40 days between September 28th
and November 6th
Capitol Hill Prayer Partners
"Partners in Prayer for Our Nation"
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SPECIAL ALERT: 40 DAYS OF PRAYER
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
"So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it." (Isaiah 55:11)
A Message from David Butts
A Message from David Butts
Chairman, National Prayer Committee
Dear Praying Leader,
It really took me by surprise. I was in Jakarta, Indonesia for the World Prayer Assembly in May, and was excited about hearing from prayer leaders around the globe. But by the end of the first day, God had pulled me completely off my focus and onto His. By the end of the week, I couldn't wait to come back to the States and give myself fully to the task of calling our nation to pray as never before - to passionately pray for the forty days before our elections!
You see, during the course of that week, God sent six different prayer leaders from six different nations, to tell me that they had been mobilizing their intercessors to pray for the elections in the United States! Wow, talk about convicting! If Christians in China, India, Egypt, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Great Britain were praying for our elections, how could we not? They then graciously posed this question- which I took as a challenge - "Are Christians in America praying?"
As I've shared this experience here at home, the response has been incredible. All across the nation, Christian leaders are issuing calls to pray before the elections. Whole denominations, para-church ministries, and individuals are developing powerful websites and tools that point believers to the critical role of prayer. The elections and all of the issues facing our country are obviously a huge touch point, and a catalyst to ignite this growing movement to pray.
Ultimately, I believe that God is simply using what's important to us - the elections, to accomplish what's important to Him - mobilizing a praying church. His desire is for His people to humble themselves, and trust Him to accomplish His purposes in His people. Accordingly, the call to prayer rolling out across the nation is not merely for God to help us select leaders for our country, but is a cry of repentance and humility - a plea for revival, and longing for righteousness to be established.
I'm convinced that the destiny of our nation is dependent upon the prayer response of the people of God! We must be a people who pray! The call to prayer that America's National Prayer Committee and many other leaders have issued, encompasses and encourages all of the prayer initiatives that we've seen the Lord raise up. Simply put, it is a call for all Christians to pray. No programs . . . no required curriculum . . . no big budget . . . just prayer!
As a leader in your church and community, I would like to personally encourage you to raise up a standard with me! For the 40 days between September 28th and November 6th, let's allow ourselves, our friends, and our congregations to be challenged by the same question that I was asked in May - "Are Christians in America praying?" Let's get the word out through every means possible, so that millions of Christians in America can join together and answer with one resounding voice, "YES WE ARE!"
May the Lord richly bless your efforts as you lead people to pray!
President, Harvest Prayer Ministries
Chairman, National Prayer Committee
A Special Appeal from CHPP
A Special Appeal from Capitol Hill Prayer Partners:
DON'T FORGET THE NIGHTS!!
"The day is Yours, the night also is Yours . . ." (Psalm 74:16)
This year a special call has gone forth that is a NEW SOUND among intercessors in the land:
Don't only pray for 40 days . . . but pray for 40 DAYS AND 40 NIGHTS!
For many years, during presidential elections, the saints have been asked
to pray for 40 days. . . .
However, in this time of INTENSE BATTLING for the destiny of our nation, it is time to "ramp up" our prayers, and to call the people to 40 DAYS AND 40 NIGHTS of prayer for America.
"Why do we pray in the night?" you might be asking.
"Can't we just go to bed and get some sleep??"
Well, yes . . . unless it is your turn to serve as a "watchman of the night!"
For example, in Scripture, time and again, the greatest victories won by the Israelites were won OVERNIGHT!
1. Moses led his people across the Red Sea . . . THROUGH THE NIGHT.
"Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the Lord drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided, and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left." (Exodus 14:21,22)
2. The story of the lepers, approaching the camp of the Arameans:
"At dusk they got up and went to the camp of the Arameans. When they reached the edge of the camp, no one was there, for the Lord had caused the Arameans to hear the sound of chariots and horses and a great army, so that they said to one another, "Look, the king of Israel has hired the Hittite and Egyptian kings to attack us!" So they got up and fled in the dusk and abandoned their tents and their horses and donkeys. They left the camp as it was and ran for their lives." (2 Kings 7: 5-7)
3. Recall Jacob, who travailed THROUGH THE NIGHT with an angel, until he received the blessing of our Father. (Genesis 28:10-22)
What more scriptural proof do we need to be encouraged that prayers, wrought through the night, CAN CHANGE HISTORY?
HOW EXACTLY DO WE ORGANIZE THIS??
Suggestion: find two other believers who will stand with you in prayer. Choose one night on the calendar that will work for all of you, and begin your NIGHTWATCH at midnight. Each one can then take a two-hour shift, as:
Midnight - 2:00 a.m. (Open with communion)
2:00 a.m. - 4:00 a.m.
4:00 a.m. - 6:00 a.m.
Welcome the dawn in the Presence of our King, and begin the day with the Lord's prayer!
Of course, you may find MORE who wish to participate with you. Do a phone chain; call each other through the night! ENTER IN to the closet of prayer TOGETHER!
WHAT DO WE DO ON A NIGHTWATCH?
Seek the face of God for your own plan of prayer. You will find several prayer guides cited on this alert, but there are many others out there, too.
-- Read Scripture out loud!
-- Worship the King in the beauty of holiness!
-- Offer thanksgiving for His wonderful works!
-- REJOICE before Him! Amen!
