Prayer Targets: Graham Tour; Elections; ObamaCare; Abortion & SCOTUS; Pastors & Prayer in Florida

If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do? Psalm 11:3

Rev. Franklin Graham, son of Dr. Billy Graham, has risen to a remarkable level of spiritual leadership in America, as both President and Chairman of Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA). Graham boldly addresses the controversial issues of our day with plain biblical truth. These excerpts are from Graham’s Calling the Nation to Repentance:

I believe we are perilously close to the moral tipping point for the survival of the United States of America… For centuries, our country has stood brightly as a “city upon a hill,” defending freedom abroad, and affirming our spiritual heritage as one nation under God.

In recent decades, however, that enduring foundation and heritage have been under relentless and vicious assault… There now exists deep-seated antagonism and hostility toward Christianity in every seat of power in this nation—government, media, courts and education. It has become open season on Christians. Sin is openly celebrated and flaunted by the highest office in our land, and men and women of deep and sincere faith are publicly scorned.

I refuse to bow or bend… to be silent and watch the future of our children and grandchildren be offered up on pagan altars of personal pleasure and immorality… Daniel foretold dark days for Israel, but declared, “the people who know their God shall stand firm and take action” (Dan 11:32).

That’s why on Jan. 5, [we began] in Des Moines, Iowa… a nationwide series of meetings… the most crucial we have ever conducted. We call it the Decision America Tour, and by early autumn, I will have been to all 50 state capitals, preaching the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and asking for God to heal our spiritually sick—and dying—land.

In every state, we’ll be inviting believers to come and stand with us, and unbelievers to put their faith in Jesus Christ. The schedule for several months is HERE. More dates will be released soon. If you are unable to come, you can still watch the live webstream…

I will ask the audience in each state three specific things.

First and foremost, I want people to pray for our land and our leaders. Despite what the New York Daily News says, God can fix this. He works powerfully and effectively through prayer. Prayer calls on omnipotent, omniscient God to accomplish His sovereign will…

Second, I want to encourage God’s people to go to the polls, not just to elect our president but also for local and state elections. In the 2012 elections, an estimated 17 million evangelical Christians did not vote – more than enough to tip an election that was decided by 5 million votes…

Make sure you check the qualifications for every candidate. See where they stand on crucial moral issues like abortion and same-sex marriage. Cast your ballot for those who stand boldly for biblical truth…

Third, engage in the civic process wherever you can. Think what a huge difference it can make if godly men and women are elected to offices across this nation. They will have opportunities to positively influence our neighborhoods, communities and schools. Perhaps we can check the decaying spread of policies promoted by those with hostile anti-Christian agendas.

I don’t believe the foundation laid by our forefathers is destroyed, but it certainly is cracked and crumbling. We may face trials. Psalm 11:5 says, “The Lord tests the righteous.” But He promises that He will not leave us nor forsake us (Dt 31:6). The rest of Psalm 11 assures us that God is on His throne in the heavens; that He hates wickedness and violence, and He loves justice.

For America’s sake, Christians need to pray, vote, and work hard in our cities and towns to be a clear voice for God’s eternal truth and His redeeming love. I hope God will use the Decision America Tour as a spark for revival and awakening in our nation. My confidence and trust is completely in His mercy and grace (Franklin Graham, January 2016, edited for space; Read the entire article in Decision Magazine).

More on the 2016 Elections –As Graham wrote, “we are perilously close to the moral tipping point for the survival of the United States of America.” The people we elect to public office and the policies they champion will determine, in large part, the destiny of America. How we vote is an expression of our own Christian character and obedience to God, especially given Christ’s mandate that we be salt and light in the world. How could we, who have enjoyed ordered liberty, unprecedented in the history of the world, be so ungrateful as to not vote or to vote and disregard our biblical values? If we lose America, God forbid that it be because Christians did not take their responsibility to vote their values, especially in 2016!

Our Constitutional Republic was born because America’s founding era pastors preached the word of God pertaining to elections. They taught qualifications God requires of civil leaders (see Ex 18:21). The American people read their printed sermons with enthusiasm (see 1/27/16 Prayer Targets). But a recent study shows that even among Christians registered in church voter registration drives, only about half actually vote. This is a pitiful commentary on the church today. Pew Research Center reports that the number of voters who have no qualms about supporting an atheist for president has grown from 32% in 2007 to 41% today, not including 6% who would prefer an atheist. Only 51% of Americans say they would be less likely to vote for an unbelieving president. True liberty is not possible for a nation that does not believe and welcome the God of the Bible (see 2 Cor 3:17). Because our nation was founded upon faith in God as Creator and Supreme Judge of the World from whom our rights derive, it is critical that Americans choose a man whose values, life and proven record demonstrate a faith in and fear of the God of the Bible.

Read Joel Rosenberg’s analysis of the Christian vote in 2012. If the hostility toward Christians and the loss of religious liberty we have seen during the past eight years continues, we will see wholesale persecution of Christians in America in the not-too-distant future. If the church does not take a stand in an important election such as we now face, will it stand when jobs and careers are on the line because of the deeply held beliefs of its members? Will it stand when obedience to Christ requires disobedience to civil and other authorities who are commanding obedience to immoral policies, ordinances and laws? May this loss of religious liberty and the hostility toward Christians motivate each of us to pray and act in 2016 as never before! (See WSJ Debate & Primary CalendarActs 20:28 Pastors; 2016 Pew Poll; Rosenberg on Election 2012; Iowa Evangelical Turnout; Free to Believe).

  • Pray that God’s people across America will be “salt and light” and that they will pray, share their faith, and exercise their responsibility to vote as never before. May they follow the example of believers in Iowa, who turned out in massive numbers. May they vote in keeping with the Lord’s instruction to choose leaders who are “1) capable, 2) fear God, 3) love truth and 4) hate dishonest gain” (Ex 18:21; Ps 110:3; Mt 5:13-16; 28:18-20; 1 Cor 4:2).  

Finally FRC’s Watchmen on the Wall, Vision America, Florida Family Policy Council, and Liberty Counsel partnering with The Awakening 2016 are inviting pastors to a Pastors Awakening Summit on March 4th, 2016 at Faith Assembly of God Church in Orlando, Florida. Pastors and their spouses will be provided a complimentary hotel room for Friday, March 4th at the Gaylord Palms Resort (register HERE) and a complimentary admission to Liberty Council’s The Awakening 2016 on Saturday, March 5th (over 2,000 Christian Activists). In nearby Vero Beach. Christian Businessman and Patriot John Bona will host the annual Vero Beach Prayer Breakfast where FRC’s Tony Perkins will be the keynote speaker. Now is a good time to send your pastor on a short vacation to participate in what we expect to be historic events! Our friends at the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation are hosting a National Congressional TeleBriefing on February 9th at 1 PM. Thank you for praying!

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Prayer Targets: Pulpits of the Revolution; Elections 2016; Courts & Life; Overriding the Veto

Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 2 Cor 3:17

John Wingate Thornton (1818-1878), in his classic “The Pulpit of the Revolution,” contrasted the biblical literacy of American in 1776 with those in 1860. He showed that biblical and political literacy and, thus political discernment, were intertwined.  Are American today by Scripture and fact? Or by emotions?

Rev. William Gordon says that the “ministers of New England, being mostly Congregationalists are more attached and habituated to the principles of liberty than If they had spiritual superiors to lord it over them. They oppose arbitrary rule in civil concerns from the love of freedom, as well as from a desire of guarding against its intrusion into religious matters. Election sermons on political subjects are deemed very proper… The Election Sermon is printed… and the passages circulated far and wide by means of newspapers, and read with avidity and a degree of veneration … The ministers have forwarded and strengthened, and that not a little, the opposition to the exercise of that parliamentary claim of “right to bind the colonies in all cases whatever.”

The ministers were to instruct the people, to reason before them and with them, to appeal to them; and so, by their very position and relation, the people were constituted the judges. They were called upon to decide; they also reasoned; in this way New Englanders, had, from the very beginning, been educated in the consideration of its elementary principles… Edmund Burke, said “Another circumstance in our colonies, which contributes to the growth and effect of this intractable spirit, is their education… I have been told by an eminent bookseller, that, after tracts of popular devotion, the books most exported to the plantations were books about law. The colonists now reprint them for their own use [and] they have sold nearly as many of Blackstone’s Commentaries in America as in England… This study renders men agile, inquisitive, dexterous, prompt in attack, ready in defense, full of resources. In other countries, the people, more simple, and of a less irrepressible cast, judge of an ill principle in government only by an actual grievance,”— in the colonies— “they anticipate the evil, and judge of the pressure of the grievance by the badness of the principle. They augur misgovernment at a distance, and snuff the approach of tyranny in every tainted breeze.” Mr. Webster says our fathers “went to war against a preamble; they fought seven years against a declaration;” that “we are not to wait till great public mischiefs come, till the government is overthrown, or liberty itself put in extreme jeopardy. We should not be worthy sons of our fathers were we so to regard great questions affecting the general freedom. Those fathers accomplished the Revolution on a strict question of principle. The Parliament of Great Britain asserted a right to tax the colonies in all cases whatsoever; and it was precisely on this question that they made the Revolution turn. The amount of taxation was trifling, but the claim itself was inconsistent with liberty; and that was, in their eyes, enough. It was against the recital of an act of Parliament, rather than against any suffering under its enactments, that they took up arms They poured out their treasures and their blood like water, in a contest in opposition to an assertion, which those less sagacious, and not so well schooled in the principles of civil liberty, would have regarded as barren phraseology, or mere parade of words.

