Prayer Targets: Dave Butts; Netanyahu Warning; Charlotte SOGI; Alabama Court; SCOTUS & Obamacare

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist steadfast in the faith… 1 Peter 5:8-9

Dear Praying Friends:

Dave Butts is chairman of the National Prayer Committee (NPC), president of Harvest Prayer Ministries, and a leader in many other national groups. In 1991, Rev. Butts wrote A New Call for Extraordinary Prayer:

It is very easy to allow our attention to be diverted back to what we call “normal.” Unfortunately, “normal” often means life without God and without a dependence upon Him in prayer. I believe it is vital for us to hold on to our first response…the response of prayer.

The Church desperately needs to both issue and respond to a new call for extraordinary prayer. Extraordinary prayer goes beyond the normal expectations of the past. It is prayer that can bring God’s power to bear on a whole new world facing us–a world of uncertainty, fear and war.

The Bible records times of extraordinary prayer like this. One good example occurred in the Book of Esther. The crisis there concerned the lives of every Jew held captive in Babylon. A decree had been issued that would result in genocide for the Jews. Queen Esther was going to risk her life by going to the King on behalf of her people; however, before she went, she called her people to three days of prayer and fasting for her mission. Extraordinary prayer brought about extraordinary deliverance.

The Book of Ezra gives another good example of extraordinary prayer. Ezra… preparing to lead a group of the exiles back from Babylon to Jerusalem (realized the danger and) that they should not merely presume upon God’s protection. So he called the people to humble themselves and pray and fast over the journey. God heard their prayers and gave them safe passage…

Charles H. Spurgeon, was used by God to bring many into the Kingdom and in the process, a large church was built in London. He challenged his people to extraordinary prayer… He wrote… “Have we not tried to preach without trying to pray? Is it not likely that the church has been putting forth its preaching hand but not its praying hand? O Dear friends! Let us agonize in prayer, and it shall come to pass that (we) shall witness the sighs and groans of the penitent and the songs of the converted”…

In the United States, the Great Awakenings came in response to Christians gathering for extraordinary prayer… Robert Bakke in his wonderful book, The Power of Extraordinary Prayer writes, “It was born out of convictions that say with certainty that, regardless of how bright or dark the hour we live in, God is about to do something greater than He’s ever done before… A great and lucid vision of Christ’s earthly reign was before their eyes–with (people in every nation) united… before the throne of God… It was a compelling vision that would not let Christians rest or let go of God until the rule of God held sway in every aspect of life.”

Has your church made a decision to pray extraordinarily for the working of God’s power? The key … was for Christians to gather together for times of extraordinary prayer–as was the practice of the early Church (see Acts 2:42-47; 4:17-37).

We are living in times that are not “normal.” What has been normal for us in our prayer life and experience of Christianity will not suffice for this hour. God is calling us to extraordinary prayer! How will you respond? (Dave Butts, A New Call for Extraordinary Prayer, 1991, abridged).

The urgency of Dave’s timeless message has grown exponentially. May we all hear and respond!!!

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Prayer Targets: Franklin Graham; Government and Sexual Sin; SOGI’s, RFRA’s, Watchmen on the Wall

But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints… Ephesians 5:3

Dear Praying Friends,

As a young man, Franklin Graham rebelled against his faith and fled his father’s footsteps but later returned wholeheartedly to Christ. Through faith, faithfulness and hard work, over time, he rose to become Chairman of Samaritan’s Purse and later the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA). Graham is a powerful spokesman for Bible-believing Christians across America, courageously addressing the issues of our day with plain biblical truth.

The sexual revolution that began in earnest five decades ago with promises of new and liberating sexual freedoms has instead left behind a shattered moral landscape that has undermined the fabric and foundation of our nation. Casting off what was perceived as the puritanical restraints of previous generations, the ’60s and ’70s launched a new era of sexual experimentation…

The new thinking said cohabitation wasn’t really a problem. Divorce wasn’t nearly as harmful as once thought. Promiscuity presented no clear and present danger to the family unit. Same-sex attraction was perfectly normal. Pornography was little cause for concern. Indeed, an entire industry developed around its spurious allure.

