Prayer & Fasting; Pastors and Pornography; Call2Fall; Netflix; Censored; Scouts; Report
May 31, 2018
This kind goeth not out, but by prayer and fasting. (Matthew 17:21)
Dear Praying Friends,
Dr. Elmer Towns (read full bio) and Dr. Jerry Falwell cofounded Liberty University, the largest private, non-profit university in the world. College professor, speaker, and prolific author, Towns has written over 170 books and thousands of articles to equip pastors and churches around the world. These excerpts are from his 2012 IFA booklet, Fasting to Save America:
A fast is a vow when fasting is combined with prayer, we have a powerful weapon to defeat the enemy and a powerful tool to revitalize His church...
Daniel was a sixteen-year-old Jewish young man taken captive into Babylon to be trained as a future administrator in the nation of Babylon. King Nebuchadnezzar saw great potential in Daniel and the other young men and attempted to “Babylonianize” the young men to help him rule over exiled Jews... “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank” (Daniel 1:8, NKJV). Any spiritual fast begins with a vow or a purpose... Daniel chose to obey God, and eat a healthy diet. He chose discipline over fattening foods and rich wines. Daniel is a model for anyone who longs for a spiritual breakthrough. It begins with prayer and self-discipline. If you want God to do a great work in the United States, discipline your prayer life for God to send revival to our nation...
Daniel made up his mind not to defile himself by eating the food and wine given to them by the king” (Dan. 1:8, NLT). The New International Version says, “Daniel resolved,” while the New King James says, “Daniel purposed,” and the CSB says, “Daniel determined.” All of these synonyms point to a life-changing decision of the will. Your fast will be effective when you make a life-changing commitment, a vow, that will modify your food or activities while you intercede for our nation. You have made an original vow to fast and pray, now you must make a daily choice to continue your fast. Remember, a choice involves your total personality: your intellect, emotions and will. You first know “with your mind, but knowledge by itself is not enough to change your life, nor will it get the prayer goal you seek.” Your “emotions” can be stirred for this fast, but getting excited may only change surface things. Your life will be transformed when your “will” makes a choice based on what your mind knows, and when your emotions are stirred.
The night before Jesus died, He took His disciples to the garden of Gethsemane. He asked, “Watch with Me” (Mt 26:38, NKJV). Jesus went alone to pray and came back and found them sleeping. “What! Could you not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Mt 26:40-41, NKJV). God knows that our physical bodies are not trained for lengthy fasting. Not only should we pray for a miracle in our nation, we should ask God to strengthen us to train our bodies to fast to the end. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Php 4:13, NKJV). We must pray long, and at times we must struggle against our doubts, or our pessimism. The Christian life is not a coffee break, nor is it a summer vacation. The Christian life is a wrestling match and a battlefield. There is an enemy, Satan, who opposes God and therefore he opposes all that you are doing. Satan will oppose your fast, just as much as he opposes what you are praying for. So keep on praying. The issue is “who will win—God or Satan?” Pray through obstacles, and pray through discouragement; don’t give into your pessimism. Jesus encourages us, “Keep on praying and never give up” (Luke 18:1, CEV). Severe life-changing issues demand our complete dedication. Paul reminds us, “We are not fighting against humans. We are fighting against forces and authorities and against rulers of darkness and powers in the spiritual world” (Eph. 6:12, CEV). Therefore, life-changing, nation-changing miracles demand our complete dedication and our complete pray-asking. Prevailing prayer is an attitude that we learn in God’s presence. So to learn this lesson, determine not to give up. Make a vow that you will fast to the end. Pray until you finish your fast and pray until you get an answer.
2018 Watchmen Pastors Briefing – FRC hosted its 15th annual Watchmen on the Wall Pastors’ Briefing in Washington, D.C. last week. The theme of the event “While it is Day” came from John 9:4: “I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work.” Sub-themes of the event were: 1) While it is Day… Be Pure; 2) While it is Day…Repent; 3) While it is Day…Unite; 4) While it is Day…Engage!