“They saw in the claim of the British Parliament a seminal principle of mischief, the germ of unjust power; they detected it, dragged it forth from underneath its plausible disguises, struck at it; nor did it elude either their steady eye or their well-directed blow till they had extirpated and destroyed it to the smallest fibre. On this question of principle… while actual suffering was yet afar off, they raised their flag against a power to which, for purposes of foreign conquest and subjugation… It is in this habitual study of political ethics, of “the liberty of the gospel,”— perhaps the principal feature in New England history, — that we discern the source of that earnestness which consciousness of right begets, and of those appeals to principle which distinguished the colonies, and which they were ever ready to vindicate with life and fortune…

The highest glory of the American Revolution, said John Quincy Adams, was this: “It connected, in one indissoluble bond, the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity.” (John Winthrop Thornton, The Pulpit of the American Revolution, 1860; edited for space).

2016 Elections – Here is an outline of upcoming causes and primaries:

Monday, February 1 – Republicans and Democrats hold their caucuses in Iowa, the first primary event in the 2016 race.

Tuesday, February 9 – Both parties in New Hampshire hold their primary election. 

Saturday, February 20- South Carolina Republicans will have their primary and Nevada Democrats will have their caucuses.

Tuesday, February 23 – Nevada Republicans will caucus.

Saturday, February 27 – South Carolina Democrats hold their primary.

Tuesday, March 1 – “Super Tuesday!” Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont and Virginia hold primary elections or caucuses.

Jesus called his followers to be salt and light in the world. Paul called us to pray for those in authority and in Romans 13, he defines the parameters of government as God calls them to be. In a constitutional republic like ours, Christians have a biblical and civic religious duty to vote and to choose the candidates best qualified to lead our nation, states and counties. This is the privilege, right and duty that our Forefathers, sons, brothers and now wives and daughters have spilled their blood to win and preserve for us.

We can be grateful that God has given us specific guidance with which to qualify prospective civil leaders: “select from all the people 1) able men, 2) such as fear God, 3) men of truth, 4) hating covetousness; and place such over them to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens” (Ex 18:21 NKJV). That guidance became the foundation for the electoral system in ancient Israel. We must not, especially in a primary, be swayed by popularity, forcefulness, brilliance, good looks or the “hipness” of a candidate; rather, we must search our own hearts, examine our own motives, and then seek God for discernment – which candidate best fits God’s requirements for those who would lead nations?

God warned the people of Israel that if they insisted upon a king who failed His requirements (Deuteronomy 17:14-20), he would crush them with taxes and take their sons and daughters as his servants. Their insistence led to the reign of Saul, a spiritual and political failure.

Our nation likely cannot endure eight years of what we’ve endured the past eight years. America’s move away from a constitutional republic will be intensified. Our country will become something unknown in the American experience – and not for the good.  Barack Obama’s effort to fundamentally transform America will have succeeded. The way has been paved for the U.S. to be a secular, statist, government-dominated nation, run by men and not principle.

We face an emergency. Christians are already being persecuted in America. We must advance candidates with a track record of godly leadership and respect for the rule of law.  Christians must not hesitate to evaluate candidates by both the morality of their policy views as well as their personal lifestyles. We need leaders who demonstrate true reverence for God, Himself, and the firm belief that our rights come from God, not government – and that it is government’s responsibility to protect those rights.  This includes the right to life of all people, including the unborn and the elderly. We need God-fearing men and women in office, men and women who will govern according to the Constitution, not their personal aims or interests.

Each of us bears a sacred duty to analyze, test and make scripturally-based decisions about the character of the candidates – from a biblical perspective. We must disqualify those who do not measure up. We must choose men and women who meet God’s requirements and reject those who don’t. If we fail, we will suffer, just as did the Israelites suffered when they chose a king whose superficial appeal surmounted their obedience to God and His standards. And this must become our habit if America is to be preserved for our children.

And, of course, we must pray, pray, pray! (see WSJ Debate & Primary Calendar; Republican Candidates and Primaries; Democratic Candidates and Primaries).   

  • God, help us to examine our hearts as we examine the candidates you have set before us. Grant us not to be deceived. Grant us discernment. May we not be pressured by our peers, but to listen to those whose judgment we can trust. In the end may we hear from You and support those who best meet Your standards. Grant repentance and forgiveness to your children who have been slack to take their responsibility as Christian citizens seriously.  Help your children to rally around the candidates, from those for President to those at the local level, whom You will bless, who will be a blessing to America. May our pastors lead in this critical hour. Revive our churches and awaken America. Draw us Yourself, Lord, Who alone is our King and Who alone can lead us in paths of righteousness. Grant mercy, Lord, and give us not the leaders we deserve, but leaders who bow the knee to our Lord Jesus Christ, our Savior and the Supreme Judge of the world – leaders who will honor You (Ex 18:21; Neh 4:14; Jn 7:24; Acts 3:19, 23:1, 24:16; Eph 6:18; 1 Tim 3:8-10; 2 Tim 4:1-4).

Finally, the US Supreme Court rejected Arkansas’ and North Dakota’s laws that limited the window during which an abortion could be performed. But the Court will soon take up the Texas law that requires abortion clinics to meet the standards other medical clinics must meet.

Additionally, a Texas Grand Jury issued a criminal indictment against David Daleiden, charging him with “trafficking” baby organs. Daleiden famously exposed Planned Parenthoods grisly practice of selling aborted baby organs for a profit. But the jury did not charge Planned Parenthood with any wrongdoing. The House vote to overturn the President’s veto against the reconciliation bill (approved by House and Senate) has been postponed until next week due to official Washington being shut down due to the Blizzard of 2016. 

And remember: Whatever befalls, we serve One Who will never be thwarted by the machinations of fallen men.  “God reigns over the nations,” we’re reminded in Psalm 47:8, “God sits on His holy throne.” Amen, and amen.

Thank you for praying!

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Prayer Targets: Mother Teresa; Roe v. Wade; Human Life Sunday; March for Life; Prayer Call, More

Come, enter the Kingdom. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was sick and you visited me.” Then Jesus will turn to those on His left hand and say, “Depart from me because I was hungry and you did not feed me, I was thirsty and you did not give me drink, I was sick and you did not visit me.” These will ask Him, “When did we see You hungry, or thirsty or sick and did not come to Your help?” And Jesus will answer them, “Whatever you neglected to do unto one of the least of these, you neglected to do unto me!”  Mt 25:31-46 (para)

Mother Teresa’s riveting 1994 address at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, DC was an open rebuke to President Bill and Hillary Clinton, Vice-President Al and Tipper Gore, and advocates of abortion everywhere. Here are a few key excerpts:

I was surprised in the West to see so many young boys and girls given to drugs… Why is it… when those in the West have so many more things than those in the East? … Our children depend on us for everything… But often father and mother are so busy they have no time for their children, or perhaps they are not even married or have given up on their marriage. So the children go to the streets and get involved in drugs or other things… These are the things that break peace.

But I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself. And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another? How do we persuade a woman not to have an abortion? As always, we must persuade her with love and we remind ourselves that love means to be willing to give until it hurts. Jesus gave even His life to love us. So, the mother who is thinking of abortion, should be helped to love… to respect the life of her child. The father of that child… must also give until it hurts.

By abortion, the mother does not learn to love, but kills even her own child to solve her problems.

And, by abortion, the father is told that he does not have to take any responsibility at all for the child he has brought into the world. That father is likely to put other women into the same trouble. So abortion just leads to more abortion. Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want. This is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion…

“Even if a mother could forget her child, I will not forget you. I have carved you in the palm of my hand” (Is 49:15-16). [T]hat unborn child has been carved in the hand of God from conception and called by God to love and to be loved, not only in this life, but forever. God can never forget us…

Please don’t kill the child. I want the child. Please give me the child. I am willing to accept any child who would be aborted and to give that child to a married couple who will love the child and be loved by the child… We cannot solve all the problems in the world, but let us never bring in the worst problem of all, and that is to destroy love. And this is what happens when we tell people to practice… abortion.

If we remember that God loves us, and that we can love others as He loves us, then America can become a sign of peace for the world [again]. From here, a sign of care for the weakest of the weak – the unborn child – must go out to the world. If you become a burning light of justice and peace in the world, then really you will be true to what the founders of this country stood for. God bless you! (Speech by Mother Teresa of Calcutta, delivered at the National Prayer Breakfast, Washington, DC, February 3, 1994, Transcript; C-Span Video; Audio).

Sanctity of Human Life Sunday (SOHLS) – Many churches marked the upcoming anniversary of Roe v. Wade this past Sunday, reaffirming commitment to protecting the preborn based upon Scripture and the U.S. Constitution. Others will observe SOHLS this coming Sunday, January 24th. If your church did not highlight this important day of remembrance, please contact your pastor and ask him to do so this coming Sunday.

Friday, January 22, will be the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade. In 1973, the Supreme Court ruled that abortion is a woman’s constitutional right and overturned laws restricting abortion in all 50 states. Roe unleashed an evil in America that God-fearing Americans have failed to stop via the political process in over 4 decades. Many Bible-believing Christians believe Roe v. Wade brought a biblical curse upon our nation, opening the doors to innumerable troubles.

