Prayer Targets: Weeping Prophets; Christian Holocaust; ENDA; Israel, More

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!

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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).

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777: URGENT CALL TO PRAYER: DAY SEVEN

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Worthy is the Lamb who was slain,
to receive all
PRAISE

“Hallelujah!  Salvation and glory and power belong to our God, for true and just are His judgments…Hallelujah!  For our Lord God Almighty reigns.  Let us rejoice and be glad and give Him glory!” – Revelation 19:1-2, 6-7
 

Note: For this, our seventh day of prayer, our format is slightly different than the first six days.  Today, we will pray and fast for seven hours.  So the following prayer is laid out hour by hour.  Included in the direction for some of the hours, I have adapted Puritan prayers from Valley of Vision* to help us articulate the cry of our hearts. They will be in italics. I have also made suggestions if you would like some additional direction.

THE FIRST HOUR—WORSHIP

We praise You as the One who declares Your greatness and glory in Creation. The heavens that are pitched like a tent for the sun speak of Your vastness. The sun that never ceases to rise, then set, speaks of Your faithfulness.  The billions of stars that sparkle like diamonds in the dark expanse of the night sky reveal Your vast, personal knowledge, as You call each one by name. The boundaries on the shore that You set for the waves of the sea speak of Your laws that are for our good.  The sparrows that you see fall, and the lilies that You clothe, point to your compassionate, individualized, personal attention.

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777: URGENT CALL TO PRAYER: DAY SIX

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Worthy is the Lamb who was slain,
to receive all
GLORY

The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful word.” – Hebrews 1:3
  • We worship You, Lord Jesus Christ, as God in “homespun and sandals,” come down to perfectly reveal to us the character of the Father. When we want to know what God is like, we can look at You. When we want to know what’s in His heart and what’s on His mind, we can look at You. You illuminate the darkness of our circumstances and the chaotic confusion of our world, giving hope for the future. You are the marvelous, everlasting and all-powerful Light that shines abroad in our hearts that we might no longer walk in the darkness of deception, fear, ignorance and evil, but in the love and light of Your glory.
  • I worship You as _____________
  • We repent of tarnishing Your glory with our bitterness, meanness, unforgiveness, pridefulness, unkindness, rudeness, self-righteousness or any sin that makes others think less of You. We repent of giving others the impression that You tolerate sin because we do.
  • We repent of hiding Your glory in our denominational loyalty that can lead to divisiveness and exclusiveness so that we make others feel they are on the periphery of Your inner circle, and so feel alienated from You.
  • We repent of lashing out to wound others when we’ve been wounded, and so perpetuate the cycle of pain within Your Body, diminishing the radiance of Your unconditional love, mercy, and grace.
  • We repent of running from Your marvelous light back into dark areas of old habits, forbidden relationships and seductive pleasures.
  • We repent of giving You glory, while taking a 10% commission for ourselves.
  • I repent of____________
  • We choose to give You all the glory, and reflect Your glory accurately and winsomely, through the powerful presence of Your Spirit within us, so that others are irresistibly drawn to You.
  • I choose now to___________
  • We ask, as we repent of our sin, that You cleanse and fill us with Yourself so that Your church is filled with Your glory.
  • We ask that Your church, once again, be the Light of the world, like a city on a hill that cannot be hidden, beckoning the lost to come home to You.
  • We ask that our conduct and character would make others want to know You, to love You, and to put their trust in You.
  • I humbly ask that__________

FOR YOUR GLORY,

AMEN

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777: URGENT CALL TO PRAYER: DAY FIVE

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Worthy is the Lamb who was slain,
to receive all
HONOR

Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.  – Philippians 2:9-11
  • We worship You, Lord Jesus, as the name that is above every name. You stand in the solitude of Yourself.  There is no one like You. You are the One who sits on the throne at the center of the Universe. You are the Creator, the Messiah, the Redeemer of Israel, the Savior of the world, the Hope of the Ages. You alone are able to rule the world and fulfill the Father’s purpose for the human race, yet You humbled Yourself to the point of death on the Cross that You might be the ransom for our sin.
  • I worship You as _______________
  • We repent of caring more about our own reputations than Yours.
  • We repent of giving You our left-over money, our left-over time, and even our left-over love, implying You are second-best.
  • We repent of priorities, actions and decisions that reveal we honor and exalt ourselves, our friends, our families, other people, and even our wallets, above You.
  • We repent of honoring other gods in the name of pluralism as though You are just one of many other gods, and so compromise our witness of You for the sake of toleration because we want to seem inclusive of everyone.
  • We repent of honoring You with our lips, while our hearts are far from You.
  • We repent of robbing You of the honor due Your name.
  • I repent of _______________
  • We choose to seek Your Kingdom and Your righteousness before all else, placing You alone on the throne of our hearts. We count our own lives as nothing that You might be everything. We abandon ourselves to Your will. We regret that we have only one life to live for Your glory and Your honor alone.  We choose in honor of Your Name to publicly declare that all have sinned, that there is forgiveness of sin at the Cross, that there is no other way to the Father but through You, that eternal life is found through faith in You alone.
  • I choose now to_________
  • We ask that as we honor You, You would honor us with Your favor, and the good-will of our neighbors and co-workers; that even those who don’t believe in You will respect Your name because of the way they see we honor You.
  • We ask that as Your name is lifted up, dark spirits would flee.
  • We ask that Your name would be a strong tower to those who take refuge in You.
  • I humbly ask that____________

