General Superintendent David K. Bernard’s Remarks and Prayer
at the National Apostolic Day of Prayer Event in Washington, DC, May 4, 2018
Hallelujah. Praise the Lord, church. Hallelujah. Hallelujah. We welcome the presence of the Lord. Thank you, Bishop Brooks, for organizing this meeting [of] the Apostolic Fellowship Summit of the seven Jesus Name, Apostolic, Pentecostal organizations. Titles are not important, but I think representing the diversity of our fellowship is important, so I’m David K. Bernard, the General Superintendent of the United Pentecostal Church International. I’m the chairman of the [UPCI] Global Council which represents 190 nations and 35 territories [and] chancellor of Urshan Graduate School of Theology and Urshan College. But we’re going to go to God in prayer today, right now. And so, let’s pray together.
Our heavenly Father, we thank you so much for your many blessings to us. Thank you, Lord, for freedom of religion that allows us to come right into our nation’s capital and proclaim truth. Thank you, Lord, for economic opportunity that’s given us the provisions. We know this is not a perfect nation, but we are thankful for the many blessings that you have provided to us. Lord we’re thankful for people who believe in the Bible and believe in You, no matter who they are. We know that yesterday was the National Day of Prayer, and this [event] is not in rivalry or opposition but in coordination; we want to add our voice to everyone who calls on the Lord, because we know that you honor faith wherever it is found.
But we do feel, Lord, that we are the people of the Name, that you have called us for this hour, that we have come to the Kingdom for such a time as this. And we’re nothing without You. We’re not great; we’re not talented or capable in our own merit; we do not come boasting or bragging in anything that we could do. But we do feel, Lord, that we need to let our voice be heard as the people of the name of Jesus, as the people who are filled with the Holy Spirit speaking in tongues, as people who know the one true God. And if we know that the one true God has been manifested in the flesh as the Lord Jesus Christ, we believe that we need to let our voice be heard, that we need to participate.
Lord, we are people that are seeking holiness, seeking to manifest You in our daily life by our conduct, our behavior, our dress, our attitude, our spirit, our relationships. So Lord, we believe it’s important for all of us as Apostolic believers from every background, from every walk of life, from every organization, from every race, from every language, to come together and say, we are your people. We are the people of the Name. And we unite our prayer and our faith in calling upon You, Lord, to bless our nation, to give us the continued freedom to preach the gospel, O Lord, to work in our nation to give us an unprecedented, end-time, worldwide revival. Your prophet Joel said in the last days that You would pour out your Spirit upon all flesh. And we’re claiming that promise today. If the apostle Peter could proclaim it on the Day of Pentecost, how much more can we proclaim it two thousand years later! We’re asking for a mighty outpouring the Holy Spirit that would sweep this nation and that would sweep this world.
As You taught us to pray, our Father which art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name. We want to honor You. We glorify You. And we’re thankful, Lord, that not only do we know your name of Old Testament times, Jehovah or Yahweh, but we know that New Testament name, the name that is above every name, the only name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved, the name that means, Jehovah has become my Savior. We call on the name of Jesus today. We exalt the name of Jesus today. We glorify the name of Jesus. You are Lord and Savior. You are our God. We exalt the name of Jesus. We glorify the name of Jesus. O Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Praise God. Praise God. Praise God.
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done. It’s not about our organization or our ministry or our ego, but truly help us to humble ourselves. Help us to seek your face and your will. I know your will is not that any should perish but all would be saved. I know that your will, even though we have many local churches and many different organizations, I know your will is for us to have a oneness of spirit, not only oneness in doctrine, but oneness in love, oneness in fellowship, oneness in worship, oneness in prayer. Lord, let your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
Lord, give us this day our daily bread. We do have needs. There are many different needs represented here today, and so we mention these in passing. Lord, we ask you to supply the needs of each church, each congregation, each saint.
Forgive us our debts and our sins, our trespasses, as we forgive those who have trespassed against us. We know the church is not perfect. There are times we’ve suffered because of dissension and strife. There are times we’ve been guilty of racism and prejudice. There are times that we’ve been guilty of ego and materialism. There are times we’ve been guilty of pride and there are times we’ve neglected holiness and exalted self. There are times that we’ve pushed for our own agenda instead of your agenda. There are times, Lord, that we’ve seemingly even been willing to compromise truth in order to gain some kind of popularity or significance. But, Lord, forgive us of anything and everything.
Help us to be faithful to You. Help us to be loyal to You. Help us to hold on to the apostolic doctrine. Help us to be people who love holiness. Help us to be people who transcend every difference of color or race or national origin or socio-economic status or language. Whatever categories may divide people, let it not be so among us. But let us truly represent Heaven. Just as we hope to gather around the throne in Heaven, let us gather here on earth and glorify You as one people, as one body, as one church, committed to one name, who has one Spirit. Hallelujah! Praise God. Praise God.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Lord, we do know the devil is attacking. We know the world is getting more and more worldly. There has always been sin, but it seems that sin is being glorified and promoted more than ever before by the media, the entertainment industry, the political society, and in every way. But, Lord, help us not to be harsh or hateful or legalistic or narrow in the sense—we love everyone. Help us to love the people of our world. Help us to respect those who’ve chosen different paths. But at the same time, let us be faithful to truth and let us walk in godliness and righteousness and true holiness. Lord, don’t let us go astray into false doctrine or into compromise of lifestyle, or don’t let us fall prey to the temptations of the world around us or the flesh inside of us or the attack of the devil. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
Lord, we can’t stand by our intellect. We can’t stand by our education or our finances or our ability. You’ve blessed many of us with beautiful buildings and beautiful choirs, but we can’t rely upon any of those things. Lord, we need your help; we need your guidance. We need the power of the Holy Ghost. O Lord, we rebuke the devil in the name of Jesus, right here from Washington, DC throughout the whole nation. We rebuke the attack of the devil upon our people. We rebuke the attack of the devil upon our society. We claim power in the name of Jesus. We break every chain. We loose every bond. We set the captives free. In the name of Jesus. In the name of Jesus. In the name of Jesus. Liberty to the captives—deliverance! For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Let all the people praise the Lord. Let all the people say amen. For thine is the kingdom, the power, the glory, forever and ever.