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From that time Jesus began to preach… Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Mt 4:17
Dear Praying Friends,
Rev. Richard Owen Roberts’ good friend, Dr. Henry Blackaby (bio), wrote the foreword to Roberts’s 2004, Repentance, the First Word of the Gospel.” Here are excerpts:
Have you ever heard the voice of the “weeping prophet”? … Every true prophet of God shares with Him the pain of a broken heart for the people of God. First, he cries toward God, and with God, in the knowledge of what could have been. Then, he laments with Him over the peoples’ terrible blindness and hardness of heart, with its accompanying tragic loss amid the immeasurable blessings that are assured by God Himself.
Given the nature of sin, God, in His justice, could simply judge His people completely and immediately. But He, in love, desires to extend His mercy, forgiveness, and restoration to all of His people in the hope that they will repent and return to Him… “Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand!” … The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are working all the time to call and to draw people back from their sin to a full relationship with Himself.
This word “repentance” [must] become the first word from God to this generation. It must be clearly and persuasively taught and preached and urged among God’s people, and then, to an eternally… lost world. Roberts…is a true prophet to our generation… To me, true theologians are those who have been in the awesome presence of God and have a clear word from the immediate heart of God to their generation. Richard Owen Roberts is, in my judgment, such a spokesman for God. …
We desperately need men of integrity and spiritual power before God and men. When leaders depart from an intimacy with God, the people soon follow… Their ears become dull of hearing from God and their hearts become hard and heavy, so they will not hear, “lest they… should understand with their heart… be converted, and I should heal them” (Mt 13:15, Is 6:10).
(Henry T. Blackaby, Foreword, Richard Owen Roberts’ Repentance: The First Word of the Gospel).
Rev. Richard Owen Roberts, the “weeping prophet Blackaby describes, will speak at FRC headquarters next Tuesday, July 29th at 12 Noon (see rortrust.org). We would love to have you join us in person for his hour-long lecture or to view the webcast live via the internet. Please register here, and spread the word to praying friends!
Prayer Targets: Christian Zionism; Assault on Israel; RFRA; If 7:14; Prayer & Fasting, Pastors, More
Dear Praying Friends,
After 26 years as a U.S. Treasury agent, John P. McTernan became co-founder and Chaplain of Cops for Christ and a pro-life leader. In 2001, he and White House Correspondent Bill Koenig co-authored Israel: The Blessing or the Curse. His 2008 book, As America has Done to Israel, analyzes our nation’s relationship with the Jewish people and the State of Israel in light of Scripture. He points to evangelist William Blackstone (1841-1935) as the progenitor of modern Christian Zionism:
America had several powerful spiritual revivals that touched the entire nation. The Great Awakening of the 1740s… 1800, a great revival started in Kentucky and spread eastward until it affected the entire nation. The Second Awakening began in 1820… and shook the nation. Toward the end of the nineteenth century, huge segments of American Christianity began focusing on the second coming of the Lord Jesus and the rebirth of the nation of Israel… Powerful evangelists like D. L. Moody and William E. Blackstone were proclaiming this as were hundreds of lesser-known preachers. Blackstone’s book Jesus Is Coming (1878) affected millions of people.
Amid this revival, Russian Jews began pouring into America. The horrors of the Russian pogroms touched the hearts of American Christians, who began to help by providing food, clothes, and medical attention. The crisis awakened the church to the need for a Jewish homeland. Blackstone became the leader of this movement and traveled extensively throughout America promoting a Jewish homeland in Palestine… In 1890, Blackstone chaired a conference called, “The Past, Present and Future of Israel.” Some of the most influential leaders in the Jewish and Christian communities attended… Blackstone felt resolutions they produced were not strong enough, and met with President Benjamin Harrison and Secretary of State James Blaine to present to them a document, later called a Memorial, entitled “What Shall Be Done for the Russian Jews?” It helped spearhead the Zionist movement. Modern Zionism actually sprang from the church in the United States. The church… believed it was time for Jews to go back to their biblical homeland… six years before world Jewry initiated the first Zionist Congress.