FOR YOUR GLORY,

AMEN

 
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777: URGENT CALL TO PRAYER: DAY FOUR

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Worthy is the Lamb who was slain,
to receive all
STRENGTH

That power is like the working of His mighty strength, which He exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age, but also in the one to come.  And God placed all things under His feet…  – Ephesians 1:19-22
  • We worship You, Lord Jesus Christ, on this our nation’s birthday, as the All-Mighty – our breathtaking and all-powerful Lord.  You measure the waters in the hollow of Your hand.  You weigh the mountains on scales.  You stretch out the heavens like a curtain.  Your immensity is impossible for us to comprehend.  You make a way when there is no way. You are a prayer-hearing, prayer-answering, miracle-working God!  Our nation’s history gives testimony to Your strength to establish, preserve, and prosper us.
  • I worship You as ______________
  • We repent of our arrogance and pride that have led us to think we are sufficient in ourselves.
  • We repent of believing that the prosperity of our nation is because we are great, while refusing to acknowledge that all blessings come from Your hand.
  • We repent of looking to the President or to our Pastor or to a Priest or to a government agency for the help we need before we look to You.
  • We repent of depending upon our military might and our weapons systems to protect us from harm and danger, while denying, defying and ignoring You.
  • We repent of disobeying Your commands, using our weakness as an excuse.
  • We repent of living under the burden of our problems instead of rolling them onto Your capable and strong shoulders.
  • I repent of___________
  • We choose to rely on You and to pray without ceasing.
  • I choose now to_________
  • We ask that You strengthen Your people with might on the inside; that You make one of us as mighty as a thousand.
  • We ask that You give us deep convictions regarding the truth of who You are and what You have said, and the courage to stand up and speak out for them.
  • We ask that You give us experiences of Your miraculous enabling as we live in total dependence upon Your strength, so that we boast of our own weaknesses.
  • We ask that you give us blessed assurance that greater are You in us, than the evil that’s in the world, so that we stand against it.  Remind us that Your love is stronger than hate, and the Light of Your Truth will never be overcome by the darkness, so that we lovingly and boldly proclaim that victory has been won!  Jesus saves!
  • And we ask that You would continue to bless America and return her to the foundation of her faith in You.
  • I humbly ask that____________

FOR YOUR GLORY,

AMEN

 
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777: URGENT CALL TO PRAYER: DAY THREE

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Worthy is the Lamb who was slain,
to receive all
WISDOM

“Christ, the power of God and the wisdom of God.”  – 1 Corinthians 1:24

  • We worship You, Lord Jesus Christ, for You are the incarnation of God’s wisdom. Your judgments are unsearchable. Your ways are past finding out. Your thoughts are higher than ours. Your plans never include a mistake. There are no accidents as You carry out Your purpose.  You never have to second-guess what You have done, or what You plan to do.  You are right…all the time, in every way.
  • I worship You as___________
  • We repent of our attitude of familiarity with You that has caused us to lose our reverential fear of You, and thus we have not even the beginning of wisdom with which to handle the vast knowledge we possess.
  • We repent as we acknowledge our foolishness of denying You as the one, true, living God, our Creator to whom we are accountable, living as though our lives are a cosmic accident with no eternal significance, purpose or meaning.
  • We repent of leaning on our own understanding, immersing ourselves in politics to change our nation, instead of looking to You.
  • We repent, as a church, Your Body, of depending on programs instead of prayer, on activities instead of the Spirit’s life, on orthodoxy instead of obedience.
  • We repent of succumbing to conventional wisdom or popular opinion instead of seeking You first, and asking You what we should or should not do.
  • I repent of ____________
  • We choose to honor You as the source of all life, living with reverential fear and respect for You, and conducting ourselves according to Your stated principles and values as given in Your Word.
  • I choose now to ________________
  • We ask that our example of looking to You for wisdom would be contagious, as others observe that life lived according to Your wisdom works.
  • We ask that You would open our spiritual eyes to see the foolishness of following the crowd, or compromising eternal Truth because it is not politically correct, or succumbing to peer pressure in order to be more accepted, or trying to blend into our culture so as not to invite criticism or ostracism, and so live eternally wasted lives.
  • We ask that You expose the lies that deny the Truth, and the spin that distorts the Truth, so that evil has no hiding place.
  • We ask that You generously give us and our leaders wisdom from on High.
  • We ask that You give us creative wisdom to effectively present the Gospel to our generation.
  • I humbly ask that _____________

FOR YOUR GLORY,

AMEN

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Prayer Targets: Christian Nation; Call2Fall; Hobby Lobby; 777; Veterans; Israel; ISIS; Meriam

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? …

Where can the purest principles of morality be learned so clearly or so perfectly as from the New Testament? (see Text of Court Decision); also Dr. Kenyn Cureton, Lost Episodes in American History).

