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Friday, May 8, 2015

A CALL TO PRAY FOR OUR NATION


Around five weeks into the Constitutional Convention of 1787, Benjamin Franklin recognized the members were in the midst of a number of divisive issues, at a stalemate while drafting the U. S. Constitution. Soon the delegates would return home to their states. He rose to speak to the assembled delegates, and appealed for reconciliation and for God’s intervention. He challenged them to pray. Franklin’s appeal is recorded here:

"In the beginning of the contest with Great Britain, when we were sensible of danger, we had daily prayer in this room for the Divine protection. Our
"Benjamin Franklin by Joseph Siffrein Duplessis"
National Portrait Gallery, 
London
prayers, sir, were heard, and they were graciously answered. All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of a superintending
Providence in our favor. . . . And have we now forgotten that powerful Friend? Or do we imagine we no longer need His assistance? I have lived, sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth – that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? We have been assured, sir, in the Sacred Writings, that “except the Lord build the House, they labor in vain that build it.” I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without His concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel. . . . I therefore beg leave to move that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business." 

228 years later, many Americans think our nation is in crisis; violence, economic, ethnic, cultural and religious divisions are rampant. People are cynical. Corruption, deceit, and self-serving ambition are pervasive in all areas of government. How can individuals influence all that besets our nation? We can pray. There is power in prayer.

“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.”   
                                                                               1 Timothy 2:1-2

A number of Christian leaders are calling for Americans to observe the nine days between the Day of the Ascension of Jesus and the Day of Pentecost, (May 15th to May 23rd, 2015) for repentance, prayer, and fasting. Note that repentance, prayer, and fasting go hand in hand. Jesus, as well as His disciples fasted and prayed. There are many references throughout the Old and New Testaments to fasting and prayer. This spiritual discipline is not relegated to the early church. Fasting and praying are Bible-based disciplines that Jews and Christians have practiced throughout history. Many people have discovered that observing periods of fasting enhances their prayer lives.

There is no right or wrong fast. It is more about the condition of your heart than it is about the duration or type of fast. It can be as simple as giving up a meal a day or fasting for a longer period. Evaluating your individual health needs should be taken into consideration when determining how long to fast or what kind of a fast is best for you.

A repentant heart is essential in fasting.

“Even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.” Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity. Who knows? He may turn and relent and leave behind a blessing— grain offerings and drink offerings for the Lord your God.
Blow the trumpet in Zion, declare a holy fast, call a sacred assembly.
 Gather the people, consecrate the assembly; bring together the elders,
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 portico 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 2:12-17                                                                                            

"Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain."
                                                                                Psalm 127:1 ESV

“If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 
                                                                                     2 Chron. 7:14





11 comments:

  1. I have not heard about this call for that time period, Janet. Thanks for sharing with our readers!

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    1. Carrie,
      I have and signed up for the daily emails during that time, May 15-23, 2015.
      Anne Graham Lotz calls it Mayday Pray and says:

      "...In these days of desperation and confusion, hopelessness and helplessness, when mountains are collapsing, nations are warring, people are rioting, the earth is quaking, and the enemy is threatening, it’s time to cry out to the Lord! Now! ‪#‎MAYDAYPray‬ Starting May 15th -- Sign up today! http://ow.ly/Muct2"
      her link: http://www.annegrahamlotz.org/events/mayday/
      blessings,Tina

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    2. On a different note Carrie; I finally got my picture posted here (under followers)!!
      Blessings, Tina

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  2. Thanks for stopping by. Several national/international ministries are observing this. Here's one http://www.annegrahamlotz.org/2015/04/30/is-gods-judgment-coming/

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  3. I really enjoyed reading your post Janet on Benjamin Franklin. We truly need to be reminded of the faith of the men and women who help found America!
    Blessings,Tina

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    1. Thanks Mrs Tina. Our founders were courageous men of abiding faith which is evident in their written works.

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  4. Would that everyone - especially the "freedom from religion" people - were properly educated about the foundation of our country. Thank you for this post.

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    1. AMEN! Thanks for stopping by, Judith.

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  5. And yet, poor Mr. Franklin, for all he got right, missed the most important part. From his own writing less than 6 weeks before his death:

    "Here is my Creed," Franklin wrote to Stiles. "I believe in one God, Creator of the Universe. That He governs it by His Providence. That he ought to be worshipped. That the most acceptable Service we render to him, is doing Good to his other Children. That the Soul of Man is immortal, and will be treated with Justice in another Life respecting its Conduct in this ... As for Jesus of Nazareth ... I think the system of Morals and Religion as he left them to us, the best the World ever saw ... but I have ... some Doubts to his Divinity; though' it is a Question I do not dogmatism upon, having never studied it, and think it is needless to busy myself with it now, where I expect soon an Opportunity of knowing the Truth with less Trouble."

    True genius - which Franklin undoubtedly had - doesn't guarantee salvation. You still have to put Christ in His proper place. Sad. While he knew the forms, he missed the heart. Still, he did this country a vast service.

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    1. Let's hope that sometime in those six weeks Franklin saw the Light. None of us know about those divine transactions that take place near one's death. That's my prayer for some of those I hold dear.

      Thanks for stopping by, Pegg.

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