My commentary on this event and the controversy regarding Cahn: I am glad and grateful to see this article and share it with readers today. It could be the start of something very significant. Doesn’t mean our world will pull back from the brink any time soon, but it is a positive development. Rabbi Cahn is a Messianic Jew, a born-again Christian, a brother in Christ. I read his book, and I also heard/watched his Prayer Breakfast sermon several weeks back, which was awesome and everything he said needed desperately to have been proclaimed! I cannot disagree on the basis of Scripture, to anything I have heard him say about America and the judgment this nation is facing, other than the assertion that America has a covenant relationship with God because our founding fathers made one. (God is the initiator of covenants, not man). But as Christians, if Christians enter into an endeavor for the Lord, that He has called and led them to, we are not supposed to put hand to the plow, and then look back, for “that man is not worthy of the kingdom”. By virtue of the fact that Judgement must begin at the House of the Lord, I see Rabbi Cahn as a bold prophet in the “forth-telling” sense. He is not bringing “new Revelation”, but a call to repentance and renewed obedience to the Revelation via the Holy Bible, that we already have. A return to the old paths. We live in a generation which believes “new” always means better. Some good old-fashioned remorse and sorrow for our waywardness could be such a refreshment to this once-great nation. Cleansing. I just do not believe that Hollywood or D.C. or mainstream press, or modern American Academia represent the majority of people in this nation, nor their values, nor their hearts. Let us not be weary in well-doing. Lord renew our strength and our hope, give us the wherewithal to continue to come against the evil in the name of Jesus and power of the Holy Spirit within us. Wherever we are, and whatever our part, help us to do it heartily, as unto God, and not unto men.
The House of Representatives became a house of prayer on Wednesday as lawmakers and Christian leaders met in a rare public gathering to ask God for wisdom and humility, and to bless America so it can be a blessing to the rest of the world.
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif), former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, current Speaker of the House John Boehner and several other prominent lawmakers joined pastors and ministry leaders for the exclusive prayer meeting that followed a historic assembly last year. On May 8, 2012, a Christian organization was granted access to the Great Hall for the first time in more than 100 years for “Washington – A Man of Prayer.” The second annual event was held on the same day this year in honor of the 224th inaugural anniversary of President George Washington.
Since the anniversary of his inauguration, April 30, 1789, falls annually during the week of the National Day of Prayer, the first Thursday in May, this time serves as an opportunity for members of both Houses to assemble in historic Statuary Hall, once the meeting place of the House of Representatives, and prayerfully commit America to God.
The ceremony also featured brief history lessons about Washington from Gingrich and Christian author Eric Metaxas, who warned of the increasing attack on religious liberty. Bachmann, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, and rabbi Jonathan Cahn, the best-selling author of The Harbinger, also spoke. Other lawmakers present at the event this year included Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-Calif.), Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.), Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.), Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-N.C.), Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.) and Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas).
“Tonight we stand in the city that bears the name of our first president to … lift up our prayers to the Almighty,” Cahn said. “We’ve gathered here on Capitol Hill, the most exalted of national councils, to acknowledge that even the most powerful of nations cannot rise and will not endure apart from the will of the Almighty.”
Cahn spoke boldly of America’s spiritual descent, the nation’s connection to Israel and the warnings of judgment on America that mirror those in ancient Israel. Despite later revealing that he sensed a spiritual attack during the event, he concluded his address with a call to repentance to usher in national prayer and revival. After receiving a standing ovation, Cahn later was invited to conclude the event by leading the group in the Aaronic Blessing, which those attending joined in by lifting their hands to send out a blessing from Capitol Hill to America.