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!

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777: URGENT CALL TO PRAYER: DAY TWO

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Worthy is the Lamb who was slain,
to receive all
WEALTH

“God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed Heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds.” 
– Hebrews 1:1-2
  • We worship You, Lord Jesus Christ, as the Father’s only begotten Son, the One to whom the Father has given everything. You are His Heir of all things. You made the world at Creation, You bought it at Calvary, and it’s Your right to own and rule it…and us. You hold the world in the palm of Your hand, yet You are the same One who sees when a sparrow falls.  The same One who clothes the lilies of the field. The same One who fed 5000 hungry men and their families with five loaves and two fish. You have promised to meet all our needs according to the riches of Your glory, because You are Jehovah-Jireh, the Lord Our Provider.
  • I worship You as _______________
  • We repent of hoarding our own wealth when You have freely given us all things.
  • We repent of our greed that has run up trillions of dollars of national debt.
  • We repent of closing our eyes and ears to the needs of others around us because we want more for ourselves.
  • We repent of allowing the material blessings You have given us to deceive us into thinking we don’t need You.
  • We repent of feeling entitled to and demanding what someone else has earned, instead of taking responsibility for ourselves and our families as we trust You.
  • We repent of living as though material wealth and prosperity will bring happiness.
  • We repent of being consumed with worry over our financial, material needs as though You are not sufficient for all things.
  • I repent of___________
  • We choose to give You all that we have and all that we own, not just 10%.  We trust You to give us, in return, our next breath and to supply, not everything we want, but everything we need.
  • I choose now to__________
  • We ask You to reveal to us the debt we owe You so that we can sincerely acknowledge it, then forgive us as we forgive our debtors.
  • We ask that You open our eyes to the spiritual as well as the material needs of others, and use us to act on Your behalf to meet those needs.
  • We ask that You give us a fresh vision of Your power and wealth, so that we would be encouraged as we look forward to the Home You are preparing for us.
  • We ask that You give us courage to see, believe and live in the Light of eternity, so that we resist the attractiveness of temptation, sin, selfishness and evil and abandon ourselves to Your will.
  • I humbly ask that________

FOR YOUR GLORY,

AMEN

 
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777: URGENT CALL TO PRAYER: DAY ONE

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Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive all POWER

“I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True.  With justice He judges and makes war.  His eyes are like blazing fire, and on His head are many crowns…on His robe and on His thigh He has this name written:  King of Kings and Lord of Lords.” – Revelation 19:11-12, 16

 

  • We worship You, Lord Jesus Christ, as the Lamb who was slain, but who is now enthroned at the center of the Universe as the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, soon to return in power and glory.  You are Jesus, who calmed the stormy seas with just a word.  You turned water into wine.  You created sight in a man born blind. You raised the dead. You are the same One who set the boundaries for the oceans. The same One who hung the stars in space and calls them all by name. The same One who strides the winds of the earth so that the clouds are the dust of Your feet.
  • I worship You as ___________
  • We repent of complaining as we wring our hands in despair, thinking our nation and our world are falling apart when they are really falling into place—right at Your feet.
  • We repent of striving to control our own destiny, or our church’s ministry, or our nation’s priorities so that they conform to our standards and agenda.
  • We repent of caring more about what our neighbor says, than what You say; of being more afraid of what our employer or government official thinks, than what You think; of grasping earthly position to gain earthly power.
  • We repent of being so intimidated by the opinions of others that we are silent and do not boldly proclaim who You are.
  • I repent of ___________
  • We choose to surrender our lives to Your power and authority, in utter moment-by-moment dependence on your moment-by-moment control.
  • I choose now to ____________
  • We ask that You would manifest Your power in such a way that we, Your people, would stop pointing our finger at others, and instead fall on our faces in repentance of our own sin; that the church would wake up in its relationship with You and wake up to the urgency of the times in which we live; and that our nation’s attention would once again be so fixed on You that it would return to the faith of our founding fathers.
  • We ask that Your power would permeate our lives, our churches and our nation; that in the light of Your presence, evil spirits would flee; that Your strong arm would protect us from the encroaching evil and deliver us.
  • I humbly ask that _____________

FOR YOUR GLORY,

AMEN

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