Fifty years later… in many respects the American family is completely unrecognizable, courtesy of a failed sexual revolution that has left a devastating wake of destruction.

In certain segments of American culture, more than 70 percent of children are born to single parents and remain in single-parent households… Nearly half of all marriages end in divorce, and couples who cohabitate before marriage are even more likely to split. Some studies show that … pornography available on the Internet has likely contributed to the declining marriage rate.

The freedoms promised by the sexual revolution have instead given way to ever increasing slavery and captivity to sin. The attempt to cast off moral restraint has only opened wide the devil’s destructive, deadly toolbox… (2 Pet 2:19)…

The pervasive, immoral reach of popular media, which actively promotes every type of sexual misconduct imaginable, constantly agitates against the biblical norms of upright, godly behavior.

The Scripture is clear: “But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you. … For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral… has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God” (Eph 5:3, 5)…

God’s laws and commands are given for our good. Sexuality is a gift from God to be used within His wise restraints. Like the levees that hold back mighty rivers from destructive floods, God’s Word and ways are designed to keep our thoughts, passions and desires in godly bounds…

“The body is not meant for sexual immorality,” wrote the Apostle Paul…”but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body” (1 Cor 6:13)… To flaunt His design is, in essence, to commit idolatry by prizing and delighting in what God hates.

Our culture, like ancient cultures that ultimately were destroyed in large part due to their own moral depravity, has been severely weakened. A stable family unit committed to the truth and precepts of the Bible was once the foundation and backbone of our nation. That model is now the exception, not the rule… The earth, about to be judged by the King of kings and Lord of lords, has become completely intoxicated by wanton pleasures. “For all the nations have drunk … of her (Babylon’s) sexual immorality” (Rev 18:3)…

There is still time to repent. That is why Jesus is delaying His return, “not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). My prayer is that we do not refuse that offer while there is still time (Franklin Graham, The Plague of Sexual Immorality; Decision Magazine, Feb. 2015)

Sexual sins harm everyone: children, teens, women, and indeed all of society, not just the “consenting adults” (see FRC’s Labyrinth of Love, Ambivalence and Sex).

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Prayer Targets: Rabbi Eliyahu Ben-Haim; Holy War; Alabama Marriage; Rekindling the Dream

For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall … deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this? Esther 4:14

Dear Praying Friends,

Rabbi Eliyahu Ben-Haim is the chairman of Intercessors for Israel (IFI). He travels worldwide to preach, teach, pray and leads prayer teams to strategic locations to share Jesus — Yeshua, defend Israel, and call Jewish people to make Aliyah (emigrate to Israel), to prepare the way for the Lord’s return. From IFI’s December issue of Sound of the Shofar:

Tumultuous Times Are Upon Us: 75 – 80 years ago the Jewish people were under attack not just in Germany but in many nations around the world including the USA. Just a few months ago we saw demonstrations in many capitols of Europe and in some American cities calling for “Death to the Jews!” “Cut their throats!” and “Hitler was right!” This is a gross failure to learn the lesson of history from the Nazis and WWII (Ben-Haim wrote this before the horrific Islamist murder of Jews at a Deli in France).

Hatred of the Jews is once again blooming as an evil, poisonous flower. This world ruler of anti-Semitism is once again prowling the earth and being welcomed almost everywhere he goes.

The demonstrations we have seen all over the world reveal the truth. These demonstrators are not just anti-Israel, they hate the Jews. This is anti-Semitism pure and simple… Anti-Semitism did not start with Hitler; it did not even originate in Europe but it has infected Europe and Europeans for more than a thousand years.

During the Second World War representatives of the world wide Jewish community appealed to the American and British Governments to bomb Auschwitz and they were refused. Now the British Parliament has voted (a non-binding motion) to recognize a Palestinian State as have (at the time of writing), the Spanish, French, Irish and Belgian Parliaments. Sweden has already recognized a Palestinian State. The hostility of the Obama administration in the USA towards the Israeli Government has come out into the open in a rather ugly way. It seems that American Secretary of State Kerry and the European Union leaders really are obsessed with forging some kind of deal between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Anti-Semitism will likely be the passion that unites the world in the last days. It will be the spark that plunges the world into a murderous and blood-thirsty darkness that will only end with the return of the Lord. After all, all the nations will not come up against Jerusalem because they love us. (Zechariah 14:2; Jeremiah 12:14-17).

