Sep 26 2010

Ingo Breuer

Prayer for America

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The United States builds on a strong Christian heritage. In times of need it was common that national and spiritual leaders called on the people to seek God, to repent and humble themselves before God in order to seek God’s favor, blessing and pardon. For example, in 1863 Abraham Lincoln called the nation to repentance, confession of our national sins and turning back to God. The president issued a proclamation for a national day of prayer. That is what is needed today. But militant secularist such as those judges in activist courts or those in the Obama administration believe in the un-American concept of the “separation of church and state”. They misunderstand that America’s founding fathers merely opposed a state church such as existed in Europe, which was dominated by Romanism. In that respect, church and state are properly separated because the churches are not supported by forced taxation but by freewill tithes and offerings. Today’s leftist-liberal fanatics however go a step beyond and advocate the abolition of the mention of God. They advocate apostasy as defined in Romans 1: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools … And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient. Today’s militant secularists do not support religious freedom. They support freedom from religion and that leads America closer to Sodom and Gomorra.

Please take the time to sign the following petition to President Obama defending the National Day of Prayer. President Lincoln wrote in his proclamation: Whereas, the Senate of the United States, devoutly recognizing the supreme authority and just government of the Almighty God in all the affairs of men and of nations has by a resolution requested the president to designate and set apart a day for national prayer and humiliation. And whereas, it is the duty of nations as well as of men to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God: to confess their sins and transgressions in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon: and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord. This kind of wisdom is lacking in today’s leaders. But now is the time for America to acknowledge her dependence on God and her need for repentance and genuine revival. There are so many lost souls who don’t know Jesus Christ. They need to get saved by turning to Jesus Christ. Apart from that personal knowledge of God there is no hope for us and definitely not for eternity. That is only by Jesus Christ before whom we need to humble ourselves and call upon the name of the Lord to be saved.

A National Day of Prayer is needed to confess to God the trespasses of the nation. Remember the prayer of Daniel in Daniel 9. He did not just confess his own sin. He confessed the national sins and transgressions. That would be the killing of the unborn, the destruction of families through divorce, disobedience, consumerism, materialism and doing things that are not according to God’s ways. 

On April 15, 2010, United States District Court Judge Barbara Crabb, for the Western District of Wisconsin, struck down the National Day of Prayer statute, 36 U.S.C. § 119, as violating the Establishment Clause. Judge Crabb ruled that the statute serves no secular purpose, but rather calls the nation to engage in a religious exercise – prayer. The National Day of Prayer belongs to Americans. It is a tradition that dates back to 1775 and it is not for a Judge to take away. We the people called for the day of prayer and for 59 years we have practiced our freedom to gather and pray. This is an attack upon our religious freedoms and it is a sad day in America when an atheist in Wisconsin can undermine this tradition for millions of others who simply wish to join their fellow citizens in praying for their country.

Here is the petition you want to sign right away: www.nationaldayofprayer.org

Whether there is an official National Day of Prayer or not, we as Christians ought to pray for our nation and its leaders from local to federal level in our personal prayer time and church prayer meetings. Praying for the President, Senators or Representatives should be part of our family devotions or personal quiet time in the morning when we seek God. I personally believe that a church prayer meeting that does not take time to include the national needs is incomplete. 2. Tim. 2:1,2 says we need to be alert and pray for those in authority.

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