Pray in Unity


22
Oct 2018

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Day 25 – An Ongoing Call to Pray for America’s National Security: Nuclear Expansion in Russia and China

“He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire.” (Psalm 46:9; NIV)

“Russia presents the greatest threat to our national security,” General Joseph Dunford affirmed in his congressional hearing to become Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, our highest military officer. With its large nuclear arsenal, destabilizing role in Ukraine, threat to NATO nations on its borders, and involvement in the Syrian civil war, Russia presents a significant challenge. “If you want to talk about a nation that could pose an existential threat to the United States, I would have to point to Russia,” Dunford said. “And if you look at their behavior, it’s nothing short of alarming.”

Dunford said China falls right behind Russia because of their growing military might and aggressive behavior throughout the Asia-Pacific. They are investing in a massive military build-up to challenge US dominance in the region, erecting artificial islands for possible military use, and demanding territorial rights disputed by their neighbors, most of whom are our allies.

Threats to US space services will increase as potential adversaries pursue destructive counter-space capabilities. Both Chinese and Russian military leaders are developing the ability to disrupt US use of space in a conflict by damaging and destroying those satellites upon which the US is so dependent for its reconnaissance and communication systems. They also now have a lead in developing hypersonic missiles that go at five times the speed of sound and could threaten our ability to respond to attack.

Some Russian agents interfered with the last election, though not enough to affect the outcome. Also the Chinese have stolen large amounts of American military and other kinds of technology which they can now use against us.

Points for Prayer:

Let’s pray for a better, closer relationship with these two great powers and that our government and diplomats will have wisdom to pursue it towards greater trust and world peace.

Pray for our Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, as well as our Secretary of Defense, James Mattis, in close cooperation with President Trump and his team so that this potential threat can be turned around into a mutually beneficial friendship among our three nations.

Ask the Lord for the development of more advanced military technologies and war-readiness that will keep Russia and China from wanting to try and take advantage of the USA by provoking a military conflict of any kind.

Be mindful of the strong movements of Christians in both Russia and China; let us pray that they will rise to positions of favor and influence in their governments, so our international relations will be increasingly shaped by Christian values, not dictatorial (Russia) or communist ones (China).

By John Robb
Co-Convener, National Prayer Assembly
Chairman, International Prayer Council

 


21
Oct 2018

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Day 24 – An Ongoing Call to Pray for America’s National Security: Watchfulness Against Deception

“Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain.” (Psalm 127:1; NIV)

“I have posted watchmen on your walls, Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night. You who call on the Lord, give yourselves no rest…” (Isaiah 62:6; NIV)

When the ancient city of Troy was besieged by the Greek army in 1200 BC, the Trojans thought that their defenses, especially their high walls, could never be breached. They were right. However, the Greeks did not mount a frontal attack on their walls, but instead cunningly deceived their enemy by leaving a large wooden statue of a horse. The idea was to feign defeat and honor the Trojans for their victory. Meanwhile, a band of Greek soldiers was hiding inside the horse’s belly as the Trojans unwittingly admitted the “prize of war” into the heart of their city. Later that night, as the residents of Troy slept, the hidden Greek commandos emerged to open the gates to the rest of the Greek army who savagely massacred the residents and destroyed their once proud city by fire.

In the same way, the greatest threat to America’s national security is our openness to deception and lack of watchfulness. The Trojans thought they were invincible behind their vast, high, seemingly impenetrable walls and defenses. We dare not become complacent, thinking that because we are the world’s “super power,” we are safe from attack. That is not the case at all. Even great empires have fallen when their enemies succeeded in deceiving them and conquering them from the inside.

We must pray for our current and future administrations to be able and willing to boldly identify and confront threats to the nation. We also need to pray our leaders will have the willingness to look within at policies previously created or underway that might undermine and endanger our national security.

Points for Prayer:

 

  • Thank God for His deliverance and protection over the USA until now and for His mercy in the “divine turnaround” we experienced during the 2016 election.
  • Pray for President Trump and his administration and for our Department of Defense to have great wisdom as they seek to upgrade and modernize our military forces, both conventional and nuclear.
  • Pray for our various intelligence agencies and for the Director of National Intelligence, that they will work together in unity and careful coordination, being ever watchful to discover security threats.
  • Pray for any remaining cells of terrorists to be uncovered and plots foiled before any harm can be done. Pray that these dangerous people will be arrested and deported from our country immediately.
  • Pray for the removal of the corrupt and wicked from positions of influence in the government, including the CIA, FBI, and other intelligence agencies, as well as other governmental bureaucracies in D.C. and throughout the nation. The Lord is answering this prayer, but we need to see this process go further to ferret out and prosecute all “deep state” actors.
  • Pray that the moral and spiritual decline of America will be reversed. Identify in repentance for our national sins and ask for God’s mercy upon our wayward nation.