Our “culture of death” has become so pervasive and common-place that researchers, in the name of science, provide Planned Parenthood a ready market for aborted baby parts. Those who understand Scripture know that Roe v. Wade is a Pandora’s Box that will remain open, unleashing its horde of evils until it is repented of and overturned. We must remain committed and persist in extraordinary prayer until that day. Yet many of America’s churches have never heard a pro-life/anti-abortion sermon. And many who have, have waned in their devotion to the cause. Thus the consciences of too many Christians are insufficiently stirred to pray, to be involved in pro-life ministry or citizen action to reverse this evil.

The good news is that, after 43 years, we are beginning to see the light. Polls show young people are more pro-life than their parents. Several state legislatures have acted to restrict abortion in various ways: safety standards for abortion “clinics,” hospital privileges for abortion “doctors” in an accredited hospitals close enough to provide emergency care for women with botched abortions, limits to the gestation stage in which babies may be legally aborted, etc.  A wave of laws was enacted, especially in the aftermath of the public learning of Kermit Gosnell’s house of abortion horrors. Yet each of these laws has been challenged and the Supreme Court will ultimately decide on their constitutionality.

In the early 2000’s, Congress enacted and President George W. Bush signed: the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act (2002), the Unborn Victims of Violence Act (2002). The Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act (PBABA) was vetoed by Bill Clinton in the 90’s but passed by a bipartisan majority in both houses in 2003 and signed by President Bush.  Republican gains in the House and Senate since 2010 have led to a firmly pro-life Congress. A majority in both houses voted this month to gut funding to Obamacare, the largest expansion of abortion since Roe v. Wade, and to drastically reduce federal taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood. The president quietly and quickly vetoed these new measures. The House has scheduled a vote to override his veto for Tuesday, January 26th. A 2/3 majority vote is required in both houses to override the president’s veto, but such is unlikely, especially in the Senate.

Electing a pro-life president and Congress are paramount to our hope for overturning Roe v. Wade and a pro-life future. With an aging Supreme Court, our next president could nominate as many as four Justices during his or her tenure. A pro-life Senate would quickly confirm our new president’s pro-life nominees. The gates to this darkness could soon be closed and this evil subdued. All depends upon God’s people and our prevailing prayer and action.

  • May God help us to pray and act as we ought! May God awaken us from the apathy that has prevailed in the church for so long! May God find repentance in us and send awakening in America this year.  And may we elect a pro-life, pro-family, pro-liberty president and Congress who will work together to revere and preserve the sanctity of human life that our Forefathers created the Constitution to protect! (Ex 18:21; Dt 5:17; 30:19; Joel 2:12-18, 32;Jn 10:10; Eph 6:10-20; 1 Tim 6:10-20; Rev 12:11 )

Finally, the March for Life will take place this Friday January 22nd in Washington, DC. Cold, snowy weather is forecast. FRC will host the annual ProLifeCon Friday morning before the March to inspire, inform and equip pro-life Social Media activists to accomplish what we must in 2016. FRC’s good friend, Justice Foundation founder, Pro-life Constitutional attorney, and national prayer leader Allan Parker has partnered with PrayerSurgeNow and other national prayer leaders to host an 8-hour-long telephonic prayer meeting on Friday. Praying believers across America are invited to call in and pray as able any time between 9 AM ET and 5 PM ET, Call: 712-432-0075, Pass Code: 6149782#, Mute: *6. Thank you for praying!

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Prayer Targets: Unions v. Liberty; Free to Believe Training Event; Barna Teens; SOTF Speech; Graham Tour

I requested prayer over Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, heard by the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday. I wrote:

Teachers unions have long been bastions for a radical progressive agenda, using Christian’s dues to advocate for policies and people – from local school boards to the U.S. President. 

You ask, “If somebody doesn’t join a union, they nonetheless share in the benefits obtained by the union through collective bargaining…. Therefore it doesn’t seem too unfair to expect non-union members to chip in something for the costs incurred in the collective bargaining?”

The teachers are not objecting to the union’s collective bargaining, but for their forced payment of dues to support the undermining of their own fundamental moral, religious and political beliefs. Many advocate for pro-abortion, pro-LGBT agenda laws, laws that undermine parental rights and much, much more. Would you be happy being forced to support Planned Parenthood taking the lives of millions because they also do a few good things, like urge women to have mammograms, venereal disease screening, etc.? How many positive benefits would an organization have to provide in order for Christians or other people of conscience to support their advocacy of evil?

Scripture teaches:Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?” (2 Cor 6:14); “Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening… no spring yields both salt water and fresh” (Jas 3:11-12).

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles? …. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them” (Mt 7:15-20).

Jesus also said, “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men” (Mt 5:13)…. 

I’ve been very blunt here. But Christian apathy (i.e., doing little or nothing), while those who reject biblical morality labor to impose their ungodly and immoral worldview upon us all and now demand that we not only acquiesce to it and celebrate it but also pay for it, is rapidly moving us toward a permanently godless nation.

Christian citizens must use their legal rights as citizens via city councils, state legislatures, Congress, the courts, etc., to be salt and to preserve our culture from evil and ultimate self-destruction. Unless God graciously intervenes and grants a revival and awakening the prospects are dim. So we need to pray as never before!

Free to Believe – The California teachers case is just one in thousands of cases in which unions and government entities, even the President of the United States have violated the right of conscience of America’s citizens and especially Christians. FRC President Tony Perkins believes that the fight for religious liberty is the most important front in the war to defend faith and family today.  Historically, various emperors in the Roman Empire, Hitler, Stalin, Mao, etc., sought to silence unbending Christians in their day, and now radical Islamist regimes have murdered 500,000 Christians in Iraq alone and multiplied hundreds of thousands more across the world. Why? Because vital Christians, with their liberating, transcendent Truth about our loving God, His perfect law and gospel, are the greatest of all threats to their schemes to obtain power and control to reshape world according to their own unbiblical world view. So they use threats, intimidation, and violence!   We are seeing a disturbing drift toward the same in our country and by our own government.

What is the solution?  Under God, it is the church.  The key to leading the church is the pastor.  Courageous pastors can turn the tide. That is why we are investing in “championing pastors to transform America.”  In fact, FRC’s Church Ministries division, Watchmen on the Wall, reached a major milestone last month, having enlisted 10,000 American pastors to join us in pledging: to 1) Pray as never before, and to teach God’s people how to pray; 2) Preach the whole counsel of God, including how it applies to cultural issues of our day, and 3) Partner with other pastors to  prepare and to stand up for what is right when their moral and spiritual leadership is required in their community.  

We saw the power of pastors and their churches in Houston.  When their mayor and city council passed a bill to give special rights based on sexual orientation and gender identity, allowing men to use the girls and women’s bathrooms, with the threat of fines against anyone who would attempt to prohibit them, pastors across the city jumped into action.  They prayed together, mobilized the people, endured intimidation, fought through lawsuits, registered voters, and their people went to vote, defeating the evil ordinance 61%-39%.  Pastors are the key to turning around a community.  But they need our help, not only to be Aaron and Hur, lifting their arms in prayer, but also in other ways.

That is why FRC is encouraging pastors to appoint “Culture Impact Teams,” a church ministry made up of motivated believers in each church who are eager to lead members to be change-agents in the community.  Basically, the team members help inform, equip, alert and mobilize the congregation to function as the Salt and the Light.  The CIT members essentially serve as associate “Watchmen” with their pastor to keep an eye on local and state initiatives that could impact the church or family or lead to moral decline in the community, and let him know what they are seeing so that he can lead the charge.

This coming Saturday, June 16th from 9:00 a.m. until 1 p.m. ET, FRC is conducting a fast moving, equipping event to help churches large and small to develop a CIT ministry. Previously, churches and church small groups could register, but we are now registering individuals who want to make a difference (Free to Believe; Register).

  • Heavenly Father, we appeal to you to intervene on our behalf, to deliver us from the destroyers of the foundation of Christian faith that enabled America to become a great nation. Stir us to take a stand for you. Grant courage to pastors, whose leadership is so desperately needed in this hour. Raise up spiritual warriors! Breathe upon Free to Believe! May this effective tool enable pastors to envision, train and equip their people and networks to birth powerful and effective culture impact ministries.  Use them, Lord, in this great contest as agents of revival and restoration.  May we be the salt and light you intend us to be. Draw America to yourself, Oh God! (Neh 4:14; Ps 2: all; Is 58: esp. v. 12; Jn 6:44; Jn 10:11-15; Rev 2:10; 12:11).

Finally: 1) On Monday night Tony Perkins delivered his 2nd Annual “State of the Family” address, depicting a far different America than President Obama envisioned in his State of the Union Speech. I urge you to listen to Tony, take notes, and pray over the points he raised (Read Our Stake in the Union; View Speech). 2) The Barna Group has released a study showing that a troubling number of Christian teenagers are shrinking from sharing their faith among their peers. Perhaps that’s why Tony Perkins was led to write, No Fear, which highlights examples of courageous young people who are making a difference for Christ across America today. 3) Observers say that the teachers’ case against the California Teachers’ Union went very well for the cause of freedom. 4) Franklin Graham’s Decision America Tour is making a significant impact. He says “It’s open season on Christians in America.” Please consider joining the gathering at your state capitol.  Thank you for praying.

