We believe that the call of God for His people is to intercede day and night until we see God's divine intervention.
We believe that the call of God for His people is to intercede day and night until we see God's divine intervention. We believe our call is the same as it was for Esther and the Jews in Shushan. We are called to fast and pray for our people until we see deliverance come! The goal of this website is to encourage Christ's Body to Prayer for America, for Repentance in America and Revival in America. We hope to provide you with fresh content including a monthly newsletter, weekly blog posts, video and audio teachings on Prayer, information on Prayer Groups, as well as any relevant news on current events that are effecting the spiritual condition of America. So, please subscribe to our newsletter to receive updates, and check back regularly.
Mission: Our purpose is to unite Christian believers, across denominational lines, who are responding to a call from God to pray for America and who sense the need for revival in their own lives that will, in turn, bring about a national revival. Our nation is in need of a spiritual healing. The first step towards receiving healing is to humble ourselves and pray. Our God has committed Himself to answering prayer when His people meet His conditions for revival by praying with the right spirit and with the right motivation. 2 Chronicles 7:14 reads: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” We invite the participation of all those who believe this and are willing to stand with us before God for the restoration of America.
The 1857 Revival
1857 found America in a tumultuous time. Civil War was brewing, the economy was unstable, and morality seemed hardly to be found. But God used a man who was willing to give up his lunch hour to prayer, to draw His people close to Him before one of the worst wars in our country’s history.
Jeremiah Lanphier was just an ordinary man. He worked as a clothing wholesaler in New York City. He was so concerned with the souls of those around him, that he spent his evenings handing out tracts. Eventually, Jeremiah accepted a job at a Dutch Reformed Church visiting members, witnessing, and holding Bible studies. This job proved to be demanding work with little visible reward and Jeremiah found himself physically and spiritually exhausted when his days would end. Because of this, he began to pray at noon for one hour. He found this reinvigorated him and gave him strength to continue his work as the scripture says, “They that wait upon the Lord, shall renew their strength.” (Is. 41:10)
After doing this for a while he realized that if he received strength from his noon prayer, perhaps others, especially businessmen, could also benefit from spending the noon hour in prayer. He printed 20,000 flyers that read, “Prayer Meeting from 12 to 1 o’clock – stop 5, 10, or 20 minutes, or the whole hour as your time admits.” For thirty minutes the man prayed alone, as he had done so many times before. Then, one by one, five men walked in and prayed with him. The next week there were twenty men, and on the third week there were forty.
Shortly after the third meeting, an economic collapse occurred; banks closed, business shut down and thousands of people lost their jobs. So many people rushed to the churches, that many were forced to open for noon and evening prayer meetings. Jeremiah began offering the prayer meetings every day and it was long before he had to rent a bigger building. One reporter traveling from church to church recorded 6,000 people from the buildings he was able to visit alone.
The revival spread to Boston and Philadelphia, while churches in Chicago, St. Louis, and Cleveland also opened at noon for prayer meetings. This revival led into the Third Great Awakening which is said to have drawn 1 million people into the family of Christ. It is also said that this revival influenced the Welsh Revival of 1904.
All of this was possible because one man listened to God’s call to pray for one hour during a time that he could have spent eating or resting. May we be encouraged by God’s willingness to use, even the most unqualified of us, to complete His great work.
“Lord, teach us to pray.“ Yes, us, Lord. We have read in your scripture with how much power your believing people of old used to pray, and what mighty wonders were done in answer to their prayers. And if this took place under the old covenant, in the time of anticipation, how much more will you now, in these days of fulfillment, give your people this sure sign of your presence among us. We have heard the promises given to your apostles about the power of prayer in your name, and have seen how gloriously they experienced that truth. We know for certain, those promises can become true for us, too. Please teach us to pray so that we may receive abundantly. The coming of your kingdom depends on our prayer, too. In our prayer, too, you can glorify your name. “Lord, teach us to pray.” Yes, us, Lord. We offer ourselves as students. We desire to be taught by you. “Lord, teach us to pray.“
-With Christ in the School of Prayer
Rev. Andrew Murray
FINNEY AND HIS INTERCESSORS
We are convinced through extensive research and study into biography and the history of revivals that genuine Spirit wrought prayers always can be traced to seasons of extraordinary prayer on the part of private individuals or of a church or group united in prayer.
