"Let everyone who is Godly pray to you while you may be found"  (Psalm 32:6)

THE CAPITOL HILL PRAYER ALERT

May 29th, 1999 Also see May 24th, 1999

Chenoweth Asks Congress
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by offending the Lord who demands not just prayer, but repentance and obedience if His determined judgments are to be withdrawn in any measure from our land.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).

H. CON. RES. 94

Recognizing the public need for reconciliation and healing, urging the United States to unite in seeking God, and recommending that the Nation's leaders call for days of prayer.

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IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
May 4, 1999

     Mrs. CHENOWETH (for herself, Mr. ARMEY, Mr. DELAY, Mr. ADERHOLT, Mr. BURTON of Indiana, Mr. COBURN, Mr. CUNNINGHAM, Mr. DICKEY, Mr. DOOLITTLE, Mr. FOSSELLA, Mr. GRAHAM, Mr. HAYES, Mr. HAYWORTH, Mr. HILL of Montana, Mr. HILLEARY, Mr. HOSTETTLER, Mr. HUNTER, Mr. ISTOOK, Mr. SAM JOHNSON of Texas, Mr. LEWIS of Kentucky, Mr. McINTOSH, Mr. METCALF, Mrs. MYRICK, Mr. NETHERCUTT, Mr. PICKERING, Mr. PITTS, Mr. RYUN of Kansas, Mr. SCHAFFER, Mr. STEARNS, Mr. TANCREDO, Mr. TAYLOR of North Carolina, and Mr. WALDEN of Oregon) submitted the following concurrent resolution, which was referred to the Committee on Government Reform:

CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

     Recognizing the public need for reconciliation and healing, urging the United States to unite in seeking God, and recommending that the Nation's leaders call for days of prayer.

     Whereas it is the necessary duty of the people of this Nation not only to humbly offer up our prayers and needs to Almighty God, but also in a solemn and public manner to confess our shortcomings;

     Whereas it is incumbent on all public bodies, as well as private persons, to revere and rely on God Almighty for our day-to-day existence, as well as to follow the charge to love and serve one another;

     Whereas we have witnessed the rejection of God's love through gratuitous violence and mayhem, hate, abuse, exploitation, abandonment, and other harms, much of which has been directed at the most vulnerable of our society, our children;

     Whereas oppression, violence, cultural and ethnic division, strife, and murder have stained our communities and the world;

     Whereas we are compelled to remind the people of the United States of the events that currently burden the hearts of the people, including--

     (1) the senseless murder of our young people in Jonesboro, Arkansas, West Paduca, Kentucky, Springfield, Oregon, Pearl, Mississippi, and Littleton, Colorado;

     (2) the brutal deaths of individuals by dragging, beating, burning, and exposure in Texas, Alabama, and Wyoming; and

     (3) the civil unrest, systematic genocide, and religious and political persecution in Yugoslavia, Tibet, Turkey, China, Rwanda, and Sudan;

     Whereas despite all, we as a Nation have been blessed with great prosperity and an unprecedented period of economic stability, for which we owe a debt of gratitude; and

     Whereas in previous times of public need and moral crisis, the Congress and the President have recommended the observance of a day of solemn prayer, fasting, and humiliation: Now, therefore, be it

     Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That the Congress--

     (1) recognizes the unique opportunity that the dawn of a millennium presents to a people in a Nation under God to humble and reconcile themselves with God and with one another;

     (2) urges all Americans to unite in seeking the face of God through humble prayer and fasting, persistently asking God to send spiritual strength and a renewed sense of humility to the Nation so that hate and indifference may be replaced with love and compassion, and so that the suffering in the Nation and the world may be healed by the hand of God; and

     (3) recommends that the leaders in national, state, and local governments, in business, and in the clergy appoint, and call the people they serve to observe, a day of solemn prayer, fasting, and humiliation before God.



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