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Prayer Targets: Our First President’s Warning; Planned Parenthood & Obamacare; Urgent Events

Blessed be the Lord my Rock, Who trains my hands for war, And my fingers for battle—  My lovingkindness and my fortress, My high tower and my deliverer, My shield and the One in whom I take refuge, Who subdues my people under me.  Lord, what is man, that You take knowledge of him? Or the son of man, that You are mindful of him?

George Washington believed in liberty and the essential defense of his country. Against all odds, he turned ordinary citizens who were poorly equipped and poorly armed into a force that, with God’s providential assistance, defeated the mightiest nation and strongest military power in the world. Washington was a humble, devoted Christian who prayed for hours each day, early in the morning and late at night, both during the war and as president, putting the modern church to shame. Historians who harvest from the few false narratives from Washington’s day attempt to sully his reputation and make his memory more in line with the contemporary politicians.  The truth is few today could hold a candle to Washington’s faith or character.

After having been unanimously chosen by Congress as commander of the Continental Army and leading us to victory, then having faithfully executed his charge as President of the Constitutional Convention that produced our governing document, Washington was elected to the presidency by acclamation.  He humbly thanked the leaders and people of Philadelphia, giving credit to Almighty God, saying,

When I contemplate the interposition of Providence as it was visibly manifested in guiding us through the revolution, in preparing us for the reception of a general government, and in conciliating the good will of the people of America to one another after its adoption – I feel myself oppressed and almost overwhelmed with a sense of the divine munificence: I feel that nothing is due to my personal agency in all these complicated and wonderful events, except what can simply be attributed to the exertions of an honest zeal for the good of my country” Journal of American History, Volume 8, Issue 2, p. 199; see also Dr. Kenyn Cureton’s’ Lost Episode’s, p. 449)

After his re-election, always giving God the glory and honor to whom it was due, Washington gave his “Fifth Annual Message” (State of the Union Address). In it was a stern warning for then and now:

There is a rank due to the United States, among nations, which will be withheld, if not absolutely lost, by the reputation of weakness. If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known that we are at all times ready for war” (Washington, 1793, Avalon Project).

Our Founders gave us a Democratic Republic that has given religious liberty to millions and served as a model for nations. But our Founders repeatedly warned that the American experiment would fail without God, biblical faith and character. May God’s people arise in this pivotal election year, pray for godly candidates to step forward, and get involved in the process to elect God-fearing men and women to public office. May they choose people of faith and character who meet the qualifications God gave to Moses for civil leaders at every level (Ex 18:21).

Defunding Planned Parenthood and ObamaCare: The U.S. House of Representatives will vote today, January 6, 2016, on the Budget Reconciliation bill, which includes defunding of a large part of ObamaCare and Planned Parenthood. When voters gave the GOP control of both Houses of Congress in 2014, conservatives had high hopes that the new Congress would put an end to many of the unconscionable White House initiatives. But, 1) 60 votes are required overcome a filibuster in the Senate, and 2) too many Republican Senators saw little sense in passing laws they knew in advance the president would veto.  Rank and file conservatives were angered when the leaders of either chamber failed to guide their respective chambers to stand up to the president and when they chose not to debate and vote on bills they knew the president would veto. When before his resignation, John Boehner brokered an Omnibus budget deal with the White House, and bi-partisan majorities in both houses passed it after he was gone, leaving Obamacare and Planned Parenthood untouched, many Christians and conservatives were incensed. Indeed, Rev. Franklin Graham publicly announced his decision to leave the GOP and become an Independent. Even now, the Republican Party is in the “dog house” for many conservatives.

Yet under the radar, the House and Senate took the extraordinary measure of dealing with Planned Parenthood and ObamaCare via the budget reconciliation process.  The Senate voted to defund ObamaCare and Planned Parenthood before Christmas, and the House scheduled a vote on January 6th, right after they returned from the Christmas break. They knew full well that the president would veto it in any case. The House, certain it will prevail in the vote today, has already scheduled a vote to override the president on January 20th.  It is very unlikely that the Senate will get the 67 votes needed to override the veto. But this is not in vain. The vote will draw public attention to the veto and will set the stage for a new, pro-life president to sign a revived bill next year. Moreover, from a spiritual perspective, this will be the first time Congress has passed and delivered a bill defunding Planned Parenthood and ObamaCare to the president’s desk. As the elected representatives of the people, Congress will be transferring the guilt of that body’s former inaction from themselves and the American people and placing it squarely where it lies, on President Obama. (see Vote Marks Testy Start to 2016; Pre-Christmas Senate Vote; Parliamentarian’s Ruling)

  • May God’s people everywhere pause from their duties to pray for the members of the House today as they vote to approve this reconciliation bill, which will greatly reduce taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood and large parts of ObamaCare. May the president be rebuked for his shameless veiled scheme to circumvent the law prohibiting the use of taxpayer dollars to fund abortion, and may the American people cease to be deceived by this evil racket that has been engaged not only in abortion but the wholesale marketing of aborted baby parts for a profit. May those involved in the many crimes of Planned Parenthood be brought to justice before the hand of God’s justice is brought upon all Americans. 

Franklin Graham’s 50-State Tour:  Having begun in Des Moines, Iowa, yesterday (see dates and places HERE), Graham’s prayer, evangelism and culture-challenging events at state capitols will run until Election Day.  In addition to preaching the Gospel of salvation through Jesus Christ (as did his father did)., he will explain to America the consequences of our personal and societal sins, urge believers to participate in the national, state and local elections and to exercise their sacred duty to vote. Graham will make plain the moral and spiritual precipice upon which our nation teeters and the catastrophic consequence that will come if we elect bad men and women to lead us (Visit Decision America Tour).

  • May God’s people rally to these events in support and may God bless Franklin Graham with His presence and power as he leads.  God grant an Awakening all across our land!

Death of a National Prayer Leader:  Vonette Bright, cofounder of Campus Crusade for Christ (now, “Cru”) with her husband, Dr. Bill Bright, passed away two days before Christmas at the age of 89. Mrs. Bright lobbied Congress to pass a measure to observe the National Day of Prayer on the first Thursday of May each year, signed into law by President Reagan. Since then the NDP has become an anchor to the burgeoning national prayer movement. She was founder of the National Prayer Committee, the National Day of Prayer Task Force, and, up until a few months ago, continued to be involved in all of these ministries.

  • May the family of Mrs. Bright be comforted and encouraged by her legacy and may God raise up others like her and Shirley Dobson to carry the torch! (1 Kgs 8:35; 2 Kgs 24:4; 2 Chr 7:14; Eze 3:19-20; Joel 2:13, 17-18)

Finally, pray for FRC President Tony Perkins, who will deliver the 2nd Annual “State of the Family Address” next Monday, January 11, at 7 PM ET.  Also, pray for us as we host on Saturday, January 16 (National Religious Freedom Day) a nationwide event called Free to Believe, a hands-on, fast paced four-hour training to help pastors and local churches develop “Culture Impact Teams” (CITs) – local church ministries that help local churches make a powerful impact in their communities and states and to help preserve and advance Religious Liberty in America. I urge you to forward this to your pastor. Please pray over these special productions, and as always, especially for 2016, thank you for praying!

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Prayer Targets: The Great Day of the Lord; Planned Parenthood & Obamacare; Christmas; Pray for FRC!

Blessed are those servants whom the master… will find watching… [He] will gird himself… and will come and serve them. Luke 12:37

Abraham Davenport (1715-1789) was a distinguished Connecticut statesman and churchman who served as a colonial assemblyman, senator, judge, counsel to the governor during the War for Independence, and colonel in the Connecticut militia. On what came to be known as New England’s Dark Day, which many feared was the Great Day of the Lord his response was classic and instructive amid the apocalyptic signs that abound today. May we be found faithful to our God-given duties today, even if we know the Day of the Lord will come tomorrow!

IN the old days (With breeches and cocked hats)
the people sent their wisest men to make the public laws.
And so, from a brown homestead, where the Sound
Drinks the small tribute of the Mianas,
waved over by the woods of Rippowams,
And hallowed by pure lives and tranquil deaths,
Stamford sent up to the councils of the State
Wisdom and Grace in Abraham Davenport.

 

’Twas on a May-day of the far old year
Seventeen hundred eighty, that there fell
Over the bloom and sweet life of the Spring,
Over the fresh earth and the heaven of noon,
A horror of great darkness, like the night
In day of which the Norland sagas tell,—
The Twilight of the Gods. The low-hung sky
Was black with ominous clouds, save where its rim was fringed with a dull glow,
like that which climbs the crater’s sides from the red hell below.

 

Birds ceased to sing, and all the barnyard fowls
Roosted; the cattle at the pasture bars lowed,
and looked homeward; bats on leathern wings

Flitted abroad; the sounds of labor died;
Men prayed, and women wept; all ears grew sharp
To hear the doom-blast of the trumpet shatter
The black sky that the dreadful face of Christ
Might look from the rent clouds, not as he looked
A loving guest at Bethany, but stern
As Justice and inexorable Law.

