Managing Editor's Note: Jeffrey Daly is founder of the organization "National Day of Repentance" which takes place annually on this day of April 30th, honoring George Washington's godly inauguration on April 30, 1789, as well as President Abraham Lincoln's proclamation "National Day of Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer" on April 30, 1863. In Jeff's article he offers a declaration prayer for America with suggested daily prayer points of repentance for this week of "Prayer and Fasting for the USA". We encourage individuals and groups to fast and pray as the Lord leads. –Julie A. Smith, The Elijah List
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 global 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, and 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.
Dining With the Risen Christ and Repentance
There is a most remarkable verse of Scripture, Revelation 3:20 (NKJV), where the Risen Christ invites Believers in Him to "dine" with Him. The Risen Christ says to us: "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" (Revelation 3:20 TLB).
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 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 and without blemish (see 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, or generational curses, or 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.
Like a Passover Seder there are bitter herbs in this process. Like the perfect mentor, He will point out the remaining sin in our lives. We all fall short of the glory of God. He can't let the evil in our lives and nations continue without judgment. Above His righteous judgments that will be coming will be the mercy, grace, and goodness of God. When His judgments are in the earth, many will cry out for mercy, will turn to Him for salvation, and "the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness" (Isaiah 26:9).
Prior to His judgments, today is the time to repent. There is no better place to address the deepest of all wounds than in this intimate time with the Risen Christ. He's standing at the door of our hearts, knocking. Letting Him in, we can confess sins that He already knows about, experience His forgiveness, and choose sincere repentance. All wounds can be uncovered and released in His love when we repent – turning away from the world, from the flesh, and the pride of life – refocusing on Him.
In contrast to bitter herbs, after repentance comes His joy as our strength. Joy follows repentance. As we follow His path of purity, beginning to be vulnerable to others, to love as He loves, we become the overcomers He urges to join Him: "To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne"(Revelation 3:21).
Dining with the Risen Christ! What a privilege! And then to sit on His throne! Glory be to God.
National Day of Repentance, April 30, 2015,
Declaration Prayer for America:
Almighty God our Savior, Strength and Shield, our lands and all people gathered here are Yours. We ask You to forgive our sin and hear our hearts, as we cry out to You for our nation.
We declare, and raise Your name, Jehovah Nissi, as the only banner over us, just as those who came before us have done.
Father, in the name of Your Son Jesus Christ, we speak against the things holding back this nation and "those who are called to salvation."
We break the power of pride, lies and lust, mammon and idolatry, of fear and doubt, sickness and death, unbelief, and the occult in the name of Jesus Christ.
Using the keys to the Kingdom that Jesus gave us in Matthew 18:18, we close and lock, seal and bind these gates of the anti-Christ over our nation. We loose, melt, and dissolve them on the earth and in the heavenly realms.
We ask, Father, that through our repentance and worship, in the name and by the Blood of Jesus/Yeshua Messiah, for the flood gates of Heaven to open over America...to bring repentance and salvation, truth and faith, wholeness and life in all its abundance.
We ask You, Lord, to thrust out laborers into Your harvest field, and we pray for the powerful proclamation of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ across this land to bring an outpouring of Your Holy Spirit and the return of those who once knew Your love.
Summon Your power, O God, and show us Your strength as You have done before, for Your chariots are tens of thousands, and thousands upon thousands.
Arise, O God, and speak the word and scatter all Your enemies, that Your "name be kept holy."
We ask it in Jesus' glorious name. Amen.
For more information about the National Day of Repentance visit their website at:www.dayofrepentance1.org
Jeffrey Daly pastors Jesus Christ Fellowship in Middletown, Lake County, California and continues to practice law. Together, with two other pastors, he founded National Day of Repentance in 2011 as a nonprofit organization and has volunteered since that time as the communicator for the project. NDR, through its website, www.dayofrepentance.org, has now expanded to other Christians in other nations wishing to hold days of repentance in their nations. He welcomes comments at email@example.com, and he is currently writing a book, "Dining With the Risen Christ and Repentance," and planning soon to post it on the website as an e-book. Earlier e-books and other repentance resources are already on the NDR website at no charge.
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