Praying and Fasting for America

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My friend and co-host Eric Metaxas wants us to pray and fast for America. I’m in -- how about you? Stay tuned to BreakPoint.

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John StonestreetIt’s not often I get to hang out with my BreakPoint co-host Eric Metaxas. He lives in the Egypt of New York City, and I live in the promised land of Colorado. But I do love it whenever we get together. His passion to see Christians shape and renew the culture by living out their faith in every area of life is infectious, and something that I share.

But last week, we were both part of an event that reminded us of the important role prayer has played in our nation’s history.

During his talk, Eric asked the audience to join him in forty days of prayer and fasting for our country. He shared with me afterwards that he just felt led to issue this challenge, something he’d never done before. So beginning September 27—today—forty days before these incredibly important elections, Eric will be praying and fasting that, as he said, God will “bless America for His purpose—so that we can be a blessing to the rest of the world.” And he’s asking Christians to join him.

Well, I confess that during this event I was struck with how important prayer is too, and how rarely we employ it. So I’m joining him, and you can, too. Go to Eric’s website, Ericmetaxas.com. He has a link there to a Facebook page he’s created. And let him know that you’re praying too!

Let me tell you why this is so important as we approach this election. Many of us have fallen for what Chuck Colson called “the political illusion.”

What is the political illusion? Chuck put it this way: “[T]he political illusion is the notion that human nature can be perfected by government; that a new Jerusalem, so to speak, can be built using the tools of politics; and that politics is all that matters.”

He went on to say that, “the enormous destruction wrought by the Utopian ‘isms’ of the 20th century—like socialism, communism, fascism, and Nazism—should have disabused us of this political illusion. But today people are turning once again to government to solve our problems.”

Chuck was absolutely right. And we Christians are not immune to Utopian political thinking either. How many of us are thinking, “Well, if we get rid of this candidate, or vote our guy in, things will be okay. If we overturn Obamacare or hold back the rising tide of so-called gay ‘marriage,’ the country will be saved.”

But God gives us no such guarantee. While God does indeed work through His people, even in the political process, He is the God and author of history. And He’s given us prayer to align us with His purpose. His gift of repentance reminds us that the problem isn’t always them, it’s also us.

That’s why I’m so thankful for Eric’s reminder last week that as Christian citizens of America we need to be on our knees before God.

In 1798, President John Adams proclaimed a day of prayer and fasting at a time when the nation was facing a potentially devastating war with France. President Adams wrote that the “just judgments of God” are a “loud call to repentance and reformation.” He wrote that the “safety and prosperity of nations ultimately and essentially depend on the protection and blessing of Almighty God.” And he wrote that prayer was our duty, and that prayer “is favorable to the promotion of that morality and piety, without which social happiness cannot exist, nor the blessings of a free government be enjoyed . . .” And that is why President Adams called for a special day of humiliation, fasting, and prayer.

Folks, now is the time for prayer and fasting as well. Please go to EricMetaxas.com and let him know that you’re in.

And before I leave you today, I want to let you know that on today’s “Two-Minute Warning” video, I talk with Colson Center Chairman Timothy George about how we, as Christians, should approach our involvement in the upcoming elections. It’s fantastic advice; you don’t want to miss it. In fact, you’ll want to share it with others. Go to BreakPoint.org, click on this commentary, and we’ll link you to the "Two-Minute Warning."

Further Reading and Information

40 Days of Fasting & Prayer for America
Eric Metaxas: The Blog

Proclamation 8 - Recommending a National Day of Humiliation, Fasting, and Prayer
President John Adams | March 23, 1798

How Should Christians Vote? Part 2
Two-Minute Warning | John Stonestreet | Colson Center | September 26, 2012

40 Days of Fasting and Prayer for America

American Prayer Initiative

The Rosies - A new solution, for a new time, for a new war


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