 

By John Robb
Co-Convener, National Prayer Assembly
Chairman, International Prayer Council


20
Oct 2018

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Day 23 – Securing the Vineyard of Prophetic Destiny  (Part 2)

But Naboth replied, ‘The Lord forbid that I should give you the inheritance of my ancestors.’” (1 Kings 21:3; NASB)

Yesterday, we shared on God’s desire for you to secure Washington D.C., as well as your own spheres, for His harvest. We identified a “Jezebel spirit” as a primary opposing force. Today I’d like to speak into this more specifically.  

The story of Naboth’s vineyard, as chronicled in 1 Kings 21, conveys how Jezebel targets the vineyards of our prophetic destiny. Note that Naboth had a vineyard next to Jezebel’s palace in the Jezreel Valley. The name “Naboth” comes from the same root word as “nabi” or “prophet.” In fact, “Naboth” means “prophetic words.” It was literally the vineyard of prophetic destiny!

And the harvest of prophetic words was incredible. Perhaps this is why the “deep state” leaders of Naboth’s day wanted to overtake his vineyard for their purposes.

Ahab sought to purchase the vineyard from Naboth. When Naboth refused the transaction, Jezebel arose to overthrow him from stewarding this inheritance in three specific ways. Let’s look at them briefly.

First, as the “chief witch of Israel,” Jezebel targeted Naboth with occult power. She invoked demonic forces to target him and take him down.

Second, Jezebel wrote letters and sent them to influential people, portraying him as disqualified from owning the vineyard. In other words she used the media of the day to generate fake news.

Third, Jezebel recruited despicable men to give fake news or false testimony in the court of law. “You have cursed God and king!” they intoned.

And by this, the court was persuaded to render a lethal verdict.

Let’s review. Jezebel used three means of power to take Naboth down. First, by occult targeting. Second, by fake news in the court of public opinion. Third, by fake news in the court of law.

This sounds hauntingly familiar, doesn’t it? In fact it explains the challenges affecting both your world and Washington DC. I submit to you we must continue in resolute prayer for our leaders, including President Trump!

When Ahab asked for the vineyard, Naboth’s reply was telling: God forbid that I should give you the inheritance of my fathers! That is what was at stake then, and that is what is at stake even as we approach the November elections. Let’s all gain Naboth’s resolve! Let’s ask the Lord to restrain Jezebel from overtaking the fields of our prophetic destiny.

Let’s remember Naboth’s resolve. God forbid that we should give Jezebel and Ahab the inheritance of our forefathers. No king but Jesus!

Points for Prayer:

  • Your sphere must be secured by covenant with Jesus Christ alone. Remember how David restored the Ark of the Covenant to his land. Pray and ask God to annul all previous covenants with death and hell in your land and generational line. Pledge everything you are and everything you have to God alone.
  • Ask the Lord to shield you and the nation from any witchcraft or occult targeting and accusation. Repent for any way in which you have aligned with the Accuser. You must understand how your unredeemed words may actually be empowering witchcraft instead of restraining it. Pray like Isaiah, “Cleanse me, Lord! I’m a person of unclean lips, and I dwell amidst a people of unclean lips. Forgive me!”
  • Invoke God’s covenant with you personally and over your sphere. II Kings 17:38-39 makes an incredible promise: “This covenant I have made with you, you shall not forget, nor shall you fear other gods. But the Lord your God you shall fear, and He shall deliver you from the hand of every adversary.”
  • Approach the Bench. Present your case before the Court of Heaven. Remind the Lord of His covenant promises. Pray Daniel 7:22, which we have come to call “the turnaround verdict.” Remind him of suffered injustices. Ask the Lord to render judgement on your behalf to restrain Jezebel and secure your harvest—the vineyard of your prophetic destiny!

By Jon and Jolene Hamill
Co-founders of Lamplighters Ministries


19
Oct 2018

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Day 22 – Securing the Field of Prophetic Destiny (Part 1)

“’It will come about in that day that I will respond,’ declares the Lord. ‘I will respond to the heavens, and they will respond to the earth, and the earth will respond to the grain, to the new wine and to the oil, and they will respond to Jezreel. I will sow her for Myself in the land. I will also have compassion on her who had not obtained compassion, and I will say to those who were not My people, “You are My people!” And they will say, “You are my God!”’” (Hosea 2:21-23; NASB)

We are in such a pivotal time for our nation. The good news is that God is forging a new way forward for us all – a freedom movement! And as long as we do our part, we can see our covenantal destiny secured.

