A STATEment of Prayer

On November 7, we will surround Mississippi’s New Capitol in downtown Jackson with people — and with prayer. God’s people, all of us, will gather on the entire sidewalk perimeter of the New Capitol and have clusters of prayer groups (about 120) calling on God! We will not be meeting to protest anything or anyone, but to plead with the Lord of glory to come and meet with us.

Prayer places God in His proper exalted position as Lord. When Jesus was teaching His disciples how to pray, He said to focus on God. Listen to the words: “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name” (Matt. 6:9). Jesus brought those disciples, and He brings us when we come, as He teaches us, into a right position and perspective to see Him as the Lord. While our nation will be looking to find a leader the following day, we are looking to our Leader, the great God of heaven, and we will be calling upon Him. Anyone and everyone is invited to come and participate. We know that hundreds will be there. We believe thousands are going to show up on the New Capitol grounds to spend these moments in prayer.

Prayer is talking to God. That great call from heaven to us from God says, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways…” (2 Chron. 7:14a). When I say prayer is talking to God, it literally is but it’s not just telling Him what to do. It is calling on Him in humility and asking Him what He would have us to do – seeking His face, bowing before Him, calling on Him. I fully recognize that it doesn’t take thousands of people to get the attention of God, for the Scripture says the fervent prayer of a righteous man – one person – gets the attention of God, but we all will gather on Nov. 7 seeking the Lord. Prayer doesn’t have to be long either. In fact, the shortest prayer in the Bible is found in Matthew 14:30. The prayer was simply this, “Lord, save me,” and the Lord heard and reached out and rescued Simon Peter. We are going to gather together and we are going to pray and ask God to reach down and rescue and restore and reconcile His people to His own heartbeat.

Prayer is not just talking to God; it is also hearing from God. Second Chronicles 7:14 records that God says He will hear us and He will respond. He will act. Jeremiah 33:3 is a powerful verse as we are instructed in these words, “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” I firmly believe that far more than just asking God how we need to vote the next day is the need for us to ask God what He would have us to do with our own lives bent before Him; to ask God what He would have us to do in caring for our families and being the godly men and women that He would have us to be; what He would have us to do in our communities and our churches; to be the light that He wants us to be and the salt that He would turn us into; to call upon God and be the servants that reach out to others and the voices that convey a powerful witness of the living Christ to people with whom we come in contact.

God wants us to come to Him. He wants us to hear from us. The Nov. 7 Prayer STATEment will be a statement about God. It will be a statement about prayer. It will be a statement of the lordship of our living Christ. It will be a statement to all people that prayer makes a difference.

Some have contacted me saying they will not be able to be at the meeting. I certainly understand, and you can pause at noon on November 7 and pray. You may gather together with a circle of friends or family and spend some moments in prayer for our country all the way from Olive Branch to Ocean Springs and everywhere in between. If you can come, load up your car or church van, bring a group of young people or senior adults. Anyone and everyone will be included for this great time of prayer, and your presence will make a statement. Our time and prayer together will also make a statement of prayer to heaven and to our world.

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Jim Futral

Executive Director-Treasurer