Prayer Targets: Power in Days of Prayer; NDP Wrap-up; Pastors' Briefing; Call2Fall; North Korea and Iran
May 09, 2018
Dear Praying Friends,
As Vice President for Church Ministries, Dr. Kenyn Cureton leads FRC's nationwide ministry to pastors and churches, Watchmen on the Wall. A long-time pastor, Dr. Cureton's avocation is the study, preaching, and teaching of American history from a perspective of God's Providence. A New Testament scholar, author, artist, and powerful preacher, Kenyn's sermons and historical vignettes are great reminders of our godly heritage. This selection is from his Lost Episodes in American History:
Robert Carter Nicholas, was born on January 28, 1715 and served as a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses, representing James City. He also served as a member of the Committees of Correspondence, attended all major conventions, and in 1775, served as President Pro-tem of the Continental Convention.
After the Boston Tea Party, the British navy retaliated by blockading the port. Other colonies responded with sympathetic prayer and action. On May 24, 1774, Nicholas, Treasurer of the House of Burgesses in Virginia, was prompted by Thomas Jefferson and others to propose a "Day of Fasting, Humiliation and Prayer," that was swiftly approved:
"This House, being deeply impressed with apprehension of the great dangers to be derived to British America from the hostile invasion of the city of Boston in our Sister Colony of Massachusetts Bay, whose commerce and harbor are, on the first day of June next, to be stopped by an armed force, deem it highly necessary that the said first day of June be set apart, by the members of this House, as a Day of Fasting, Humiliation and Prayer, devoutly to implore the Divine interposition, for averting the heavy calamity which threatens destruction to our civil rights and the evils of civil war; to give us one heart and mind firmly opposed, by all just and proper means, every injury to American rights; and that the minds of His Majesty and his Parliament, may be inspired from above with wisdom, moderation and justice, to remove from the loyal people of America all cause of danger from a continued pursuit of measures pregnant with their ruin." [See entire resolution HERE]
When word got out, the Royal Governor Dunmore was enraged, seeing this proclamation as disrespectful toward the King. As a result, he disbanded the House of Burgesses. That move prompted some members to meet and plan the first of five Virginia Conventions, which paved the way for a Continental Congress. Yet it was Robert Carter Nicholas' call for a "Day of Fasting, Humiliation and Prayer" that set everything in motion, and that is another lost episode in American history. (Source Citation: John P. Kennedy, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses of Virginia 1773-76 (Richmond: Virginia State Library, 1913), 124). (Cureton, Lost Episodes in American History, pp. 34-35)
Can a day of prayer proclaimed by a civil entity make a difference? After the 1774 Virginia observance of the Day of Prayer evoked by the proclamation Robert Carter Nicholas researched and wrote, Thomas Jefferson observed: "We were under the conviction of the necessity of arousing our people from the lethargy into which they had fallen... No example of such a solemnity [a day of humiliation, prayer and fasting] had existed since the days of our distresses in the war of 1755, since which a new generation had grown up... The effect of the day through the whole Colony was like a shock of electricity, arousing every man and placing him erect and solidly on his center." (From The Jeffersonian Cyclopedia: a Comprehensive Collection of the Views of Thomas Jefferson, pp. 323-324)
- Read and Reflect: Read Joel 1:14 and reflect on the call for a fast in the house of God and compare that with the call for a day of fasting which was observed by the House of Burgesses, including several Founding Fathers, at Bruton Parish Church on June 1, 1774. Prayer: Father, how we need for our leaders to sense the urgency of the hour and the desperate need to call the people of this land to fast and pray! We ask that you move on the hearts of our leaders to make such a call, in Jesus' Name, Amen.
The National Day of Prayer Wrap-up – Last Thursday, multiplied thousands of Americans observed the 2018 National Day of Prayer. I had the privilege of attending the national and local observances in Washington, D.C. While there was a sense of national desperation, there was also an incredible sense of the presence of God. The holy celebration and faith of praying believers joined in repentance, cries for unity in our churches and nation, and prayers for our pastors and civil leaders was profound. See this extraordinarily powerful video of the Thursday evening National observance at Statuary Hall in the U. S. Capitol, below.
