Friday, May 03, 2013

Analysis of the Chairman’s Prayer for
the 2013 US National Day of Prayer

By Helena Lehman of the
Pillar of Enoch Ministry


On Wednesday May 1st, 2013, I received Christian Political Activist Gary Bauer’s Daily Newsletter in my E-Mail Box and found that it focused on a prayer written by the Honorary Chairman for the US National Day of Prayer. Here is what Gary wrote about it:

“This year’s theme is “Pray For America.” With ongoing economic anxiety at home, chaos and uncertainty overseas, unprecedented assaults on faith (even the meaning of marriage on trial at the Supreme Court), our country is in great need of prayer. Pastor Greg Laurie of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California, is this year’s Honorary Chairman.” - Gary Bauer 

Before I share and analyze that prayer, let me tell you my reaction to it. More than anything, I was troubled by Gary Bauer’s and Pastor Greg’s cluelessness of where we are at in the End Times. The wording of the pastor’s prayer tells me that Greg is totally oblivious to the fact that the world is at the brink of World War III, and that America and Israel are surrounded by shared enemies that seek their mutual destruction. He also seems unaware of the fact the Yahshua’s prophecies revealed in the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares, and His Parable of the Sheep and the Goats have been coming to fulfillment through major political and social developments around the world over the past few decades. 

The world has never been more polarized or divided, but Pastor Greg didn’t address this stark spiritual division that has taken place in America and the world at all! In fact, he seems clueless that God has brought this dire spiritual state about so that the wicked could be made fully distinguishable from the righteous. He also seems unaware that this has been done so that the wicked can be set aside for judgment, even while the righteous are being secretly marked on their foreheads as the protected and beloved children of the Most High God!

I’ve reproduced the opening portion of the prayer that Pastor Greg wrote for America below in italics, and will comment on it afterward:

Father, we come to You to pray for our nation, the United States of America

How You have blessed us through the years, Lord! We rightly sing, “America, America, God shed His grace on thee.” Yet we see trouble in our culture today. We see the breakdown of the family, crippling addictions, and random acts of horrific violence. 

While what Pastor Greg wrote above in the opening of his prayer is true, it is horribly understated! Here is what I think it should say:

“Heavenly Father, while we thank You for all the blessings that You have poured out on America in the past, and we thank You for shedding Your grace upon our nation, we see a tremendous spiritual and moral breakdown taking place in our culture, and in our churches today, that is so intense that it is overwhelming! Our government has been overrun with traitors, just as our churches have been, and we are a people now under demonic siege from within, even as we are being threatened on every side by America’s outside enemies. We are surrounded by wickedness, and huge miscarriages of justice and horrific acts of violence have become commonplace in our nation, and the world! God help us, for our situation is dire!”

As you can see, the major difference between Pastor Greg’s opening words and mine is the keen knowledge that I have of where we are on the End Time timetable based on God’s Prophetic Word. Pastor Greg’s lack of knowledge in this area, and his inability to connect it to current events is a massive problem that has made his prayer and the prayers of countless other believers completely ineffective! 

In his prayer, Pastor Greg went on to ask for revival in America, even while the moral division in America is clearly telling those of us with our spiritual eyes open that no such revival is possible right now, but will only take place AFTER the Rapture. This is when many among the masses of apostate Churchgoers that are left behind will repent on their knees to God, and cry out for mercy as they face the terror that will be coming upon the whole world. Keep this in mind as you read the remainder of Pastor Greg’s spiritually tepid prayer:

“Lord, we need Your help in America. In recent days, we have done our best to remove Your Word and Your counsel from our courtrooms, classrooms and culture. It seems, as President Lincoln once said, that we have “forgotten God.” But Lord, You have not forgotten us! You can bless and help and revive our country again. 