(Ben-Haim documents broken promises harm done to Israel by her supposed friends, including the U.S. Read the article and weep. We have failed Israel repeatedly in moments of crisis).

Now we are waiting to see if American promises to prevent Iran’s becoming a nuclear weapons state are worth the paper that they are printed on (He goes on to document more historic and ongoing abuses of Israel and the Jewish people, then speaks of the March 17, 2015 Election).

The Israeli left is running on a platform of “Anyone but Bibi”… Ntanyahu is under tremendous pressure over his decision to speak to the US Congress on the threat of a nuclear threshold Iranian nation and of Islamic terrorism. He is being attacked by Israeli and American politicians and Jewish leaders, as well as by most of the left-wing media… Pray for Israel and PM Netanyahu (see Sound of the Shofar; Update & Prayer Points)

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Prayer Targets: Unalienable; SCOTUS Opens Texas Clinics; Pastors Subpoenaed; Baghdad; iPledge

And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth? Luke 18:7-8

Dear Praying Friends,

In last week’s Prayer Targets, I introduced Rev. Richard Owen Roberts’ Unalienable Rights. He wrote, “God Himself instituted and regulated human government… designed to guarantee the unalienable rights of both the Creator and the created.” Our forefathers saw as self-evident the transcendent truths enumerated in the Declaration of Independence: 1) that we are the product of a Creator; 2) that the Creator rules by natural and revealed law; 3) that He alone grants unalienable rights, including Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness; <4) that He is the Supreme Judge of the World and thus the final arbiter to whom we appeal our cause; and 5) we should rely on His Providence completely. These truths provide the foundation of our nation.

Supreme Court Helps Texas Abortion Clinics Stay Open – On Tuesday the U.S. Supreme Court intervened to prevent Texas from implementing a new law that requires abortion clinic doctors 1) to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles, and 2) to meet the same building standards required of all other “ambulatory surgical centers.” Insiders say that, at least for Planned Parenthood, the decision to close clinics is strictly a business decision and that implementing the regulations would reduce profit margins — their real motive for operating abortion clinics. The Supreme Court reinstated a U.S. District Court ruling that declared these provisions unconstitutional. The Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans had overruled the District court, allowing the law to take effect while the state appealed the district court ruling. The Supreme Court reversed it again, sending it back to the Circuit Court for further litigation, but without any guarantee they would take up the case again if it found its way back.

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Prayer Targets: Godly Government; Despot Courts; Pastors; Jerusalem; Pentecost Walk; iPledge Sunday!

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. Romans 1:18-19

Dear Praying Friends,

Richard Owen Roberts is founder of International Awakening Ministries (see R.O. Roberts Trust). He studied at Gordon, Whitworth, and Fuller Seminary and pastored churches in Idaho, Oregon, Washington and California. Since 1975, he and his family have lived near Wheaton College, Ill., where his collection of 9,000+ books relating to historic revivals and awakenings serves as nucleus of the Billy Graham Center Library. He has written extensively on these topics:

The sacred record makes clear that God Himself instituted and regulated human government… it was designed to guarantee the unalienable rights of both the Creator and the created.

The founding fathers… understood that government had the capacity to hamper or restrict the rights with which God Himself had endowed His people. Many… had personally experienced the destruction of their own rights by oppressive rulers. It was their profound conviction that when this happened, government should be either altered or abolished and replaced by a new government.

We need to realize that whenever government seeks to grant rights to individuals and classes that God Himself has not endowed, and whenever this granting of rights by humans to humans impinges upon the rights that the Almighty has reserved for Himself, that government ceases to be of God. Neither is it any longer truly for the people, for the best interest of the governed can never be served by a government which elevates itself to the stature of God. When this happens, either the people themselves will alter or abolish their corrupt government, or God will, in His own time and way, accomplish that nation’s destruction.

