Prayer Targets: Watchmen on the Wall Pastors Briefing, Boy Scouts
May 23, 2013
My harp also is turned to mourning, and my organ into the voice of them that weep. Job 30:31
Dear Praying Friends,
America received merciful news amidst horrific calamity. The death toll from the tornado that struck Oklahoma was first counted at 51, but corrected numbers say 24 are dead, 9 of them children. We who believe should do what we can: join Oklahomans in mourning their lost loved ones, pray for healing for the injured survivors, send financial offerings to help cover the costs of emergency aid and the recovery and rebuilding efforts. The damage was complete. But there is more that we need to do in response to these and a growing number of devastating natural and man-made disasters that have been striking America in recent years.
I have previously quoted Rev. Richard Owen Roberts, Congregationalist minister from Wheaton, Ill., who has spent decades reminding Americans about the call to biblical "Solemn Assembly," a historic practice in Colonial America and the early Republic. He writes:
Not only were Solemn Assemblies a very common aspect in the revivals of the Bible, but they were a very important part of the life of believers in America during all its early years... Our Fathers believed God was offended by sin. They themselves were deeply troubled both by the existence of personal sin in their own lives and by the presence of unconfessed corporate sins in the churches and in the nation. They regarded natural calamities as manifestations of the displeasure of God Almighty against sin and allowed such events as earthquakes, fires, volcanoes, epidemics, floods, and droughts to prompt them to special seeking of God's face in fasting, prayer, and corporate repentance. They also sought the Lord in Solemn Assemblies in connection with wars, murders, rapes, etc., believing such outbursts of wickedness to be directly related to the general decline of moral and spiritual life in the churches (Rev. R.O. Roberts, The Solemn Assembly).
Jesus asked his followers for their thoughts about those killed in two major disasters of their day. Did they suppose the victims were greater sinners than their unaffected countrymen? He answered his own question twice, "I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish." He warned of calamity to come for all men if they did not repent.
Rev. David Wilkerson, founder of Times Square Church in New York City asked in his highly esteemed pulpit series, "What Ever Happened to Repentance?"
You rarely hear the word mentioned in most churches today... Pastors... seldom call for their congregations to sorrow over sin - to mourn and grieve over wounding Christ by their wickedness...
Christ told the Ephesians, ["Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent"] (Rev 2:4-5)...
The historian Gibbon writes: "The first candlestick of Ephesus was extinguished. The barbarous lords of Ionia and Lydia trampled on the remains of Christianity. Now the Mohammedan mosques invoke the god of Mohammed. Only the church of Philadelphia still stands erect" (Revelation 2:7). (See Wilkerson; Pulpit Series, 1999)
The sovereign God of the Bible, who has protected America for four centuries, is calling the church and nation to return to her first love. May we hear and respond. Join us in Call2Fall June 30th, 2013. Uniting upon our knees with churches across America Sunday, June 30th is a baby step toward the national repentance we need, but it is a step!
The 10th Annual Watchmen on the Wall Pastors Briefing in Washington, DC - For the next two days, pastors from across America will meet here in Washington. The event will be available via webcast beginning this morning for pastors, prayer warriors and concerned laymen who could not be in Washington. Click here for the schedule.
When Tony Perkins was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives, it was his goal to further legislation that would be good for the people of his state and open the door for God's blessing upon its government. Louisiana government had a reputation that left room for improvement. Tony enlisted the pastors - those with spiritual authority and understanding - to help make Louisiana government strong and healthy. Pastors across the state responded. Tony also enlisted praying men and women to unceasingly lift their state, their pastors, and their political leaders before the throne of God (1 Tim 2:1-8). Key leaders in Louisiana are quick to affirm the disproportionate difference Tony's work made over the course of his eight years in the legislature.
A similar vision motivated Tony to introduce the Watchmen on the Wall ministry and Briefing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. For ten years, the Briefing provides pastors from across America with opportunities to become informed and encouraged, as well as to connect with like-minded pastors, to meet U.S. Senators and Congressmen, to hear from leading preachers who share their heartbeat, and to be edified by testimonies from other local clergymen who are making a difference in their communities. They also get to interact with FRC's policy experts. Everything is geared for pastors. Click here for the schedule.
You can watch online beginning at 8:05 a.m. EDT today, May 23, and 7:45 a.m. EDT Friday, May 24. Simply click here to watch! Forward this message to pastor and prayer warrior friends so they can participate. A few of our speakers: Pastor Jacob Aranza, Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin (Ret.-USA), Dr. Ergun Caner, Pastor J.C. Church, Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Dr. Jim Garlow, Bishop Harry Jackson, Dr. Richard Land, Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.), Archbishop William Lori, Chairman, Religious Liberty Committee, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Josh McDowell, Sean McDowell, Tony Perkins, Joel Rosenberg, ADF Senior Legal Counsel Erik Stanley, Fox News' Todd Starnes, a panel of FRC experts on life and marriage and more. Charles Billingsley will lead worship and Pastor-turned comedian Dennis Swanberg will bring needed comic relief Thursday evening. Many pastors have told us they got more out of this gathering than any event they had ever attended. Click here today and Friday!
We will have a prayer team on-site to keep the prayer fires burning throughout this important conference. Will you join us from home?
- Please pray for America's pastors, that our pulpits will ignite - aflame with the righteousness that observers believed was the secret to our nation's remarkable success during the early 19th century. Pray that pastors will 1) commit to pray and teach their churches to pray; 2) preach the word as it applies to the issues being debated in Washington, our state capitals and county seats; and 3) connect with other pastors to encourage and exhort one another to stand in their own communities, where only such leadership will prevail.
Finally, today the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America will vote between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. CDT on a resolution to admit boys to membership without regard to "sexual orientation. Pro-family organizers ask us to pray during that period. Believe God for total victory! So many more matters need our prayer. Thank you for praying!