The U.S. Calls On "National Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem"

Protestant, Catholic and Jewish leaders from around the world are endorsing an international "Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem," to be held annually on the first Sunday of October. It is such an urgent call to gather everyone and pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Thousands of churches globally are expected to unite in this effort on this year Sunday, October 3.

Endorsers of this effort include its co-founders, Jack Hayford and Robert Stearns, plus NAE President Ted Haggard, Mission America Chairman Paul Cedar, CBN Chairman Pat Robertson and President Michael Little, National Religious Broadcasters Chairman Glenn Plummer, Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias, Kenneth Copeland, Michael W. Smith, Pat Boone, and Janet Parshall etc.

Two-Day Convocation will be held May 20-21 in New York to affirm and sign a proclamation of establishing the Day of Prayer on the first Sunday of October annually. Many pastors, ministry leaders, and heads of denominations are already cooperating in this call and have committed to have their congregations praying for the Peace of Jerusalem.

The Signing Event will begin with a Prayer Banquet. It will be held on May 20 at the Hilton Hotel Manhattan, May 20. At that time, the charter signing of the "Call to Prayer" will take place. In the following day, there will be a Special Diplomatic Prayer Briefing at the Israeli Consulate hosted by Ambassador Alon Pinkas for sponsors of the event. At the same time, special strategic planning sessions will take place at the Empire State Building to build local church and city-wide models and empower grassroots volunteers in preparing to call the nation to this annual Day of Prayer.

Until now, Leadership Committees are already forming in Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, and other nations to join with the global effort, and there has been communication from church leaders from as far away as Australia who plans on mobilizing believers in their nation.

Stearns, co-chairman of the call to prayer, says, "We must realize the hour in which we are living. Throughout the world dark forces are at work, seeking to destroy the Judeo-Christian world and Western Civilization as we know it. This gathering is a strategic time in which both Jewish and Christian leaders can affirm the importance of faith, the value of unity, and a commitment to pray for Israel and the Peace of Jerusalem."

Jack Hayford says, "We are living in a sobering moment in history that calls us, as people of God to fulfill our biblical mandate to pray for the peace of Jerusalem, and to stand against the alarming rise of anti-Semitism. We are not to be passive; we are called to pray with passion, to intercede. This is not about politics; this is about the Word of God."

Well-known Christian apologist Dr. Ravi Zacharias adds, "Prayer is the only means that will ultimately change hearts in this troubled part of the world."

Dr. Jack Hayford, one of America's most respected pastors, along with Rev. Robert Stearns, Rev. Ted Haggard, Dr. Paul Cedar, Rev. Dick Eastman, and dozens of other leaders are calling upon "all men and women of prayer"throughout the world to assemble in New York City for an urgent two-day convocation on May 20-21, 2004

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