National Security Prayer Wall
August 02, 2017
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is an article from the October 21, 2015 Prayer Targets. At the time, North Korea did not appear to pose the serious threat that it poses today. There was mediocre response to our call to build a National Security Prayer Wall – but the need has only multiplied as of today. The threats mentioned in this two-year-old article still exist.
Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. (Ezekiel 3:17 NIV)
Dear Praying Friends,
I am returning to D.C. from Colorado Springs after taking part in a “National Security Prayer Initiative” organized by Rev. John Robb, Chairman of the International Prayer Council and a fellow member of the National Prayer Committee here in the U.S.
Robb has been instrumental in national and international prayer initiatives for many decades and convened the 2012 World Prayer Assembly (WPA - see video) in Jakarta, Indonesia, capital of the world’s largest Muslim nation. Over 9,000 delegates, national prayer leaders from around the world, took part in that five-day assembly. When local believers joined the group on the final evening, over 100,000 filled the gigantic Bung Karno Stadium. Many left Jakarta spiritually afire: envisioned and determined by God’s grace to reproduce what they had seen and experienced in their own cities. Well over a million people have come together in large prayer and fasting events in that region since the Jakarta event. Members of the American delegation returned home with newfound hope and faith for sweeping revival and awakening in our own nation.
If God can bring revival and awakening like that to a Muslim nation like Indonesia, is He not able to do as much in the U.S.A.?
National Security Prayer Wall, Ramparts – Leaders in the national prayer movement agree that repentance and revival in our churches and a biblical awakening are the only hope for America, and they are believing for both. But the 150 prayer leaders who met in Colorado Springs also recognize that biblical “watchmen,” those who understand the responsibility and power of prayer, must be concerned with warning and protecting the American people in the face of glaring, escalating threats to our national security. The three retired generals who addressed the group agreed that America faces several “existential,” threats, i.e., threats to our very existence as a nation. Scripture teaches, “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’ (1Tim 2:1-2 NIV).
America’s military Commander-in-Chief, President Obama, has spent seven years making a radical sexual agenda and downsizing our military a priority over strengthening our military’s ability to fight and win wars. This is one reason our nation is in such jeopardy. He has been and is still diminishing our military forces (e.g., reducing troop strength, readiness, equipment, weapons, ships, aircraft – and many other factors by which military strength can be measured). He has allowed our border to remain substantially unsecured even as U.S. foreign policy is in shambles.
By prematurely pulling our troops from Iraq, many analysts believe President Obama created the vacuum that enabled the meteoric rise of ISIS and its wholesale rape and slaughter of Christians and other religious minorities (even moderate Muslims) and gave Russia opportunity to establish a stronghold in the Middle East. President Obama has minimized the threat imposed by such groups as the Muslim Brotherhood and now placed both Israeli and American security at risk through his recent nuclear deal with Iran. Moreover, by doing so, he has endangered our closest ally, Israel, something no other American president ever has done. Beside all this, the administration has implemented policies that have restricted our service personnel’s religious liberty and in some cases sought to silence our Chaplains from preaching the whole gospel, truth our troops need above all things.
Those in Colorado heard from leaders like FRC’s Executive Vice-President, Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin (U.S. Army, Ret.), Lt. Gen. Pat Caruana (USAF, Ret.) and Maj. Gen. Bentley Rayburn (USAF, Ret.). They heard from Kamal Saleem, a former Muslim Brotherhood terrorist, sent to the U.S. to recruit terrorists and set up sleeper cells (now a Christian, he risks his life daily to awaken the sleeping church). And they heard from pastor/prayer leader Dutch Sheets, whom God has stirred to revive the “Appeal to Heaven” motto embraced by the American military during the War for Independence, and with it the prayer that accompanied it.
John Robb shared a vision of the diverse groups that compose the national prayer movement coming together in unity to erect an around-the-clock prayer wall – “ramparts,” as with Nehemiah – around North America made up of praying Christians from every denomination, race and ethnicity – believers in Canada, Mexico, and elsewhere.
Many students of history know about the impact Rees Howells and his Christian school children in Great Britain had in day-and-night intercession for the Allies, as they tracked Hitler’s whereabouts and the Nazi troop movements, praying for miracles and hearing them answered again and again until the final Allied victory (see The Role of Prayer in WWII).
I will keep you informed. But we should begin to be part of this invisible Prayer Wall immediately. The “Prayer and Action Points” below were written by Gen. Caruana:
- We ask as a nation and as God’s people, the church, that we would seriously heed the warnings God has graciously provided so we would not be laid low in today’s wilderness. We need to repent of rejecting God’s wisdom and ask Him to renew the desire in our national and church leaders to see His wisdom as His provision for our security (Dt 4:9; Ps 119:25-26; Pr 9:10; 1 Cor 10:1-11; Jas 3:17).
- We need to ask the Lord to open the eyes of both His church and our senior national leadership to the perils of entering the Iran nuclear deal, and to beseech the Lord to lead our nation’s leadership to receive God’s wisdom and reject the binding of the U.S. in a partnership with lawlessness (Numbers 22:31; Is 30:1-3; 2 Cor 6:14-15).
- We ask for leaders that will not compromise any elements of our national security and respond with clear resolve to threats either internal or external to our nation’s interest. Leaders who recognize and understand who our enemies are and how to wisely deal with them. Leadership with a worldview consistent with the principles upon which our nation has depended since God allowed the United States of America to become a nation (Pr 8:1-20; 2 Cor 6:14-18; Eph 6:10-12).
- Pray for unity first within the Body of Christ so that our nation can witness what true Christ-like unity is. That we as one nation under God would reject the forces that divide our nation and make us far more vulnerable to weakened security (Lk 11:17; Jn 17: all).
- Pray for leaders who will arise with the courage to make the right decisions concerning the social changes being made to ensure that our military remains equipped and combat-ready to protect our country (Ex 18:21; Pr 1:24-31; Eze 3:17; Tit 1:4-6).
- Pray for God’s wisdom to penetrate into the hearts of our congressional leadership to recognize their responsibility as our elected representatives and legislate well-defined budgets that empower our military forces to keep our nation strong and safe (Luke 14:28-32; 1 Tim 2:1-8).