A Call To Change The Heart Of A Nation
June 23, 2008
By Email of the Week
A Call to Change the Heart of a Nation
Contributed by the Embassy for World Peace
The Embassy for World Peace is dedicated to the task of influencing needy nations with spiritual revival and societal transformation. This mission is achieved through public awareness, education, training, and working with community and government leaders. (Psalm 2)
In light of the diverse natural tragedies occurring across the nation, we are calling spiritual leaders and all praying people to stand in the gap, asking God to intervene with His mercy for America. It is also believed by many that the future of America lies in the balance with the upcoming election of a new president of the United States of America.
Since there are many in this nation who understand this, we are asking Church leaders to dedicate some pulpit time on July Fourth weekend for corporate prayer on behalf of the United States of America, its citizens and its future. This should be non-political in any way using 2 Chronicles 7:14,15 as a guideline for prayer.
During the week of the nation's Independence Celebration, we are asking those who fear God to come together for corporate prayer in churches, homes and places of business to ask God to rend the heavens and come down again in His mercy and loving-kindness and visit this nation. As a nation, we must turn our hearts back to respect and trust God as He is revealed in His Word, the Holy Bible.
The below information is a suggested guideline that you can use for such times of prayer. Begin with Scripture and allow the Holy Spirit to guide; remembering that we are asking the Creator God of the Universe to change the hearts and minds of the people and to redeem the soul of the nation.
The USA Solemn Assembly is a trumpet call to praying people everywhere to stand in the gap for the nation with repentance and prayer, mobilizing the Christian community to intercede for America and its leadership in the five centers of power: Church, Family, Education, Government and Media. (2 Chronicles 7:14,15)
The primary purpose of the USA Solemn Assembly is to dedicate a time of repentance and prayer where we will ask the Lord to forgive our sins, for the restoration of the church and for the healing of the nation.
Isaiah 21:6, "Go set a watchman, that he may declare what he sees."
The USA Solemn Assembly is also calling Christians across the nation to unite in prayer until America experiences a Spiritual Awakening; following the example of the first believers who joined together constantly in prayer (Acts 1:14) until the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. There are also examples when they prayed without ceasing, until God answered their prayers (Acts 12:1-19).
America needs a spiritual awakening and the Church needs revival. Pray that our nation will return to a fear of God; that multitudes will be convicted of their sin and turn to Him, that they might live righteously before Him. Righteousness exalts a nation but sin is a reproach to any people.
Continue to diligently seek God to be merciful to us in the leader He will give us as the President of the United States. By leaving politics out of our prayers, we surrender the fate of the nation to God, for "It is He who changes the times and the epochs; He removes kings and establishes kings; He gives wisdom to wise men and knowledge to men of understanding" (Daniel 2:21).
Daniel began to intercede earnestly with prayer and fasting for the promised restoration, according to the fulfillment of God's word. His intercession is a model example for standing in the gap for the nation.
First, Daniel humbled himself before God. Daniel 9:3 - "And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes." Verse 5 - "We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgments....
Second, Daniel pleaded for God to turn away his anger and fury. Daniel 9:16-19 - "O Lord, according to all thy righteousness, I beseech thee, let thine anger and thy fury be turned away from thy city Jerusalem, thy holy mountain: because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and thy people are become a reproach to all that are about us." (V17) "Now therefore, O our God, hear the prayer of thy servant, and his supplications, and cause thy face to shine upon thy sanctuary that is desolate, for the Lord's sake." (V.18) "O my God, incline thine ear, and hear; open thine eyes, and behold our desolations, and the city which is called by thy name: for we do not present our supplications before thee for our righteousness, but for thy great mercies." (V.19) "O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine own sake, O my God: for thy city and thy people are called by thy name."
Sincerely in Christ, Rev. Ruth Schofield
Chairman / Embassy for World Peace