The Call2Fall national prayer initiative is based on Scripture, from which we envision three essentials necessary for God's blessing: a proper attitude, a prayerful action, and a promise-based anticipation.
A Proper Attitude: Humility and Dependence Upon God
Why we do things is of great concern to God. God looks upon our hearts. We believe God requires genuine humility in His people before He intervenes on our behalf. The foundational Scripture for the Call2Fall is 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 I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
The Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament comments upon the word "humble" (kana) in this text:
It denotes bringing a proud and recalcitrant people or spirit into subjection...Of the eighteen references to a spiritual submission, fifteen relate to the actions of a king in submitting himself and his nation to God (1 Kings 21:29, etc.). The emphasis is upon a proud and independent spirit abasing itself. Two key references are in Lev. 26:41 and II Chron. 7:14 which indicate that so long as a person, or nation, is arrogant and self-sufficient, God can do nothing for them.
The Call2Fall must begin with an attitude of humility before God, a willing acknowledgment of our need for God's mercy and grace. If we remain self-sufficient in our attitudes, we cannot expect God to give us the help we so desperately need.
A Prayerful Action: Kneeling Together Before the Lord
The Call to Fall is a call for God's people to publicly, corporately manifest humble, dependent hearts by bending our knees before Almighty God on July 3, 2016. In Scripture, bending the knee is an act of humility, reverence and submission. Some of God's greatest leaders demonstrated their deep humility by bending their knees in prayer before Almighty God.
Abraham: Then Abraham fell on his face, and God talked with him... (Gen. 17:3)
Moses: Moses bowed to the ground at once and worshiped. (Exod. 34:8)
Solomon: Then Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of all the congregation of Israel, and spread out his hands (for Solomon had made a bronze platform five cubits long, five cubits broad, and three cubits high, and had set it in the midst of the court; and he stood on it, knelt down on his knees before all the congregation of Israel, and spread out his hands toward heaven). (2 Chron. 6:12-13)
The Psalmist: Oh come, let us worship and bow down, Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker. (Psalm 95:6)
Elijah: And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel ; then he bowed down to the ground, and put his face between his knees. (1 Kings 18:42)
Ezra: At the evening sacrifice I arose from my fasting; and having torn my garment and my robe, I fell on my knees and spread out my hands to the LORD my God. (Ezra 9:5)
Daniel: Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem , he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days. (Daniel 6:10)
Peter: They caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break...When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus' knees and said, "Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!" (Luke 5:6, 8)
Paul: For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ." (Eph. 3:14) "And when he had said these things, he knelt down and prayer with them all. (Acts 20:36)
A Promised-Based Anticipation: God will Answer
We believe that God Himself is the originator of the Call2Fall. If we will do our part, we can surely anticipate that He will do His. In fact, Scripture is filled with promises for those who humble themselves before the Lord:
[T]hen I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place." (2 Chron. 7:14-15)
Then I proclaimed a fast there at the river of Ahava, that we might humble ourselves before our God, to seek from Him the right way for us and our little ones and all our possessions...And the hand of our God was upon us, and He delivered us from the hand of the enemy and from ambush along the road. (Ezra 8:21, 31b)
For You will save the humble people, but will bring down haughty looks. (Psalm 18:27)
The humble He guides in justice, and the humble He teaches His way. (Psalm 25:9)
For the LORD takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the humble with salvation. (Psalm 149:4)
Surely He scorns the scornful, but gives grace to the humble. (Prov. 3:34)
But on this one thing I will look: On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, and who trembles at My word. (Isaiah 66:2c)
Seek the LORD, all you meek of the earth, who have upheld His justice. Seek righteousness, seek humility. It may be that you will be hidden in the day of the LORD's anger. (Zeph. 2:3)
God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. (James 4:6)
Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. (James 4:10)
God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time. (1 Peter 5:5-6)
"A Day of Fasting, Humiliation and Prayer, with a total abstinence from labor and recreation" in response to the beginning of the War for Independence - Proclamation on April 15, 1775 for May 11th.
In circumstances as dark as these, it becomes us, as Men and Christians, to reflect that whilst every prudent measure should be taken to ward off the impending judgments, ...at the same time all confidence must be withheld from the means we use; and reposed only on that God rules in the armies of Heaven, and without His whole blessing, the best human counsels are but foolishness...
Resolved; ...Thursday the 11th of May...to humble themselves before God under the heavy judgments felt and feared, to confess the sins that have deserved them, to implore the Forgiveness of all our transgressions, and a spirit of repentance and reformation ...and a Blessing on the ... Union of the American Colonies in Defense of their Rights [for which hitherto we desire to thank Almighty God]...That the people of Great Britain and their rulers may have their eyes opened to discern the things that shall make for the peace of the nation...for the redress of America's many grievances, the restoration of all her invaded liberties, and their security to the latest generations.
Thoughts on Government - 1776
It is the duty of all men in society, publicly, and at stated seasons, to worship the SUPREME BEING, the great Creator and Preserver of the universe. And no subject shall be hurt, molested, or restrained, in his person, liberty, or estate, for worshipping GOD in the manner most agreeable to the dictates of his own conscience; or for his religious profession or sentiments; provided he doth not disturb the public peace, or obstruct others in their religious worship.
Circular letter of farewell to the Army - June 8, 1783
I now make it my earnest prayer, that God would have you, and the State over which you preside, in his holy protection, that he would incline the hearts of the Citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to Government, to entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another, for their fellow Citizens of the United States at large, and particularly for their brethren who have served in the Field, and finally, that he would most graciously be pleased to dispose us all, to do Justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that Charity, humility and pacific temper of mind, which were the Characteristicks of the Divine Author of our blessed Religion, and without an humble imitation of whose example in these things, we can never hope to be a happy Nation.
