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.
Your adversary the devil walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist. (I Peter 5:8,9)
On maintaining the daily performance of closet duties the fate of the whole battle will turn. This your great adversary well knows. He knows that if he can beat you out of the closet, he will have you in his own power. You will be in the situation of an army cut off from supplies and reinforcements and will be obliged either to capitulate or to surrender at discretion. He will, therefore, leave no means untried to drive or draw you from the closet. And it will be hard work to maintain that post against him and your own heart. On some occasions he will probably assail you with more violence when you attempt to read or pray than at any other time, and thus try to persuade you that prayer is rather injurious than beneficial. Again, he will withdraw and be quiet lest, if he should distress you with his temptations, you might be driven to the Throne of Grace for help.
If he can prevail upon us to be careless and stupid, he rarely will distress us. He will not disturb a false peace because it is a peace of which he is the author. But if he cannot succeed in lulling us to sleep, he will do all in his power to distress us. -E Payson
“Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (James 4:7)
-Kneeling We Triumph
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Dan Crawford, a missionary to Africa, said, “My conception of prayer is that of buckets on an endless chain—they go up empty to express my need; they come down full, to express His bounty!”
-Kneeling We Triumph Vol 2
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Mrs. Howard Taylor tells how Pastor Hsi, that courageous, godly Chinese pastor, learned to triumph by believing prayer: “He was so fearless. He did not hesitate to pray definitely about things, and then commit God, so to speak, to His own promises. ‘Now that is settled,’ he would say. ‘We have left it with the Heavenly Father. He will do it for us. Here is the promise.’ Or if he believed he had been guided about a thing, he had no hesitation in saying just what the Lord had told him. People did not understand, and thought him boastful or irreverent. But it was rather David’s spirit—‘and now, Lord, do as Thou hast said;’ and a faith that was not afraid to let everybody know—‘He will do it, for He has said so.’ Sometimes he was wrong, but far more often it proved that he was right.“
-Kneeling We Triumph Vol 2
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In Mark chapter 10 we find the story of a blind man named Bartimaeus. It says that as Jesus went out of Jericho with His disciples a great multitude followed them, and Blind Bartimaeus sat by the roadside begging. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David have mercy on me!” Then some warned him to be quiet, but he cried out all the more, “Son of David have mercy on me!”
For Bartimaeus the first step towards healing was humility. He humbled himself and cried out. He had to cry out loudly because of the great multitude that followed Jesus. He was a blind beggar, yet he didn’t care what others thought of him. He desperately needed Jesus to hear him! Those around him tried to silence him, but instead he cried out even more! He didn’t want to stay in the condition he was in. He knew if he drew near to Jesus his condition would be changed. He knew Jesus would heal him! When Bartimaeus cried out all the more, it was then that Jesus stood still and commanded him to be called. His humble cry had moved God’s heart! It was then that Bartimaeus heard these wonderful words, “Be of good cheer, Rise, He is calling you.” Throwing aside his garment, Bartimaeus came to Jesus and was healed. Before he drew near to Jesus, Bartimaeus threw aside his filthy garment which was another step of humility. He left behind his past life. Jude 23 says, “…hating even the garment defiled by the flesh.”
The key for Bartimaeus’ healing was humility. What a glorious day it was for him when he received what he was crying out for! If he had not taken that first step of humility, he would have remained a blind beggar till the day he died.
The well-quoted verse, 2 Chronicles 7:14 says, “If my people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.“ Bartimaeus followed this progression. He humbled himself, and prayed, crying out to God, seeking to see the face of Jesus and cast aside his filthy garments. In response, Jesus heard his cry, forgave him, and healed him!
Those who see their condition — their spiritual blindness and poverty — will cry out for help!
“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” (James 4:8) We have to take the first step. We must draw near to God!
We have been praying for revival, knowing it is the only hope for America to be saved. The first step towards a revival that will bring healing to us, to our families, to our churches, and to our nation is humility. We must be willing as Blind Bartimaeus was to cry out for mercy, forgetting what others think of us!
America needs the church to humble herself and cry out to Jesus for mercy! We must cry out until we get God’s attention — until we hear, “Rise and come.” We must not cease from crying out until we hear the call to come and be healed. Will the church be like Bartimaeus and cry out to God until we are healed? Or will the day come when we say like Jeremiah, “The harvest is past, summer is ended and we are not saved”?
In America Pray Now we gather together every month in various cities, coming across denominational lines to humble ourselves and pray and seek God. We know if our cry is sincere and deep enough He will hear and respond! Our cry for mercy can bring a visitation from heaven that will open our blind eyes and bring a revival that renews and restores the Church, bringing power and life again. Then our nation will be saved! We must be like Blind Bartimaeus and humble ourselves and cry out to God for mercy! We must continue to cry out everyday until we are healed.
“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.”
Today we’re going to look at the prayer life of a missionary who, while not well known during his life, left an impact on souls for years to come; Jim Elliot.