God has… revealed the specific areas in which He will… control the rights affecting man. These restricted areas were long weighed, regarded, and yielded to by the American people. They are set forth in the Ten Commandments which were, in the early years of our nation, a prominent part of every schoolroom. Their principles were incorporated into our national laws and into the laws of our several states. Included in the realms where God never endowed man with a right of choice are His restrictions on man’s relationship to Himself, the taking of human life, the use of sex, the appropriation of the private property of others, and the regulation of truth and falsehood.

God Alone Is to Be Worshipped – When God endowed man with certain unalienable rights, He did not include the right to worship any god he chose or no god at all. God never granted man the right to worship the god of his own imagination. The God who made man has always insisted that the creature worship and serve his Creator. There is but one true and living God. He, and He alone, is to be worshipped and served. This nation was built on the conviction that there is a Creator God whose mercy is necessary to the well-being of all its peoples. There is no reason to suppose that it was ever the intention of the founding fathers of this nation to grant the freedom to future generations of Americans to make gods of their own imaginations, to worship and serve what they made, and thus to turn this nation from Christianity to paganism. The religious freedom granted by our national documents was not freedom to be irreligious. What was guaranteed was the freedom of every denomination of Christians to practice Christianity according to the dictates of their own consciences. All that was to be required of them was that they demean themselves peaceably and as good subjects of the nation. Our fathers guaranteed that no sect or denomination should ever be established by law, but it was absolutely not their intent to guarantee the right of the godless to turn the nation away from the Christianity upon which it was founded and into a cesspool of iniquitous infidelity. (Unalienable Rights, 1993 – read more at Herald of His Coming).

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Prayer Targets: Political Sermons; VVS; Rising Church; HHS Mandate Again; ENDA; Baghdad Christians

For the Pillars of the Earth are the Lord’s, and He hath set the World upon them. 1 Sam 2:8

Dear Praying Friends:

Dr. Ellis Sandoz is Director of the Eric Voegelin Institute for American Renaissance Studies at Louisiana State University, his alma mater (B.A, 1951; M.A, 1953). The first sermon from Sandoz’s collection of political sermons from the founding era, entitled, “Government the Pillar of The Earth,” was delivered on August 13, 1730 before the Royal Governor of Massachusetts, Jonathan Belcher, by Boston Pastor Benjamin Colman. The text was from 1 Samuel 2:1-10:

Hanna could not have spoken with more loftiness and majesty; more authority and command — to the nobles, rulers, captains and mighty men; … She celebrates the Lord God of Israel, his unspotted purity, his almighty power, his unsearchable wisdom, and his unerring justice…

“He maketh poor and maketh rich, He bringeth low and lifteth up: He raiseth up the poor out of Dust, and lifteth up the Beggar from the Dunghill; to set them among Princes, and make them inherit the Throne of Glory; For the Pillars of the Earth are the Lord’s, and He hath set the World upon them.”

Thus my text is introduced as a reason for those dispensations of God towards a person, a family, or a people… We see then that the natural earth has no pillars, in any proper sense; Neither has the moral earth, (i.e. the inhabitants of it) any, but in a metaphorical sense: And so the princes and rulers of it are called it’s pillars… the text explains it self… speaks of the Bows of the mighty Men, and of the Thrones of Princes, and then adds — the Pillars of the Earth… We are to understand this to mean governors and rulers among men; but not the persons that bear rule, so much as the order itself, government and magistracy. For the persons may be weak and slender reeds, little able of themselves to bear up anything…

The Great God has made the governments and rulers of the earth it’s pillars, and has set the world upon them… Magistrates need be strong, for government is a great weight; and it is laid upon their shoulders. Pillars are also for ornament…those in power and magistracy are to be adorned with superior gifts, powers and beauties of mind to adorn the offices which they sustain… by employing their superior wisdom and knowledge, skill and prudence, discretion and judgment for the public good… Wisdom is both strength and beauty, a defense and ornament.

But then, is the pillar for ornament only? Integrity, uprightness, faithfulness added to knowledge and wisdom, makes men strong and beautiful pillars, whether in church or state. Every man is ready to proclaim his own Goodness; but a faithful Man who can find? Pr 20 … David, that pillar of Israel, came into the government with that noble purpose and resolution, Ps 75. When I shall receive the Congregation, I will judge uprightly. So he fed them in the integrity of his heart, and led them by the skillfulness of his hands. God’s righteousness and faithfulness, justice and judgment, are the foundation of his everlasting government, the habitation of his throne (The entire sermon may be read online at The Belcher Foundation Website. See Political Sermons of the American Founding Era: 1730-1805, 2 vols., Ellis Sandoz, 1998).

