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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