Jim was born in Oregon in 1927 to a minister and his wife and their two other children. Jim accepted Christ at a young age and grew to be increasingly close to his Heavenly Father. In 1945 he began attending Wheaton College where he learned, perhaps one of the most important lessons for any Christian, discipline.
His wife, Elisabeth, later wrote this of him: “Jim started his journal as a means of self-discipline. He began to get up early in the morning during his junior year in college to read the Bible and pray before classes. He was realistic enough to recognize the slim chances of fitting in any serious study and prayer later in the day. If it had priority on his list of things that mattered, it had to have chronological priority. To see that he did not waste the dearly-bought time, he began to note down on paper specific things he learned from the Word and specific things he asked for in prayer.”
Jim knew that in order for one to maintain a deep and personal relationship with God, He must be the priority in life. All other things came after his devotion to God and learning from His word and prayer. This was evident in his relationship with Elisabeth. They met at his third year at Wheaton and while both were deeply attracted to each other, he felt that nothing must distract him from what God was calling Him to do. It wasn’t until six years later, after he felt that God had released him from being called to singleness, that they were married.
After graduating from Wheaton, Jim attended the Summer Institute of Linguistics in Oklahoma. He was preparing for the mission field. His heart was burdened with the weight of lost souls both in and outside of the United States.
Finally in 1952, Jim travelled to Ecuador to share the gospel with the Waodoni tribe. In 1956, just two and a half years after marrying Elisabeth, Jim and three other missionaries travelled deep into the jungle on a trip to meet with the Waodoni tribe for their second encounter. It was then, on January 8, that they were attacked by a group Waodoni warriors and killed.
It’s said that the four missionaries were armed with guns and would quite possibly have been able to defend themselves. They made the decision though not to harm any of the tribe lest it harden their hearts toward any future attempt to share the gospel. What is it then that enabled this man to give his life so devotedly to Christ and spreading the Good News even unto his own death? I believe that it was his deep personal devotion to a God that he knew well because of the time he spent on his knees.
Jim once said, “I have felt the impact of your prayer in these past weeks. I am certain now that nothing has had a more powerful influence on this life of mine than your prayers.”
And again, “The sound of 'gentle stillness' after all the thunder and wind have passed will be the ultimate Word from God.”
Surely these words of deep conviction come from a man who knew God intimately from many hours spent in His presence.
Are you struggling to begin a life of prayer such as your innermost being longs after? Begin with disciplining yourself. You may not desire it in the beginning, but press on and your reward will be a deep relationship with the One who created you.
Imagine its 1710 in a little village called Epworth, England. You’re the wife of the town cobbler and its been a very busy day for your husband so you’re taking some deliveries for him throughout the village. Spring has arrived and everyone has their windows open, grateful for a taste of fresh, clean air. As you go along you pass the parsonage and glance inside the open window. The sight that meets your eyes stops you in your tracks. There are 8 children on the floor, table and chairs. Some are reading, some are working mathematical equations and a few smaller children are playing with blocks and sticks. In the midst of them is woman, sitting in a chair, and over her face is an apron. Yes, she has set an apron over her face and sits quietly and still. You shake your head, That Susanna Wesley is a strange one, you say to yourself as you walk on.
Yes, that woman was Susanna Wesley, and that was her praying apron. From a very young age Susanna decided firmly upon never spending more time in leisure than in prayer and seeking God. Imagine what our lives would look like if we took that to heart! How much less TV, phone time, games, and other useless entertainment would we absorb? It’s safe to say that Susanna had far less time for leisure than she did for prayer. After all, she gave birth to 19 children and although only 10 survived, we must admit, her hands were full.
Despite growing up in a time where women and girls had little to no formal education Susanna herself could read very well and was very intelligent. It was this that first led her later husband, Samuel, to fall in love with and marry her. Samuel was an Anglican rector, but he traveled often, so the weight of raising a family and running the farm fell solely on Susanna’s shoulders. This however was not enough for her to neglect her own prayer time of 2 hours every day underneath her apron, nor to keep her from raising her children to know God, and spend their time in praying as well. She also prioritized all her children’s education teaching them both Biblically and classically.
There is an old adage that says, “Behind every great man is a great woman.” I think it’s safe to say that more correctly, behind every great person of God, is great person of prayer. Susanna raised two sons, John and Charles who grew up to lead thousands of men and women to Christ. And I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that it all began when they saw their incredibly busy, hardworking mother take time out of her day to pray.
Are we following after God the way Susanna Wesley did? Are we prioritizing our prayer time? Are spending anywhere near the amount of time in prayer as we are in things of pleasure?
I hope this quick look at Susanna Wesley’s life encourages you to continue to pray, to set time aside even in the busiest of seasons, and to never stop prevailing for our country. I hope you it encourages you that you don’t have to be the great pastor or evangelist that the world knows. You can make a difference in the world by praying. Praying each and every day.
