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America’s Nineveh Hour!

America still has a window of opportunity to stand in the gap to spare the nation from severe judgment. The key is to repent of personal and national sins, and the general complacency of the Church. If we are truly going to experience revival, we must look to the pattern the Lord gave us in 2 Chronicles 7:14.

Various threats loom over the nation:

  1. Economic Collapse: Economists have been warning of a planned devaluation of the dollar. (The dollar no longer has gold backing)
  1. Warnings of terrorist attacks larger than 9/11: Nuclear plants are unsecured. The nation’s grid is vulnerable to an EMP attack. Soft targets like schools, malls, and public transportation are at great risk. Large cities are also at high risk, i.e.; Terrorist leaders continue to threaten NYC, and claim they will fly the Muslim flag over the White House.
  1. Natural Disasters: Earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, massive fires, etc.

*With a humble, contrite spirit, we repent_____________ Lord, You are merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against You.  But this day we are covered with shame. We pray with a contrite spirit according to 2 Chronicles 7:14. 

We are ashamed and embarrassed to lift up our faces to You, for our iniquities have risen above our heads and our guilt has grown even to the heavens. So now, our God, what shall we say?

  • We have sinned and done wrong. 
  • We have been wicked and have rebelled. 
  • We have turned away from Your commands and Your Word.
  • We have not listened to Your servants the prophets who have warned us.
  • We have not obeyed or kept the laws You have given us.
  • We have rationalized and explained away the evidence of Your greatness that we see in Creation around us.
  • We have suppressed the truth that we were created by You and for You, and have exchanged it for the lie that we are masters of our own fate.
  • We do not glorify You as God, nor give thanks to You, but live our lives as though we have no accountability to You.
  • We have looked to our own strength for salvation and have forgotten Your mighty acts of deliverance in the past.  As though the God of Abraham, Moses, David, and Elijah no longer exist.  Or if You do, You no longer involve Yourself in the affairs of Your people.
  • We confess that our faith in You and Your strength is weak, as though what we face today is beyond Your ability to overcome. Or beneath Your interest to intervene.
  • We confess to pride and arrogance that have determined we must face our enemies in our own strength. That this present darkness will pass without Your intervention.
  • We confess to religious intolerance that condemns those who are not like us.
  • We confess to religious indifference that gives lip service to You, but lacks sincere faith so that our lives are lived and our decisions are made as practical atheists—as though You do not exist.

* (The above prayer is excerpted from Anne Graham Lotz’s prayer for Israel.)

Revival is already stirring in the churches across our nation as God’s people return to him in humility, prayer, hunger and repentance. I believe a national awakening is beginning to dawn. God has heard from heaven; however, we still need millions more who are willing to CRY out with repentance.

Regardless of where you are in your spiritual journey at this moment, I encourage you to go back to God’s requirement. Not because He is obligated to send revival because we follow His word, but because He has promised to do so if and when we do.

Ruth Schofield

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Where are my brothers?

We have shouted out to the world, but no-one has listened to us. Where is the Christian conscience? Where is human consciousness? Where are my brothers?

This is the cry coming from 50 hot spot nations around the globe. We invite you to connect with the persecuted Church through Open Doors World Watch List (WWL), which targets the top 50 countries where the persecution of Christians for religious reasons is most severe. You can adopt a country each day and pray along with the prayer points for each one. Visit our website and click onto the World Prayer Map: www.embassyforworldpeace.org

North Korea is #1 – PRAY for the 50,000-70,000 Christians imprisoned in labor camps. Ask God to sustain them. That God would change the heart of Kim Jong-Un, and use him to reform the country. For protection for Open Doors workers and contacts bringing practical and spiritual support to believers.

Syria is #3 – PRAY for protection for the many believers who have chosen to stay in Syria to serve their communities. For Open Doors workers and partners bringing relief to thousands of displaced Christian families. For a peaceful end to the conflict that has torn this country apart.

Iraq is #4 – As the mass exodus of Iraq’s Christians continues, so does the call for ending the plight of those who have remained. Like Iraq’s ancient Jewish community before them, one of the world’s oldest Christian communities may soon cease to exist. The disappearance of Iraq’s religious minorities has been a troubling trend since the US-led invasion in 2003, and it has threatened to end the cultural diversity of Iraq. As the violence in the country spikes and religious intolerance grows, many Christians, Yazidis, Mandaeans and other minority community members are leaving the country. The head of the Iraqi Catholic Church sent a chilling warning that Iraq’s 2,000-year-old Christian community is on the brink of extinction as new waves of Christians take the journey of exodus.

Sudan is #11 – PRAY that God will strengthen and unite Christians as they face increasing pressure from their Islamic extremist government. Praise God for strong civil rights bodies fighting for the oppressed, including Christians; pray that the government will pay attention to their requests. Give thanks that Open Doors is supporting the small but courageous local church in Sudan with discipleship training and community development projects. After being given a death sentence for her Christian faith, Sudanese Meriam Ilbraham and her family miraculously migrated to the U.S. 

South Sudan is the world’s newest nation, gaining independence from Sudan three years ago. But it’s also one of the poorest and most troubled. The neighboring states have clashed periodically since independence, but the most recent fighting has been between the South Sudan’s government and rebels, a quarrel that has been a major factor in their food shortages.

NPR reported that a U.N. helicopter apparently was shot down yesterday (Aug. 26, 2014) while on a routine cargo flight over South Sudan. It illustrates the difficulty of bringing food aid to the war-torn country and the challenge of figuring out how serious that food crisis is. There’s a U.S. agency that’s supposed to make that determination – the Famine Early Warning Systems Network, or FEWS NET. However, as NPR’s Gregory Warner reports, “a lesser-known fact is that by the time the word famine was declared (in Somalia), at least half of its 260,000 victims had already died. In other words, by the time a situation gets as bad as famine, you’ve already arrived too late.”

PRAY for the global Church to respond to Southern Sudan’s food shortages. It is the world’s newest country, and many of South Sudan’s 12million people are on the brink of being wiped out. With the eyes of the world on the escalating violence in the Middle East and the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the plight of South Sudan is going almost unnoticed. Four million people are in desperate need of food and child malnutrition is three times the emergency levels.

Nine years after the peace agreement that ended Sudan’s long war and three years after South Sudan gained independence, Africa’s youngest country is grappling with a new round of conflict, which has created another devastating humanitarian crisis. The UN and other humanitarian agencies refrain, for reasons both technical and political, from calling the conditions a famine. Instead, they speak of “catastrophic food insecurity” and “the world’s worst food crisis.” But no matter what you call it, many South Sudanese are currently facing hunger, disease and death.

In Matthew 25:40, Jesus said, “Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.”

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