The other day, I watched the address given at the Inaugural Prayer Breakfast. The keynote speaker was Rabbi Jonathan Cahn. I was pleased to see that he had been chosen, because I have listened to and read his work on the Isaiah 9:10 Scripture. This address was just as important.
The Rabbi opened the message by saying that the primary purpose of the breakfast was to come before the Lord Almighty, because this is the day of the Inauguration of the President of the United States. He said that they were here to pray to the God who does not change and before whom nations rise and fall. They come before Him to pray for America just as men and women, leaders and Kings have done before us in troubled times. “But how do we do that? How do we pray for this nation?”
Jonathan then goes on the explain that we need to pray according to God’s will. If someone needs healing, we don’t pray that he will get riches. We pray for his healing. “If a city is about to be destroyed, we don’t pray with flowery words. We sound the alarm.” Then he said that his message now will not be politically correct, nor will it be political.
Jonathan said that, because America had been dedicated to the Lord at its founding, God has blessed it with peace, protection and prosperity beyond any nation in history. But now, America has fallen away from God and exchanged Him for gods of materialism, sensuality, wealth, carnality and sexual promiscuity. We have abandoned the laws of God and now call evil good and good evil. Now we celebrate immorality instead of righteousness. This nation is now at war with the very foundations on which it was established. We need to pray for her according to God’s Word.
Rabbi Cahn then talked about the fact that we have legalized the killing of our unborn children. He compared that with ancient Israel’s worship of the gods of Moloch and Asherah. The Israelites used to sacrifice their children to these gods in order to justify their sin and receive blessing from these gods. Then he said that even a thousand apostate ministers swearing on their Bibles will not change one jot or title of the Word of God.
After reviewing several of the points concerning God’s impending judgement recounted in his book The Harbinger, Jonathan pointed out that we need to pray according to the Word of God and then repent of our sin. He ended by focusing on 2 Chronicles 7:14. “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 will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
As I have talked to a number of folks in the area, I generally get one of three responses. The first one says that they don’t care about what is being said. The second group says that they don’t believe him, because God doesn’t speak like that through a man today. The last group, so far the smallest group, hears what is said and is moved to action. They begin to pray and then begin tell others.
It is my hope that the readers of this column will become part of the third group, because Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. He does not change. Therefore, unless we repent and change our ways as Nineveh did, the judgment of God will result just as it did with Israel.
Frank Clark, author of the column “Frankly Speaking,” is a retired Christian school teacher and principal. His e-mail address is email@example.com.