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Prayer Peaks Day 2007

Healing the land from on high

  • The 10th annual Prayer Peaks Day is Saturday, June 30 from mountain peaks throughout the U.S. Complete details at: www.prayerpeaks.org


Eleven years ago I was finishing up my three-year study to obtain a Master’s degree in Pastoral Studies at Multnomah Biblical Seminary in Portland, Oregon. While fasting in order to find direction from the LORD as to where I should go after graduating from seminary I was reading the book of Nehemiah. When I came across chapter 2, verse 12, God put in my heart a quick, clear vision of masses of Christians praying for our hurting nation from, specifically, the Colorado Fourteeners — where I climbed and prayed from before moving to Portland. I took this as a specific answer to my seeking the LORD for His direction for my life. I moved back to Colorado to begin serving in God’s church and pursuing this unique national day of prayer movement that became “Prayer Peaks.”

I relayed this vision to a computer graphic designer from Multnomah and he came up with the triangular design that became the logo for Prayer Peaks. The logo is purposely triangular to symbolize the Trinity of our God. The mountainous look to the logo is obvious and there are two “P’s” representing Prayer Peaks — though one is inverted (really a “q” turned back toward the “p”). The center of the logo is the focal point of Prayer Peaks and comes from John’s visit into God’s Throne Room in Heaven in Revelation 5.

We get a glimpse of what John was seeing in heaven when John sees Jesus in glory, even though He still bears the torturous scars that He endured back here on the earth to purchase us for Himself — what an amazing Savior! John continues to tell of four living creatures (a unique order of angels) and 24 elders (representing Old and New Testament leadership and unity) who are surrounding the throne of God and they are holding "harps" and "golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints" (Rev. 5:8). In Revelation 8:3, 4 we read of an angel standing before the altar that is before God offering incense representing our prayers before God, Who loves for us to pray to Him. It’s interesting that the harp represents praise before God and the incense represents our prayers before God — both of which put a smile on our Heavenly Father’s face — for that is our purpose in life — to bring Him glory by communing with Him.

Picture yourself on a peak on Saturday, June 30. If it’s a Colorado Fourteener, great. If any other highpoint (not necessarily even a mountain peak), equally great. We’ve had two young women join us in prayer a few years ago from a field near their home in Denmark, where they don’t have mountains.

Then picture many other Christians on many other peaks throughout Colorado and the nation. Picture us all praising God and interceding on behalf of our nation according to 2 Chronicles 7:14: "If My people who are called by My Name, will humble themselves (easy to do when looking out over a vast landscape and experiencing how miniscule we are compared to the rest of creation) and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways (Psalm 66:18), then will I hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land." What a promise we have from our Mighty God Who is able to do what He said (Ephesians 3:20, 21)! HEALING AMERICA!!!

Imagine how we’d bless the very heart of God with all that fragrant incense being offered up before Him in heaven! Imagine all the angels seeing Christians out of their church buildings and honoring God in His creation, where we may have opportunities to see others come to know Him just by us being there on the trails and peaks.

It’s been 11 years since God gave me this vision and what’s happened to our beloved nation in that time is horrendous: our biggest city has been attacked; our capital city has been attacked and it’s amazing the Capitol building was not destroyed; New Orleans has been devastated; a town in Kansas has recently been reduced to rubble in a tornado; we’ve had the biggest forest fires in the history of California, Colorado and now Georgia; the godless are indoctrinating our kids with the “virtues” of sin and sick ministers are leading the way for legalizing homosexual marriages; the average American is almost $10,000 in credit card debt alone … and on and on.

The best way I can summarize where the U.S. stands is with Judge Roy Moore’s poem. Hopefully, you know about Judge Moore who was sued by the ACLU for displaying the Ten Commandments in his Alabama courtroom foyer. Because of his refusal to take down what is legally allowed to be displayed (they are posted even in the U.S. Supreme Court in D.C. — unless the ACLU wins that battle soon) he was ousted from being a public servant in Alabama. This bold Christian brother wrote:

America the Beautiful,
Or so you used to be.
Land of the Pilgrims pride;
I’m glad they’ll never see.

Babies piled in dumpsters,
Abortion on demand,
Oh, sweet land of liberty;
Your house is on the sand.

Our children wander aimlessly
Poisoned by cocaine
Choosing to indulge their lusts,
When God has said abstain.

From sea to shining sea,
Our Nation turns away
From the teaching of God’s love
And a need to always pray.

We’ve kept God in our temples,
How callous we have grown.
When earth is but His footstool,
And Heaven is His throne.

We’ve voted in a government
That’s rotting at the core,
Appointing Godless judges;
Who throw reason out the door.

Too soft to place a killer
In a well deserved tomb,
But brave enough to kill a baby
Before he leaves the womb.

You think that God’s not angry,
That our land’s a moral slum?
How much longer will He wait
before His judgment comes?

How are we to face our God,
From Whom we cannot hide?
What then is left for us to do,
But stem this evil tide?

If we who are His children,
Will humbly turn and pray;
Seek His holy face
And mend our evil way:

Then God will hear from Heaven;
And forgive us of our sins,
He’ll heal our sickly land
And those who live within.

But, America the Beautiful,
If you don’t – then you will see,
A sad but Holy God
Withdraw His hand from Thee.

On the National Day of Prayer in May, I went to hear John MacArthur preach (he’s been preaching on the radio for 30 years now) to an overflowing crowd at a church in Colorado Springs. His prophetic message to America concurs with what Judge Moore wrote in his poem.

The only hope America has is for us, God’s children to repent for our personal and national sins and seek His face. John MacArthur finished his message with a flare of faith by painting the picture of God turning America back to righteousness to the point where even those who hate God would have to acknowledge Him because of His glory in our land.

I choose to dream about how God can use us to heal our land — even on an annual prayer day from a mountain peak.

I hope to hear from you before the 10th annual Prayer Peaks on June 30 and then again afterwards  to hear about how you and your team met with our living God in a unique way from a peak.

The Word

... if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)

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