The Great American Fast IV - Gone with the Wind

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TGAF - The Day is Over, but the Fast Goes On

A gentle breeze filled the Lamar Lighthouse Campgrounds Friday night, September 5. The participants had arrived, and The Great American Fast was underway. So many things had changed since TGAF I. A different sense of purpose blanketed the group as we came together. People gathered from across America, and the world to pray and seek the face of God once again.

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At the Pennsylvania meeting, people from Connecticut, Florida, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio, and Pennsylvania came togther for the common cause. TGAF's first international visitor made the 18,000 mile trip from Orissa, India to be with us. What a blessing it was to meet new faces, and see some old. The meeting at Lamar PA was only a small part of what took place world-wide, and I want to thank each and every one of you who took part in one way or another.

As we met in Pennsylvania, others were seeking the presence of God in Washington, Oregon, California, Connecticut, Colorado, Kentucky, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Minnesota, Illinois . . . and the list goes on totaling 28 US states. Can we really expect God not to hear?

It is the powerful prayers of the people of God that has kept this country for 239 years, and if we are to survive as a nation, it will only be the prayers of God's people that will sustain us. For sure, TGAF is not the only prayer group in America. The Call2Fall group met this past June 29 across the nation represented by over 2 million Americans, PrayUSA also exists. Are you ready for this? PrayUSA is a prayer group started by America's elected leaders uniting citizens in prayer and action. Awake America is another group calling this nation back to prayer. All of these groups have a part with bringing the US to her knees before the Lord again.

Still, TGAF also has had a part, and those of you who banded with us have affected the history of your country as she still stands. I believe due to groups like TGAF and others throughout the nation that some of the following events have occurred:

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  • Jonathan Cahn preached a no-nonsense message at the Presidential Inaugural Prayer breakfast February 2, 2012
  • Congressman Steven Palazzo of Mississippi thought that all of the US Senators and Representatives could use a little help in practicing, “fairness and honesty”. So he gave each the personal gift of a Holy Bible-All 535 of them! (http://www.refiningtruth.com/congressman-bibles-535-senators-representatives/). Or could it be a response to the prayers of Americans praying for their country and congressmen?
  • Several prayer groups have recently started popping up on Capitol Hill (http://www.christianheadlines.com/news/prayer-groups-proliferate-on-capitol-hill-1228053.html)
  • Awake America sponsors the Capitol Connection (http://www.christianheadlines.com/news/prayer-groups-proliferate-on-capitol-hill-1228053.html)

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Prayer Makes a Difference

The US is not where she needs to be yet, but I wonder how different it might be if we as pray-ers on behalf of our fallen nation were to quit. There is still a thin thread of spiritual fervor spread throughout our country. God has called His remnant to our knees, and we must obey. We must continue to stand for our great nation by kneeling before the cross.

If God should give us another year, The Great American Fast V will be here before we know it. Now is the time to prepare. One has to be tremendously naive to think that one day a year given to prayer and fasting will accomplish much. We must constantly be on our collective face before God, pleading with Him to intervene.

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National Sins

A nation that has butchered her future to the tune of 50 million over the past 40 years is not worthy of God's blessings. The blood of our children cries from the ground as it drips from the abortionist's knife. Isaiah 1:15 gives us this information - " And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood."

A country that has turned to idols in the form of entertainment - be it Hollywood movies, TV, sports, concerts, or a hundred other things cannot expect the blessing of God.

Our land is steeped in gross immorality, both heterosexual as well as homosexual. Isaiah 59:2 tells us, " But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear." Again, Psalm 66:18 says, " If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me." The sins of the nation have deafened the ears of God. We, the remnant in America must cry out to be heard of God, or no one will be heard. That is why the Great American Fast has come to be.

We are told in James 5:16, " . . . The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." How much more will fervent prayer reach the ears of God if we as a remnant of born-again believers lift our heartfelt prayers to the Lord?

But that is only part of the verse. James 5:16 begins by saying "Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed . . . ." I believe it is about time to confess not just our personal sins to the Lord, but also our national sins.




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The King of Nineveh Sets the Example

The king of Nineveh in Jonah's day had the right idea. We read in Jonah 3:6-9, " For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. And he caused it to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing: let them not feed, nor drink water: But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands. Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?"

In the face of calamity, The king called for a national fast including the animals. Why? Perhaps the Lord would spare them if their hearts were right. If they would humble themselves, pray, seek God's face, and repent, maybe God would hear them and spare them.

Jonah 3:10 continues, " And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not."

