To Call For Solemn Assemblies
Acknowledging America's deep need for God in this hour, and recognizing that our problems are far bigger than our political or other leaders can solve, some of our representatives in Congress have taken wise action. After consulting with an informal consortium of ministers and leaders representing scores of America's Christian denominations, Congresswoman Helen Chenoweth (R-ID), joined by 31 of her colleagues, has introduced House Concurrent Resolution 94, which calls on America's leaders in government, Church and business to summon those they serve to days of prayer, fasting and humiliation before God, on behalf of our troubled nation.
The Capitol Hill Prayer Alert is 100% behind this effort. We ask you to pray that the effort be kept on track and that the resolution's wording be strengthened (not watered down, making it of no effect). Excised from earlier drafts were the words "sin," "sins," "repent" and "repentance." CHPA believes that these critical words must be re-inserted in the final draft of the resolution - otherwise, this resolution, intended for good, could actually do harm by offending the Lord who demands not just prayer, but repentance and obedience if His determined judgments are to be withdrawn in any measure from our land.
Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS) has expressed his intention to lead the Senate in its affirmation of the resolution.
Rep. Chenoweth has also suggested that Congress itself take a day to dispense with its regular duties to hold a Solemn Assembly for its own members. You can be sure there will be opposition.
It is very unlikely that the American people as a whole, laden with sins of every kind, will take this appeal seriously. But we hope and believe that the many godly men and women who now serve us in Congress will take this move seriously. The introduction of this resolution will give Christian leaders an opportunity to join with others of like mind and heart in a united and concerted season of crying out to God. It will also allow us to see which of our leaders still recognize our nation's utter dependence upon God. Many Christians will respond to a sincere appeal from our God-fearing leaders and God may thus moderate or modify some of the severe judgments He has otherwise prepared for America.
Please join us in agreeing prayer:
Heavenly Father, cause our Representatives to produce and pass a Solemn Assembly resolution that would be pleasing to You. Let your Church respond to their appeal. Use it to stir REPENTANCE across our nation. Use it to draw attention to You and Your Word. Have MERCY amid your necessary judgments. In Jesus Name, Amen (Dt 21:1-9; 2 Chr 7:14; Josh 7:6-12; Joel 1:14; 2:15).
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