The National Day of Prayer – Yom Kippur

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 I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.  Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.  I have chosen and consecrated this temple so that my Name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there” (2 Chronicles 7:14-15).

Every year Christians in America celebrate a national day of prayer.  They use 2 Chronicles 7 as their mantra and recite it with the hope that ‘God will heal the land of America.’  It is obvious that no one considers the context in which the prayer was spoken and who it was for.  This prayer was not a call for the repentance of America or India or Russia, but for national Isra’el. 

I have also wondered why and how the first Thursday in May was chosen for the national day to pray for America when it has nothing to do with the Scriptures or God’s holy days. As Christians pray for God to ‘heal the land of America,’ they choose a day that has nothing to do with God of Isra’el to whom they are praying. They don’t acknowledge Isra’el or the Jewish people nor learn from their mistakes. What happened to Israel was written for our learning (1 Corinthians 10:11), but it doesn’t seem anyone is learning.

But if you turn away and abandon my regulations and mitzvot [commandments] which I have set before you, and go and serve other gods, worshipping them; then I will pull them up by the roots out of the land I have given them. This house, which I consecrated for my name, I will eject from my sight; and I will make it an example to avoid and an object of scorn among all peoples.  This house, now so exalted — everyone passing by will be shocked at the sight of it and will ask, ‘Why has the LORD done this to this land and to this house?’ But the answer will be, ‘It’s because they abandoned the LORD the God of their ancestors, who brought them out of the land of Egypt, and took hold of other gods, worshipping and serving them; this is why [the LORD] brought all these calamities on them.’”

God chose and consecrated ‘this temple’ in Jerusalem so that His name would be there forever, but there were conditions linked to His Temple, His Land and His people.  Since Elohim is the same yesterday and tomorrow, His conditions for forgiveness, healing and restoration remain the same today especially if Americans want ‘healing in their land.’

Like Israel, the America has definitely gone astray.  God’s commandments have been abandoned by those who should be a light of the world for a lawless grace that negates obedience.  Pagan gods and goddesses are worshipped in the ‘name of Jesus’ creating a very lukewarm religious American culture.   Doctrines of grace teach the ‘end of the law’ and the commands of Elohim are considered ‘done away with.’ Lawlessness abounds and Americans pray for healing without repenting of these grievous sins.

Yom Kippur Wall

As the day of Yom Kippur approaches, as ‘temples of God’s Spirit and  people called by His Name,’ we should be joining with the nation of Israel and Jewish people around the world to corporately repent of abandoning the God of Isra’el for other gods, customs and traditions; other ways of worshipping Him than the way He desires.   If we want to claim the Scripture “If my people who are called by my name,”  we must also claim the reasons that have brought havoc on this country and the world. We must accept responsibility for turning against the God of Isra’el.  We must mourn for our unrighteous judgments and sins against Elohim.    If we truly desire a national day of prayer,  Yom Kippur has stood the test of time.   If we truly desire national repentance, why not join with Isra’el on the Day of Atonement, God’s ‘appointed time’.

“In that day …  I will pour out on the house of David and on those living in Yerushalayim a spirit of grace and prayer; and they will look to me, whom they pierced.” They will mourn for him as one mourns for an only son; they will be in bitterness on his behalf like the bitterness for a firstborn son. When that day comes, there will be great mourning in Yerushalayim, mourning like that for Hadad-Rimmon in the Megiddo Valley. Then the land will mourn, each family by itself —“ (Zechariah 12:10-11).

Update 2020: This Yom Kippur there was a call to repentance in Washington, D.C. People from all nations and all walks of ‘Christian’ faith came together and repented for the sins of this country. They called for unity between Jew and gentile. They proclaimed the name of Yeshua!

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