It seems a fitting start, in the series on individuals of intercession, to discuss the man of prayer named King David. Being that he practically wrote a whole entire book of prayer called The Psalms, smack dab in the middle of our bibles. These are many of his own accounts of desperate prayer and praise directed specifically towards the throne of God itself. To anyone who has spent any amount of time in the Psalms, has noticed that David had a full spectrum of very raw and real human emotions just as we do. But he had the bravery and the deep intimate relationship with the Lord to feel it appropriate to expose the reality of his life and the truest feelings of his heart to God himself, because he knew God! Before David was lifted to the place of royalty, He was but a lowly and lonely shepherd. He spent days and years alone in the fields tending to sheep and mastered his harp, spending countless hours singing praises to God, fellowshipping, and praying. That is why his psalms are so intimate, because they sprung from an intimate relationship with God himself.
We often read his words and are in awe of his bravery and the reality of how relatable his feelings and situations were, and how perfect they are to model our own prayers after. It seems there are multiple purposes God has for the Psalms, and that the models of prayer, intercessions, and praises were placed there for us to imitate so that we may be able to intercede and achieve results as David did.
We will soon go into the many details of why the Psalms are such a model for our prayer lives, but before we get started may we imitate the life that David lived and spend personal isolated time with God ourselves. Let us begin meditating on the Psalms this week during our personal daily devotional time, with the life of David in mind. Before we read a portion each day, may we pray that the Lord will open our eyes to relate these words to our daily lives and struggles. To cause our eyes to see how David prayed and how applicable each prayer not only can be used to intercede on our personal issues but also use as our own prayers on behalf of our nation. That also we are shown the importance of praise, as David spent most of his breath and a large majority of his song and prayers for the sole purpose of praising his creator even when he was in the depths of despair. For our God is a good, merciful and omnipotent God regardless of our current and temporary circumstances. As we see here in the following song, David models the right heart and attitude to have towards God in thanksgiving and praise along with his pleading for mercies and rescues in time of distress.
“Praise the Lord! Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever. Who can list the glorious miracles of the Lord? Who can ever praise him enough? There is joy for those who deal justly with others and always do what is right. Remember me, Lord, when you show favor to your people; come near and rescue me. Let me share in the prosperity of your chosen ones. Let me rejoice in the joy of your people; let me praise you with those who are your heritage.”
As Christians, we seek to model men and women of faith who run after God and have a relationship with Him that is undeniable. But something, something powerful, sets apart certain men and women of God from the rest. What is it? We believe it is their life of prayer. Those times, early in the morning, midday, or late at night, spent in their closets on their faces before God. Prayer. Prevailing, intercessory prayer, sets the great men and women of God apart from the rest.
We will be doing a series, alternating from the lives of men and women of intercession and lessons from King David’s prayer life, with the object of learning from and being encouraged by those who have gone before us.
So today we being with John Hyde, better known as “Praying Hyde.”
Born in 1865, John Hyde was raised in a large family, the son of a Presbyterian pastor. Growing up in the church, John studied to become a Presbyterian minister like his father. However, when he was but 26 years old, his older brother Ed died of typhoid fever. Ed had been ready to travel to China as a missionary. John, deeply saddened by his brothers death, was effected to the point of committing his own life to the mission field. In fact, he became very enthusiastic about it; so much so that he convinced twenty-six of his classmates to also commit their lives to the mission.
After much preparation and training, John finally left for India in the fall of 1892. On the trip overseas, he became convicted that he was not qualified for the commission he had undertaken. It was then that he began to study the Bible and seek guidance from the Holy Spirit with a fervor as never before. In fact, upon arriving in India, he would receive reproof for spending more time in the Bible than in learning the native language. The Life and Letters of Praying Hyde tells us that his response was simply, “I am sorry, but first things come first.” In time he became quite fluent in two of the native languages, no doubt being blessed for his commitment to “Seek first the kingdom of God.”
His letters reveal that he was a man who prevailed in prayer; praying frequently and fervently; then waiting and believing that those prayers would be answered. In one he wrote, “My dear friends, you will pray, not for these people alone, but that we who witness, may have Him to witness through us, who alone convicts the world of sin; pray that we may be filled with the Spirit for only then shall we have power.” In another, “Pray, dear fellow endeavorers, that our Christians may be strong to resist sin and strong to do God’s work.”
John’s letters are also filled with examples of his answered prayers. “A Lauke Christian, having quite back-slidden into his old heathen sorcery. For him too, prayer was made, and before we came away he confessed his having fallen and that he had come back now. They came to him to get him exorcise some sick child, and he told them no, he had given up all that, but that if they wished him to pray over the child in the name of Jesus he would do so.”
These are just a few examples of the many times throughout his letters that he references his prayers, requesting prayer, and citing examples of answered prayers.
And so my fellow prayer warriors, I hope that you are encouraged to continue in prayer. Devoting time each day, before all else, as did our brother in Christ, John, to intercede for those who are lost, in our own country as well as out of it, having faith that with perseverance comes fruit.
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