 

Meanwhile in the old State House, dim as ghosts,
Sat the lawgivers of Connecticut,
Trembling beneath their legislative robes.
“It is the Lord’s Great Day! Let us adjourn,”
Some said; and then, as if with one accord,
All eyes were turned to Abraham Davenport.
He rose, slow cleaving with his steady voice
The intolerable hush. “This well may be
The Day of Judgment which the world awaits;
But be it so or not, I only know
My present duty, and my Lord’s command
To occupy till he come. So at the post
Where he hath set me in his Providence,
I choose, for one, to meet him face to face,—
No faithless servant frightened from my task,
But ready when the Lord of the Harvest calls;
And therefore, with all reverence, I would say,
Let God do his work, we will see to ours.
Bring in the candles.” And they brought them in.

 

Then by the flaring lights the Speaker read,
Albeit with husky voice and shaking hands,
An act to amend an act to regulate
The shad and alewive fisheries. Whereupon
Wisely and well spake Abraham Davenport,
Straight to the question, with no figures of speech
Save the ten Arab signs [the face of the clock],
Yet not without the shrewd dry humor natural to the man:
His awe-struck colleagues listening all the while,
Between the pauses of his argument,
To hear the thunder of the wrath of God
Break from the hollow trumpet of the cloud.

 

And there he stands in memory to this day,
Erect, self-poised, a rugged face, half seen
Against the background of unnatural dark,
A witness to the ages as they pass,
That simple duty hath no place for fear

(John Greenleaf Whittier, “Abraham Davenport,” Atlantic Monthly, May 1866. See History. Thanks Pastor Deamon Scapin, Triumph Church DC, for quoting Whittier’s poem in your sermon at FRC’s December staff chapel service).

2015 had its victories and losses but 2016 will bring even greater challenges in every sphere. Christians must not throw up their hands or flee to the hills. Everything that can be shaken may be shaken. But in the election year ahead, our duty as Christian citizens calls for extraordinary prayer, hard work, and Spirit-led actions. Our Christian duty is to occupy until He comes!

Defunding Planned Parenthood and ObamaCare – FRC was both on the front line and behind the scenes working with Congress to defund Planned Parenthood and ObamaCare. Using the budget reconciliation process, the U.S. Senate voted for the first time, ever, to place a moratorium on the majority of taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood and repealed large parts of ObamaCare. The House will vote to approve the measure in January and put the bill on the president’s desk. The president will be entirely responsible for his decision to veto these measures. The American people, through their representatives, will have done their part to stop these evils. If the president vetoes, the new Congress can vote again and give a new pro-life president this opportunity (Abortion Funding in ObamaCare) .  

  • Lord, Thank you for giving FRC and the pro-life movement grace steadfastly to persist after all these years. Yet the blood of 57 plus millions of unborn infants cries out to You! Grant us repentance and favor to turn the tide in 2016. Grant us a new president of Your choosing who will eagerly sign legislation to defund Planned Parenthood and ObamaCare (Dt 21:9; 30:19; 2 Kg 21:16; 24:4; Ps 75:7;  Pr 6:16-17; 29:2;  Lk 18:1-8Gal 6:9).

FRC in 2015 and the New Year – Because you prayed, FRC has achieved remarkable things in 2015 with a very compact budget and despite numerous targeted efforts to undermine our reputation and work. While we lost some battles in 2015 – most notably the Supreme Court marriage decision – we have won many others.

FRC is blessed with strong leaders: executives, policy experts, researchers, writers, lawyers, and other Christian professionals and support staff who give sacrificially to the Lord and his work.

Our Policy Division, besides it research and writing of policy booklets, papers, legal briefs, testimony before Congress and state legislatures, multiple websites, speaking engagements and op-eds, a robust lecture series, and much more, has launched two new Websites: Marripedia,  an online social science encyclopedia and Abortion in ObamaCare, a map exposing the plan.

FRC 2015 major events were a huge success: 671 people from 43 states attended our Watchmen on the Wall Pastors Briefing in Washington, D.C.; 2,383 people from 49 states and 5 countries attended the Values Voter Summit; and 145 people took part in our first ever Israel Tour!

Our Church Ministries Division hosted more than 30 significant Pastors events in 2016: Atlanta, GA; Overland, MO; Plano, Houston, San Antonio, a National Hispanic Pastors Briefing and a National Pastors Summit, both in Dallas, TX; a Black Ministers Summit in Washington, DC; and more. We had 14 events in Florida with 886 in attendance; 7 events in North Carolina with 319 pastors in attendance. Ten thousand pastors have now signed FRC’s Watchmen Pastor “P-3” pledge to Pray; to Preach and to Partner with others to take a stand in their communities and states when their moral leadership is needed.

Our Government Affairs Division and FRC Action helped shepherd the “No Taxpayer Funding of Abortion” and Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act through the House. We helped advance the “Defund Planned Parenthood” campaign through media initiatives in many states; a one-year moratorium on funding for Planned Parenthood in both houses of Congress via reconciliation; the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA); and the Abortion Non-Discrimination Act (ANDA). We contributed to 2 states passing the Pain Capable Child Protection Acts, 13 State investigations of Planned Parenthood and more. We launched a vigorous prayer and action campaign against the Supreme Court’s marriage case before and after their wrongful ruling. We used the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) videos to help boost grassroots pro-life activism and petitions to defund Planned Parenthood via social media. 

Tony Perkins, General Boykin and other FRC experts appeared on numerous TV news programs across the nation, including 65 Fox News appearances. US newspapers and online news sites published 240 op-eds written by our policy experts. We conducted 426 Radio interviews and produced Tony Perkins’ live, daily, week-day radio show, plus a recorded weekend edition. We added 49 new stations this year and negotiations are underway to add several hundred more stations in 2016.

General Jerry Boykin, FRC’s Executive Vice President, led a coalition effort to prevent Navy Chaplain, Commander Wes Modder from dismissal because of his unbending support for Biblical marriage. General Boykin presented 100,000 petitions in support of Chaplain Modder to the Military Chief of Chaplains. And he led many other FRC and coalition efforts. Next year, he will work to prevent a change the code to allow open transgenderism in the U.S. military. 

In 2016, among other things, FRC will: counter the SPLC’s false claim that domestic groups, including Christian groups, are a greater threat than Jihadists and host another series of Pastors Briefings including a Hispanic Pastors Briefing in Colorado.  We will place a major focus on religious liberty pursuing FADA, the Government Non-Discrimination Act (State Level), and the Abortion Non-discrimination Act (ANDA). FRC Action will work to keep the hard-won pro-marriage and other conservative measures intact in the GOP Party Platform (various groups want to see them removed).

On Monday, January 11th, Tony Perkins will host a nationwide webcast to deliver his 2nd Annual “State of the Family Address.” He will deliver the hard truth regarding the welfare of the American family, which has declined significantly under Obama administration policies. On Saturday the 16th, FRC will host a nationwide Webcast – Free to Believe, a hands-on, four-hour training event to help local churches to build “Culture Impact Teams” (CITs) that will enable them to make a powerful impact in the ongoing war for the soul of our nation.

All this said, FRC is facing significant budget challenges with just two weeks to go until the end of the year. Contributions during these two weeks will determine whether we are able to move forward as aggressively as we believe we must with our planned programs.  

Please pray for us, that God will move upon men and women of all economic means to give liberally to support FRC’s efforts. Your contribution will help continue the Prayer Targets, Call2Fall and other FRC prayer efforts in 2016.

FRC’s Prayer Targets will join our other publications in taking a Christmas break and will resume the first week of January. May your family enjoy a God-blessed, Spirit-filled Christmas – strengthened by the  joy of the Lord, enriched by the fellowship of family and friends, and refreshed by the rest and perfect peace that only the Holy Spirit can bring. May we all close out 2015 closer to Jesus and embark upon the New Year shining brightly with the light of Christ.

In this critical New Year may we act as the salt and light Jesus said we are, and do our part to “advance faith, family and freedom in public policy and the culture from a Christian worldview.”

Let’s always bear in mind that he gospel of salvation alone can change men’s hearts and give them eternal life. And even as we enjoy this time of celebration, let us remember to keep our place in the National Security Prayer Wall. Thank you for praying!

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Prayer Targets: Tide-Turning; Terrorism, Washington, US Military; Obamacare, Defunding, IRS, Refugees

Unless the Lord builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the Lord guards the city, The watchman stays awake in vain. Psalm 127:1

Dr. Quinton J. Everest (1907-2005) was a founder of Indiana’s Bethel College, launched in 1947. He pastored the Gospel Center Missionary Church, South Bend, for 22 years and hosted “Your Worship Hour,” syndicated and heard worldwide on 125 radio stations. He also broadcast “Sunrise Meditations” for 22 years. Dozens of his books and sermons on holiness and prophecy can be found on the Internet. This is from his Praying Men and Women Can Turn the Tide.

The God who made America a land of freedom, strength and plenty – the only and true God – is today opposed, neglected, ignored and abused by many. If it were possible, they would annihilate Him altogether. By treating Him thus, our nation’s confusion is increased; hate is intensified; evil is increasingly ­glorified; problems are multiplied; purity and Biblical idealism are derided, and honesty and justice are discarded.

Four hundred years ago, our fore­fathers came to these shores to worship God in spirit and in truth. Their rugged faith amid hardship, danger, and toil brought them calmness of soul, peace of mind, and hope for the future. Their faith, joined with those who later trusted God, have made America a great land.