More than four hundred leading Americans signed the Memorial. Religious leaders [including] D. L. Moody, leading members of Congress and mayors, powerful industrialists and bank presidents including John D. Rockefeller, J. P. Morgan, Cyrus McCormick, and Charles Scribner, editors and publishers from ninety-three leading national newspapers and religious periodicals… Most of America was behind protecting Jews and the creation of a Jewish nation… Cyrus H. McCormick, president of McCormick Harvester accompanied the Memorial with a letter declaring his deep belief in the Bible as the literal word of God. Quoting Isaiah 49:22 and Ezekiel 34, Blackstone requested that the President and Secretary of State take a personal interest in this matter expectant that God would bless (per His covenant in Genesis 12:3). While Harrison mentioned the plight of the Jews in his State of the Union Speech, he did not further follow through. But the spiritual force of the church was now engaged in a real way for God’s restoration of Israel. This awakening never died in America and remains alive to this day. (John McTernan, As America Has Done to Israel, 2008; edited for space).
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. 1 Timothy 2:5
Dear Praying Friends,
Joseph Story (1779-1845) was in appointed by President James Madison to the U.S. Supreme Court. At age 32, having served one term in the U.S. House of Representatives, Story was the youngest justice ever to be appointed. In 1827, while a sitting Justice, he became Chairman of Harvard Law School and led the fledgling institution to become the world’s most prestigious Law School. Story died in office after 34 years, but his writings, especially his Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States (1833), became the cornerstone of legal philosophy throughout the 19th Century. In the Court’s unanimous 1844 opinion in Vidal v. Girard’s Executors, Story affirmed what was universally acknowledged until late in the 20th Century, that America is a Christian nation. Story wrote:
The real object of the First Amendment was, not to countenance, much less to advance Mahometanism (sic), or Judaism, or infidelity, by prostrating Christianity; but to exclude all rivalry among Christian sects, and to prevent any national ecclesiastical establishment, which should give to an hierarchy the exclusive patronage of the national government. It thus cut off the means of religious persecution, (the vice and pest of former ages,) and of the subversion of the rights of conscience in matters of religion, which had been trampled upon almost from the days of the Apostles to the present age. The history of the parent country had afforded the most solemn warnings and melancholy instructions on this head; and even New England, the land of the persecuted puritans, as well as other colonies, where the Church of England had maintained its superiority, would furnish out a chapter, as full of the darkest bigotry and intolerance, as any, which should be found to disgrace the pages of foreign annals. Apostasy, heresy, and nonconformity had been standard crimes for public appeals, to kindle the flames of persecution, and apologize for the most atrocious triumphs over innocence and virtue… The Catholic and the Protestant, the Calvinist and the Arminian, the Jew and the Infidel, may sit down at the common table of the national councils, without any inquisition into their faith, or mode of worship…
Why may not the Bible, and especially the New Testament, without note or comment, be read and taught as a Divine Revelation in the [school] – its general precepts expounded, its evidences explained and its glorious principles of morality inculcated? …
Well into the 20th Century our leaders called America a Christian nation. Today, they’ve removed the Bible from our schools. Bible-believing Americans must engage in extraordinary prayer and boldly stand for Jesus, righteousness and religious liberty!
