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Why should they say, “Where is their God?”

Sometimes it has to get dark before the dawn comes so we will humble ourselves in repentance and ask God to relent of the judgment we deserve (2 Chronicles 7:14).

Anne Graham Lotz recently said, “I believe God will return to us, but we first must return to Him. There is a pattern for prayer that works. It is a prayer that moves heaven and changes nations. It did in Daniel’s day, and there’s no reason that it can’t in our day if we would get serious about prayer, get on our knees and pray like Daniel did.”

Pastors: America is facing an urgent moment. We must seek the Lord now. We must blow the trumpet, warn the people and pray. Joel 2:17, “Let the priests, who minister to the Lord, weep between the porch and the altar; let them say, ‘Spare Your people, O Lord, and do not give Your heritage to reproach, that the nations should rule over them. Why should they say among the peoples, ‘Where is their God?’”

WHAT CAN WE DO?

First, Christians need to pray for the candidates; and be faithful to pray for the one who wins the election. It is not the Church’s mission to change the world through the political system; our mission is to present the Gospel, to get on our knees and pray for those who are in leadership positions as Paul commanded in 1 Timothy 2:2-4.

We are obligated to pray for whoever is voted into office, either Republican or Democrat. Pray that God would give them His wisdom and understanding, and surround them with counselors who would lead them in the right direction (Isaiah 11:2-4).

Second, as an American citizen, it is our privilege and responsibility to vote. Christians should never opt out of voting when they don’t like a particular candidate. The vote is a God-given privilege that has been fought for and died for and we all have a civic duty to exercise the right to vote. This nation is a blessing from God, and America has been a blessing to the world. God appoints leaders and He removes some, and no one is going to be in that position of power unless God puts them there (Daniel 2:21). Sometimes we get what we deserve.

Third, vote biblical values. A Bible believing Christian should find it difficult to vote for a Democrat because of that party’s liberal anti-God, pro-abortion, LGBT platform. While neither party represents a perfect manifesto, the Republican platform embraces Judeo-Christian principles with their support for a pro-life culture and traditional family values.

Fourth, let your voice be heard regarding the issues that threaten first and second amendment rights, and those that desecrate the moral well-being of society. For example, join with tens of thousands that have already taken action and send the following message to your representatives in the U.S. Congress today. Ask your leaders to intervene and protect America’s children:

“President Obama has once again abused his executive power by overreaching into the bathrooms, showers and locker rooms of our nation’s schools. The time is overdue for Congress to stand up against the unlawful actions of this president. The U.S. Congress is still the voice of the American people, and we are asking our representatives and senators to resist President Obama’s transgender bathroom order, which places our women and daughters at risk in public schools, universities and public restrooms. The American people are furious that the president would try to take students hostage to its radical agenda. I join with the ranks of dozens of local and state governments who are fighting back in the courtroom. I strongly urge you to take action to protect our children and stop the Obama administration’s radical overreach.”

Resources:  Anne Graham Lotz; CBN News; Family Research Council

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A Prophet Speaks — Holding America’s Leaders Accountable!!

Rabbi Jonathan Cahn has called out President Barack Obama and Supreme Court justices for overruling “the rulings of the Most High” regarding marriage.

The author of The Harbinger and The Mystery of the Shemitah made the remarks during a pointed speech and powerful prayer on Capitol Hill at the “Washington: A Man of Prayer” annual event on April 27th. (This message was also given on National Day of Prayer on Capitol Hill.)

“The last time we gathered here on this hill was the day after the Supreme Court heard the case to decide the future of marriage in this nation,” Cahn recalled in the speech. “Two months after we gathered here, America’s highest court struck down the order of God, and the day on which it did was the 9th of Tammuz, the ancient day of mourning that commemorates the day that Israel’s hedge of protection was removed, and the approach of judgment.”

“And so it must be asked this day, ‘Supreme Court justices, where did you get the authority to overrule the rulings of the Most High?'” Cahn questioned. “And by what authority did you strike down the laws of the Almighty? You are neither the highest court nor the final authority. There is a Supreme Judge with a Supreme Justice that does not sleep forever.”

Cahn also questioned the actions of President Obama.

“And Mr. President when you assumed the office of your presidency, did you not lay your hand on the Word of God and swear before Him, ‘So help me, God’? And yet on the day that the Supreme Court struck down the order of God, you issued the order that the White House be illumined by the colors of the rainbow to celebrate that striking down,” Cahn said.

“Mr. President, by what authority did you take the sacred colors of God’s covenant, the colors of His throne, and the sign of His mercy in the face of judgment and turn them against the purposes of God and the Word of God on which you swore your oath?” he continued.

Cahn also compared America to ancient Israel in his speech.

“In the history of this world, only two civilizations came into existence on the solitary foundation that God’s calling and purpose was the reason. The first was Israel; the second was America,” he said. “But as ancient Israel turned away from her God and His ways, so, too, has America.”

“The city on the hill founded for the purpose and glory of God drew God out of its government, out of its culture, out of its public squares,” he continued. “It celebrated ungodliness and called evil good and good evil.”

“It lifted up the most innocent and helpless of its inhabitants and slaughtered them on the altars of self-obsession,” he said.

Cahn also described the United States as a place that has lost its moral compass.

“The city on the hill has grown darkened. It has forgotten the God of its foundation,” he said. “The temples of its culture have been expunged of His presence and are now filled with idols in His place.”

