The idea began as a column suggestion floated less than a week ago by Joseph Farah, founder and CEO of WND.com, the world's leading independent internet news source.
Today "9/11/13: A National Day of Prayer and Fasting" has become a movement that's literally sweeping the nation. No one is more surprised than Farah himself, who just a few days after the publication of the commentary he published calling for September 11, 2013 to be "A National Day of Prayer And Fasting" to beseech God's help in what he calls, "saving America from itself," now finds himself inundated with support and media attention.
"Was I ever shocked," he notes. "By 8:00 AM Friday my email inbox was running over with enthusiastic support for the idea with more than 1,000 people letting me know they would be participating and enlisting friends, family members, church groups, Bible studies and neighbors. They were marking the date on their calendars. The only reservation I heard was that the date was nearly five months away. They wanted to do something sooner."
Because of the overall response by email, Farah is asking supporters of the idea to register their intent to participate to help spread the plan virally.
As his original column pointed out: "When America's founders faced challenges they often had the wisdom and insight to call for a national day of prayer and fasting. America is facing challenges today that, in many ways, rival anything we've seen since the start of World War II."
Joseph Farah has proven to be one of the most influential and passionate activist voices for the Christian worldview in today's mainstream media. He writes one of the only daily columns in journalism for WND.com. His columns, distributed by Creator's Syndicate, are eagerly sought out by millions of people each month. Prior to founding WND.com (formerly WorldNetDaily), Joseph Farah established significant journalist career influence in the worlds of print, newspapers and radio as well as becoming a best selling author.
Earlier this year, Farah launched a much publicized national billboard campaign featuring the Ten Commandments. With his billboards popping up in stragetic locations such as Las Vegas, the messaging has already hit highways in ten states with a target goal for hundreds of billboards to appear coast to coast within the year. He's outspoken on the purpose behind the signage. "The Ten Commandments have been banished from our schools, our coutrooms and our law schools. They've even been banished from some of our churches and synagogues. Look at what has become of America since. It's time to roll them out on highways and byways, in big cities and small towns so no one is without excuse in knowing the moral code that the One True God gave us to govern ourselves in this country."
He feels the "call to America" involved in this latest movement is a true mandate.
"I'm hearing now not only from regular American's from coast-to-coast, but also from members of Congress, from top Christian leaders, even from the media," Farah notes.
His reasons for the "call to America" are ones torn from today's headlines:
- The concerted effort to re-define marriage as any union between people, regardless of sex, possibly even regardless of the number of participants in that union and possibly even regardless of the status of the blood relationship between them.
- America continues to abort the unborn by the millions and has now moved further in the direction of euthanasia on both ends of the life spectrum-possibly even making it a matter of national state-controlled health care mandates.
- American foreign policy seems directionless, no longer with primary concerns being national security, but in fostering and fomenting change for the sake of change and breaking down the barriers of national sovereignty.
- Government seems determined to enforce a monopoly on force by making it more difficult for Americans to exercise their constitutionally protected right to procure and bear arms.
- Government and cultural institutions are breaking down pillars and principles upon which self-government has been built.
- Government is building up its authority and diminishing the role of God as the supreme authority in the lives of free people.
"People are already beginning to pray for repentance and revival," Farah notes. "They're recognizing the government is hopelessly broken and the culture is breaking down. Man's conventional answers are not going to work."
Farah personally become convinced of this more than a year ago when be began producing what became the most successful faith movie of 2012-2013 -"The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment." Based on Jonathan Cahn's record breaking best-selling book, "The Harbinger," the movie had a profound impact on Farah.
"The people of America are responding predictably to today's culture by doing what's right in their own eyes-as the people of Israel did before their judgment," he writes.
"No longer does Washington see itself as a servant to the people, but rather as their master. How can we save America? What would our founders do if faced with such predicaments? Those of us who understand the challenges we face for the very survival of America as we have known it as one nation under God must start planning now to do something radical."
That something is the 2013 nationwide day of prayer, fasting, and humility.
Can a day of fasting and prayer for America really make a difference?
Joseph Farah thinks so -and the wave of those that agree is rapidly building.