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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