Prayer Targets: Sam Adams; Call2Fall; Meriam Ibrahim; Supreme Court Rulings; IRS, March for Marriage, ENDA, Israel
Gather the people, consecrate the assembly; gather the children, those nursing at the breast. Let the bridegroom leave his room and the bride her chamber. Let the priests, who minister before the LORD, weep between the [porch] and the altar. Let them say, “Spare your people, LORD. Do not make your inheritance an object of scorn, a byword among the nations. Why should they say among the peoples, ‘Where is their God?’” Joel 2:16-17
Dear Praying Friends,
Samuel Adams (1722-1803), called the “Father of the American Revolution,” helped organize the Massachusetts Committee of Correspondence (leading to the forming of committees in all 13 Colonies; eventually the Continental Congress). Adams’ fearless public oratory instigated the Boston Tea Party. A Continental Congressman (1774-1781) and signer of the Declaration, Adams was a staunch believer in Jesus Christ. On February 28, 1795, while Governor of Massachusetts, Adams called the people to a day of fasting, humiliation, and prayer:
THE supreme Ruler of the Universe, having been pleased, in the course of his Providence, to establish the Independence of the United States of America, and to cause them to assume their rank, among the nations of the Earth, and bless them with Liberty, Peace and Plenty; we ought to be led by Religious feelings of Gratitude; and to walk before Him, in all Humility, according to his most Holy Law. But, as the depravity of our Hearts has, in so many instances drawn us aside from the path of duty, so that we have frequently offended our Divine and Merciful Benefactor; it is therefore highly incumbent on us, according to the ancient and laudable practice of our pious Ancestors, to open the year by a public and solemn Fast. That with true repentance and contrition of Heart, we may unitedly implore the forgiveness of our Sins, through the merits of Jesus Christ, and humbly supplicate our Heavenly Father, to grant us the aids of his Grace, for the amendment of our Hearts and Lives, and vouchsafe his smiles upon our temporal concerns:
I HAVE therefore thought fit to appoint, and with the advice and consent of the Council, I do hereby appoint Thursday, the Second Day of April next, to be observed as a Day of Public Fasting, Humiliation and Prayer throughout this Commonwealth: Calling upon the Ministers of the Gospel, of every Denomination, with their respective Congregations, to assemble on that Day, and devoutly implore the Divine forgiveness of our Sins, To pray that the Light of the Gospel, and the rights of Conscience, may be continued to the people of United America; and that his Holy Word may be improved by them, so that the name of God may be exalted, and their own Liberty and Happiness secured.-That he would be graciously pleased to bless our Federal Government; that by a wise administration, it may be a sure guide and safe protection in national concerns, for the people who have established, and who support it; That He would continue to us the invaluable Blessings of Civil Liberty; guarding us against intestine commotions; and enabling the United States, in the exercise of such Governmental powers, as are devolved upon them, so that the honor and dignity of our Nation, upon the Sea and the Land, may be supported, and Peace with the other Powers of the World, upon safe and honorable terms, may be maintained.
That he would direct the administration of our Federal and State Governments, so that the lives, liberties and property of all the Citizens, and the just rights of the People, as Men and Citizens, may be forever acknowledged, and at all times defended, by Constitutions, founded upon equal rights; and by good and wholesome Laws, wisely and judiciously administered and duly executed.
That he would enable Legislators and Magistrates of this Commonwealth, to discharge the important duties incumbent on them, that the People may have good reason to feel themselves happy and safe, and lead quiet and peaceable lives in all Godliness and Honesty.
That he would …crown…by his blessing… our Commerce, and all the labor of our Hands to affect our minds with a sense of our entire dependence upon Him, and of his great goodness towards us, that when we may present ourselves before Him… our thank-offerings, our Hearts may by his grace, be prepared to do it in a manner acceptable to Him…
That He would in his great Mercy, remember the unhappy state of our Fellow-Citizens and others, who are groaning under bondage, in a foreign Land. That He would soften the Hearts of those who have led them captive, inclining that People to show them favor during their Captivity, and in His own due time open a door for their relief: And finally, that He would over-rule all the confusions that are in the Earth, of the speedy establishment of the Redeemer’s Kingdom, which consisteth in Righteousness and Peace.
And I do recommend to the People of this Commonwealth, to abstain from all unnecessary Labor and Recreation on the said Day… Boston, February 28th, in the Year of our Lord, 1795, the 19th year of the Independence of the United States of America.
