Thursday, May 10, 2007

Memorial Day to 07/07/07--40 Day Fast after 40 Years in wilderness of rebellion--"Summer of Love" to Now

Can the US stand another 40 years like the last 40? From the 1967 "Summer of Love" until now has been 40 years of rebellion.

For some who don't know, forty years ago, school kids took turns reading from the Bible each morning and leading their homeroom in The Lord's Prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance. We actually recognized the existence and authority of God.

Stealing was rare. Pregnancies were rare.

The only weapons were spitballs and the worst crimes were talking in study hall. (I had to go out in the hall and count bricks in the wall for talking!)

There was a dress code and people didn't consider wearing dirty slogans on t-shirts or pants so low you can see the South Pole. They loved dressing nice to school church and believed their efforts showed respect for the Occasion.

Movies were a little suggestive at times, but fairly clean.

The only drug dealers wore dirty trench coats in back alleys.

Congress had their debates and differences, but there wasn't gridlock like we see now. And the press was more respectful of the office of president.

The president was not criticized for calling on his faith in God and prayer!

All was not perfect, but things were very different from now.

And if things continue another forty years in this moral downward spiral, I can't imagine what things will be like.

Our founders were Christians, not Deists, believing God gives us inalienable rights.
Who will give us our rights if we continue to kick God out of our institutions?

Who will enforce them? How???

But something exciting is going on: the most amazing project--a huge rally in Nashville for fasting and praying for forty days to come against the last forty years of rebellion:

In 1967, 100,000 young people, ages 15-25, flocked to San Francisco to experience the hippie movement. This mass convergence was sparked by the hit song in San Francisco called, "Wear a Flower in Your Hair." Once there, they experimented with LSD, pot, immorality, and Eastern mysticism, in what became known as the "Summer of Love."

When these newly recruited, "Flower Children," returned home at the end of summer, they brought with them new styles and ideas, flooding the cities of the U.S. and Europe with a message that opposed authority and scorned conservative morals.

This counterculture rebellion was fueled by music and art, and it rapidly shifted global culture.

A great divorce from God and His ways of kindness occurred in this turbulent time, and the effects of the, "Summer of Love," are still with us today.

The Church is obviously saturated with those effects.


So says this website.

More here.

This group is calling for Forty Days for Forty Years--forty days of fasting for revival against these last forty years of rebellion against God.

On the plus side, the article also states, "I have a 1971 Time Magazine article that states three times, that the Jesus Movement began in 1967, and that Jerusalem was taken back by Israel in 1967."

"After a 40-year judgment, could we be in a season in which a great spiritual awakening could occur in America, and the Jewish people would return to Yeshua?"

I'm not advocating joining this group, although I like what they're doing. That is up to you to read their website and decide for yourself. There will be rallies around the country if you're interested.

And how cool and powerful would it be if we would fast and agree in prayer with them!

Jesus said in Matthew 18:19 "Again* I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.

Who isn't sick over the things taught to our children in public schools? Who isn't disgusted over what passes for entertainment in our theaters and in our own television sets--things God called abominable in Deuteronomy 18:9, like the current popularity of sorcery and witchcraft. ("But Harry Potter makes them read"?!)

And Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, witchcraft, hatred, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told [you] in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.Galatians 5:19...

And that's just the kids' cartoons! Just kidding, sort of. That's *our* nightly entertainment, things God hates.

And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove [them]. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. Ephesians 5:11, 12

Unfortunately, that's also our morning news.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, self-control. Galatians 5:23

Who wouldn't love to see the pendulum take a huge swing back to God's righteousness in the next year? Wouldn't it be wonderful if once again our children could have innocent childhoods?

Whatsoever things are pure, lovely, think on these things--Philippians 4:8 But innocent young children go to websites for school research and are assailed with porn.

God promises, If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and forgive their sin and heal their land. II Chronicles 7:14

Take a look at the website, read their thoughts. Two good books: Shaping History Through Prayer and Fasting, and God's Chosen Fast tell of the effectiveness of fasting. I would add, check with your doctor.

And don't go off caffeine cold turkey, but taper off over a week or so, or you'll get a raging headache. Different kinds of fasts can include from just giving up chocolate (gasp!) to just eating plain vegetables (Daniel fast) but do not go off of all food for forty days and

***never limit fluids.***

This 40 Days for 40 Years campaign will culminate on 7/7/07. May that date go down in history as a great spiritual turning point in the earth.

Let's join our hearts to theirs.

And bow our knees.

And fast. And pray.

Lord, we were once like a city on a hill for You. We were conceived with a desire for freedom to serve you. Lord, show us our sin. Help us to turn away from it. And please, Lord, in the mighty name of Jesus, heal our land and restore our joy in you--and your joy in us! Amen.

2 comments:

Robin Johns Grant said...

This is a wonderful idea, Margo. I was just thinking this morning how much our country and world need prayer--and how little we do it. Even in our churches. Thanks for the link.

Margo Carmichael said...

You're right. I think sometimes Christians think certain prayer requests are too big. But if all Christians prayed them--!