How They Prayed
Edwin and Lillian Harvey
AN APPEAL TO FAST
Finding the time to fast is not easy when life is so busy. There are two things that may help you take the time to fast. The first is remembering that fasting is a biblical practice that God asks of His people. Fasting enhances, reinforces, and adds depth to our prayers before the Lord. Another factor that strengthens us in fasting is knowing that there are other believers fasting with us. Knowing that it is easier to fast as a united body, we appeal to you to join us in fasting every Tuesday, from now until the election in November. (If Tuesday is not a good day, feel free to choose whatever day of the week is best for you.)
Our hope is not in political leaders, but there is an easy choice in this next election for a number of good and godly reasons. So let us join together in prayer and fasting as God has instructed us. Let us pray that our freedoms would endure and that we as a nation would receive a visitation turning many hearts to the Lord as has happened many times in years past.
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True Humility and Repentance
Since we met last, our nation has gone from having the strongest economy in her history to having an unemployment rate that is the highest since the Great Depression. We have states still in lockdown, which many people believe is for political reasons.
There are business owners who are now crushed, scared, and depressed having lost everything that they spent their lives building. According to a recent article on CBN News, a trauma doctor in California said, “We’ve seen a year’s worth of suicide attempts in the last four weeks.” That is a staggering number. For the first time in US history, many churches have been told they cannot meet. There is widespread unrest, looting, riots, and destruction in cities across the nation. These places that have been burned and destroyed, for the most part, will never come back.
America is in distress!
Naturally speaking this is a dire, dark, depressing, dreadful picture. It seems that the powers of darkness are winning the spiritual battle over our nation.
There is a Biblical account that speaks of a time where it seemed, like today, that the powers of darkness had won the battle and defeated God’s people. In Second Kings 18 and 19, we see how low Judah had fallen due to her sins against the Lord. Her enemies had come in like a flood and plundered her. Then Hezekiah became king, and he began to turn to the Lord and restore Judah to the ways of the Lord. When he began restoring the nation to God’s ways, Judah’s enemies reacted and came against them — enemies who were even stronger than before. The Assyrians had an army of 185,000 men, and Judah basically had nothing left. In the natural, they did not stand a chance. They had no hope. In this dire situation, Hezekiah humbled himself covering himself with sackcloth and went into the house of the Lord to pray and seek His face. He sent a message to the prophet Isaiah saying, “This is a day of trouble, and rebuke, and blasphemy.” This is such an accurate description of our situation today! We are living in a day of trouble, rebuke, and blasphemy.
God’s response to Hezekiah after he humbled himself and sought Him was, “Do not be afraid of the words which you have heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed Me. Surely I will send a spirit upon him, and he shall hear a rumor and return to his own land. And I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land.” Once Hezekiah heard this word from the Lord, he did not sit back and relax, but rather he went into action! He acted on the word of the Lord and continued to seek the Lord in prayer. And the Lord responded again and told him that because he had prayed against the King of Assyria, He had heard his prayer. And the angel of the Lord, not Hezekiah nor Judah, went forth and killed all 185,000 Assyrians, and the King of Assyria went back home and was killed by his own sons. Hezekiah and Judah did not have to do anything to defeat their enemies other than to humble themselves, praying and seeking God’s face, and obey His laws! As soon as they did this, the Lord rose up and conquered the enemy.
Humility, repentance, and obedience to the Lord will bring victory over the wicked! Those were the keys to overcoming the enemies for Israel, and they are the keys for America.
Could it be that this glorious story is in the Bible to give us a message today?
The Lord raised America up to be a light in the darkness. He has loved her, protected her, and blessed her beyond measure, more than any other nation on earth. He has never left her nor turned His back on her. Instead, America has left Him and turned her back on Him. Just as Israel, we have left our first love to run after other loves. And just like with Israel, the Lord is calling us back to Him! He continues to extend His mercy to us. He has shown us the path to restoration and made clear the path to healing.
Will we His people hear His voice? Will we respond while there is time? Will we turn to Him in humility and repentance and pray and seek His face again?
True humility and repentance in God’s people will be the beginning of a spiritual healing, but we will not obtain humility and repentance if we do not draw near to the presence of God! We His people MUST spend time at His feet, in His Presence, in His holiness! It is there that we will see our true condition and repent!