Yesterday, I joined a gathering of national prayer leaders in which National Day of Prayer President Ronnie Floyd proposed a year-round rhythm of prayer that would include other days of prayer throughout the year. Beginning with the National Day of Prayer, continuing with the Call2Fall on July 1, and proceeding through the month of July with 31 Days of Prayer for My Nation (for which the Awakening America Alliance has produced a 31 Day Prayer devotional with multiple contributing authors from various denominational and non-denominational streams). Hopefully, we can see a cooperative effort with many others joining in to produce this year-round prayer "rhythm."
- Thank God for the National Day of Prayer, Dr. Ronnie Floyd, and the NDP Team. May God use the vision for a year-round Prayer Rhythm to radically increase prayer in America. (1 Cor 15:57; Eph 4:11-16; 2 Th 2:13-14)
Watchmen on the Wall Pastors' Briefing – We only have a few spots left for senior pastors at FRC's premier pastors' event. And we need prayer. In fact, we are a bit behind in the recruitment of our Prayer Team, as compared to previous years. First, urge your pastor to attend what many, many pastors have told us was a life-changing event for them and their churches. If you would be interested in serving on the on-site volunteer prayer team for pastors and the event, send me an email expressing your interest. I will send you back an email with the details and an application.
- May our pastors be mightily used to lead their churches to be "Houses of Prayer" -- a precursor to God's people being powerful salt and light to our culture! (Is 56:7; Mk 11:17; 1 Cor 15:57)
Call2Fall 2018 – With the National Day of Prayer behind us, we now want to ask you to help us promote Call2Fall on July 1. Primarily a church-based movement, our goal is to get as many pastors as possible to simply lead their people to spend at least five minutes in their regular Sunday services on their knees praying for our nation. 2 Chronicles 7:14 begins with, "If my people will humble themselves..." The Hebrew word for "humble" has been translated as ka?na? or kaw-nah' -- "A primitive root; properly to bend the knee; hence to humiliate, vanquish: -- bring down (low), into subjection, under, humble (self), subdue."
It is easy to notice that earlier American calls to prayer frequently included not only "prayer" and "fasting," but also "humiliation." Our generation of Americans knows little about this, but our more biblically literate Forefathers certainly did. When Tony Perkins sensed God saying to him: "Call God's people in America to their knees," God surely meant not just outwardly getting on our knees, but also the inward humbling of ourselves. As the Bible directs, we must rend our hearts and not just our garments in repentance. We must humble our souls before Almighty God and confess our sins and repent of them – both our individual, personal sins and our corporate, national sins.
We must take responsibility for God's people not having been salt and light as Christ intended us to be. We see the immorality that has flooded every part of American life, sanctioned by courts and law, and now being taught as normative by our schools. We must own our share of indifference, detachment, apathy, laziness, or fear -- the things that have prevented us from standing for Christ and righteousness and justice in the public square. In some cases, we must confess and repent of our own active involvement in the immorality that is bringing down our nation and hollowing out our spiritual core. There is strong evidence that 68 percent of church men are involved in pornography in some way on a regular basis. So it is not only our noninvolvement in standing up to sin, but our involvement in forbidden sin for which we must wholeheartedly repent, getting whatever help we need to overcome it, for God commands us to "Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord." (Is 45:23; 2 Chr 7:14; Ps 95:6; Joel 2:16-18; Mk 10:14; Rom 14:11; Hebrews 12:14)
Finally, 1) Donald Trump overturned the bad Obama deal with Iran, for which American taxpayers had paid over $150 billion, in order to advance American, Israeli, and world security by implementing policies that will limit Iran, not enable their nuclear armament plan; 2) On the National Day of Prayer, President Trump signed an executive order further implementing policy to preserve and protect religious liberty, established a White House Faith Based Initiatives Office, and overturned some bad measures implemented by the previous administration. 3) Pray for the Trump-Kim Jong-un North Korea Summit. As a gesture of goodwill prior to the Summit, North Korea released three American citizens from their imprisonment in hard labor camps. 4) Longtime Christian leader and friend of FRC, Catherine Davis, headquartered in Atlanta, is spearheading a pro-life rally at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. on May 16 at 9 AM. The rally will highlight what amounts to a genocide of African-American babies, perpetrated by Planned Parenthood and paid for with your tax dollars. Pray for Catherine! Visit Enough! Our Battle is Real. As always, thank you for praying!