George Bush's prayer meeting in the National Cathedral to pray for the nation after 9/11 brought together Christians and Catholics and Muslims and Jews, NOT a formula for success at getting the ear of God. Anybody want to know why the prayers have done us no good, there's your answer. People pray their hearts out for the nation and things get worse. Some good ministries and good solid Christians form these groups or join these groups and don't seem to notice that even their best efforts are going unrewarded. There were a couple of prayer meetings on the day of Obama's inauguration to his second term. Things gotten any better? Why aren't we paying attention to this simple cause and effect? If we appeal to God surely things SHOULD get better. But we have to do it right. We can't pray with antiChristians and be doing it right.
Well, sure enough, the National Day of Prayer is also ecumenical, calling "people of all faiths" to pray together for the nation:
The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation. It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. Our Task Force is a privately funded organization whose purpose is to encourage participation on the National Day of Prayer. It exists to communicate with every individual the need for personal repentance and prayer, to create appropriate materials, and to mobilize the Christian community to intercede for America’s leaders and its families. The Task Force represents a Judeo Christian expression of the national observance, based on our understanding that this country was birthed in prayer and in reverence for the God of the Bible.It talks about the "Christian community" and mentions "reverence for the God of the Bible" but that would include Catholics and even Muslims and Jews depending on how the phrase is understood, because the Jews are of course the people of the Old Testament, and the Muslims revere the Bible along with the Koran. It would also include Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses, cults that consider themselves to follow the Bible.
Also, we are NOT, or were not originally, a "Judeo-Christian" nation. If we are, GOD WILL NOT BLESS US!
It also mentions "personal repentance." Sounds good, sort of, if you don't think too much about it. What we need is God's true people not only repenting personally but repenting on behalf of the nation, and the best place to start is by repenting of the abomination of ecumenical prayer!
How does any Christian think that God would honor prayer by people who deny the essentials of the Christian revelation? This is like calling for prayer to Molech or Dagon along with God, but God clearly denounced all the deviations by His Old Testament people into worshiping both God and the false gods of the nations around. Simply worshiping God without following His instructions is condemned. Yet I've never heard any pastor even mention this offense concerning the National Day of Prayer.
Although certainly the nation could be said to have begun with the original Pilgrims and Puritans who were definitely Christians, and there were many true Christians among the founding generation as well, and at that time and for some time to come the citizens of the nation were at least culturally steeped in the Christian faith, this disaster may actually go back to five of the main Founders who were NOT Christians: Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Franklin and Paine. I'd recommend Chris Pinto's film "Hidden Faith of the Founding Fathers" if you want to see the evidence.
There's plenty of history we could delve into, and the inauguration of this day in 1952 may have been ecumenical from the beginning, and may even have had a worse effect on the nation than the ceasing of prayer in the schools some ten years later, in fact it may have been why that happened.
But all we really need to know is that God will not hear the prayers of those who deny Him or do not worship Him according to His revelation. That's enough to tell us that participating in this event can't possibly benefit the nation and may actually hasten its destruction.
YOU WANT TO SAVE THIS NATION? START BY THROWING OUT THE IDOLS! STOP CONSIDERING CATHOLICISM TO BE CHRISTIAN, THAT'S THE BIGGEST MISTAKE WE MAKE.
START BY REPENTING FOR THE NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER AND OTHER ECUMENICAL SLAPS IN THE FACE OF GOD.