Prayer Trip to America 2015: Observations and Impressionsby Enoch Era on August 18, 2017
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The Prayer of a Minor Prophet by AW Tozer has been a great influence over my life for the last nearly 40 years. I consider him through his writings, as my mentor in absentia.
I have been involved in preaching and teaching of God's word for several years now. I am from India but visit USA once every year to pray in America for America since 2009 as a result of a burden placed by the Lord upon my heart during a visit to the grave of David Brainerd and Jonathan Edwards in Northampton. My prayer journeys in America are funded purely from what the Lord provides me in India. I DO NOT come to America to raise funds nor do I carry any dollars from America back to india after my journeys.
I have also been part of the International Prayer Council meetings since 2006. I have also written for IPC Connet, their monthly e-newsletter
I am sending as attachment a report after one of my prayer journeys in 14 cities in America in 2015. I thought you might be interested.
I have written several articles on the condition of the chruch worldwide. Below is a note of observations and imressions of my prayer journey in America in Oct-Nov 2015:
Prayer Trip America – 2015, 15 Oct – 23 Nov
(Observations and Impressions from the Prayer Walk)
Enoch Era, India
In 2009, on a visit to USA to attend a prayer conference (IPC Conf. in Sept 2009) in New York, Lord laid on me the burden to pray for America. Just before going to the conference I had an opportunity to visit the grave of one of my favourite missionaries, David Brainerd, in Northampton, Massachusetts. David Brainerd (1718-47) was a pioneering missionary to the Native Americans and a man of prayer from whom many lit their lamps for missions. The burden to pray for America was born in my heart at his grave. Lord made it possible for me to visit USA every year after that to pray on the land. This year I travelled to 14 different cities in America and walked through some of them praying for the cities as well as for the nation. Here are some of my observations and impressions.
My first stop was in Colorado Springs to attend the prayer conf. ‘Seeking the face of God for the destiny and deliverance of America’. Nearly 150 prayers leaders and intercessors representing different prayer ministries, from across the country attended. Later I had the opportunity to join with American Intercessors twice over the telephone, in their weekly prayer conference and shared some of my thoughts.
The cities I visited, walked and prayed include Colorado Springs, Denver, Chicago, San Jose, Stanford, San Francisco, Seattle, Dallas, Atlanta, Jersey City, New York, Washington DC, Boston, and Houston. In Chicago and Denver I prayed while driving through the city and prayed for Las Vegas while waiting at the airport to change flights. In the cities where I could walk, I walked in the main downtown areas and the power centres of the city.
One scripture, Lord has given me as I write this is Isaiah 30: 8 – 17: “And now, go, write it on a tablet and inscribe it in a book that it may be for the time to come as a witness forever. For they are a rebellious people and lying children, children unwilling to hear the instruction of the LORD; who say to the seers, “Do not see,” and to the prophets, “Do not prophesy to us what is right; speak to us smooth things, prophesy illusions…”(verse 8-10) – Please read the rest of the verses before proceeding.
I believe that much of the praying that is going on these days seems to be from anxiety and insecurity. There is need for us to learn to pray from a position of ‘Rest in God’. Praying from ‘resting in God’ is to pray in ‘quietness and confidence’ and also praying from a position of victory and authority in Christ1. We do not pray from a position of insecurity or fear but from a position of rest in God, which also means that we are assured in our minds that God has finished his work; that nothing in this world – no power on earth or heaven (neither religious radicalism nor fundamentalism nor military power nor any economic slow-down or any other power) can thwart God’s plans and purposes for man and the universe. He has finished from the foundations of the world all that needs to be done with regard to creation, redemption and the perfecting of his works. We are only participating with him in his ‘finished work’!
I needed to ask myself the question, what are God’s concerns in the world today? I needed to ask this especially in the context of the ‘seeking the face of God for the deliverance and destiny of America’ conference in Colorado Springs. Is God’s concern, the safety and security of America as a nation? I wondered! In fact from Hebrews 12 we learn that God is shaking up everything that can be shaken, so that the things that cannot be shaken may remain. And that we are ‘receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken’. I understood then that God’s concern is His kingdom and the people who belong to that kingdom. This gave me the focus in prayer, to pray for the people of God.