Does the wicked city of Nineveh have a corner on revival? No, God's Word is true for all. God is not a respecter of persons (James 2:1). What is true for Nineveh is true for America. If America would humble herself, pray, seek the face of God, and repent, God would do the same. The problem is, we have not responded as Nineveh. We remain in our pride and arrogance. We cling to our self-sufficiency and self-righteousness.

We know that America will one day be destroyed. Prophecy is clear and accurate, but just when that will be, only God knows. As long as there is time, there is still opportunity for repentance. Better yet, as long as there is God, there is hope!

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GodTalk 2 years ago from Kentwood, Michigan

Thanks Bill for the update about the Great American Fast. You are definitely making a difference with your efforts to seek the Lord's face. I too believe that there is hope for revival in America and am praying with you for that day when our nation falls to her knees in repentance. Keep up the work of the Lord! God bless.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

I watched most of the fetal video which was so interesting and sweet showing that fetus is always a human; but I could not make myself see one destroyed. Just like all other sins people who do this know full well it is wrong. I don't believe anyone could "not" know. Any sin for that matter I believe we know right from wrong, good from bad. You can watch children at very young ages and they know when they are doing wrong so talking ourselves into saying something is OK does not make it right.

OK that's enough preaching for today. lol Great article; I really enjoyed it and I will share it at facebook too. Who knows; one little life may be saved.


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lifegate 2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Thanks Jeff,

It's always great to know others are standing shoulder to shoulder in the gap. Always glad to have you stop by and comment!


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lifegate 2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Hey Jackie,ment

Keep preaching. You're doing fine. Children absolutely know the difference between right and wrong. So do we adults whether we want to admit it or not. If there is a national sin, I believe it has to be abortion. America reminds me of Manasseh in the Old Testament as he sacrificed his children to the fire god Molech. We're really no different. Thanks for checking in and have a wonderful Sunday!


Michael Adams 2 years ago

Pastor I am so happy the Fast went well.

As I have been preaching lately we have something in common a call to prayer.

I have used the same verses you have quoted Isaiah 1:15 and 59:2.

Our prayers can be answered IF they are heard. We need a clean heart before God though.


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Prayer makes a huge difference and thank you for the update on the Great American Fast! When the infallible, living and active Word of God goes out, it never comes back void ...His truth. The time is near and we need to repent and turn back to God and real fast!

God bless you always.


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

I'm glad to hear the fast went well. Stand on the highest steeple and keep preaching the word. This country must change and change soon.


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Abrushing1968 2 years ago from USA- Florida

Bill I was inspired by this Hub. Inspired and convicted. I do not pray for our nation near enough. I am glad this event went well. I hope oneday to be able to attend. But in the mean time, I will be more diligent in my prayers for you, your ministry and the country that we both love.

God Bless

ABR


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lambservant 2 years ago from Pacific Northwest

I am so grateful you had a good turn out and with people from so far away. Keep on keeping on, as you always say. I like that you said one day a year can't be expected to be enough, and yet, that one day does make a difference. I love the video of Cahn's prophetic message. I weep every time I see it. Am going to use the other video on my hub on abortion. I don't think it gets many views because the won't put ads on it as the subject matter is too controversial. I don't care. God will lead those he wants to it. And I am not the only messenger.

Praying for you and your wife daily Bill. Blessings to you both.


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lifegate 2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Hi Michael,

Nice to hear from you! Prayer certainly is the answer. I'm glad that you and many others see the importance. Keep by the stuff!


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lifegate 2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Good Morning Faith,

The time is so close. My only hope is that many others will come to the truth before it's eternally too late. Thanks for taking time to read and comment.


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lifegate 2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Thanks Bill, for stopping by and adding your thoughts. America's only hope is to change, and change soon. Only time will tell the direction she chooses.


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lifegate 2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Hi Aaron,

Thanks for your prayer support. It would indeed be wonderful if you could attend sometime. Until then keep on keeping on, Brother.


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lifegate 2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Hi Lori,

Ads or no ads, the truth is the truth, so like you say, who cares? Glad you were able to stop by - oh, and keep on keeping on! Thanks for the prayers.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

Bill, this is also is a no-nonsense message on the state of affairs and our need to lift up our nation. I am a naturalized American and my children and grand children live there. It is all our interest to pray for America. I prayed several times during the fast weekend, but you're right about praying always. Thanks for leading the way with this burden.


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lifegate 2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Hi MsDora,

Of course the state of affairs in not good. Prayer is really the only option we have, or at least our only hope. Thanks taking part in the fast, and for stopping by and commenting.

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