Thank you brothers and sisters in Christ in Australia, in other nations, and here in the USA for joining with us on the National Day of Repentance, April 30, 2015, and for continuing to pray and fast during the days leading up to the National Day of Prayer on May 7.
We believers in Christ in the USA deeply appreciate your prayers and fasting for our nation at this perilous time, where we are at a real tipping point, a real spiritual battle whether this nation will honor and return to its Godly roots. Our hearts are touched by your Godly support, praying and fasting. To continue to build unity in His Body, we stand ready at all times to pray, fast and repent with you on any such days in your nations. God bless you!
In addition to prayer and fasting we encourage you to add repentance to your prayers, individually or with others. Real joy and great fellowship blossoms when we repent together. Repentance is the “turning from our wicked ways” that allows the Lord to hear from heaven, forgive our sin and heal our land. He calls us to: “ ‘Turn to Me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.’ So rend your hearts, not your garments; Return to the Lord your God….” Joel 2:12-13. When He sees real repentance among His people who are called by His name blessings begin and the battle becomes His.
Having defeated the devil in the wilderness by the Word of God Yeshua/ Jesus came out and began His ministry, and His first word was: “Repent … for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” Matthew 4:17. Years later, as the Risen Christ, virtually His last word to believers was also repent: “ As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.” Revelation 3:19. The Messiah wants everyone to come into the kingdom of heaven through repentance and then to use that repentance process to take on His holiness.
There is a most remarkable verse of Scripture, Revelation 3:20, where the Risen Christ invites believers in Him to “dine” with Him. The Risen Christ says to us, Revelation 3:20 [NKJV]: “ Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him and he with Me.“ In the Living Bible translation, the Risen Christ is even more insistent: “Look! I have been standing at the door, and I am constantly knocking. If anyone hears me calling him and opens the door, I will come in and fellowship with him and he with me.”
This “dining” and “fellowship” with the Risen Christ is an extraordinary privilege. He’s inviting us to share with Him the type of spiritual food He ate during His ministry, not known then even to His disciples: “ I have food to eat of which you do not know.” (John 4:32).
Think about it: the Risen Christ is inviting you and me to have communion with Him! And then fellowship! Did you ever wish you were present at the Last Supper? That you could have placed your head on His heart as John did? In the Holy Spirit we can do that—- the Risen Christ invites daily communion and fellowship with Him as often as we wish! We simply have to remove the distractions of the world and flesh and open the door of our hearts to Him to spend quality time with Him.
In addition to the pure joy in fellowship He has a purpose: He wants to lead us in His path of righteousness for His name’s sake. He calls us out of darkness into His marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9). He wants to sanctify and cleanse us to grow in His holiness. He’s coming soon as the Bridegroom. We believers are His Bride and need to be without spot and wrinkle, holy, without blemish (Ephesians 5:25-27).
We could have no better mentor in this process than the Risen Christ Himself. In the presence of His awesome love as the Risen Christ He coaches us to be zealous to repent: “ As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. “ (Revelation 3:19)
Under His blood and under His name He helps us uncover places in our hearts blocked by betrayal and pain, generational curses, vows made in the past, or unforgiveness. He helps us uncover every stronghold blocking us from manifesting the fullness of His Holy Spirit miraculously given to each of us upon becoming a believer in Him. He then helps us stand to rebuild the walls of righteousness that have guarded our land. Hallelulia !
The individual and national repentance prayer points below are offered to encourage you to take the opportunity to repent with the Lord, to refocus your life upon Him, during this critical time.
Suggested Repentance Prayer Points Thursday, April 30
Lord I repent of my apathy and cowardice. I have been too often afraid of what others may think of me more than I fear You. Oh lead me to the cross, I belong to You, rid me of my focus on myself.
Lord I repent that we believers in You in the USA have not bent our knees to You as did our forefathers in earlier centuries during the previous 3 Great Awakenings. In apathy we have confirmed one man’s observation that “The reason we don’t have revival is because we are willing to live without it.” The Church stood for You publicly in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries and the fruit was a new nation conceived in both faith and liberty, the abolition of slavery, and a new character based on sharing what we have with those who do not, and authentic racial reconciliation coupled with authentic respect for the other person. I repent that we rarely stand publicly for You today.
Suggested Repentance Prayer Points Friday, May 1
Lord I repent of my idolatry. I too often have replaced You with other false gods of this world. (Colossians 3:5, Ephesians 5:5)
Lord I repent that we believers in You in the USA have allowed ground to the enemy’s false teachings and failed to object when Your Word was almost entirely removed from our children. The Bible is no longer in our schools and less and less in our homes. As a result the tree with Your Godly roots has dead branches and is filled with rot. Forgive us, in Jesus’ Name, for allowing this nation to take on false idols and the false spirit of the world.
