Christians urged to pray

By Susan Jones ( – America is in desperate need of spiritual healing, say conservative Christian leaders, who are organizing a day of mass prayer and repentance on behalf of the nation.
The “Call 2 Fall” event will take place on July 5. “The day after America celebrates her independence, it’s our goal to have eight million Christians declaring our dependence on God,” the Family Research Council says on its Web site. “The Call 2 Fall is a simple but powerful commitment to get on our faces before the Lord, asking Him to reshape our lives and renew our land.”
The event is based on the belief that the solution to the nation’s problems is found in God – not in the Congress or the White House.
“Only He can quiet the storms and turn the hearts of this country–and our culture–toward Him. Only He can restore a respect for life, marriage, and faith in the halls of power. And only we can ask Him to,” the FRC says.
There is both a biblical and historical basis for the event. The Family Research Council points to 2 Chronicles 7:14, where God urges His people to seek His face and turn from their wicked ways.
The event also has historical precedent: The First Continental Congress called for a day of public humiliation, fasting, and prayer throughout the Colonies on July 20th, 1775, just after war broke out with England, the FRC noted.
It’s time for another such effort, FRC says: “From 9/11 to war to natural disasters to financial and moral collapse, we are witnessing what happens when a nation turns away from God.”
The FRC  has set up a Call2fall Web site where “every Christ-follower in America” can sign up to spend at least five minutes in prayer on July 5 – “asking God to pour out his mercy on our lives, our communities, and our nation.”
The FRC hopes that at least 40,000 churches will take part in the event. “America is in desperate need of spiritual healing–and that healing starts with us,” the group said.

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