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I wanted to share with everyone the results of the NDP event we held in Thomaston, CT. The event was a wonderful expression of God's people humbling themselves before him in prayer. We opened our church at 12N for seven hours of prayer. Each of the seven hours was devoted to one of the seven prayer focuses suggested by the NDP Task force (government, church, family etc). We had prayer volunteers "manning the posts" for each of those seven hours. At 7 pm we had invited several town officials to joing us for a 1 1/2 hour prayer service to again pray for each of the seven. Our town selectmen and several others representing each of the seven areas of prayer were present. There were about 50 of us who joined in to pray for our nation and its leaders. Each of the prayers were initiated by a town pastor or lay-leader and then the floor was open for prayer. Many positive comments were shared after the service about the power of the Spirit felt during the service.
One question I would like to pose to my fellow prayer warriors is this:
I found out after the service that the state NDP task force had suggested not to open the floor for prayer. The logic behind this is to avoid non-Christians from praying to Mohammad, Buddha etc. Although there was none of that in this service I can understand their concern. Their suggestion was to give various participants a scripture to share or a written prayer to use. I am curious to hear what any of you feels about this. I appreciate any comments.
Thanks
God Bless,
Greg

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Amen James.

James Glynn said:

I think I’ve gotten to an age where I no longer feel the need to tiptoe around serious issues when signs of the end are pressing in so closely all around us. The Islamic “lobby,” like the homosexual “lobby,” will push itself in wherever it possibly can. It’s goals are clear, though most Americans are blind to them even though you barely need spiritual eyes to see them. If NDP is not specifically Christian, then I don’t believe Christian have any reason to take part in them. We know clearly that all other gods are demons, and I could not be in a place where prayers to demons were politely invited alongside prayers to the Lord in the name of the Lord Jesus.

Hasn’t it always been this way, with the demons being allowed to have their way and the Christians politely sit by and watch? Clearest example, as one who has travelled extensively internationally: If I would visit a Buddhist or Hindu shrine, I might be there to dispel powers of darkness. But I would be considered rude, even by many Christians, if I did not bow or cover myself with smoke or turn the prayer wheels. Yet, if a Muslim or Buddhist came into a Christian church, I would never expect them to “offer a little prayer in the name of Jesus” just to be polite. I would expect them to watch if they wanted but not to participate. 

Islam loudly demands whatever it wants, and seems to get it. Christians sit quietly and read their Bibles and underline with yellow markers. Our warfare is not belligerent or harmful to others, not screaming or swearing at them, but I would do whatever necessary to prevent what seems to happen more and more as we fade into the background and the louder voices take center stage in this nation and the world.

i agree with you pastor, i guess many people as i stated before get turned off by christianity because they say we are "exclusive" they dont know the truths of the word of God... its about where the truth is, and living by that truth. GOD will hear the prayers of his people, his redeemed people. his called out people. 

Reverend Randall Simon said:

I suggest the leaders make is ABSOLUTELY Clear that this is a CHRISTIAN Prayer gathering.  Then if anyone tried to pray to some other "god," the leaders should immediately interrupt them and ushers should ask them to listen only and if they could not do that, then they should be escorted out with the statement that they needed to respect our Christian prayer gatherings, just like they would expect us to respect their "whatever" prayer gatherings.  Let us Christians stop being so soft on these things, and so pc about them!

Secondly, I see the potential danger when the prayer day is only called a "National Day of Prayer."  Historically that has been Christian.  But in this day and age other "faiths" will probably try eventually to get in on it.  That's the long term problem with being ashamed of the name Christ or Christian.  Hey, "Campus Crusade for Christ," uhm,  I mean CRU, TAKE NOTICE!

Brother Jose,

Nice to receive your input.  I guess the older I get the less concerned I am about the "non-believer's" the "non-committed to Christ's" view of things and the more I care about the truth as you say, and the dear Bride of Christ.