“It’s forgotten the warning that was embedded in the vision of the city on the hill,” he continued. “For it was also written and prophesied, ‘If our hearts shall turn away so we will not obey, but shall be seduced and worship other gods, our pleasures and our profits, and serve them, we shall surely perish.’ In other words, we will stand at the precipice of judgment.”

Cahn added, however, in spite of the ominous condition of the country, hope is found in God.

“And so we’ve come here to Capitol Hill this night because as long as God lives, there is hope,” he said. “And we here place our trust in that hope, and we declare that the good is stronger than the evil, the light will overcome the darkness.”

“We resolve that we will not yield to that darkness but will hold to the light, and we’ll lift up that light and shine that light into the darkness,” he continued. “We will stand against the night, and if the dark grows darker, we will shine yet brighter.”

“We have come to Washington, D.C., not to seek the agency of government, but the Agency of the Holy Spirit,” he said. “Not to lobby those who occupy high offices, but to beseech him who occupies the office of the Most High.”

Cahn also declared the need for revival.

“And not to invoke the authority of man, but to call forth the power of the Almighty for revival. For there is no other hope but revival, and we now commit ourselves to pray for that revival. And not only to pray for that revival  but by the power of God to live and walk in that revival,” he continued.

Cahn concluded his speech at the Capitol Hill event with his own stirring prayer.

“We have come to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to the God of Moses and the God of Elijah, to the God of the Red Sea and the Resurrection, to the God of the impossible. We have come to the throne of the Sovereign Almighty Living God of Israel, and we cry out, have mercy, have mercy, have mercy on this land!” he exclaimed.

“Lift up again your eyes upon this land and have mercy! Let your power again be seen in this nation! Let it fall upon the heartland! Let it fall upon the coastland! Let it fall upon the cities! Let it fall upon this capital!” he cried out to God.

“Let there be revival in this land! Let the lost be saved, and let the saved be revived! No matter what it takes, let there be revival in the land!” he continued.

“For the rock upon which this city on a hill was built is not politics, not economics and not the power of man. It is the Name of Yeshua Ha-Mashiach, Jesus the Messiah, the Name above all names, the only answer, the only hope, the only way that the city on a hill will again shine with a light of redemption, and once more be a praise and a glory in this earth, so help us God, Amen!” he exclaimed.

Rabbi Cahn is a Messianic Jewish believer who leads the Jerusalem Center/Beth Israel, a worship center just outside New York City.

Source: CBN News

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Millions Unite for the 65th National Day of Prayer

Every year, the National Day of Prayer (NDP) Task Force facilitates several events on Capitol Hill including the National Observance at the Cannon House Office Building. More than five hundred thousand people tune in live each year, via video stream and televised broadcast, for what is sure to be a prayer event highlight reel as representatives from each branch of government, prominent ministries and businesses share encouraging and convicting messages with ambassadors, delegates, and individuals from all walks of life in the historic Caucus Room – and the 65th annual National Day of Prayer observance did not disappoint.

The morning began promptly at 9:00 a.m. eastern with the presentation of the colors by the Joint Armed Forces Color Guard and the National Anthem. Mrs. Shirley Dobson, Chairman of the National Day of Prayer Task Force, kicked off the momentous celebration with a warm greeting and introduction of Rabbi Jonathan Cahn. She then had everyone on the edge of their seats when she made the following statement:

“After 25 years of serving as Chairman of the National Day of Prayer, I am pleased to announce that Mrs. Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of Dr. Billy Graham, will succeed me as the new chairman of the National Day of Prayer Task Force. It is imperative that we preserve this American heritage to insure that this powerful expression of our religious freedom will continue for generations to come. I couldn’t be more grateful that the Lord has laid upon Anne the mantle of leadership for national prayer.  She is eminently qualified to serve the nation in this capacity.  We honor her for accepting this responsibility.”

Immediately, the audience was surprised and yet greatly encouraged by the announcement. A new chapter begins after a quarter century as the mantle of leadership passes to Billy Graham’s daughter.

Rabbi Jonathan Cahn (author of The Harbinger) took the podium first and blessed the occasion with a prophetic message and a personal challenge for how we should view the exercise of prayer and solemn assembly. He then put the Shofar to his lips and belted out what seemed to be the longest held note to echo throughout the halls of Congress in the history of our nation. At that moment, we knew the prayer event had begun and not just in Washington D.C.

The line-up of speakers that followed were second to none with each building on the other, emphasizing repentance and a return to the God of our Fathers. After a series of convicting messages and prayers of reverence to the Almighty, Dr. Tony Evans, the 2016 Honorary Chairman, concluded the gathering with the National Prayer that was spoken aloud in unison by the standing-room only crowd that had remained steadfast throughout the full 3-hour plus gathering.

It was a powerful and fitting way to conclude the National Observance while serving as a springboard to more than 47,000 similar gatherings that took place from coast to coast. In addition, an estimated 90 nations participated in the annual observance along with South Korea, India and Australia where prayer coordinators mobilized thousands to fast and pray for the United States. From pilots flying over capital cities to petition from above, to balloon launches, parades, park gatherings and more, there were millions of prayers lifted up at an unprecedented level. President Barack H. Obama and all 50 Governors unanimously called on Americans to pray. Truly, the 65th annual National Day of Prayer was a historic moment in time for God’s church, across the oceans, to unite in prayer in One Voice. It was the largest such day of prayer in the modern era and already, many have started their planning efforts for May 4, 2017.

Posted by John Bornschein, Vice Chairman, NDOP | May 06, 2016

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