An Important Request to Unite God’s Church In Prayer For Our Nation.
I was pleased to participate in the January 17th call too fast and pray asking God to help unite His Church and to preserve the nation in unity and love for one another. The request follows.
Many of us are, as a church, separated from one another yet bonded by God’s eternal holy spirit. A call for fasting and prayer has been posted in several social media groups, and I felt it prudent to pass that information on to you if you were not aware of it. It is short notice, and I just became aware of it last evening.
“Many Sabbath fellowships are uniting to fast and pray for the country this Sunday, Jan. 17.
After church this past weekend, I reflected on several comments about a spirit of depression that is covering the world. For this reason, I decided to read the Book of Nehemiah, the Prophet who faced depression after the destruction of Jerusalem.
Nehemiah’s solution was to fast and pray. His prayer is recorded for us. “Lord, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments, let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant is praying before you day and night for your servants, the people of Israel.
I confess the sins we Israelites, including myself and my father’s family, have committed against you. We have acted very wickedly toward you. We have not obeyed the commands, decrees and laws you gave your servant Moses.
“Remember the instruction you gave your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations…
…but if you return to me and obey my commands, then even if your exiled people are at the farthest horizon, I will gather them from there and bring them to the place I have chosen as a dwelling for my Name.
“They are your servants and your people, whom you redeemed by your great strength and your mighty hand. Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name.” Nehemiah 1:5-11
Nehemiah did not simply point the finger at other people. Remember, he said that not only had Israel sinned, but the sins “myself and my father’s family, have committed against you.”
Let us, who believe in the God who led Israel out of slavery—the God who founded America—confess our sins before God and believe that He will hear our prayers and protect those that He has chosen.
When Solomon dedicated the temple to God, he knew man would sin. Solomon prayed to God before all the people, “When your people sin against you—for there is no one who does not sin—and you become angry with them and give them over to the enemy, who takes them captive to a land far away or near…
… and if they have a change of heart in the land where they are held captive, and repent and plead with you in the land of their captivity and say, ‘We have sinned, we have done wrong and acted wickedly…
…and if they turn back to you with all their heart and soul in the land of their captivity where they were taken, and pray toward the land you gave their ancestors, toward the city you have chosen and toward the temple I have built for your Name; then from heaven, your dwelling place, hear their prayer and their pleas, and uphold their cause. And forgive your people, who have sinned against you.” 2 Chronicles 6:36-39.
God has blessed us with the freest country ever to exist in which to live. We have lived in wealth without threat from foreign enemies. We have been blessed with justice. Therefore, we take wealth and justice as a natural part of life—we take them for granted without considering the urgent need to “cry out to God” as Moses and the Prophets did.
Now these blessings are threatened. Many of us feel that we are becoming captives in our own country. It is time for us to seek God in urgent prayer. Let us do what Solomon said, turn back to God “with all of our heart and soul.”
For this reason many of us have agreed to join together in fasting and prayer to seek God. Let us confess our sins, recognize the flaws we have as individuals, as a nation and as a church. Let us commit ourselves to repentance asking God to restore the church, His people, to a place of worship that honors the God who gave us life and blesses His people with liberty.
We have set aside this Sunday, January 17 to fast and pray. Thank you for joining with many brethren across the nation as we look to God for our salvation.
Warmest regards to each of you, Jim O’Brien
Here is a partial list of congregations and groups participating in this fast.
Participating Church of God Groups
Church of God Big Sandy, Church of God Central PA, Church of God Cincinnati, Church of God International.
Church of God Ministries, Spanish Fort, AL, CGI Metro Detroit, CGI Dallas Ft. Worth, CGI Tyler Texas.
CGI Atlanta, Church of God Kansas City, Church of God Parkersburg, WV, Church of God Rocky Mount NC.
Church of God Southern California, Common Faith Network, Common Ground Christian Ministries.
Fellowship of the Word Flatrock, NC, Hungry Hearts Fellowship Jackson, TN, Independent Church of God Fellowship Portsmouth, OH.
Fairview Texas Church of God, Katy Christian Fellowship Katy Texas, Lexington Church of God, LifeResource Ministries.
Living God Ministries Montgomery, North Texas Fellowship, Oak Stone Christian Church, Our Father’s House Sacramento.
Outreach Ministries Scotts Bluff, NE, Pleasant Hills Church of God, Rock Valley Christian Church.
Seventh Day Christian Assembly—Knoxville, TN, Terre Haute Church of God, West Tennessee Sabbath Ministries.”
Atlanta Independent Church of God, Bible Home Fellowship Jonesboro, AR, Bible Sabbath Association, Cana Christian Fellowship Virginia.
Celebration Church of God Idaho, Christian Church of God Jackson, MS, Christian Educational Ministries, Church of God Beth El Nashville.
Let us seek our heavenly Father and the countenance of our Savior while we can; for the days upon this Earth are becoming darker and more treacherous for those of us who faithfully love and obey our Eternal God. end
This is made available to those reading after the January 17th. 2021 date, but it is not too late to fast and pray for the nation and for Church unity.
Please Consider The Following
The ‘America’s Future’ two-minute soundbites by Mr. Ronald Laughland, a long time Church of God Pastor and a Graduate of The Master’s Theology Class of Ambassador College, Pasadena, California are in production.
These will play 24/7 on three to six hundred radio stations access the US and Canada giving a very real last-minute WARNING of what is about to befall our nations! He also has half-hour programs which will be available.
It may be possible to blanket the US and Canada 24/7 on Radio by the above mentioned church groups uniting to contribute only a tithe of a tithe, as Radio is now the largest and least expensive MEDIA source. Find ‘America’s Future’ soundbites on the Home Page.Church Pastors can contact Mr. Laughland at firstname.lastname@example.org or myself at Free@USBritishfuture.com
Let Us Unite Christ’s Splintered Body
Let us unite Christ’s splintered Body pleasing Jesus Christ in doing this last-minute work together in nationwide media power. And pleasing God the Father who will then call perhaps thousands of new converts to labour with us ‘nearing the end of the day’ as the parable states.
We are not only to be thinking of saving ourselves at the end of this Nuclear age. Christ commands that we are seen to be giving a powerful end-time WARNING to the nations!
It is not wrong however to pray that we may be found worthy to escape the soon coming destruction of our nations after this warning has been given.
Thank you for your consideration.