Also, I think the worst thing we can "offer" the Lost is a "Christianity" that is so similar looking (aka "relevant") to what they already live.  The best thing we can do for the Lost (pre-Christian) is to live our lives unashamedly for Jesus as a real light on a hill.  In other words, to let the searching soul see a live (lives) that is amazingly DIFFERENT than their own; a difference that can ONLY be accounted for by the gracious redeeming work of God, demonstrated by Christ on the cross and the resurrection and ascension, and now being demonstrated by the continuing work of God's Spirit within us, his beloved people.  I think the church is too concerned with trying to build bridges to Lost people and in the process, reducing their faith and life from a supernatural and heavenly looking life to one that looks much more worldly (just without the cussing, etc.).  We might think this builds bridges and helps our evangelism, but I am convinced it more often than not, leads to a false Christianity in others.  Lost people "like" us, and are influenced by us, but they are not necessarily brought to Jesus the Lord and Savior, and transformed by Christ into a creature in Christ.  They just kind of "wear" some "Christian" garb.  There may be some kind of "conversion" to the "christian" lifestyle, and even the "church," but not necessarily to Christ Himself.  And this makes all the eternal difference.  WHAT DO YOUR OWN PRAYERFUL REFLECTIONS ON THIS MATTER YIELD US?

jose ocasio said:

i agree with you pastor, i guess many people as i stated before get turned off by christianity because they say we are "exclusive" they dont know the truths of the word of God... its about where the truth is, and living by that truth. GOD will hear the prayers of his people, his redeemed people. his called out people. 

Reverend Randall Simon said:

I suggest the leaders make is ABSOLUTELY Clear that this is a CHRISTIAN Prayer gathering.  Then if anyone tried to pray to some other "god," the leaders should immediately interrupt them and ushers should ask them to listen only and if they could not do that, then they should be escorted out with the statement that they needed to respect our Christian prayer gatherings, just like they would expect us to respect their "whatever" prayer gatherings.  Let us Christians stop being so soft on these things, and so pc about them!

Secondly, I see the potential danger when the prayer day is only called a "National Day of Prayer."  Historically that has been Christian.  But in this day and age other "faiths" will probably try eventually to get in on it.  That's the long term problem with being ashamed of the name Christ or Christian.  Hey, "Campus Crusade for Christ," uhm,  I mean CRU, TAKE NOTICE!

Greg Gibbons . . . I fear I may be in danger of diverting the conversation too far from your original post and question.  Please forgive me if I have.  But my heart has been deeply moved with the dichotomy of hope and concern for the effectiveness of my own evangelism and that of the beautiful church of our Lord Jesus. 

As a Nation, we have, in my opinion, passed beyond the point of being able to presume our Christian heritage.  This means, a significant part of our current USA population does not know our Christian heritage, or is not interested in seeing it continue to influence or dominate the cultural milieu and direction of our Nation.  I think the current reality is that we must know and care for U.S. peoples of a different influence and/or persuasion than that of historical Christianity and/or Judaism.  This will be difficult for many (I find it difficult for myself.)  But by God's grace it must be done.  Although many reasons might be cited for this new multi-cultural/religious heterodoxy, both positive and negative, in the end, as I see it, we still come down to the fact that God by His own sovereignty still arranges for the evangelization of all nations (ethnos) wherever they might live.  And it is God's own love by which He seeks the Lost through Christ His sacrificial Son.  We too then, must surrender ourselves no less to the mission of God, as our Lord Himself does, i.e. in a perfect sacrificial and genuine love expressed through the Gospel in both word and deed.

  While, on the one hand I may come across quite firm about no compromise or apology for our uniqueness in Christ (born of the Spirit); on the other hand, I must also insist, quite firmly, that we Christians surrender ourselves to the loving missional heart of our Father God, who incarnate in Christ the Son, came into our world and by the power of His Spirit did seek for and save Lost people.  And He is still doing it.  May He grant us a kind, loving, and redemptive heart toward all people of all "faiths" (or no faith).  And may we reach out to them in that love without compromise of the truth.  For it is in both love and truth that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is truly expressed and demonstrates its power for salvation through our lives to others.

  Coming to the question of persons of non-Christian religious affiliation entering National Day of Prayer (and other Christian gatherings), and potentially "praying" to false gods, we must think prayerfully and wisely about this.  While there certainly is no room for adulterating the holy gathering of the Body of Christ, there must also be a sincere and prayerful meditation on the Word of God in the presence of God regarding the question, 'has God Himself brought the "mission field" to our own doorstep?"  If so, "how then shall we live?" (Francis Schaeffer).

  The Gospel of Christ is fully sufficient for any and all settings. 

"But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing greatness of the power

may be of God and not from ourselves." 2 Cor. 4:7

"Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves,

but our adequacy is from God

who made us adequate as servants of a new covenant,

not of the letter, but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life." 2 Cor. 3:5-6

Shalom.

I appreciate the time and thought going into the discussion. I respect the heart felt care in these important matters.

This Pentecost Sunday, praying for a new outpouring of the counsel and power of the Indwelling Living Word.

Virginia

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