Our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up. Daniel 3:17-18 (NKJV)
Dear Praying Friends,
The April 9th United Cry drew an estimated 1,000 people from across America to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Assailed by rain, snow, sleet, bone-chilling temperatures and blustery winds for most of the day, the group poured out their hearts in repentance, prayer and seeking God’s face. Braving the harsh weather, we interceded for our families, friends, churches, and country. Mentioned often was the powerful call to prayer issued by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, amid the dark hours of the Civil War.
President of the United States of America, A Proclamation: Whereas the Senate of the United States, devoutly recognizing the supreme authority and just government of Almighty God in all the affairs of men and of nations, has by a resolution requested the President to designate and set apart a day for national prayer and humiliation; and
Whereas it is the duty of nations as well as of men to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon, and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord;
And, insomuch as we know that by His divine law nations, like individuals, are subjected to punishments and chastisements in this world, may we not justly fear that the awful calamity of civil war which now desolates the land may be but a punishment inflicted upon us for our presumptuous sins, to the needful end of our national reformation as a whole people? We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in numbers, wealth, and power as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.
It behooves us, then, to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.
Now, therefore, in compliance with the request, and fully concurring in the views of the Senate, I do by this my proclamation designate and set apart Thursday, the 30th day of April, 1863, as a day of national humiliation, fasting, and prayer. And I do hereby request all the people to abstain on that day from their ordinary secular pursuits, and to unite at their several places of public worship and their respective homes in keeping the day holy to the Lord and devoted to the humble discharge of the religious duties proper to that solemn occasion.
All this being done in sincerity and truth, let us then rest humbly in the hope authorized by the divine teachings that the united cry of the nation will be heard on high and answered with blessings no less than the pardon of our national sins and the restoration of our now divided and suffering country to its former happy condition of unity and peace. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed. Done at the city of Washington, this 30th day of March, A. D. 1863, and of the Independence of the United States the eighty-seventh. ABRAHAM LINCOLN (AbrahamLincolnonline.org).
Since the beginning of country’s history some of the most spiritual, heartfelt, biblically accurate and beautiful calls to pray have been issued by American civil leaders. In 1952, Congress passed a resolution calling for an annual National Day of Prayer. President Harry Truman signed it into law. This year’s NDP will take place May 5th, just two weeks from now!
More on Big Businesses & Other Sex-Obsessed Bullies — North Carolina has taken a stand, not just for the citizens of that great state, but for all Americans. A special session of the legislature was called to vote on HB 2. It passed. The law overturned Charlotte’s Transgender “Bathroom Bill” recently passed by the City Council, and prohibited ordinances elsewhere that would require businesses, schools and other public or private institutions to allow transgendered persons of either sex to use the bathroom opposite their biological sex.
Following a new trend, the Charlotte ordinance allowed people who identify as transgendered to use the men’s bathroom when they feel like a male, and the women’s when they feel like a female. Clearly the Charlotte ordinance was dangerous for women and little girls in particular, but was a major intrusion upon the privacy of everyone.
Like Apple and Angie’s List, which threatened Indiana over its RFRA law, Big Business has piled on North Carolina with threats to move their business out of the state. PayPal came out early to announce it would scrap plans to build a global operations center in North Carolina, threatening 400 new jobs for the state. Governors from other states ordered their employees not to travel to North Carolina, and leftist entertainers jumped on the new politically-correct bandwagon. LGBT Homosexual lobby groups began pushing hard to grow the list of businesses boycotting or otherwise punishing North Carolina. The same effort is underway to punish Mississippi, which passed a law to prevent the government from discriminating against persons because of their convictions on marriage. This has become necessary because the Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell gave LGBT activists a sense of license to target Christian bakers, florists, photographers, wedding planners, chapel operators, etc. for punishment since they will not abandon their consciences and submit to participating in a same-sex wedding.
According to one pro-homosexual news site, which supports the boycott, 160 Big Business executives have signed a letter urging the NC Legislature to overturn the new law. In addition to Businesses, well-known entertainers, a circus, film-makers, sports organizations and others have denounced North Carolina. Even the White House is said to be mustering federal agencies to determine federal funds they could withhold from North Carolina. But, as I suggested last week, those who follow through on their threats against North Carolina and others states that enact such common-sense policies, could be left in the cold. Hard-working families, retirees and family friendly businesses are seeking safe places to live, work, do business and retire. Simultaneously large numbers are fleeing liberal states like New York, New Jersey, Maryland and California. Breaking News: the U.S. 4th Circuit Court ruled yesterday that schools must allow transgendered students to use the bathroom of their choice. This ruling addresses part of N.C. HB2. (see Fortune: Why I won’t Boycott North Carolina; PayPal; Growing List of Bullies; NBA Won’t Pull Out; Simple Law Misrepresented; Religious Liberty Good for Business; Big Biz: You Want Appease of Me?;Mississippi Governor; 4th Circuit Transgender Ruling).
- Lord, show those who see this as trivial that every assault on religious liberty is an assault to the foundation of all liberty. If the government can coerce us to abandon our core biblical faith and practice as it pertains to marriage, it can force us to believe and do anything. Shake your people to pray, to speak out, and to take action. May pastors and churches lead the battle to pass common sense laws in every state. May those who live in anti-religious liberty states fight to restore religious liberty, flee to a free state, or be prepared to stand in the fiery trial that will soon come to every jurisdiction in America (Gen 13:9-13; Ex 18:21-26; 1 Cor 5:1-13; Gal 5:1, 9; Eph 6:10-20; 1 Pet 4:12-14; 2 Pet 2)
Finally, please pray for: 1) FRC’s National Hispanic Pastors Outreach. We had a great Hispanic Pastors’ Briefing in the Denver area yesterday, but we want to bring more Hispanic and Latino pastors into our pastors network and the Pro-Life and Pro-Family Movement. 2) Last Thursday a hearing was held on H.R.4924, The Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act of 2016 (PRENDA), in the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice. Introduced by Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), the bill, which will prohibit race and sex-selection abortions, has 92 co-sponsors. 3) FRC’s flagship Watchmen on the Wall National Pastors Briefing will take place May 25-27 in Washington, D.C. Please pray for this important event and make sure your pastor registers soon. Space is limited. If you are an experienced intercessor and would like to be part of the on-site prayer team, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. 4) Please pray for Melissa and Aaron Klein, the owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, the couple fined $135,000 by the State of Oregon for refusing to bake a wedding cake for a homosexual couple. Pray, too, for the many others who have been similarly subjected to persecution in these United States. Theirs has been a seemingly unending battle, for most, challenging spiritually, emotional as well as financially — and they need our continuous prayers. And please continue to stand with the persecuted in the Middle East and around the world, whose lives are at risk daily, who stand for Christ! 5) The 2016 Elections are of utmost importance: Use these resources to help guide your prayers: Primary Calendar & Other Information; FRCAction’s Presidential Election Voter’s Guide (501c3 Compliant); FRCAction’s Online Congressional Score Card; State Policy Orgs & Election Boards for Election information. As always, thank you for praying. While we must take deliberate action in this critical hour, we must first and always pray!