What made America strong, free and one of the most blessed places on the face of the earth to live, was and is, praying men and women. Unless another generation of praying people comes on the scene right soon, we are headed for the ash heap. Many nations have fallen because of immorality and pleasure-seeking. Many have been defeated and destroyed because God was forgotten, ignored, and disobeyed.

America is no exception! We need and must have God, if our problems are to be solved. We need a humbling and crying out to Him. From the least to the greatest, we need to repent! We need Samuels, Daniels, and Pauls who will fast and pray until God breaks through, until sin is ­uncovered and uprooted, until lives are converted, purified, and empowered by the Holy Spirit. 

Samuel came on the scene in this desperate, checkered hour of Israel’s history. Worship had degenerated. The nation was given over to sin of the worst kind, poisoned with idolatry. In the high places, immorality had become a rotting stench…  There were forms of religion, but their worship had become formal and dead. The whole nation was lying and wallowing in the slime and filth from a long period of backsliding.

Israel’s Philistine enemies had prevailed in battle. The ark of God’s presence was captured and the whole land was under a galling yoke. The glory was gone… true faith in Jehovah was dying.

Was there any solution? Amid Israel’s pitiful plight there was! (1 Sam. 7:5-6). Samuel was a man of devotion and mighty prayer. He faithfully taught the people that they must return to God and called a   nation-wide [solemn assembly]. He told the people to gather at Mizpeh and he would pray for them.

It was a time of fasting and prayer – a nation on its knees – due to one man’s earnest prayers (see Jas 5:16). Israel looked to this praying man. The Philistines feared their subjects were planning an offensive and attacked Israel with great power. Terror stricken, despairing, and near ready to surrender, the people begged Samuel, “Cease not to cry unto the Lord our God for us that He will save us out of the hand of the Philistines” (1 Sam. 7:8). Samuel prayed unto the Lord and he was heard (v. 9); his prayers were mightier than the Philistine armies. Israel prevailed; the people returned God and God was glorified!

But it was not the prayer Samuel offered, alone, but all of his prayer and godly living beforehand that brought results. Such prayers are not forgotten by God, but stored up in golden vials full of odors (Rev 5:8).

Are You Ready to Pray for America? We can howl about the corrupt politi­cal situation in our nation. We can rant on about the immorality. But the way into the inner sanctuary, for answers to our prayers, is holy living and constant commun­ion. If you care for America and her future, you had better get on praying ground and do some real praying. God is searching for men and women who will give themselves to fasting and prayer, real brokenness and humiliation of heart before God! If we who profess to know God would do so with heart searchings, and agonizing supplications, we would soon see results. God is waiting… Then He will move upon the scene (Everest, Herald of His Coming, edited for length).

San Bernardino, Washington and the U.S. Military – On December 3rd, 14 innocent Americans were murdered and 21 wounded at a San Bernardino, California Christmas party. By evening, the FBI characteristically refused to publicly rule the shooting terrorism, though available evidence glaringly declared that to be the case. President Obama called for increased gun control. That evening, the president’s new Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, spoke to supporters at a dinner sponsored by the “Muslim Advocates,” a Washington pro-Muslim lobbyist group. Addressing the mostly Muslim crowd, Lynch recounted her long time relationship with the organization, accentuated her department’s “partnership,” and promised to use the power of her office to quell anti-Muslim backlash and to “take action” against anti-Islam hate speech. She urged hearers, should their children be bullied in school, to contact the Feds directly – either the DOJ or the Department of Education. President Obama waited until December 6th to admit that the murders were acts of terrorism, reiterating that the U.S. “is at war with terrorism” but “not Islam.” He said he would implement new gun control measures as part of his strategy to defeat terrorism. As in every Islamist attack since he was elected, he pleaded with Americans not to turn against Islam – again urging Americans to overlook Islamic ideology and its incompatibility with U.S. Constitutional law.

Meanwhile Thursday, as Americans were purchasing handguns and applying for concealed-carry permits in record numbers, Defense Secretary Ash Carter ordered the U.S. military to open all combat jobs to women, rejecting the Marine Corps request women be excluded from certain front-line combat jobs. Experts say this change will be deleterious to good order and discipline, reduce military effectiveness, and cost American lives – weakening our national security even as we face greater threats. The Pentagon says the move puts into question the Supreme Court’s ruling allowing women to be excluded from the draft (see Lynch Video; Obama Speech; Former FBI Feedback, Carter Order; Female Draft?; Decision Will Cost Readiness, Lives; Hear Tony, Rick Santorum, Read Perkins on Terrorism; Gender Warfare in the Trenches).

  • Please pray that believers across America, especially those who comprise growing prayer movement will “stand in the gap” for America’s national security, knowing that “Unless the Lord watches the city, the watchmen stays awake in vain.” May local churches and the growing parachurch movement unite in spirit to build a National Security Prayer Wall – spiritual ramparts that will keep God’s protection over our nation, even as our current national policies combine to weaken our military defenses. In 2016, May a new president, Congress, governors and state legislators be elected who, like the sons of Issachar, “understand the times and know what [America] ought to do.” Pray that America’s pastors, like Jonas Clark, will equip their people to pray and prepare for the threats that now face our nation (1 Chr 12:32; Neh 4:13-21; Ps 127:1; Pr 22:3; 28:4; Eze 22:30).

Finally, the U.S. Senate approved the reconciliation package last Thursday that includes repeal major parts of ObamaCare and largely withdraw taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood (see Not-so-Murray Christmas for Libs).  It now goes to the House for approval, then to the president’s desk (see Wise Men Still Seek Repeal!). The IRS is considering a measure to require non-profit organizations (including churches), to obtain and report the social security number of every person who contributes more that $250 to their cause. See Tony Perkins’s thoughts on what to do with the Syrian Refugees, and pray as the Lord leads you (see Do You Fear What I Fear; What about Sharia?)! As always, thank you for praying!

 

 

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Prayer Targets: Planned Parenthood Shooting; Defunding; Campus Disorder; Free to Believe; Prayer!

So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one. Therefore I have poured out My indignation on them; I have consumed them with the fire of My wrath; and I have recompensed their deeds on their own heads,” says the Lord God.” Ezekiel 22:30-31 NKJV

Rich Carmichael serves on the editorial team of the Herald of His Coming. Since 1941 the monthly newsprint magazine has published powerful messages online on revival, prayer, repentance, holiness, and similar themes. These excerpts are from his The Only Hope for America:

We know clearly from Scripture that the heart of God is to save and deliver, not to judge and destroy. He is patient toward us and slow to anger, desiring that no one perish, but for all to come to repentance (2 Pet 3:9). However, when a nation, or a church, or an individual continues in sin and refuses to repent, there comes the point at which God is so grieved by man’s rebellion and wickedness that He pours out the deserved judgment.

Sadly and tragically, America is on the brink of such serious judgment. Thirty years ago David Wilkerson, in his book Set the Trumpet to Thy Mouth, described the reason for the terrible judgment looming over this nation: “It is because America has sinned against the greatest light. Other nations are just as sinful, but none are as flooded with gospel light as ours. God is going to judge America for its violence, its crimes, its backslidings, its murdering of millions of babies, its flaunting of homosexuality, its corruption, its drunkenness and drug abuse, its form of godliness without power, its lukewarmness toward Christ, its rampant divorce and adultery, its lewd pornography, its child molestations, its cheatings, its robbings, its dirty movies, and its occult practices.” And how much more grievous is the sin today?

Of course, some measure of judgment is already upon us. The God who makes nations great and who destroys them (Job 12:23) is already allowing America to experience the breakdown that comes with pride and rebellion. The Scripture warns us that God is not mocked – what we sow, we reap (Gal 6:7). America is losing her greatness because of the sin of her people. Have we not reached the point described in the Book of Judges in which this nation is doing “evil in the sight of the Lord” and everyone is doing “what [is] right in his own eyes”? (2:11; 21:25). When the nation reaches such a point, the Book of Judges reveals over and over that judgment is certain to follow.

The Response of God’s People – It is not surprising that unbelievers continue on in defiance of God. What is surprising is that many in the church are apathetic, lukewarm and casual about sin; or worse, are themselves actively rebelling against the Lord and His Word. This is an hour when God’s people should be filled with grief over the state of this nation, and even more so over the state of the church. The terrible condition of this nation is, after all, a reflection of the condition of the church. “…It is time for judgment to begin with the household of God” (1 Pet 4:17). The only hope for the nation is humility, prayer and repentance on the part of God’s people (2 Chr. 7:14)…

The situation is critical, desperate. Even greater judgment is imminent.

Thankfully, God’s heart is that we plead. He is searching for those who will “build up the wall and stand in the gap” before Him so that He will not have to send the impending judgment. His desire is for spiritual awakening and revival.

So the question is not in regard to God’s heart, but in regard to us. Will we respond? Will we cast off our apathy, lukewarmness and sin, and turn our full attention to the Lord? Knowing that what happens to America in the days ahead is dependent upon our response as God’s people should drive each of us to our knees in deep humility, repentance and intercession (Herald… May, 2015).

The year ahead may be our last chance.  Will we choose godly leaders who will lead us away from the road to destruction? More importantly, will God’s people repent, and seek His face? As Carmichael has expressed so plainly, repentance and revival, beginning with the church, is our nation’s only hope!  We who know anything of prayer must consecrate ourselves with prayer and fasting in the months ahead.

