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Heal Our Land

A Call to Prayer for America in 2012

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ICEJ's Heal Our Land Prayer Campaign

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Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
1 Timothy 2:1-4

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As we approach another decisive moment in the history of this great nation, the election of the next American President, the ICEJ has felt led to call its US constituency to prayer according to the principles the Lord Himself laid out for Solomon after the dedication of the temple in Jerusalem:

"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 I will forgive their sin and will heal their land." (II Chronicles 7: 14)

Our nation is politically and socially moving toward a position far removed from the Judeo-Christian principles upon which it was founded. The definition of marriage is increasingly under attack, Christian’s religious convictions are publicly ridiculed and the lives of the unborn are left unprotected. People's hearts are being hardened toward God and many would like to see Him completely shut out of the public square.

If America loses its Judeo-Christian heritage, it is conceivable that it will also be unable to understand the role Israel plays in God's plan. We see already how some of our leaders have supported the division of the Land and the removal of Jewish sovereignty over Jerusalem.
We need the Lord’s mercy!

Hearing the words of the Lord to Solomon, we should realize that the responsibility for the future of this nation lies with us, the Church of the Living God. We are His people, those called by His name. The onus is on us to humble our-selves before God, to pray and seek His face, to repent and ask for His forgiveness and mercy upon our nation.

But, we must clean up our own house before we can expect God to bring healing to our land. We must confess our own sins, our own shortcomings as the people of God if we expect God to hear us. In Luke 18: 10-14 Jesus warns us not to be like the Pharisees who thought they were better than all the sinners who surrounded them. While we recognize the depravity into which our nation is descending, our response must not be to point out the sins of others, but rather to cry out as the tax collector “God, be merciful on me a sinner!” Then we will be justified; then we will see the Lord move in our churches and in our nation.

This is the first stage of the Heal our Land prayer campaign. We will focus on repentance and calling upon God for His forgiveness and mercy. The second stage of the prayer campaign will focus on the upcoming presidential elections in November and God's choice of a candidate to lead our great nation.

Please join us in a spirit of humility, sincerity and also joy, as we recognize the great blessing we have in Jesus, our High Priest, who mediates for us before the Father.

In Jesus,

Daryl Hedding
ICEJ Strategic Development Director
 

 

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