The alarming changes in American governance are going to trouble the average citizen and their children for generations to come; that is, unless we as Christians do what II Chron. 7:14 commands: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
The current climate of national and personal prayer mocks this verse and is the tool of Satan to deceive and make people believe that their OWN way to pray is sufficient to hear from God instead of HIS way. This deception started small in a carnal congregation somewhere; then it has worked its way into a national problem. Satan, as always, only makes it appear enlightened. When people are really serious about God’s intervention in protecting America’s righteous freedoms and our Christian faith, we will not only repent first of our own wicked ways, but we will have to pray in the only manner God will hear and answer.
God did not say to “FEAST and Pray”…. He said to “FAST and Pray” and to humble ourselves, and no need to even let others know that you are fasting, unless it was a national public FAST, not a feast, such as Ninevah chose when the people needed God to preserve them.
The National Prayer Breakfast in each community is the opposite of what God requires. The same can be said for those in churches every week or month. “Feasting and praying” is insincere and only appeals to our flesh, but it does not warrant God’s intervention in the affairs of men. Why? If we truly want to hear from God to heal this nation and clean our hearts, then no one will want to needlessly waste many thousands of dollars on food and even selling tables for it as well! How much this must grieve the Lord. Humbling ourselves in the sight of God and man costs nothing but a little dust and ashes and a humbled heart, with an empty stomach that only hungers and thirsts after righteousness and a righteous nation.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to see God’s Mighty Hand work in amazing ways to preserve and restore our nation and our hearts next year at a “National Prayer Fast” where humbled, repentant, fasting Christians joined to pray in free community events at capitols and city halls and to hold “fast and pray” vigils at churches?
With God all things are possible to them who believe!
c. 2010 Melanie Lippert