You can view all of the plenary sessions at no cost on the Watchmen 2018 video archive. Every message was powerful, useful, and valuable. Each is part of a mosaic that requires watching all to appreciate the full weight of the event. However, if you cannot make time to watch them all, you must see Josh McDowell’s presentation: While it is Day, Be Pure! McDowell, one of the modern fathers of Christian apologetics in the last 50 years, authored Evidence that Demands a Verdict and other classics among his 148 Christian books.
In early 2016, McDowell published the results of a study he commissioned and financed to determine the extent of the pornographic plague inside the church of Jesus Christ. Pastor and author Chuck Swindoll called pornography “the greatest cancer in the history of the church.” McDowell said that pornography, “right this moment, is destroying more churches, more pastors, more families than anything ever in history has simultaneously destroyed.” He went on to address the issue of pervasive internet pornography, addressing the audience as individuals – not as church leaders – because he later said, based upon the hard statistics he discovered in his study, more than half of all pastors are addicted to pornography, and pastors’ homes have an even greater family-wide problem with pornography than the average family.
Replete with astonishing statistics, McDowell’s exposé of the church’s pornography problem answers a lot of questions as to why God’s people are not taking the kind of leadership in our schools and communities that they could and should to stop the ideological sexual assault on Americans in every sphere of society: entertainment, education, law, government, etc. – mostly targeting children. It also explains – in the light of 2 Chronicles 7:14 – why revival tarries. Josh explains the process of addiction and the transformation of an addict’s brain. We must press in to the Lord and lead our churches and nation out of this pornographic death spiral!
I urge you to watch this presentation, take notes, make it a matter of prayer and determine how it applies to your life and each of your family members. Pastors enslaved to pornography cannot lead our nation into a place where God could grant genuine revival. Neither can porn addicted laymen and women (70 percent of new pornography websites cater to women). We all share responsibility for this scourge and we must all take effective action, beginning with confession, repentance, prevailing prayer, accountability partners, and, if necessary, professional help. We cannot tolerate this evil in our own lives or the lives of those for whom we are responsible.
- Lord Jesus, you told your disciples “this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.” Help us to use the powerful tools you have given us to live holy lives and to minister with power to our families, churches, nation, and the nations, even to cast out the most pernicious and stubborn of demons. Surely prayer, fasting, and your word, rightly used, will enable every genuine believer to overcome enslavement to pornography. Those delivered can root out this deadly plague, just as you urged the disciples to deal with persistent demons in their day. God, move upon every church in America to deal with this plague. Grant pastors the guidance, will, and courage to lead. You said that “without holiness, no man shall see the Lord.” Help us to engage while it is day! (2 Chr 7:14; Mt 9:35-38; Mt 17:14-21; Jn 9:4; 1 Cor 12:1-11; 27-31; 2 Cor 6: all; 10:3-5; Eph 6:10-20; Rev 12:11)
Finally, please add these matters to your prayer list: 1) Call2Fall is just five Sundays away. Please pray and make sure your church is planning to participate. If not, lead a group of Christian friends to do so after church. Call2Fall can play a part in reversing the plague Josh McDowell highlighted in his WOTW message. Consider continuing on in prayer with 31 days of Prayer for My Nation. 2) Our friends at the American Family Association are leading a campaign to demand that Netflix cease airing its original series 13 Reasons Why. The Netflix series, critics say, glorifies suicide and may make suicide attractive to teenagers in difficult times. One 14-year-old committed suicide after binge-watching this program. 3) Our friends at the Media Research Center have conducted a study that demonstrates conclusively that the online media giants are suppressing and censoring conservative speech. 4) The Theme of the 2019 World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia on July 21-August 1 is “Unlock a New World.” Scout officials will make sure there are enough condoms readily available for the scouts and the leaders throughout the event. 5) The State Department released its International Religious Freedom Annual Report last week. As many as 120,000 political prisoners are confined in North Korean labor camps. 6) To know how better to pray, read the new FRC publication: The Hidden Truth About Changing Sexual Orientation.
As always, thank you for praying.