VERSES FOR MEDITATION
"In the night, LORD, I remember your name, that I may keep your law." (Psalm 119:55)
"On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night." (Psalm 63:6)
"Behold, bless the Lord, all ye servants of the Lord, who serve by night in the house of the Lord." (Psalm 134:1)
40 Day Prayer Guide #1
40 Day Prayer Guide:
A Call to Forty Days of Prayer and Fasting
Recently, we received this note from one of our prayer partners, Judy Sullivan. It reads, in part:
The Lord put it on my heart to write a 40 Day Call to Prayer and Prayer Guide for the 40 days leading up to the elections. I'm offering it to all the prayer groups that would like to use it. You can view it on our website and make a link to it, or copy and paste it into an email. Please feel free to distribute it any way the Lord leads. I only ask that you keep my name and the context as is and intact.
The following is taken from the Introduction to this excellent, and simple, plan of prayer!
The United States is at a crossroad where right and wrong have been skewed and religious freedom and biblical values are hanging in the balance. Our stand as a nation that supports and blesses Israel is in question while we surrender to militant Islam extremists. Our constitution is not taken seriously, political correctness and tolerance now define our way of thinking. By looking to our government to solve all of our problems and meet all of our needs we have created a monster that rules our lives through government agencies, bureaucracy, red tape and corruption. The "monster" is gaining strength and looks more like Babylon, the city that tried to reach heaven and gain glory for itself. How we vote in November will determine who we will serve in years to come. Will we continue to serve the "monster" who demands that we make bricks without straw, or will we break free from our slavery mentality?
Similar calls to prayer are going out all over the country. Christians of every denomination are recognizing the serious moral and spiritual decay that is overtaking our land. This isn't your usual invitation to "pray for the elections", this is a call for ernest, fervent prayer and fasting. It's not too late, we can make a difference. Won't you join this holy cause and set aside the 40 days prior to the November 6th elections to pray, fast and cry out to the Lord on behalf of our nation?
A note about fasting: Fasting is a powerful tool that can transform lives, set captives free, bring revival and change the direction of our nation. Not everyone is called to a prolonged water and juice fast, a partial fast is also very effective. Ask the Lord what fast he has chosen for you, and check with your doctor before starting any fast.
Standing guard with you,
Thank you, Judy!
40 Day Prayer Guide #2
National Prayer Committee Publishes a 40 Day Prayer Guide:
"Desperate for Change"
Millions of believers will be praying for our nation the 40 days prior to the elections (and beyond). Desperate for Change is a powerful, non-partisan, Scripture-based guide to use.
There are two ways you can join in to pray this content with us:
1) Purchase copies of Desperate for Change for you, your small group or congregation. Desperate for Change (the book version) is now available. Even though online delivery is inexpensive, more people will pray with a hard copy in their hands. You can place your order now.
2) The content of this guide will also be available free of charge online during the 40 days (September 28 - November 6). Receive each day's entry via email/RSS feed. You can sign up today.
To sign on for this free, online version, go to our website here.
The Prayer Strategy that Saved England!
ONE MINUTE OF PRAYER EACH NIGHT
Tuesday, September 18 - Tuesday, November 6 9:00 p.m. EDT/8:00 p.m. CDT/7:00 p.m. MDT/6:00 p.m. PDT
Do you believe we can take God at His word? Call upon His name, then stand back and watch His wonders unfold? This scripture gives us, as Christians, ownership of this land and the ability to call upon God to heal it.
I challenge you to do that. We have never been more desperate than now for God to heal our land.
"If my people, which are called by my name shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." (2 Chronicles 7:14)
During WWII, there was an adviser to Churchill, who organized a group of people who dropped what they were doing every night at a prescribed hour for one minute, to collectively pray for the safety of England , its people and peace. This had an amazing effect, as the bombing stopped. /FONT>
There is now a group of people organizing the same thing here in America .
The United States of America , and our citizens, need prayer more than ever!!! If you would like to participate, each evening at 9:00 P.M. Eastern Time stop whatever you're doing, and spend one minute praying for our nation.
As was done in England, please pray for America, our people, and for peace. Pray, too, for God's perfect will to be done in and through the upcoming election.
IF THE BATTLE IN WORLD WAR II WAS WON IN THIS SIMPLE MANNER IN ENGLAND, CAN IT NOT BE WON HERE THROUGH THIS UNITED, TARGETED TIME OF INTERCESSION?
Someone said if people really understood the full extent of the power we have available through prayer, we might be speechless. Our prayers are the most powerful asset we have.
"The effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." (James 5:16)
Please pass this on to anyone who you think will want to join us.
God Bless You!!!
We Need Your Help!
We Need Your Help!
A Special "Call to Arms!"
"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." (Eph. 6:12)
As Deuteronomy 32:30 explains to us; if one can put a thousand enemies to flight, and two can put ten thousand enemies to flight, just imagine what we can do when we all come together. "When two of you get together on anything at all on earth and make a prayer of it, my Father in heaven goes into action. And when two or three of you are together because of me, you can be sure that I will be there." (Matthew 18:19-20, The Message Bible)
We sense it is time to INCREASE THE NUMBERS IN OUR OWN ARMY as we all
launch forth on this 40 day period of prayer for our nation!!!
And we wish to enlist your support in doing so!
If so, just ask him (or her) to simply send a short email message to us at:
and we will sign them up to join our growing army of intercession!
That's it, plain and simple!
No gimmicks . . . no tricks . . . just PRAYER!
Thank you all and God bless you!!
From your friends at CHPP: Capitol Hill Prayer Partners!