his saints,
    for those who fear him have no lack!
10 
The young lions suffer want and hunger;
    but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.
11 
Come, O children, listen to me;
    I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
12 
What man is there who desires life
    and loves many days, that he may see good?
13 
Keep your tongue from evil
    and your lips from speaking deceit.
14 
Turn away from evil and do good;
    seek peace and pursue it.
15 
The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous
    and his ears toward their cry.
16 
The face of the Lord is against those who do evil,
    to cut off the memory of them from the earth.
17 
When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears
    and delivers them out of all their troubles.
18 
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
    and saves the crushed in spirit.
19 
Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
    but the Lord delivers him out of them all.
20 
He keeps all his bones;
    not one of them is broken.
21 
Affliction will slay the wicked,
    and those who hate the righteous will be condemned.
22 
The Lord redeems the life of his servants;
    none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.

English Standard Version (ESV)

Now Fasting, on National Day of Prayer

To those of you we know, and perhaps a few we don’t, who are fasting the next 24 hours, know you are being prayed for, that God touches your life in powerful and miraculous ways as you seek Him through prayer and fasting on behalf of our country.

The suggested prayer requests are printed here again. Of course, feel free to add your own. The Holy Spirit will guide you.

  1. Personal cleansing, surrender to God and filling of the Holy Spirit.
  2. Spiritual renewal, that the people of God in America will be strengthened now and prepared for the future.
  3. Awakening, for truth to be resurrected in our land, and for the Spirit of the Lord to move powerfully to bring every lost person to repentance and faith in Christ.
  4. Restoration and unification of our leaders in His name, and especially for His will to be done in the coming elections.

God bless each of you!

Preparing to Fast

Tomorrow is National Day of Prayer in America. In our home, we have turned it into a day of fasting and prayer, believing we may have passed the point prayer alone is enough.

As for me, I will begin fasting at sunset tonight, May 4th, and finish at sunset tomorrow, May 5th.  Today, I am preparing myself mentally and physically for the fast, eating a little lighter, taking extra fluids, reflecting on His love and mercy.

This feels like such a small effort, as though I am calling out into the darkness, to anyone listening who shares my love for the Lord and our nation, in hopes we might join together to make a difference. But He can take a small effort where it needs to go and make it whatever He wants it to be. I trust Him. He turned five little loaves of bread and two small fishes into a meal that fed thousands, remember? He can do anything.

Last night, I had nightmares, very unusual for me. After two different dreams, I awoke knowing the enemy was trying to attack and discourage me. But he is a defeated foe, and will not stop the hand of God from accomplishing what it sets out to do. “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4

When I woke, I surrendered myself to Jesus and asked for the Holy Spirit to fill me, as I do every day. I told the enemy, the doomed ones, to leave in the name and power of Jesus. Then I asked the Holy Spirit to take over the day and fill our home and family with His healing power. He is faithful.

Now, I sit quietly reflecting and feeling so grateful for this privilege, to live in this unprecedented moment. It is an honor to serve Him, to be a tiny part of calling the people of God to fast and pray for their nation.

God bless every one of you, family of faith, as you seek Him on behalf of our country this week. He is our hope.

Fasting for America – Thursday, May 5th, 2016!

This post is a reminder, family of God all over America and beyond, PLEASE join us in praying and fasting for America this coming Thursday, May 5th, 2016, in conjunction with National Day of Prayer! Please see previous post, “How to Fast”, for guidance if you are new to fasting.

[From previous posts:]

The people of God need no convincing that something is wrong. We hear of growing violence both within and without our country. Division on every issue seems to widen. Each year our culture further alienates biblical truth, and the strength and spirit of our nation weakens. Godly people are praying, so why the continued downward trend?

Consider an answer right out of the mouth of Messiah. When the disciples came to Him asking why they could not cast out a particular demonic spirit, Jesus replied, “This kind only comes out by prayer and fasting” (Mark 9:29). Sometimes prayer alone is not enough.

The Lord has set my heart to call the people of God to spiritual battle on behalf of our nation using His ultimate spiritual weapon. For this reason, I urge you, please join us in prayer and fasting on National Day of Prayer, Thursday, May 5, 2016.

Suggested prayer requests during the fast: 

  1. Personal cleansing, surrender to God and filling of the Holy Spirit.
  2. Spiritual renewal in your home and church family, that the people of God in America will be strengthened and prepared for the future.
  3. Awakening, for truth to be resurrected in our land, and for the Spirit of the Lord to move powerfully calling every lost person to repentance and faith in Christ.
  4. Restoration and unification of our leaders in His name, and especially for His will to be done in the coming elections.