Throughout the Bible, we see examples of men who were truly humble before the Lord. Job was a perfect man, yet in God’s presence he abhorred himself and repented in dust and ashes! Paul was outwardly holy, a Pharisee of Pharisees who did everything right according to the law, yet when he had an encounter with God, his eyes were opened to see that his righteousness was as filthy rags. The Apostle Paul spent time in the presence of God which is why he could say with true humility, “I am the chief among sinners.” And, “O wretched man that I am, who shall deliver me?” Paul was a great apostle when he said this. He wasn’t just wasting words. He was spending time in the presence of the Lord and seeing God’s holiness resulting in true humility.
Repentance is a gift from the Lord that we can obtain as we spend time with Him. In this time, the church needs more than anything that gift of repentance that drives us to our knees and causes us to draw close to God with a humble and broken heart.
Before national healing can come, spiritual healing must come first to the church. Spiritual healing will come as we spend time in the presence of the Lord both individually and corporately. We must press on seeking His presence with humility and repentance in order to see our nation healed.
“For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation.“ ~1 Corinthians 7:10
Conviction of sin is best portrayed in the words:
“My sins, my sins, my Saviour, how sad on Thee they fall.“
Conviction of sin is one of the rarest things that ever strikes a man. It is the threshold of an understanding of God. Jesus Christ said that when the Holy Spirit came He would convict of sin, and when the Holy Spirit rouses a man’s conscience and brings him into the presence of God, it is not his relationship with men that bothers him, but his relationship with God—-“against Thee, Thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Thy sight. “ The marvels of conviction of sin, forgiveness, and holiness are so interwoven that it is only the forgiven man who is the holy man, he proves he is forgiven by being the opposite to what he was, by God’s grace. Repentance always brings a man to this point: I have sinned.
The bedrock of Christianity is repentance. Strictly speaking, a man cannot repent when he chooses; repentance is a gift of God. The old Puritans used to pray for “the gift of tears.” If ever you cease to know the virtue of repentance, you are in darkness. Examine yourself and see if you have forgotten how to be sorry.
-My Utmost for His Highest
The man who is mighty in prayer may be a wall of fire around his country, her guardian angel and her shield.
Kneeling We Triumph
It must be remembered that there are “spiritual wickednesses” at the back of all the confusion and discord in the work of God. The servant of Christ must, therefore, practically recognize that his warfare is with these satanic beings and must be waged on his knees! How blessed that this lays it open to the weakest of us to prevail in matters which would otherwise be entirely beyond our strength and wisdom.
Kneeling We Triumph
“When thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and pray to thy Father which is in secret.“ (Matthew 6:6)
Jesus did not say—Dream about thy Father in secret, but pray to thy Father in secret. Prayer is an effort of the will. After we have entered our secret place and have shut the door, the most difficult thing to do is to pray; we cannot get our minds into working order, and the first thing that conflicts is wandering thoughts. The great battle in private prayer is the overcoming of mental wool-gathering. We have to discipline our minds and concentrate on willful prayer.
We must have a selected place for prayer and when we get there the plague of flies begins—Thus must be done, and that. “Shut thy door.” A secret silence means to shut the door deliberately on emotions and remember God.
God is in secret, and He sees us from the secret place. Enter the secret place, and right there in the center of the common round you find God there all the time. Get into the habit of dealing with God about everything. Pray to your Father in secret, and every public thing will be stamped with the presence of God.
-My Utmost for His Highest
FIRST OF ALL
"I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men.”
~1 Timothy 2:1
Here, in the second chapter of First Timothy, the Apostle Paul is instructing Timothy and the body of Christ on practical matters.
The apostle beings with the phrase “first of all.” In other words, he is saying, “Let me begin with…” or, “First, let me emphasize…” This is the only time the phrase “first of all” appears in the Bible. Paul uses this phrase to make us recognize the importance of what he is about to say.
He then continues by saying that, “supplications, prayers, intercessions and giving of thanks be made for all men.” I would like to emphasize, first of all, that the prayer life of the believer should always include prayer for others, for all people. We are not to just pray for some people, not just the people you like or the people you feel especially need God’s help. Paul says all men. He then proceeded to explain why we are to pray for all men. As he shares in verses 4-5, Jesus Christ would have all men be saved. He died for all! To put it plainly, pray for all because He died for all. Jesus became the mediator for all the world! While it is true that not all accept Him, not all choose His sacrifice, not all make Him their Lord and Master; we still must pray for all because He died for all.
