If my people, who are called by My Name will humble themselves… 2 Chr 7:14
Dear Praying Friends,
Just weeks from now, churches across America will observe the Call2Fall. Sunday, June 29th, we will humble ourselves and acknowledge our national dependence upon God before we celebrate Independence Day just five days later. Humility is the first requirement of God’s conditional promise in 2 Chronicles 7:14. I pray that your church will take part in this observance. Andrew Murray (1828-1917) authored over 240 books, many classics on prayer. His Humility, a short poignant treatise on the topic, is also a classic. This comes from Andrew Murray:
Humble yourselves in His sight, and acknowledge that you have grieved the Holy Spirit by your self-will, self-confidence, and self-effort. Bow humbly before him in the confession of that, and ask him to break the heart and to bring you into the dust before Him… You must deny self once for all…
Let us bow before God in humility and in that humility confess before Him the state of the whole Church… Just think of the Christians around you…hundreds and thousands of honest, earnest Christians who are not living a life in the power of God or to His glory. So little power, so little devotion or consecration to God, so little perception of the truth that a Christian is a man utterly surrendered to God’s will! Oh, we want to confess the sins of God’s people… and to humble ourselves. We are members of that sickly body, and the sickliness of the body will hinder us, and break us down, unless we come to God, and in confession separate ourselves from partnership with worldliness, with coldness toward each other, unless we give up ourselves to be entirely and wholly for God…
Let us make confession. But as we confess the state of the Church and the feebleness and sinfulness of work for God among us, let us come back to ourselves. Who is there who truly longs to be delivered from the power of the self-life, who truly acknowledges that it is the power of self and the flesh, and who is willing to cast all at the feet of Christ? There is deliverance (see Andrew Murray, Absolute Surrender)
Americans are not known for their humility. Perhaps that is why the Lord led Tony Perkins to initiate the Call2Fall on our knees (see Call2Fall History). Search the internet to find photographs of Christians on their knees in prayer and there are very few candid photos of individuals or groups. There are posed photos, animated pictures and clip art that ministries use but not many that document Christians on their knees in actual prayer. I pray that you and your church will be participating with us and churches in all 50 states to observe the Call2Fall on June 29, the Sunday before Independence Day, the 4th of July.
Sudan Retracts Promise to Free Meriam Ibrahim - A Christian mother sentenced to a hundred lashes and death by hanging for refusing to recant Christ and for marrying an American Christian man remains in prison. Meriam, her newborn baby girl and 20-month old son remain in the overcrowded, filthy, disease ridden Khartoum cell where, during the summer months, more than one baby dies every day on average. Officials say Meriam will be hanged after the baby is weaned. The reversal shocked praying believers, who rejoiced over the announcement of her soon release. Lawyers are appealing Meriam’s case, but her husband, Daniel Wani, does not believe it will happen. So far, U.S. public action has been limited to expressions of concern. Meriam’s husband was told by the U.S. Embassy in Sudan that it “doesn’t have time” to intervene. The U.S. must intervene to secure the release of this innocent woman and her children, before the Sharia-dominated Sudanese justice system carries out this injustice against God and man. Please pray and sign the White House petition launched by Tony Perkins. If 100,000 people sign, the President has promised he will take action (approx. 39,000 have been received). White House inaction to grant Meriam and her children refugee status sharply contrasts with new administration policy allowing Muslims with limited involvement in terrorist activities to immigrate to the U.S. (see Reversal, FRC’s WhiteHouse.gov Petition; No Empathy).
- May God intervene to save Meriam Ibrahim and her children! May 100,000 signatures be quickly added to the White House Petition. May President Obama use his authority to secure Meriam and her children’s release! May Meriam be received as a refugee under U.S. Law and her children, both eligible American citizens, be brought home to safety. (1 Sam 24:15 Pr 24:10-12; Ps 9:9-10; 17:13-15; 22:4; 19-22; 142:5-7; Lk 18:1-8)
Christian Baker Ruled Discriminatory, Must undergo Re-Education - In what is becoming a contemporary trend, a Christian baker in Colorado has been declared in violation of state discrimination laws for refusing to bake a cake to celebrate a homosexual marriage – even though same-sex “marriage” is illegal in his state. The baker and his staff have been ordered to undergo “re-education.” Activist pro-homosexual judges seem to have found a “penumbra” in the Constitution that raises homosexual rights above First Amendment religious liberty. Christian baker, Jack Phillips, says he will stop baking all wedding cakes, rather than compromise his beliefs (see Forced to Bake Wedding Cakes; Let them Eat Cake).
- May God bless and guide Jack Phillips and all who stand for righteousness in the war to impose immorality upon those who follow Christ with faith and obedience. May Religious Freedom, the cornerstone of all Freedoms, be revived in America! May our nation’s leaders and courts become champions of this precious liberty again, and May this anti-Christian trend be reversed as God’s people take a stand for what is right (Ps 106:2; Is 10:11; Dan 3:16-18; Mt 5:10; Acts 5:29; Rom 4:11-12)
Taxpayer Funded Sex-Change Operations -Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel personally approved a taxpayer funded sex-change operation for Pvt. Bradley Manning, who is serving time in a military prison for his traitorous delivery of classified military secrets to the notorious Wikileaks. But the use of taxpayer dollars to pay for the up-to-$50,000 operation is being expanded across the nation, led by the federal government. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has quietly announced that Medicare will also begin paying for operations. While there is a scandal involving the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) denying and delaying medical care to deserving service members, some of whose deaths could have been prevented, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is making sex-change hormone therapy and counseling available to any veterans who seek it. In fact, Pvt. Bradley Manning, now “Chelsea,” the WikiLeaks traitor in Ft. Leavenworth military prison, was fast tracked (Medicare to Cover; Explainer: What You Should Know About the VA Scandal; While Vets Die; (Sex) Change we can Believe in).
- May God’s people repent and fulfill all the conditions of 2 Chronicles 7:14 so that God can heal our land and reverse the radical sinful confusion that is being pushed upon our nation, and that we are now being forced to pay for. May we persist and grow in effective intercessory and spiritual warfare prayer. (Ex 23:2; Jer 22:1-5; Jonah 3:1-10; Lk 18:1-8; 1Co 6:18-20; Jas 5:17-20; Jude 7).
These are unusually challenging days. Nationwide repentance beginning with God’s people is paramount, even critical. Please take time to spread the word about Call2Fall and help us do our part to effect awareness of God’s greater call to repent and to stand in the gap for our nation on this and every day. Thank you for praying!