Scripture tells us that “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people” (Proverbs 14:34). Lord, in Your mercy, we ask that You would exalt our country again. We have had a number of great awakenings in America. We have experienced times of refreshing, and revivals that changed not only the spiritual but also the moral landscape. As the psalmist said, “Will You not revive us again, so that Your people may rejoice in You?” (Psalm 85:6) 

That is our prayer for America today, Lord. Send a mighty spiritual awakening that will turn the hearts of men and women, boys and girls back to you. You have told us if we will humble ourselves and pray, and seek Your face and turn from our wicked ways, that You will forgive our sins and heal our land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)

Forgive us today, Lord, and heal this troubled land that we love so much.

We ask all of this in the name of Jesus Christ.”

Now, though it is true that America has “forgotten God” as Pastor Greg put it, and that God can also forgive and restore a nation that collectively repents and begs for His renewed favor just as God did for ancient Nineveh and for the Kingdom of Judah for a time, I firmly believe that there is no way that this kind of revival is possible in America, or the world today, and any kind of major revival will not occur until after the Rapture. 

At the present, God has divided the Undesirable Tares from the Choice Wheat for Judgment, not for Revival! Furthermore, after the Rapture, those who are left behind that have the good spiritual sense to realize what happened, and who repent of their sins and ask God for forgiveness, will soon be heavily persecuted. In fact, they will be left without a civilized home in this world as the Mark of the Beast system is implemented, and they will have to flee to the wilderness areas of the world to find what refuge they can on their own. In fact, for those who are not wise enough to flee, or fortunate enough to find a secure hiding place, the Bible tells us that they will be rounded up and put to death by beheading.

However, though the wicked “One World” government and religious leaders in charge setting up and governing the New World Order will be hell-bent on killing every new and revived believer, the horrific plagues that Yahweh God will soon pour out on the world will thwart their efforts. In fact, I believe that God will supernaturally protect the Tribulation Saints through all of these plagues, and that there will be designated places of refuge. I also believe that the 144,000 Witnesses chosen by God in Revelation Chapter 7 will shepherd the lost during the Tribulation, and will be charged with leading those who repent to these places of refuge, which will be found all over the world.

Though some say that all the Tribulation Saints will run to Israel to find refuge, I doubt that anyone will be able to travel freely anywhere after the Rapture, which will plunge the world into chaos, and create a massive world crisis that will lock most countries down under Martial law. Furthermore, the tiny nation of Israel is physically too small to hold the millions upon millions of people who will know why they were left behind, and will repent. But I thank God that He will appoint the 144,000 to guide those left behind to find refuge, wherever it may be!

In closing, if I were to be in charge of writing a nationally syndicated prayer for America, mine would read as follows:

“Heavenly Father, while we thank You for all the blessings that You have poured out on the United States of America in the past, and we thank You for shedding Your grace upon our nation, we see a tremendous spiritual and moral breakdown taking place in our culture, and in our churches today, that is so intense that it is overwhelming! Our government has been overrun with traitors, just as our churches have been, and we are a people now under demonic siege from within, even as we are being threatened on every side by America’s outside enemies. We are surrounded by wickedness, and huge miscarriages of justice and horrific acts of violence have become commonplace in our nation, and the world! God help us, for our situation is dire!

Heavenly Father, I cry out to You now on behalf of this nation, and ask You to open the eyes of the lost, and bind and neutralize the demonic principalities and powers that are over America! I ask that every demonic stronghold in our government and within our churches would be exposed and cast down, in Yahshua’s Name, and by His Blood! I pray that every deceived American and illegal and landed immigrant who is capable of accepting the truth would have a spiritual epiphany through a vision or dream of our Messiah Yahshua, and that they will repent and be baptized with the Holy Spirit before it is too late, for Yahshua is coming soon!

I also pray that the Americans and immigrants who are left behind in the soon coming Rapture will repent and find salvation, and that they will find the places of refuge in the wilderness that You have designated upon the Earth for the Tribulation Saints. Please continue to watch over the righteous in America today, and in the future, Heavenly Father, and do not let this nation’s greatest achievements in the past come to naught!

In Yahshua’s Name I pray, Amen!”

Yahshua is coming SOON! Maranatha!

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