Thousands gather throughout the United States in corporate prayer to commemorate the day we, Americans, will never forget, Sept. 11. On this day, for the past 8 years, Chicagoans and those in neighboring cities and states have gathered in the loop to pray for our nation under the guidance of Pastor Arthur Guice, the State Coordinator for Cry Out America. In a recent interview he expounds on the necessity of prayer and the alarm sounding for a spiritual awakening.
Cry Out America was established to bring like minded individuals together for the cause of Christ. In a country where religious freedom has been boasted about, as if it is a certified black card to get into heaven, is in a state of spiritual decline. There is a church, if not more, within any given block, however inner cities are boiling over with violence and disparity. What is the remedy to these issues?
Some may have said that having an African American President in office was the cure all. To those who believe this, the decline of the United States did not start with President Barack Obama. The breakdown of the Nation’s morality started when clergymen and women decided not to obey God’s word, the Bible.
Retrospectively, biblically, even though there may have been a judge, king or pharoah as an overall leader, there was a priest or prophet that the leader would consult for spiritual guidance. The survival of that particular people depended on the obedience of the leader to respect the voice of the Lord given through spiritual counsel from the priest or prophet. If the leader obeyed the people prospered, however if the leader chose not to obey, the people suffered greatly.
Pastor Arthur Guice believes that the healing of the land [United States] is the responsibility of the church. According to the Pastor, “Prayer is not necessarily a religious act, [but a] legal contract [to] invite God to have access to our affairs.” Referring to 2 Chronicles 7:14 in the Bible, Pastor Guice believes this is the remedy to what ails America and further profoundly quotes John Wesley, “Man can do nothing apart from God, but God chooses not to do nothing apart from man.”
On this past Sept. 11, Pastor Arthur Guice organized corporate prayer in downtown Chicago at the Daley Plaza Center. The agenda of the day consisted of praying for the “7 Pillars of Society”, which are government, family, worship, education, media, arts and entertainment. Also, prayer for the youth, single moms and the military. However, before prayer commenced the audience was led to repent, based upon the scripture 2 Chronicles 7:14. Once this was done, the crowd worshipped and petitioned God on America’s behalf.
The cry of the United States have reached an all-time high. In order for God to move as in the biblical days, man must repent, turn away from wrong and obey his commandments. Religious affiliation and/or eloquent speech does not meet the criteria for God to turn calamity. One must approach God with a broken and contrite spirit. “The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.” Psalms 34:18 KJV