These days, when Washington has a problem, a new study commission is born. Or legislation is written. Or a rule or regulation is created. Or a tax.
But there are those who believe there is a higher power to whom Washington ultimately will answer, and that is the focus of the Presidential Inaugural Prayer Breakfast, Jan. 21 at 7 a.m. at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park hotel.
The event will feature U.S. House Chaplain Father Patrick J. Conroy, “Harbinger” author Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn.; Christian Broadcasting Network founder Pat Robertson, Trinity Broadcasting Network host Jan Crouch; entertainer Pat Boone; WND CEO Joseph Farah; Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo.; and others. State Sen. Stewart Greenleaf of Pennsylvania will be the master of ceremonies
“I think it’s important that we pray for our president,” Greenleaf told WND. “We leave other questions to God, but it’s important for us to pray for him and our Congress and others in authority.
“And pray that they put God first in their decision-making process,” he said.
Greenleaf said political party, in this instance, is not relevant.
“They’ve been elected now, and we’ve asked them to do their job,” he said. “I don’t think we should add to that, as American people.”
And, he asked, if people don’t rise above politics for a time of seeking God’s will, how can their representatives be expected to do that?
The event is scheduled to coincide with what, in Washington, is a time of speeches, accolades, political digs, food, wine, music, balls and celebrity parties.
In stark contrast, the prayer breakfast, say organizers, is a time for humbling and seeking God’s will.
Keynoting the decidedly politically incorrect event will be Cahn, whose bestselling book “The Harbinger” also has been made into a bestselling film documentary called “The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment,” produced by Farah.
Cahn’s message to America is to heed warnings from God, turn back to seeking His will, and prosper.
He doesn’t say it, but there’s definitely an “or else” implied, as described in his book, which recounts God’s warnings, or harbingers, to the nation of Israel before it eventually was broken up and taken into captivity by enemies.
Israel suffered, he posits, because it vowed to go it alone, without God, and come back bigger and stronger and better after being ravaged by its enemies. Cahn’s book warns that America right now is experiencing the same judgments, or warnings, from God and needs to heed them immediately.
He documents a series of stunning parallels between the Old Testament collapse of Israel and events in the United States, specifically the 9/11 attacks, the construction on the Ground Zero site and the economic crisis.
The guiding spirit of the prayer event is to be II Chronicles 7:14, which places the burden of a nation’s restoration not on its political leadership, military, social programs, economy or any other locus of earthly power.
Rather, it places the responsibility squarely in the hands of Christians: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
For information on attending, or bringing a team of pastors and friends from your church, please visit the event website for more information.
Rev. Merrie Turner, a member of the prayer breakfast committee, told WND there is evidence of tribulation in America.
She cited the after-effects of 9/11, the economic troubles, super-storm Sandy and social holocausts such as abortion.
“What I feel that God has said is that … people of faith must come up to [Washington] and worship him,” she told WND.
In addition, other members of the committee are Annette Lantos, wife of Congressman Tom Lantos; John Stinson; Abby Abildness, Revs. Mike and Rose Greer; and Les and Caroline LaMotte.
The event is themed “Glory for Such a Time as This.” Invited are members of Congress, the White House, other top governmental officials and state and national leaders.
Cahn told WND that the 2012 election, which provided another four years for Obama to lead, is being perceived as a “tipping point” by many Americans.
He said religious people who opposed Obama’s candidacy, citing his advocacy for issues they believe are not supported by the Bible, wonder how to pray for Washington at a time like this and are inclined to pray less.
“We need to pray more,” Cahn said.
“There’s no question this last election was a definitive tipping point concerning America’s course, it’s direction with regard to God. I believe it’s crucial that we gather in Washington for prayer,” he said.
“Not only coming before the Lord interceding for America, but also speaking for the truth,” he continued. “There’s a real definitive call for the people of God to intercede. What better time to do this [than] on the day of inauguration right there in Washington.”
He noted that the first inauguration, for President George Washington in 1789, holds a message.
Having been inaugurated at Federal Hall in New York City, Washington declared that America’s prosperity and protection were dependent upon its adherence to God.
Later, the nation’s political leaders gathered at St. Paul’s Chapel to commit America’s future to God’s purposes, Cahn wrote. That chapel, found at Ground Zero, miraculously survived 9/11 virtually untouched.
“He said in effect if America ever turns away from God, its blessings will be removed. … We are watching those words and warnings come true,” Cahn said.
Cahn said the specific prayer for the White House might be for God to “have his will with the president and his administration.”
Cahn said God uses “all things” and can bring a revival “through a leader, or in spite of a leader.”
“He raises to power and he casts down. He allows good and evil for the purposes of good in the end,” he said.