“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.” II Chronicles 7:14 KJV

Family of God, it is time to do more. Please consider making fasting a regular part of your life. How much of Heaven and earth could we impact if we all fasted one meal per week? Or one day per month?

Please share this with your family of faith on social media. Let’s make a difference in the most powerful way the Lord gave us: through prayer and fasting!

Ninevah Fasted and God Spared Disaster

Most of us are familiar with the story of Jonah and the whale. You remember, how Jonah didn’t want to do what God asked of him, so God sent along a large fish to swallow Jonah and carry him to the very place he didn’t want to go. Of course, he spent three days and nights in the belly of the fish where he got his heart right first.

That’s the story most of us were taught as children in Sunday School. But there is another miracle in the story we probably don’t remember as easily, maybe an even bigger one than a large fish swallowing a human who lived to tell the tale!

It is the miracle of fasting, accompanied by prayer and repentance. And how this powerful combination of sincere spiritual submission changed God’s mind!

Recall, the reason God wanted Jonah to go to Ninevah in the first place was to warn them His judgment was coming. He had gotten sick of their rebellious ways and was giving them, well, 40 days by the time Jonah finally got there. Only 40 days till disaster.

When Ninevah got this warning from Jonah, the second miracle happened. They believed him. And they repented, began fasting and praying! All the way up to the King, all the way down to the least of the kingdom believed and repented, fasted and prayed!

Then there was a third miracle: God changed His mind! He spared them and did not bring the disaster to their shores.

Friends, the power of getting right with God is huge. There is nothing like total submission and letting God know you are serious, that you will even deny yourself pleasure and risk a little discomfort to seek Him, to be right with Him.

Let’s learn from the story, the whole story of Jonah and Ninevah. American children of God, we’ve been warned by precious saints like Rabbi Jonathan Cahn in his profound book, The Harbinger. A time of judgment is headed our way. Surely it is already touching our shores as the edge of a hurricane.

It is not too late. But, the time is now to repent, fast and pray for our nation.

Please join us on May 5th, 2016, fasting 24 hours and praying for our nation, in conjunction with National Day of Prayer. Check previous posts (and future ones) for details.

God bless you!

Jonah Warns Nineveh of God’s Judgment

Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it the message that I tell you.” So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city, three days’ journey in breadth. Jonah began to go into the city, going a day’s journey. And he called out, “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” And the people of Nineveh believed God. They called for a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them to the least of them.

The People of Nineveh Repent and FAST

The word reached the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, removed his robe, covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. And he issued a proclamation and published through Nineveh, “By the decree of the king and his nobles: Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste anything. Let them not feed or drink water, but let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and let them call out mightily to God. Let everyone turn from his evil way and from the violence that is in his hands. Who knows? God may turn and relent and turn from his fierce anger, so that we may not perish.”

God Changes His Mind

10 When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, God relented of the disaster that he had said he would do to them, and he did not do it.

Jonah 3  English Standard Version (ESV)

A Time to Fast

Joel 2:15-18

Pray to the Lord

15 Blow the trumpet at Zion.
    Call for a special meeting.
    Call for a special time of fasting.
16 Bring the people together.
    Call for a special meeting.
Bring together the old men,
    the children, and the small babies still at their mothers’ breasts.
Let the bride and her new husband
    come from their bedroom.
17 Let the priests, the Lord’s servants,
    cry between the porch and the altar.
All of them should say this: “Lord, have mercy on your people.
    Don’t let your people be put to shame.
    Don’t let other people tell jokes about your people.
Don’t let the other nations laugh at us and say,
    ‘Where is their God?’”

The Lord Will Restore the Land

18 Then the Lord cared very much about his land.
    He felt sorry for his people.

Joel 2:15-18 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

 

Friends in Christ, THIS is our time to fast and pray for our nation.

Please join us on May 5, 2016, in conjunction with National Day of Prayer, to fast 24 hours for the restoration of our nation.

There is hope the Lord will have mercy on us and restore our land. But, we must do our part. It is a time to set aside pleasure and call on the great name of Jehovah for our country. We may witness the greatest awakening of our time if we seek it with all of our hearts.

Share this with as many as you know in the family of faith!

May His will be done in our people and in our nation. Amen.