Every word is pertinent today. This hearty call to prayer and fasting was made in a time of national blessing: the war over, the nation prospering. Yet the Founders knew that continued success in our nation was dependent upon God, just as was our Founding. More than any external foe, they feared America’s straying from a posture of humility and dependence upon God.
But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. James 4:6
Dear Praying Friends,
Dr. Ronnie Floyd has been Senior Pastor of Northwest Arkansas’ Cross Church since 1986. With five campuses in the region, the church has baptized over 17,000 believers. Floyd, joined with other leading pastors in 2013, issued a nationwide “Call to Pray” to Southern Baptist pastors. Several hundred pastors gathered in Dallas, Texas for 24 hours of prayer for awakening in America and revival in our nation’s churches. Yesterday (6/10/2014), delegates to the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) elected Floyd the 60th President of America’s largest Protestant denomination. Glimpses from Dr. Floyd’s prayer journal can help us to prepare for the Call2Fall:
Here are some of my reflections… as I wrote them in my journal: God’s purpose in my fasting is to humble me so I can give all my energies to Him, so He can enlarge my boundaries and use me in a greater way for His service. . . I have had to go through the pain and endure the suffering to be used anywhere. God has given me a new power and authority. Lord, show me my pride as You see it in my life. Break me, God. Expose my sin to me. Empower me to repent of sin. Help me to seek Your face. Fill me with tears and a heart for personal revival, church revival, nationwide revival, and global revival. God, create within me an openness to You concerning all things, freeing me from any personal or ministry bondage, so I can receive all that Jesus wants to give and demonstrate through me. God, confession and a repentance of sin that will fill me with tears and a heart for America and the world. O Lord, show me my pride as You see it. I have been so blinded by it. Cleanse me of my pride. It is sin. It is a slap in the face of God…
I need You, God, to come over me with Your power and Your might. Unto you, Jesus, be the glory and power. I give it all up to You and Your power. I pray today would be the day when God falls on me. Empower my will. I pray for a God-happening. Lord, open my heart to Your Word. Thank You, O God, for Your anointing. In Jesus’ name.
Right now, God is wanting to usher in a great spiritual awakening across this land through this mighty gateway to His supernatural power, which provides the impetus for spiritual breakthroughs to occur. When it comes in power, this awakening will be the manifested presence of God in the lives of His people. It will cut through the clutter; it will demand we get our spiritual houses in order; and it will happen only when we keep our hearts and eyes focused on Jesus. This awakening will be nothing more or less than a fresh, new awareness of the importance of obedience to God. It will transcend all man-made barriers. It will come only when God’s people humble themselves and pray, stand with God in His holy presence, and see sins for what they are: conscious, willful alienation from Almighty God. The immediacy of the hour calls us to act now-not later.
Revival will not come from the next election — as important as it is to exercise our right to vote. It will not come when the economy bounces back. It will not come because the car industry or the housing industry comes back strong. It will not come from playing church or maintaining the status quo. It will not come when we do not live like Jesus is Lord of every area of our lives. All of this is a guaranteed formula for failure. Revival, and the spiritual future of our nation, will be determined by the people of God who will get down on their knees, pray, fast, and believe that God is bigger than their circumstances, bigger than any election, bigger than the Democrats, bigger than the Republicans, and much bigger than we are. While we are in a dark midnight crisis spiritually in our nation, through prayer and fasting spiritual breakthroughs await us (Ronnie W. Floyd, The Power of Prayer and Fasting, 2009).
Like the call in Joel 2:12-18, America needs a biblical solemn assembly, a united season of repentance, prayer and seeking God’s face in churches across America. Such a day of prayer, called by the Second Continental Congress took place on July 20th, 1775. Three million Americans gathered in churches throughout the 13 Colonies to repent and seek God’s face after the “shot heard round the world,” was fired on April 19th, when British regulars marched into armed conflict at Lexington Green, Mass. Eight members of the local militia, raised at the recommendation of Pastor Jonas Clark and members of his church, died in the battle that marked the official beginning of the War for Independence.