Dr. Jack Hayford wrote an article in Charisma News about the Presidential election. He gave four imperatives that the church must do to save America.
Dr. Hayford said, “The re-election of President Obama is yet another landmark of history that reveals the inevitable flow of events which increase in depth and spread when the church mistakes its mission. As one incident, the election outcome holds the portent of being a prophetic announcement of the impending end of the significance of the church in America, unless …
.. Unless a reawakening of Christ’s body in America occurs, which heeds the “first of all” priority of Paul, by the Holy Spirit (1 Tim. 2:1-2), assigned to the church’s ministry of prayer and intercession for leaders, peoples and nations, no administration or political party will be capable of a solution to our nation’s essential problems.
… Unless the church becomes more persuaded that the fountainhead of its strength is in living worship—by which we humble ourselves, seeking God’s presence . . .
… Unless the pulpits, sanctuaries and classrooms of the church be once again employed as centerpieces of shaping disciples unto transformation.
… Unless a vanguard of today’s American church leadership chooses to take a stand with Israel as the Sovereign God’s chosen people.
In summary: the bitter fruit of the 2012 presidential outcome is not the party or person who is taking the White House, but in the disappearing fruitage of the church’s inherent, God-given dynamic to affect the spiritual climate of our nation . . .”
Most of the time we read a prophetic word like this from a proven Voice of God in our generation and then DO ABSOLUTELY NOTHING ABOUT IT. We cry, complain and preach about the woes of our nation, economy and churches – yet we keep doing what we have been doing expecting different results.
Even before I read Jack Hayford’s article, God had already began to deal with me about 2013. I was in Israel this year. I felt compelled to go to Israel and to personally spend time in Jerusalem. I spent hours for a number of days in the Garden Tomb of Jesus. Sometimes I just sat there, other times I prayed and worshiped. I walked the streets, sat in the outside restaurants and watched the local people. I did not go to Israel to see the sights, I felt compelled to just be there.
Jack Hayford said, “Unless a vanguard of today’s American church leadership chooses to take a stand with Israel as the Sovereign God’s chosen people (a theological posture rooted in the Word and our nation’s history), the effect of our present apathy will advance an already increasing global anti-Semitism, and the brash rise in political scorn manifest today will continue to move our nation closer to the edge of self-destruction by reason of its collective choice to pass judgment against and forsake our support of God’s ancient land and people; a choice certain to boomerang cataclysmic judgments upon us via a scenario which may well bring about the finale of our nation’s existence (see Zech. 12-14).”
The last four years our President did nothing publicly to truly support Israel. He has not done anything about the Muslim Brotherhood taking over Egypt. He has not moved to stop the progression of the policies of Iran. We might as well believe that the next four years will be much more of the same, while the Middle East becomes more hostile and pressures the world against Israel. It looks like the United Nations is going to take one more step against Israel by accepting and acknowledging Palestine as a state.
Our Supreme Court is going to consider the California voter’s choice opposing same sex marriage at a private conference on Friday, November 30. If they decide that our law, the people’s choice in California, is unconstitutional, then we will see this sweep across the nation. Our President has already said that he believes same sex marriage should be legalized. This is no doubt the most critical time in any of our lifetimes. What are we going to do about it? Are we going to sit back and let the Devil pursue his agenda for our generation?
I have no doubt about what God has spoken to me. There is a transforming move of God over the horizon. “When the enemy comes in like a flood, The Spirit of the LORD will lift up a standard against him” (Isaiah 59:19). God is looking for a people who will be that STANDARD. God will find a man and a people to stand in the gap. I believe Praise Chapel is called of God to be that Standard. Do we truly believe that we can be THE STANDARD that God will use to drive back the forces of evil?
Billy Graham wrote on November 8, “I ask you to join me in committing the next 52 weeks to faithful, even fervent, prayer for this land in which we live.”
I join with Jack Hayford and Billy Graham by asking you to join with me in challenging every Praise Chapel Pastor and congregation to prayer, fasting and intercession. “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” (2 Chronicles 7:14).
I am currently in the 6th week of Prayer and Praise meetings, Tuesday – Friday nights in Los Angeles. We are responding to this call and praying for Los Angeles and the USA.