Suggested Repentance Prayer Points Saturday, May 2
Lord I repent that although You have kept Your pledge to keep Your covenant with me, I have not sought or have too often disregarded my part of this eternally-precious Blood-bought covenant. I have not fully aligned my will with Yours. I have broken my covenant with You. Forgive me, Lord. You don’t want insincere offerings but a broken and contrite spirit in me.
Lord I repent that we believers in You in the USA have broken our covenant with You to be a Godly nation, a light of Your Liberty to others, a city on a hill. Forgive us for not standing with the apple of Your eye, Israel. Forgive us for trusting in Babylon’s thinking. Oh for a national leader today who would echo John Hancock’s statement at the signing of the Declaration of Independence: “ Let us humbly commit our righteous cause to the great Lord of the Universe…Let us joyfully leave our concerns in the hand of Him who raises up and puts down the empires and kingdoms of the earth as He pleases.” Forgive us, Lord, for allowing this nation to look to the secular thinking of men and women and not to You and Your Word.
Suggested Repentance Prayer Points Sunday, May 3
Lord I repent of any sexual sins which have distanced me from You. Forgive me for not walking more in the Spirit so as to remove the lust of the flesh. Forgive me for not taking seriously and telling others about Your instruction twice in Revelation 21:27 and 22:15 that the sexually immoral—by Your standards not today’s politically correct ones—will not enter Your New Jerusalem.
Lord I repent that we believers in You in the USA have drunk from the spiritually poisonous waters of sexual immorality, the well of the enemy. We now rarely seek in our culture Your pure water of Life. Our national media too often support sexual immorality, and we rarely speak up; many watch it instead of spending time with You. Pornography is rampant and is found among believers in You. And at the house of God— where judgment begins— several Christian denominations now support same sex marriage despite Your exact Words to the contrary. You said, Lord Jesus, “from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh, so then they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.” Mark 10: 6-9. Oh forgive us, Lord, that we fail to spread the Truth that every day Your Holy Spirit delivers people from same sex attractions, from worshiping themselves instead of You. Let us no longer sanctify a spirit of perversion but instead lovingly support Your liberation from that spirit. May God prevail; may our Supreme Court now stand for the sacred union of Biblical marriage.
Suggested Repentance Prayer Points Monday, May 4
Lord I repent of my apathy, if not participation, in the shedding of innocent blood. Forgive me for failing to intercede when I could have saved a baby in the womb, each one Your child, eternally precious to You. Forgive me for failing to team up with other pro-life ministries and legislators to bring about a culture of Life in this nation.
Lord I repent that we believers in You in the USA have shed innocent blood by our national taxpayer support of abortion and other policies by which innocent blood is shed. We repent for laws allowing non-physicians to perform abortions. We repent for laws permitting abortions even when we know the baby experiences pain. We repent for our laws permitting death by assisted suicide because of some “emergency.” Forgive us for not countering the lies of the spirit of death with Your Truth that You are the giver of Life and You are a miracle healer, even raising people from the grave.
Suggested Repentance Prayer Points Tuesday, May 5
Lord I repent of my lukewarmness, my lethargy in picking up my cross to follow You. Forgive me for failing often to seek Your Godly plan for my life. Forgive me for being a coward. Forgive me for holding on to my sin patterns, my hurts, my vows inconsistent with who You are, my strongholds, instead of being zealous to follow You.
Lord I repent that we believers in You in the USA in Your church have been complacent about the state of Your church and our nation. Many shepherds have hidden in fear from the public instead of being bold for Christ. Half of those calling themselves Christians don’t even vote, let alone run for public office. Forgive us for not depending upon You, Lord, and publicly announcing your Goodness. When there have been disasters, key signs from You to return to You, forgive us for our pride, our arrogance to support the rebuilding when there has been no reflection, no repentance, no refocusing on You. (2 Chronicles 7:13-15; Isaiah 9: 10-11).
Suggested Repentance Prayer Points Wednesday, May 6
Lord I repent that I’m not awake spiritually as were Your believers at Pentecost. Give me Your courage to come out from the apostasy all around me. In these globally tumultuous times I need Your Divine assistance. I need to hear Your voice. Forgive me for not listening to You. I know You are standing at the door of my heart to mentor me to clean up my soul to be more like You. Forgive me for not letting You in. Make me part of a new Pentecost so that I can be fully filled with Your Holy Spirit to advance Your Kingdom.
Lord I repent that we believers in You in the USA have often chosen legalism over the Spirit of Jesus. We have placed creeds over Christ. We have been divided as Your body. We are too often offended with each other and have too often avoided leadership positions in the nation where we could preach You to our people and produce Godly policies. In a dying culture we have rarely been the salt and light You called us to be. Lord, in this place of desperation as a nation, seeing Your Light dim rapidly, we cry out for You to awaken us, to make in us a new Pentecost. I know there can’t be revival without repentance, Lord. Restore our Divine destiny. May there now be an avalanche of repentance among believers in this nation, starting with me.