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Major charismatic leaders are launching a spiritual counterattack after darkness entered the land on Sept. 11, 2001.
"What the enemy did with offensive in the 2001 9/11 attack, we're going turn it around make offensive for the Spirit on Sept. 11, 2017," Don Black, president and CEO of Cornerstone Television Network, tells Charisma News. "This is a counterattack. The day has laid there in vain for last 16 years. What we've asked [President Donald] Trump to do is to make it a national day of prayer, fasting and repentance. This has not happened for 100 years, since Woodrow Wilson in World War I, and we've not had it since. No president had courage to call for that detail of spiritual proclamation."
It's all part of In God We Trust: From Triumph to Tragedy, a program to be broadcast Sept. 11 that will feature prominent charismatic leaders including Jonathan Cahn, Alveda King, Pat Robertson and more.
Unites States presidents have a long history of crying out to Providence during times of national crisis. But it has nearly been 100 years since President Woodrow Wilson last called for a Day of Prayer, Fasting and Repentance. That occurred in 1918, near the end of World War I. With the growing threat of terror at home and around the world, the time has come for people of faith to bind together and declare our trust and dependence in God.
With your leadership, we will unite and humble ourselves before the benevolent hand of Almighty God and ask Him to keep our nation, the United States of America, her leadership, citizens, armed forces and first responders, safe from attack both from radical foreign enemies and domestic ideologies that are dedicated to our destruction.
This we ask with gratitude for your wise leadership and steady hand.
In God We Trust!
It's not just the petition, though. The network will follow the Jewish schedule of prayer times to allow viewers to join the intercession.
"We're going to enter into time unified prayer for repentance," Black says. "Mark Taylor is leading season of repentance because he feels that anointing on him to lead this prophetic repentance. We feel the Lord wants us to repent for a purpose. It's not just, 'Lord, forgive me for my sins,' but a powerful prophetic season of repentance."
Taylor is a former firefighter who prophesied Trump's victory.
"What Mark and I are doing, we are both going before the Lord asking him specifically what we should be repenting for, specifically how to repent, and [we believe God will] speak through gifts of prophecy," Black says. "God wants us to repent. He wants effective, efficient and fervent repentance. The body of Christ needs to confess for the church in America. ... In Revelation, when John wrote to churches, they were prophetic seasons of repentance. He told each church what [it needed] to repent of. The Lord was using prophet in John to convey to his church warnings. Prophetic repentance is where the power is so we can have clean hands pure and a pure heart before the Lord."
Black is also calling for a time of fasting during the day as part of the spiritual offensive against the enemy.
"God has ordained us, and I believe this nation has a unique calling, a distinctive calling as people group," Black says. "The United States of America was founded by God's sovereignty for His purposes. The United States of America's purpose by the Founding Fathers to today is to take the gospel to the world, shining the gospel light, God's way to a darkened world. Our destiny, our mandate, is to see the Great Commission fulfilled. This campaign is one of many callings of the Lord to come back to our roots, recognize our enemy, and battle with the enemy. ... It's time for those folks to rise up and turn back so we can finish our mission. The Lord doing this across multiple fronts, and asking us to rise up and be salt and light in tasteless world."
Jessilyn Justice @jessilynjustice is the director of online news for Charisma.