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Don Black, President and CEO of Cornerstone Television Network, IGWT, an alliance of broadcasting networks, is calling on President Donald Trump to claim Sept. 11 as an official day of prayer in the United States. On September 11, 2017, Cornerstone Television and other outlets will expand their significant efforts through the live streaming and broadcasting of special programming to gather people together virtually, encouraging them to join in prayer, fasting and repentance. Gov. Mike Huckabee and Dr. Pat Robertson will be contributing to the television special.

“Our message is simple, we want to take back a day that was used for evil and, instead, redeem it for good,” said Black, who volunteered to help people a week after the tragedy. He worked with relief organizations to find people who were still under the rubble. “I don’t think we were attacked by people, we were attacked by evil. The evil caused the destruction and damage to all those people and really to the fabric of our nation. Fear has become very prevalent and we’ve seen it escalate over these 16 years.”

Black’s point is piercing and honest as headlines taunt us with fear on a daily basis. As a broadcaster, Black and the network, hailing from Pittsburgh, Pa., wanted to dispel the darkness we face as a nation and as Christians. By bringing Christian and Jewish leaders together Black hopes they can take the tragedy of 9/11 and transform it into a triumph through prayer. This will hopefully offset the trepidation people are feeling.

In Chronicles, we’re told God will move. There’s a caveat, however, and that’s humility. “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 I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

“With the growing threat of terror at home and around the world, this is the time for Christians to act,” said Black. “We must reclaim our nation and return it to its original intent. If we miss this opportunity, it may be gone forever. We haven’t really faced the issue and that’s in the spiritual world.”

Everything starts as an idea and the concept of making 9/11 a day of reflection is long overdue. It should either become an official day of prayer or an official day of remembrance in America like Memorial Day. It’s been nearly 100 years since a similar presidential proclamation was issued. In 1918, President Woodrow Wilson dedicated a day for prayer, fasting and repentance at the end of World War I.

But Washington is a closed world.

“If we hear nothing from the Captial or from the White House, our campaign is still successful because we have 100,000 people joining us on Monday. The heart of the matter is prayer and the icing on the cake is the White House recognizing our need to pray.” President Trump called for Sept. 10 to be a day of prayer for victims of Hurricane Harvey, which pummeled Houston and surrounding communities and Black feels they do acknowledge the significance of prayer.

In the meantime join Black for this special programming via its syndicated group and live-streamed content through www.ingodwetrust.tv and www.facebook.com/CornerstoneTV.

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