This led me to a further realisation that God’s problem today is not religious fundamentalism, nor ISIS, Taliban nor Al Qaida. God’s problem is not Vladimir Putin, nor Barak Obama. His problem is neither economic, nor environmental nor even energy concerns. I believe God’s problem today, whether in America or anywhere else in the world, is God’s own people and the worldliness among them. As I walked through the cities of America, my major focus in prayer was the people of God in that city and repenting on their behalf for the worldliness among us.
for living? Most of us including our leaders have adopted this as our basic way of living without raising a question. I believe that it is basically an offshoot of capitalism and not one that is modelled
by Christ, our Lord.
The second area of worldliness among us is in the governing models we have adopted to do God’s work and to ‘do the church’; I am referring to both the administrative systems and the physical
structures we have built to run our churches and missions. Practically every model of governance we have in the world today – whether in the corporate world or the church – arise from the
identity-crisis and insecurity we inherited as a result of man’s fall into sin. It is disheartening to see the sad spectacle of God’s people adopting these models of fallenness - pursuing, finding and
revelling in the identity and security that these structures offer rather than in their Lord, God and Master. These are of the world and not of God. How can God use these to build his kingdom?
And by adopting these for our work, are we not leaving ourselves open to God’s judgement and the final shake-up?!
As I listened to others on this trip and prayed with them, I also noticed an undue emphasis being given to financial needs. I do not find money to be a major factor in the life and work of Christ and his apostles. In fact we hardly find them talk about its need or lack of it in their work. I believe that according Matthew 6:24, if our decisions are based upon the availability of money or the lack of it then we ‘serve mammon and not God’. And why do we make budget heavy projects and programmes?
While walking through these cities, I felt the Lord saying to me, “Weep for these cities, Enoch. They have forsaken me and my word”.
In New York, I walked from the UN Headquarters through the Times Square and the Broadway, to the Freedom Towers and on into the Wall Street. As I walked I wondered if man, by building these sky-scrapers was trying to obscure the divine and replace it with the human. It was the ‘man-made’ everywhere. There was hardly any nature to see. Everything around was of man. It was the ‘spirit of Babel’ all around. I began to think of the sky-scrapers as nature-scrapers or creation-scrapers. Lord began to say to me, “Weep, there is no place for me here”. A deep sense of foreboding overcame me, as I sat on a bench at a park, to eat my lunch. I began to sense the Lord saying to me, “I will bring this nation to its knees”. The same sense continued with me later, as I walked through Washington DC, Boston and Houston.
I wondered during my walks that it was not just the line separating truth and error being eroded. But also the line between right and wrong, good and bad, beautiful and ugly and in some instances even clean and dirty was being erased.
On an earlier visit, I was astounded to notice that in America one lives, moves and has his/her being in the synthetic! Practically everything that one touches in ones daily life is synthetic - clothes, beds, floors, walls, vehicles and in some cases even food. I wondered what kind of mindset one develops surrounded by the synthetic. Maybe one begins to think of truth as synthetic as well! Isn’t the church party to it?
What can one say when the ‘spirit of Babel’ possesses God’s people? This was in evidence all around even in the churches and gatherings of God’s people. During the trip one brother in Christ said that he knew of a preacher who talked about three Bs among God’s people – Bodies, Buildings and Budgets! And each one of those must be BIG! Is this not what defines most churches, ministries and leaders? One brief look upon the Christian landscape in America confirms this. If this is not the ‘spirit of Babel’, then what is? I wept and continue to!
finitude. Where are such followers of Christ?
Finally, after walking through the Wall Street I went into the Pine St and began to walk back toward the Path station to go back to Jersey City. At the intersection of the Pine St and William St, there is a cathedral. On the front gable, I read these words, “This is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith”.
nor in the sense of the content of our faith, but the lifestyle of faith as in “The just shall live by faith”. And nothing else can overcome the world. It is significant that these words are to be found right
across the financial power centres of the world.
The fact is that God’s “…works were finished from the foundation of the world.” “And God rested on the seventh day from all his works.” He has not left it to human wisdom or power and not even
to the vagaries of human will and passion. We must enter God’s REST and learn to pray and work from this position of rest in Him. We rest, yet we labour. “Therefore, my beloved brothers, be
steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labour is not in vain.” Sola fida. Sola garcia. Sola scriptura.
1Genesis 2:2; Hebrews 4: 3-4, 9-10; Isaiah 30:15; Romans 8: 31 – 39; Ephesians 1: 19-23.