Motion for Prayers in the Constitutional Convention - June 28, 1787
I have lived, Sir, a long time; and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this Truth, that God governs in the Affairs of Men. And if a Sparrow cannot fall to the Ground without his Notice, is it probable that an Empire can rise without his Aid?
Signer of the Declaration of Independence, president of Congress, judge and Governor of Connecticut - March 9, 1791
It becomes a people publicly to acknowledge the over-ruling hand of Divine Providence and their dependence upon the Supreme Being as their Creator and Merciful Preserver . . . and with becoming humility and sincere repentance to supplicate the pardon that we may obtain forgiveness through the merits and mediation of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Signer of the Declaration and Governor of Massachusetts wrote: "A statewide Fasting, Humiliation and Prayer Proclamation issued by Samuel Adams on February 28, 1795, while serving as Governor of Massachusetts." Click here to read it.
President John Adams issued a national fasting and prayer proclamation on March 23, 1798. Click here to read it.
"A statewide Fasting, Humiliation and Prayer Proclamation issued by Jonathan Trumbull on February 20, 1807, while serving as Governor of Connecticut." Click here to read it.
A National Humiliation and Prayer Proclamation, issued by President James Madison on July 9, 1812; Also Four Hymns to accompany this day of national Humiliation and Prayer. Click here to read it.
A National Humiliation, Fasting, and Prayer Proclamation issued by James Buchanan, President of the United States, on December 14, 1860. Click here to read it.
In 1863, amid civil war, President Lincoln proclaimed a national day of "public humiliation, prayer and fasting."
Whereas it is fit and becoming in all people, at all times, to acknowledge and revere the Supreme Government of God; to bow in humble submission to his chastisements; to confess and deplore their sins and transgressions in the full conviction that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; and to pray, with all fervency and contrition, for the pardon of their past offences, and for a blessing upon their present and prospective action...
[It] is peculiarly fit for us to recognize the hand of God in this terrible visitation, and in sorrowful remembrance of our own faults and crimes as a nation and as individuals, to humble ourselves before Him, and to pray for His mercy, -- to pray that we may be spared further punishment, though most justly deserved; that our arms may be blessed and made effectual for the re-establishment of law, order and peace, throughout the wide extent of our country; and that the inestimable boon of civil and religious liberty, earned under His guidance and blessing, by the labors and sufferings of our fathers, may be restored in all its original excellence...
Therefore, [I appoint] a day of humiliation, prayer and fasting for all the people of the nation. And I do earnestly recommend to all the People, and especially to all ministers and teachers of religion of all denominations, and to all heads of families, to observe and keep that day according to their several creeds and modes of worship, in all humility and with all religious solemnity, to the end that the united prayer of the nation may ascend to the Throne of Grace and bring down plentiful blessings upon our Country.
We cry out to God in remorse and He hears us. When we are brokenhearted and genuinely humbled, He will have compassion on us. Then we will experience His bountiful blessing rather than His judgment.
The prayer that sparks revival begins long before the countryside seems to awaken from its slumber in sin. It starts when men fall on their knees and cry out to God. That's where true intimacy with God takes place and we begin the journey of being transformed into the image of Christ. And as men are transformed, the course of a nation can be changed.
Major General (Ret.) William G. Boykin
It is a spiritual enemy we have to contend with. Now is the time to fight. We've got to defeat them on our knees. Pray for our leaders. Pray for our nation. God is alive. God is real. God will answer the prayers of those who humble themselves before Him... No mortal is the enemy. It's the enemy you can't see. It's a war against the forces of darkness. The battle won't be won with guns. It will be won on our knees. Don't let go of this country. Stay on your knees and don't ever give up" (Is 28 28:5-6).
We need to confess our moral failures and our national sins-repent of the lies that have justified killing innocent babies and the elderly. Renewal begins on our knees. It is there that we hear soul searching questions from God Himself, asking, "How long will you defend the unjust and show partiality to the wicked? . . . Rescue the weak and needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked" (Psalm 82).
When ancient Israel turned against God, the prophets warned that God's judgment would eventually come upon them-and it did. But God also warned that the surrounding nations would be judged too because they had no regard for God-and they were. Sometimes it happens in one great catastrophe; sometimes it happens in a series of smaller disasters and defeats. But it happens.
We can change the course of events if we go to our knees in believing prayer. To get nations back on their feet, we must first get down on our knees.
We need another great awakening, a fresh revival that puts us on our knees, brings us to repentance for our sins, and turns our hearts back again to worship and obey God.
There is no other way for America to be great again...
REVIVAL and a return to the moral and spiritual principles of Scripture in which America's greatness is rooted are the only things that can save our land... We're living in perilous times, but God is our refuge and strength. He rules in the kingdoms of men. Humble yourself, pray, seek His face, turn from sin, and God will grant healing and holiness. Thank God for our heritage, and pray that He will grant America revival. May He bless us with spiritual awakening and moral courage before it's too late.
Make no mistake. We are not powerless. We are not too remote and removed to make a difference. And we are not a few. If we would but get over our own quarrels and come together on our knees, seeking forgiveness for ourselves first and our country second, dust would fly. Change would come. And to us first.
Prayer is our greatest resource and God is our only true hope. Only prayer can hold back the floodtide of sin and God's judgment and release the cleansing, healing hand of God. Will you pray?