Shooting at Planned Parenthood – Robert Lewis Dear, the unstable 57 year-old man who murdered 3 people and wounded 9 in a shooting rampage at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood abortion clinic, was not a pro-life activist. LifeNews reported that the “rambling loner, never talked about abortion.” Nevertheless, Planned Parenthood and the pro-abortion media went on a public relations blitz to blame the pro-life movement as purveyors of hate speech.  This move is almost certainly in hopes of stopping the grassroots effort to end taxpayer support for the nation’s largest abortion business, an effort underway numerous states and the U.S. Congress.  

Killed were two civilian victims, Jennifer Markovsky (35), and Ke’Arre Stewart (29), a U.S. Army veteran, both whom were accompanying friends to the clinic.  Also killed was a police officer, Garrett Swasey (44), shot while attempting to stop the shooter and protect the lives of Planned Parenthood workers and clients. Swasey was also a local church elder and worship leader, and a stalwart pro-life Christian.

Over the weekend, many in the single-mindedly pro-abortion, liberal press dominated the airwaves and internet with charges of pro-life and Christian “terrorism,” despite the lack of any evidence that the shiftless gunman was either a Christian or pro-life.

Meanwhile, the Republicans in the Senate say “all systems go” to vote this week on a reconciliation bill that would defund Planned Parenthood and repeal parts of ObamaCare  (see WSJ: Shooter in Court. Federalist: Stop Blaming Pro-Lifers; Huffington Post: Christian Terrorism; Slain Officer a Christian; Fox: Slain Civilians; Christians Blamed for not Speaking Out; Fiorina: Typical Leftwing Politics; Tony Perkins: The Darkest of Black Fridays; All Systems Go; Senate to Vote Obamacare Repeal ).

  • May the American people not be fooled by the rhetorical tactics of abortion supporters!  Rather, may Congress be all the more determined and succeed this week in stopping taxpayer funding of the nation’s largest abortion business! May God’s people lead the way!  (Pr 26:25; 1 Cor 6:8, 15:33; Eph 4:15; 1 Jn 4:1; Rev 12:11)

A New Wave of Student Protests – Student protests have returned to the College Campus. David Davenport in Forbes Magazine, writes, that they are not like those of the 60s – protests about wars and American foreign policy, but about “perceived slights and injustices in their college experience.”  They are demands for free college tuition and the cancellation of student debt and extensions of popular protests like the “black lives matter” movement.

At Vanderbilt, students are demanding that Black Conservative and Christian Professor Carol Swain be dismissed for expressing her Christian views on her Facebook page. But while most College administrators and professors are caving in to such protests, leaders like Dr. Swain and Dr. Everett Piper, President of Oklahoma Wesleyan University are not. Dr. Carol Swain is saying to students, “Grow up!”  Dr. Piper wrote in an open letter to all students in response to a protest by one: “This is not Day Care, it is a University.” Swain says, “I’m very concerned about what’s happening across the nation, and I believe university administrators have lost control and that they’re making a serious mistake when they give into students using those…strategies” (see Forbes: New Era; Boston Globe: Protesters More Like Puritans?; National Review: Progressive Professors to Blame; Daily Signal: Dr. Swain to Students – “Grow up”; Dr. Piper’s Widely Applauded Open Letter; New Generation of Campus Disorders).  

  • As America gasps for spiritual breath, may God raise up leaders on our local school boards and our college and university campuses who will say “ENOUGH!” to immorality and nihilism that is passing for education in our schools. May God send another sweeping “Jesus Movement” that brings our youth and America back to Him! (Ex 18:21; Ps 110:3; Is 59: all, esp. v. 15-16; Acts 2:17-18; 1 Tim 4:12)

Finally, Please visit the Free to Believe Website and pray for the nationwide church training broadcast by FRC on Saturday, January 16th.  If you have not already done so, please sign our petition calling upon Congress to Defund Planned Parenthood. See also the Washington Times’ Special on the Power of Prayer. Thank you for believing in that power and praying!

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Prayer Targets: Thanksgiving: 1777 & Today; ‘Free to Believe;’ First Amendment Defense Act (FADA)

As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” … He said,“Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed. [One] when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice… threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him… he was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner? … Rise and go; your faith has made you well.” Luke 17:11-17

Thanksgiving is unique in America. And while many countries have observed harvest feasts and holidays, only a few nations, most notably Canada, celebrate Thanksgiving as a day to truly give thanks to the God of the Bible, and most of those derived their celebration from America.

While four states continue to debate the rightful claim to the first American Thanksgiving Day (e.g., the Pilgrims of Massachusetts, the Anglican settlers in Virginia, the Huguenots in Florida, or the Spanish Catholic in El Paso, Texas), Thanksgiving is a uniquely American holiday. The many hundreds of proclamations by the original 13 colonies, the Continental Congresses, Presidents and Congresses under the U.S. Constitution, and governors in all 50 states, all attest to our nation’s acknowledged dependence upon and gratitude to Almighty God. Not only are American rights and liberties endowed to us by our Creator, we are also the beneficiaries of His eternal law and gospel. We have been entrusted with the responsibility to protect and preserve those benefits so plainly described in our nation’s birth certificate, the Declaration of Independence, and are accountable to the Supreme Judge of the World. But the many historical Thanksgiving Proclamations add to those legal documents to make it clear that the American people owe continual thanks to Almighty God for His manifold mercies and blessings.

America’s Thanksgiving is a uniquely religious event. While it may have diminished just as faith in Americans has waned, it is our duty as believers to honor and revive the spiritual sentiment of this consecrated day.  The faithful should make it a time of genuine thanksgiving to God, not just for the bountiful harvest and material blessings, but also for the spiritual benefits that our Forefathers risked their lives to obtain.  Like those who fled to America for religious freedom, we must join in the quest of liberty to serve God without restraint or persecution, and to pass that liberty on to our children.

Similarly, the children of Israel escaped slavery in Egypt and followed God’s cloud and fire to liberty in the Promised Land. Yet when they arrived, they had to fight for every inch of ground and to prevail over the evil practices of those who inhabited the land.  That fight went on for generations. We must also work to preserve the values of Faith, Family and Freedom in America during these challenging days. We must show God proper gratitude for his aid and assistance.  The first Thanksgivings were just that: times to thank God for survival and the opportunity to carve a new nation from the wilderness where Christian faith would prosper and Religious Liberty would be firmly established.   

God ordained seven major feasts in Scripture and feasting and fasting both have a place in God’s economy. The carefully written, beautifully worded Thanksgiving proclamations from the beginnings of America were filled with biblical thought. They were the “Prayer Targets” to help inspire and guide worshipers across the land in their prayers.  Interestingly, the Puritans observed Thanksgiving as a Day of Fasting, Humiliation and Prayer.  This continued throughout the War for Independence, with the Continental Congress making 15 proclamations.  About half were calls to prayer and fasting and the other half for prayer and thanksgiving.

Today, we face war with Islamist enemies who have been telling us for decades that they intend to destroy Israel and us. Americans seem to be reawakening and taking notice. It is against this backdrop that we observe Thanksgiving, 2015. Next year we will have national elections, God willing, but for now, we are dealing with a government that is increasingly hostile toward people of faith.  We have faced challenging times before, and God has preserved us. 

During the War for Independence, our future as a fledgling nation was in doubt only a year after the ink had dried on the Declaration.  Defeat after defeat left even the signers of that Declaration discouraged.  As the British advanced, the Liberty Bell was taken down from Independence Hall.  Congress fled.  Our capital city of Philadelphia was lost.  Yet God granted us an astounding victory over the British at Saratoga, which brought the French in as an ally and turned the tide of the war.  Below is the text of the Continental Congress’ November 1, 1777 national Thanksgiving Day Proclamation, as printed in the Journals of Congress.

The committee appointed to prepare a recommendation to the several states, to set apart a day of public thanksgiving, brought in a report; which was taken into consideration, and agreed to as follows:

Forasmuch as it is the indispensable duty of all men to adore the superintending providence of Almighty God; to acknowledge with gratitude their obligation to him for benefits received, and to implore such farther blessings as they stand in need of; and it having pleased him in his abundant mercy not only to continue to us the innumerable bounties of his common providence, but also smile upon us in the prosecution of a just and necessary war, for the defense and establishment of our unalienable rights and liberties; particularly in that he hath been pleased in so great a measure to prosper the means used for the support of our troops and to crown our arms with most signal success:

It is therefore recommended to the legislative or executive powers of these United States, to set apart Thursday, the 18th day of December next, for solemn thanksgiving and praise; that with one heart and one voice the good people may express the grateful feelings of their hearts, and consecrate themselves to the service of their divine benefactor; and that together with their sincere acknowledgments and offerings, they may join the penitent confession of their manifold sins, whereby they had forfeited every favor, and their humble and earnest supplication that it may please God, through the merits of Jesus Christ, mercifully to forgive and blot them out of remembrance; that it may please him graciously to afford his blessings on the governments of these states respectively, and prosper the public council of the whole; to inspire our commanders both by land and sea, and all under them, with that wisdom and fortitude which may render them fit instruments, under the providence of Almighty God, to secure for these United States the greatest of all blessings, independence and peace; that it may please him to prosper the trade and manufactures of the people and the labor of the husbandman, that our land may yield its increase; to take schools and seminaries of education, so necessary for cultivating the principles of true liberty, virtue and piety, under his nurturing hand, and to prosper the means of religion for the promotion and enlargement of that kingdom which consisteth in righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost.