Those who govern are vitally important in God’s economy. Scripture charges us, as Jethro did Moses, to select people: “such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness” (Ex 18:21). We must know the candidates and consider supporting those we believe meet God’s test. How must God look upon nearly half of all American Christians who do not vote in presidential years and even less vote in the midterms like this year – the consequences of their inaction being the election of officials who impose upon our nation abortion, same-sex “marriage,” anti-Christian oppression and other evils? As Election Day approaches, we must make sure we are registered to vote, make sure at least two friends are registered, get to know the candidates, help inform our friends and families on the issues, and this time, vote biblical values! Visit 123Vote.com for more and take the 1-2-3 Vote pledge!

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Prayer Targets: Webster & Jay: Vote! iPledge Sunday; Values Voter Summit; Meriam; U.S.-led Coalition

“When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.” Proverbs 29:2

Dear Praying Friends

Election Day is November 4, 2014. Noah Webster, the author of the renowned Dictionary that bears his name and whom some refer to as the “Father of American Education” (see last week’s Prayer Targets), had much to say about American citizenship and the Christian’s stewardship responsibility to vote:

In selecting men for office, let principle be your guide. Regard not the particular sect or denomination of the candidate — look to his character as a man of known principle, of tried integrity, and undoubted ability for the office… Scriptures teach… that rulers should be men who rule in the fear of God, able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness. But if we had no divine instruction on the subject, our own interest would demand of us a strict observance of the principle of these injunctions. And it is to the neglect of this rule of conduct in our citizens, that we must ascribe the multiplied frauds, breaches of trust, peculations and embezzlements of public property which astonish even ourselves; which tarnish the character of our country; which disgrace a republican government…

When a citizen gives his suffrage (vote) to a man of known immorality, he abuses his trust; he sacrifices not only his own interest, but that of his neighbor; he betrays the interest of his country. Nor is it of slight importance, that men elected to office should be able men, men of talents equal to their stations, men of mature age, experience, and judgment; men of firmness and impartiality… It may be held as generally true, that respect spontaneously attaches itself to real worth; and the man of respectable virtues, never has occasion to run after respect (Noah Webster, Letters to a Young Gentleman Commencing his Education, 1823).

John Jay, first Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court wrote:

Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers (Letter from John Jay to John Murray, Jr., October 12, 1816). Whether our Religion permits Christians to vote for infidel rulers is a question which merits more consideration than it seems yet to have generally received, either from the clergy or the laity. It appears to me that what the prophet said to Jehoshaphat about his attachments to Ahab affords a salutary lesson… “Shouldest thou help the ungodly and love them that hate the Lord?” 2 Chr xix, 2 (Letter from John Jay to Jedediah Morse, January 1, 1813. Johnston, Correspondence of Jay from The Founders on Religion, James H. Hutson, 2005).

Congress has recessed until after Election Day allowing members time to devote to their re-election campaigns. Voters will decide who will occupy all 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 1/3 of the 100 U.S. Senate seats. Whom we elect will be highly consequential, given the troubles our nation faces and the perilous times in which we live.

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Prayer Targets: Rev. Joshua Thomas; Obamacare Abortion; ISIS Strategy; China, IRS, Ebola, VVS, More

God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another. Psalm 75:7

Dear Praying Friends,

Star Spangled Sunday, our 200th anniversary celebration of the National Anthem and the turning point in the War of 1812 was powerful. In September 1814, after burning the White House, the U.S. Capitol, and Washington, D.C., the British Army and Navy targeted Baltimore with all their firepower. But a sniper killed the leading British General and the Maryland Militia and U.S. Army effectively resisted. The Royal Navy then attacked Fort McHenry. Beyond reach of U.S. cannon, British warships barraged Fort McHenry with hundreds of tons of cannonballs, bombs, and rockets. Francis Scott Key, aboard a British ship on diplomatic business, slept lightly amid cannon fire, rose early and rushed to see if our flag “was still there,” flying over the Fort. Against all odds, it was. The fleet ceased fire and moved speedily out of Baltimore Harbor and down the Chesapeake Bay. Key was moved to pen what is now our National Anthem. As in previous and subsequent American wars, God’s Hand was evident. But a Maryland preacher named Joshua Thomas played an important role in this lost episode in our history. The Methodist circuit rider traveled by canoe from island to island on the Chesapeake Bay to preach the gospel. It was on Tangier Island, Thomas’ home, that the British fleet made their headquarters.

