Exerpt from NPPN 03032 - (March, 2003)
A note from: Steve Loopstra, Executive Director, Prayer Transformation Ministries
* SPECIAL ALERT
A CALL FOR NATIONAL PRAYER
From: "Prayer Transformation Ministries"
What follows is a call for the Church in America to rise up in these critical days, to open our doors for prayer and some suggested prayer points put together by Cheryl Sacks and myself in connection with the Christian Emergency Network of Mission America.
My plea is that we not be so lethargic that we miss the window of opportunity in prayer and witness that the Lord is giving us through these circumstances. Decide that you and your church will "rise to the occasion" and be the voice of hope for the Lord that He calls us to be.
Your servant in Christ,
Steve Loopstra, Executive Director, Prayer Transformation Ministries
As our nation stands on the brink of war with Iraq, the time is NOW for the Church to rise up and take her place. This is a time that calls for humble, resolute leadership on the part of our churches. We have a message of hope for our nation. We have access to the very throne room of God to intercede on behalf of our nation, our president, our leaders, our military, and the people of Iraq. Let us not miss this divine window of opportunity for prayer.
Please give serious and careful heed to this call to prayer. We are encouraging churches across the nation to set aside ongoing specific times of prayer and worship on behalf of our nation. Some churches are opening their doors for prayer from 6- 7 p.m. each evening during the conflict. Others are scheduling noontime prayer meetings. Many will build a weekend service around prayer for the nation. Whenever it is, consider opening your church and your meetings to the community. Let us act preemptively in prayer. Don't delay. Rally prayer at your earliest possible time.
In 2 Chronicles 20, as Jehoshaphat was heading toward war in the desert, we read in verse 20: "Early in the morning they left for the Desert of Tekoa. As they set out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Listen to me, Judah and people of Jerusalem! Have faith in the Lord your God and you will be upheld; have faith in his prophets and you will be successful. After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: Give thanks to the Lord for his love endures forever."
In response to that prayer and worship, the Lord gave victory to Israel's army. We, the Church in this country have the opportunity to "go before" our troops, and to cover our nation, our cities, and our leaders.
Let us humble ourselves before the Lord and stand in the gap in these critical hours.
As you call your people, your community to prayer, here are some suggestions on how we may agree together. May the Lord be gracious to us, and have mercy.
1. To acknowledge our dependency upon God
2. For the church to rise up with a message of hope
3. To cry out for wisdom for our national and world leaders
4. For protection of our nation's borders and our cities from preemptive strikes
5. For protection of American and allied military forces and the lives of
innocent people in Iraq
6. For an openness to the Gospel in the Middle East
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(above note reprinted here with permission)
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