And it is further recommended, that servile labor, and such recreation as, though at other times innocent, may be unbecoming the purpose of this appointment, be omitted on so solemn an occasion. (Journals of Congress; October thru December 1777, p 854).

As you observe Thanksgiving this year, allow the Continental Congress’s 1777 “Prayer Targets” to guide you. They are every bit as timely and relevant today as then. And as you pray, keep the blessing of Religious Liberty we have enjoyed on the forefront of your mind, our greatest treasure next to our relationship with the Lord, and our families. Ask God for resolve to return from the holiday committed to doing your part to preserve religious liberty today – most importantly, to pray for and to insist that your Congressmen co-sponsor and vote for the First Amendment Defense Act – the only means of timely ensuring that Bible-believing Americans will not be further harassed, persecuted, fined and otherwise punished for simply practicing their faith in God’s word, that defined marriage as between a man and a woman (see previous Prayer Targets that outline FADA (Nov. 18; Nov. 11).

Also, please mark your calendar for “Free to Believe:  How Your Church Can Impact the Culture,” January 16, 2016, 9 AM to 1 PM ET. This is a live broadcast training event intended for churches, prayer and action groups, and other Christian church and school groups whose members want to know how to stand more effectively for religious liberty amid our changing and challenging culture. Pray for Tony Perkins, who will be the host!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and thank you for praying!

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Prayer Targets: Praying Men; National Security; Defunding; FADA; Assault on Professors; New SOGI’S

I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting… 1 Timothy 2:8 NKJV

E.M. Bounds (1835-1913) wrote nine books on prayer, each a classic. All but one were published posthumously. Certainly, “he being dead still speaks”(Heb. 11:4 NKJV).  Here Bounds challenges men regarding their biblical call to pray:

In 1 Tim. 1, the Apostle Paul urges with singular and specific emphasis, “I will, therefore, that the men pray everywhere.” This is the high calling of the men of the Church, and no calling is so engaging, so engrossing and so valuable that we can afford to relieve Christian men from the all-important vocation of secret prayer. Nothing whatever can take the place of prayer. Nothing whatever can atone for the neglect of praying… No man is so high in position, or grace, to be exempt from the obligation to pray. No man is too big to pray, no matter who he is, nor what office he fills. The king on his throne is as much obligated to pray as the peasant in his cottage. None is so high and exalted or so lowly and obscure as to be excused from praying. Everyone’s help is needed to prosecute the work of God, and the prayer of each praying man helps to swell the aggregate. The leaders in position, in gifts and in authority are to be chiefs in prayer.

Civil and Church rulers shape the affairs of this world. And so civil and Church rulers themselves need to be shaped personally in spirit, heart and conduct, in truth and righteousness, by the prayers of God’s people. This is in direct line with Paul’s words: “I exhort therefore,” he says, “that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for rulers and all that are in authority”…

Men are to pray for all men, especially for rulers in Church and state, “that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.” Peace on the outside and peace on the inside. Praying calms disturbing forces, allays tormenting fears, brings conflict to an end. Prayer tends to do away with turmoil. But even if there be external conflicts, it is well to have deep peace within the citadel of the soul. “That we may lead a quiet and peaceable life.” Prayer brings the inner calm and furnishes the outward tranquility. Praying rulers and praying subjects, if they were world-wide, would allay turbulent forces, make wars to cease, and peace to reign.

“Men are to pray everywhere,” in the closet, in the prayer-meeting, about the family altar, and to do so, “lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting”…  That is, without bitterness against their neighbors or brethren; without the obstinacy and pertinacity of a strong will, and hard feelings, without an evil desire or emotion kindled by fires in the carnal nature. … Such praying in the hands of Christian men become divine agencies in God’s hands for carrying on God’s gracious purposes and executing His designs in redemption…

Men are also to pray “without doubting.” The Revised Version puts it, “without disputings” Faith in God, belief in God’s Word…“without question.” No doubting or arguing… no opinions, nor hesitancy, no questioning, no reasoning, no intellectual quibbling, no rebellion, but a strict, stead-fast loyalty of spirit to God, a life of loyalty in heart and intellect to God’s Word (E. M. Bounds, The Weapon of Prayer, Ch. 5. Prayerless Christians)

The Greekword for “men” in 1 Tim 2:8 is aner (Strong’s Concordance G435), which refers most often to individual males, as contrasted with anthropos (G444), which refers to humankind.  Obviously, this verse has universal application.  Without a doubt, many women are amazingly gifted and effective prayer leaders.  Yet I believe God gives a special charge to men as spiritual leaders to set the pace when it comes to prayer. The need for men to “lift up holy hands” and take up their positions in prayer for themselves, for their families, for our nation is one of the greatest needs in America today.

National Security Prayer Wall – I wrote you last month about an effort to build prayer-movement-wide virtual “ramparts,” a National Security Prayer Wall, to protect our nation from enemies within and without. Leaders in the national prayer movement came together recently in Colorado Springs to respond to this mounting need. What happened on Friday in Paris accentuates the urgency of this effort. Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) introduced a bill that would require the government to invoke Clause 5 of the NATO Treaty, which says, in effect, that “an attack on France is the same as an attack on the United States.” For Congress to declare war and the president refuse to comply and lead would be unprecedented.

The entire world has been waiting on President Obama to lead, but he seems to be incapable of doing so in the sphere of national security. Indeed, too many of his actions have been counterintuitive to the concerns and common sense of the American people and our allies. For example, he steadfastly opposed the majority of the American people and Congress, and negotiated a deal with the world’s leading terrorist sponsor, Iran, abandoning Israel and insuring that Iran will have nuclear weapons (even as 4 innocent Americans rot in Iranian prisons). He steadfastly refuses to acknowledge that radical Islam is America’s enemy, even to speak the words “radical Islam” with his lips. He has afforded Islamic terrorists all the rights of American citizens, even those who have committed mass murders while crying “Allahu Akbar!”  At the same time, he disrespects the victims by downplaying such acts (e.g., referring to Abdul Hasan and the Fort Hood Shooting as “workplace violence”). He has ignored the slaughter of Christians by ISIS, refusing to acknowledge it by even referring to “Christians” as victims, while he simultaneously charges Christians with atrocities akin to ISIS during the Crusades. He has held private conferences with Muslim leaders associated with the Muslim brotherhood in the White House. He applauded and aided the “Arab Spring” which led to the Islamist overthrow of several Mideast governments.  Many more examples can be cited, but the evidence that the president demonstrates sympathy toward Muslims and disregard, even contempt for Christians, continues to grow, as does his unwillingness to take common sense measures to protect Americans from the Islamist threat.

In February, FBI Director James Comey, in a contrast to the White House, warned America that ISIS terrorists are at work in all 50 states, recruiting Americans 24 hours a day. He said fighting terrorism is the Bureau’s first priority.  Clearly America’s national security is in jeopardy. Yet the President says he plans no changes in his present strategy ( see War Declaration Bill, FBI Director Comey Video; 50 State Investigations; Egyptian Aid Resumed).

  • Father, Jesus is the Good Shepherd who will never flee or withdraw from the wolves that seek to devour your flock. He lays down his life for the sheep. May we elect a president in 2016 who sees safety of our nation as first priority as Commander in Chief. Grant this person clear vision and all of the elements of Exodus 18:21: 1) ability, 2) the fear of God; 3) a love for the truth; and 4) a hatred for dishonest gain. May the candidates’ views on this matter be abundantly clear and may the one you have anointed become more and more obvious to believers and all American voters. May the growing prayer movement muster forces to build an effective National Security Prayer Wall now. May those who “stand in the gap” be used to preserve lives and maintain a peace that allows for the ministry of the Gospel, the saving of souls and the continued advance the Church (Ex 18:21; 1 Sam 2:10; 2 Sam 3:1; Neh 34:13-24; Ps 80: all; Jn 10:11-14; Rom 13:3-5; Acts 20:28-31; 1 Tim 3:15).

Finally, 1) President Obama has “doubled down” on his plan to bring ten thousand or more Syrian refugees to the U.S., calling Republicans who object “shameful.” Experts say there is no way to vet the immigrants and the plan will afford cover for terrorists seeking entrance to the U.S.  Since the Syrian revolution began, 2,098 Muslims and only 53 Christians have been admitted to the U.S. legally. 2) Vanderbilt professor and forthright Christian, Carol Swain, says a concerted effort is underway to excise tenured Christian professors from American universities. She is the subject of a protest begun by a Muslim student who objects to her perspective on Islam (see Tony’s comments). 3)  Dallas, Texas, Jacksonville and Pensacola, Florida are presently being pushed to adopt measures similar to the ordinance rejected recently by Houston voters. 4) Some pundits were declaring FADA and the defunding of Planned Parenthood dead for the year,  but prolife and pro-religious liberty advocates have not given up. Pray for champions in the Senate to prevail now that Senate Majority Leader McConnell has announced that defunding Planned Parenthood will be included in reconciliation! 5) A new study by Baylor University debunks previous studies that declare a decline of Christianity among young people in America and the world, declaring Islam to be the fasted growing religion, saying Christianity is clearly the fasted growing religion worldwide! Thank you for praying!

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