Before they left Tangier, they sent me word to be ready to hold a public meeting, and exhort the soldiers… I thought and prayed over the matter, and it came to me that I must stand up for Jesus as a good soldier… It was arranged to be on their last Sunday… Early that morning, the flags were hoisted, the drums beat… the soldiers were all drawn up in solid columns, about twelve thousand men… I stood on a little platform … nearest the shore, all the men facing me with their hats off… As I looked around on my congregation, I never had such feelings in my life; but I felt determined to give them a faithful warning, even if those officers… would cut me in ‘pieces… After singing and prayer… all fear and embarrassment were taken away… I said, that Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners.’ I told… how He saved me from sin… and thanked them and their Admiral for the kindness they manifested to us… but I could not bid them God speed… I warned them of the danger and distress they would bring upon themselves and others by going to Baltimore with the object they had in view… that God said, “Thou shall not kill.” If you do, he will judge you at the last day; or, before then, he will cause you to “perish by the sword.” I told them it was given me from the Almighty that they could not take Baltimore, and would not succeed in their expedition… to prepare for death, for many of them would in all likelihood die soon, and I should see them no more till we met at the sound of the great trumpet before our final Judge.”

The service concluded, many stepped up… and said they hoped it would not go so hard with them as he had foretold. He shook his head, and said he felt that many that day had received their last call… (With) steady persistence… he predicted the defeat… The army had hitherto met with but feeble resistance… Bladensburg…Washington… Alexandria capitulated without resistance, and now with concentrated force, the whole squadron pours its flushed and confident thousands on Baltimore… In the face of all the probabilities… Joshua Thomas expressed a conviction… You cannot take it! …Perhaps he remembered that thousands in that city were on their knees, morning, noon, and night, interceding with God! That some of his acquaintances… who by their success in prayer… had displayed power with God, were in the city, and formed its rampart and defense, in unseen agency with the Lord Jehovah! …The proud fleet weighed anchor, and with pennants streaming, decks bristling with the machinery of war, stood up the Bay, and left the anxious islanders awaiting the issue (Adam Wallace, The Parson of the Islands, Ch.9 1861).

Numerous parallels exist between America in 1814 and today.

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Prayer Targets: Noah Webster; Common Core; 9/11 Anniversary; Benghazi; Vote to Curtail Free Speech

Except the LORD shall build the house, they labor in vain that build it: except the LORD shall keep the city, the watchman waketh in vain. Psalm 127:1, Webster Bible

Dear Praying Friends,

Noah Webster (1758-1843) believed American children should read American history and learn from American, not British books. His grammar-speller-reader, popularly called the “blue-backed speller” was used to teach American children for over 100 years. The book was selling a million copies per year, 20 years after his death. Royalties from that book afforded Webster time for public service; to produce the first New English Bible translation in 250 years; and, over 27 years, to expand his first American Dictionary to over 70,000 words. Webster, known as the “Father of American Education,” helped create a common American language.

Every child in America should be acquainted with his own country. He should read books that furnish him with ideas that will be useful to him in life and practice. As soon as he opens his lips, he should rehearse the history of his own country; he should lisp the praise of liberty, and of those illustrious heroes and statesmen, who have wrought a revolution in her favor.

A selection of essays, respecting the settlement and geography of America; the history of the late revolution and of the most remarkable characters and events that distinguished it, and a compendium of the principles of the federal and provincial governments, should be the principal school book in the United States. These are interesting objects to every man; they call home the minds of youth and fix them upon the interests of their own country, and they assist in forming attachments to it, as well as in enlarging their understanding.

