Prayer Targets: Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Call2Fall Sunday
June 26, 2013
All the people gathered themselves together as one man... lifting up their hands...they bowed their heads, and worshipped the LORD with their faces to the ground....the people wept, when they heard the words of [God's] law...[but] the Levites [said Hold your peace, for the day is holy; neither be ye grieved. And all the people went their way...to make great mirth, because they had understood the words that were declared unto them (Neh. 8:1-11).
Dear Praying Friends,
In November of 1995, I attended a conference in Los Angeles organized by the late Dr. Bill Bright. Nancy Leigh DeMoss was a speaker. She was soft spoken but delivered strong truth with grace, purity and power. A great impression remained upon my heart and mind. Later, I discovered the transcript of a speech Nancy gave in 1999, entitled "The Wall is Broken Down." It is a powerful preface to Call2Fall. Here are excerpts:
I don't know that there has ever been a time in our nation's history when prayer was any more desperately needed than it is at this hour.
Our television screens have been flooded with images of destruction and death (natural and man-made disasters that have multiplied since 1999)... Add to that the barrage that assaults us day after day on the news and in every form of media and entertainment, as we are subjected to sordid sexual details, profanity, violence, and endless variations on evil, and it is not hard to see that we really do need to pray.
Though there is much about this land that is still great and for which we can be grateful, "America the Beautiful"-the "land of the free and the home of the brave"-has also become the land of the selfish and the violent, the home of the fearful and the abused...
As we sift through the rubble of these tragedies, many are searching for explanations and solutions to our national condition I believe the ultimate answers are found in the timeless truth of God's Word (she then spoke of Nehemiah's response when he learned of the affliction of the Jews in Jerusalem and that the city walls were broken down). Nehemiah's immediate response... was to cry out to God, seeking His forgiveness for the sins that had precipitated this predicament, and asking God to make it possible for him to go to Judah to help the Jews rebuild the walls. (God answered). What he saw firsthand (in Jerusalem) stirred him even more deeply... The spiritual walls and gates of our land [America] are in great disrepair.
When the foundation of our nation was laid, those walls and gates were carefully erected. Our founding fathers recognized that America's greatest defense did not lie in weapons, ammunition, or military strategies, but in the spiritual and moral strength of her people, in the stability of her homes and communities and churches, and in the willingness of her citizens to be self-governed under God.
During our lifetime, in the name of pluralism, tolerance, and political correctness, we have witnessed the systematic dismantling of those spiritual walls and gates that form our nation's most strategic defense system. (alluding to Jerusalem's gates she spoke of three spiritual gates in modern America's walls: 1) our view of God; 2) our view of morality, and 3). our view of the family).
Such essential virtues as honor, duty, loyalty, obedience, sacrifice, and chastity have gone by the wayside. In their place, we have substituted indulgence, greed, personal convenience and comfort, and self-gratification.
A society that abandons God and His laws, that rejects moral absolutes, and that is willing to sacrifice its families on the altar of convenience, careers, and self, is a society whose gates are broken down.
"Is there anything we can do about it-anything that will really make a difference?" (DeMoss transitions to show us how, like Nehemiah, we ought to respond to our national calamity: 1) he grieved and mourned; "For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven"; 2) he cared enough to get involved, and was willing to pay a price for that involvement... 3) he was willing to take bold, courageous stands in defense of righteousness, and in opposition to sin. In a day when tolerance is the supreme virtue, we desperately need men and women of conviction who will stand for what is right, regardless of what it may cost; 4) Nehemiah humbled himself and prayed.) At every turn, Nehemiah's intuitive response was to lift his eyes to heaven and seek wisdom and help from above. He knew that the task to which he was called was far bigger than himself, and that he could not possibly succeed without divine intervention and enabling.
The problems facing our nation today are far bigger than all our human programs and efforts can possibly address. No amount of money we throw at these problems is going to make them go away. The solutions are not going to be found in better schools, more policemen, tighter gun control laws, or better government. The battle we are fighting is not a physical one, but a spiritual one. We are witnessing the clash between two kingdoms-the kingdom of God and the kingdom of Satan. It is a battle for the hearts and souls of men. Our only hope lies in God. That is why prayer is so vital. (She showed how prayer, God's response, and intermittent revivals had impacted America's history - the Pilgrims; George Washington at Valley Forge; Ben Franklin's call to prayer at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787; the prayer revival that broke out in New York City amid the banking crisis of 1857; and Abraham Lincoln's National Proclamation calling for a day of Fasting, Humiliation, and Prayer. She wrote, "his words are as relevant today" (Lincoln's 1863 Proclamation can be read HERE).
God's Word promises that if those of us who are His people will humble ourselves and pray and seek His face and turn from our wicked ways, He will hear from heaven and will forgive our sin and will heal our land (2 Chronicles 7:14).
Won't you join me in a prayer earnestly confessing our sins and asking God to have mecy on our land?...
If you are physically able and...have the desire, I'd like to invite you to get on your knees, as a visible expression of our recognition of God's sovereignty and our desperate need for Him. What could be more appropriate than to bow before the God of the universe, as one day we shall all do? (DeMoss, abridged. Read full speech at Revive Our Hearts)
We need to pray for our nation and for its leaders. We need to pray over and stand up to godless tyranny and immorality from whatever quarter it comes. We need to pray strenuously against wicked public policy that is harming our fellow countrymen and pushing America to the point of no return. Above all, we must collectively do what Nehemiah led the people of Jerusalem to do in 445 B.C. (see Neh 8): humble ourselves, pray, seek God's face, turn from our wicked ways, then rise from our knees and faces to defend our families and work to repair and rebuild the spiritual and moral walls of our nation - even as the assaults against faith in God, family, and freedom continue to increase. Ultimately, Nehemiah and the people of Jerusalem prevailed because God was with them. That people, once captives in Babylon, rebuilt their nation, which became the birthplace our Lord Jesus Christ, the Messiah of prophecy and Liberator of our souls.
I pray that you have made plans to join us and believers in churches and homes across over America - on our knees - this coming Sunday, June 30, 2013 for Call2Fall.
If not, visit Call2Fall right now and click "I'm In!" Consider forwarding this to your pastor; post it to your social media sites, or simply write a note of your own and link to www.Call2Fall.com. Please be praying that God will be pleased with what He sees and hears on Sunday! And thank you for praying!