In this portion of Scripture, the Apostle Paul calls to our attention a specific group of people we are to focus our prayers on. This group affects our lives whether we know them personally or not. In verse two, Paul says specifically, “For kings, and for all that are in authority.” What would the world look like if we, first of all, were to pray for all men, especially for those in authority? What would the world look like if the body of Christ truly interceded day after day for our leaders?
It is easy for us to pray for someone who fights for righteousness and biblical values in our laws. But it is just as important for us to pray for those leaders void of God who have no knowledge of the truth of Jesus Christ. These leaders do not have the Holy Spirit guiding them.
The Bible says in Romans 13:1 that all authority has been given by God. Whoever is currently in authority may not always be the perfect will of the Lord as was the case with King Saul. God wanted to lead Israel, but they wanted a king; so He gave them Saul. He allowed them to have the leader they wanted. And yet ultimately God is the one giving the power. Therefore, we are to pray for ALL in authority even for those with whom we don’t always agree.
At the time of Paul’s writing, who were the kings that were in power? The leader of Rome was the infamous Nero who was one of the most brutal dictators in not only Rome’s history but also world history. He was responsible for the death of countless Christians. We can only imagine how difficult it was for the early church to pray for such a person. As the Christians in the early church were walking the streets of Rome, they could hear the clash of gladiators battling in the arena or the roar of lions waiting to eat their fellow church members. They could see the sight of believers being burned as torches lighting the city in brutal death. In Israel, there were also leaders like Pilot and Herod. There have always been and will always be evil people who opposed the gospel. But Paul clearly says to pray for even those who do these abominable things. He was asking the early church to do an incredibly radical thing.
As a matter of fact, the Roman historian Josephus wrote that a war was started between Jews and Romans over this issue. The Romans wanted the Jews to pray for their leaders, and they refused. Blood was spilled over this issue. Paul is saying here in First Timothy that we as Christians should pray for our leaders no matter what their beliefs or opinions are. And the early church did pray. One of the bishops of the church in Smyrna Polycarp who was one of John’s disciples who himself died in the coliseum said, “Pray for all the saints; pray, too, for all kings and powers and rulers, and for your persecutors, and those that hate you, and for your cruel enemies.” He was echoing the words of Jesus, “Love your enemies, pray for them who despitefully use you.”
We in America don’t face anything even close to what the early church faced. But Paul faithfully reminds the church of that era as well as the church today that we are to pray for those in authority regardless of their views, their opinions, or their political parties.
In addition to telling the early church who to pray for (all men, kings, and those in authority), Paul also does not neglect to share the why. He gives two reasons for why we should pray for all these men.
First, he says in verse two, “that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.” How can this be true?! The early church was suffering so greatly, and many were being killed at the hands of Nero. What does Paul mean by talking about a peaceful and quiet life? The early church certainly did not experience tranquility at all. He is saying that this is the goal for us as Christians. Our desire is to be at peace and live quiet, godly lives. We are to pray and pray and pray until we see this type of change even if it is not in our lifetimes. We do not always see revival right away, but it comes through much prayer. Similarly, we will not see peace and quiet lives immediately, but it will eventually come through prayer.
The second reason Paul gives as to why we should pray for our leaders is that they may “come to the knowledge of the truth,” that they may recognize that Christ is a mediator between God and man, that they may recognize that the man Jesus Christ took the penalty of sin and paid for it on our behalf. Paul could say this better than anyone else. He had previously been a man with authority coming against the body of Christ. He was once Saul of Tarsus void of truth who persecuted the church, but he was then radically transformed by the truth.
Paul is definitely not the only one to have experienced this radical change. Nebuchadnezzar was worse than any leader we could ever imagine, yet through the power of God, he humbled himself and found God. Cyrus the Great was another pagan King whose heart was yielded to the Spirit of God and brought peace and restoration to God’s people.
What would happen to the world if men and women of authority all over the world would turn to Christ through the prayers of the saints?! What would happen if, first of all, we interceded for President Trump, for our governors, for our delegates, and for state senators as we never have before? If we were to do this faithfully, the changes we would see would be great indeed! There would be a change that would transform the whole world.
Today, in these tempestuous times, I implore you that we would, first of all, pray for our leaders. Let us in the body of Christ stand in the gap for kings and all that govern over us.
America, Pray Now
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