“Montesquieu observe, that the laws of education ought to be relative to the principles of the government.” In despotic governments, the people should have little or no education, except what tends to inspire them with a servile fear. Information is fatal to despotism…

In our American republics, where (government) is in the hands of the people, knowledge should be universally diffused by means of public schools. Of such consequence is it to society, that the people who make laws, should be well informed… I do not mean merely a knowledge of spelling books, and the New Testament. An acquaintance with ethics, and with the general principles of law, commerce, money and government, is necessary for the yeomanry of a republican state…

This school should be kept by the most reputable and well informed man in the district… The virtues of men are of more consequence to society than their abilities; and for this reason, the heart should be cultivated with more assiduity than the head… (Noah Webster, “On the Education of Youth in America,” The Founders’ Constitution).

Webster’s American Dictionary of the English Language (1828) contains six thousand Bible references. He wrote, “Education is useless without the Bible” (Webster’s Dictionary 1828)

With the exception of Ronald Reagan, every President since FDR has proposed sweeping federal reforms to fix public education, yet our children are farther behind and less prepared than any time in modern history. Morals, too, are at a low. Is it time, yet again, for new politically correct federally enforced standards and controls?

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Prayer Targets: Floyd on Fasting; Christian Genocide; Hope for Marriage; a Holy Fast; Israel; More

Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting. Matthew 17:21

Dear Praying Friends,

Dr. Ronnie Floyd, current President of the Southern Baptist Convention, in his 2009 book told how prayer and fasting changed his life and his congregation. What he learned has helped pastors and churches of many denominations. His message is needed now, more than ever.

Forty-Day Corporate Fast – On several occasions in our history, we have led the church to be a part of a forty-day fasting journey. I am not talking about individuals doing forty days by themselves, but the church going for forty days. Individuals would be challenged to fast one day during that forty days or however many days they desired during that period of time.

Our church has done forty-day corporate fasting for evangelistic events. In 1993… we were praying and fasting for one thousand people to come to Christ over a seven-day period of time… Miraculously… in that one week we witnessed more than twenty-six hundred people come to saving faith in Jesus Christ. All for Jesus! God heard our cry in prayer and fasting and did what only God could do. It was incredible!

We have done forty-day corporate fasting for revival, and … for a mighty outpouring of the Holy Spirit to be upon our church… Our heart has always been for America so this was also in relationship to our nation as well. Prayer and fasting really give me the heartbeat that God is going to bring a mighty revival to America that will cross over all cultural, racial, ethnic, and denominational lines. Before Jesus returns, I believe we will see it occur…

A guide is important when you are leading your church in prayer and fasting….

Spiritual Goal - Fasting is abstinence from food with a spiritual goal in mind. The prayer guide defines the goal specifically and leads everyone to pray toward that goal… Oneness - a guide helps create a sense of unity. It promotes unity of spirit and oneness of heart. There is something unusually dynamic when we focus on the same thing together… Just knowing someone else, or twenty people, or five hundred people are praying at the same time for the same thing can elevate the entire church… Specificity - Powerful praying occurs when you pray specifically. Can you imagine your entire church praying for the same spiritual goal in complete oneness with one another and even with specificity over each request? Powerful! Life changing! God-sized results! Consistency - When you have a spiritual goal before you, knowing others are praying with the same specific prayer guide, you will be consistent in the journey… we organize most things, but at times we do not organize prayer. The Holy Spirit can lead you in the plan (and) the process.

RISING UP – I am not sure anything is more powerful than the church rising up to pursue God through the disciplines of prayer and fasting. While the walls around us seem too high, too deep, and too thick to overcome, through prayer and fasting each wall can be crushed and destroyed. When the church comes together in prayer and fasting, a mighty army is rising up to ascend the hills toward God, and NOTHING can stand in its way. For too long the world has seen what the church can do. Now is the time for the world to see what God can do through the church! … Prayer and fasting are God’s gateway to spiritual breakthroughs. Prayer and fasting will lead your church to experience God (Floyd, Power of Prayer and Fasting, 2009).

Dr. Bill Bright challenged Ronnie Floyd to fast for 40 days and it changed his life. Now he is calling for a trans-denominational prayer and fasting movement as the greatest hope for revival in our churches and nation (listen to Tony Perkins’ Interview with Dr. Floyd).

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