During Passover 2017, I had an extraordinary dream. Washington, D.C., was superimposed on Israel. Jolene, myself, and a group of leaders were commissioned like Joshua and Caleb to scope out the land and possess our inheritance.

My vantage point was Tel Megiddo. Armageddon! The Jezreel Valley was below. Jezreel actually means “God sows.” Not coincidentally, the Jezreel Valley was once swampland that had to be drained in order for biblical prophecy to be fulfilled that the valley would become a harvest field. Our rallying cry became, “Drain the swamp to secure the harvest!”

That’s how you are called to take your land in this hour.

In the dream, I could focus on an area and, with telescopic ability, view every detail with precision. I diligently searched for opposing forces. I saw none. The field was clear.

Except, that is, for a clear representation of a Jezebel spirit. I immediately turned to Jolene, pointed at her, and said, “That is witchcraft!”

In retrospect, this dream proved amazingly prophetic. For instance, it conveyed an unusual covenantal alliance between Israel and America. We had no way of knowing that President Trump would soon defy global diplomacy and, for Israel’s 70th anniversary, honor Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

We have also seen how many of the challenges faced by this administration have been sourced by a Jezebel spirit. We’ll share more on this tomorrow. God is giving vital keys to overcome!

Points for Prayer:

  • What “land” or sphere is God calling you to secure for His Kingdom this year? What are the obstacles? What is your covenant promise?
  • Do you perceive a Jezebel influence is resisting you? Your family? Your sphere of authority? Washington, DC?
  • Ask the Lord to show us how to “drain the swamp”—those things holding back our spheres of authority from their full potential. Remember the precious seeds sown even in former generations. We resound the Lord’s cry, “Drain the swamp and secure the harvest!”

By Jon and Jolene Hamill
Co-founders, Lamplighter Ministries


18
Oct 2018

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Day 21- In Favor of Life

“Surely these things happened to Judah according to the Lord’s command, in order to remove them from his presence because of the sins of Manasseh and all he had done, including the shedding of innocent blood. For he had filled Jerusalem with innocent blood, and the Lord was not willing to forgive.” (2 Kings 24:3-4; 2 Chronicles 7:14; KJV)

Over the past 44 years, Americans have “legally” taken the lives of over 60 million innocent unborn babies without the due process of law guaranteed every American by the U.S. Constitution. Just as the U.S. Supreme Court erred horrifically in its 1857 Dred Scott Decision, declaring that “a negro, whose ancestors were imported into [the U.S.], and sold as slaves… whether enslaved or free, could not be an American citizen and therefore had no standing to sue in federal court,” so did they err in the 1973 Roe v. Wade,  the 1973 Doe v. Bolton, and the 1992 Planned Parenthood v. Casey rulings, which were based upon utter distortion of the constitution to fit the politically correct thinking of the then-majority of justices.

The loss of each baby’s life, as well as the guilt and damage to mothers who felt justified by the new “law” to take their baby’s lives, must be shared by all who have stood by idly, content to watch what has turned out to be an American massacre. Moreover, we have pushed this “American policy” on foreign lands and required those who receive American aid to adapt similar policies. And while the Hyde Amendment prevented Federal Tax dollars from going to abortionists, we have funded Planned Parenthood at home and abroad for all these decades. These policies are being brought to an end by President Donald Trump.

But the legal fight will go on until the makeup of the U.S. Supreme Court has been changed, which President Trump has promised to do. God has been radically merciful to America, not bringing the consequences of our evil deeds upon us in the full measure we deserve as a nation. Surely, if God has held off the full force of His judgments, if we repent, turn from our wicked ways, and seek the face of God as covenanted by God in 2 Chronicles 7:14, He will forgive our sins and pour out His healing grace upon our land.

Points for Prayer:

  • May God move upon our Supreme Court and our Federal and State courts urgently to repent of and reverse the pro-abortion rulings past Courts have delivered.
  • May President Trump continue to nominate solidly pro-life justices to the U.S. Supreme Court and similarly lifetime pro-life judges to the Federal Courts.
  • May governors follow suit and appoint pro-life justices to their State Supreme Courts and pro-life judges to the lower courts.
  • May God move upon the spirits of all Americans to reevaluate their views about abortion. May those who identify as pro-life multiply until American culture has become a culture of life and not death.
  • May President Trump and Congress work together quickly to defund Planned Parenthood and expand and make permanent the Hyde Amendment to prevent any expenditure of taxpayer dollars to fund abortions anywhere.
  • May God send us a Biblical multi-generational revival that literally rebuilds our lives, repairs our families, restores a Biblical worldview to our culture, heals our land, and with the sins of our past blotted out by the blood of Jesus, makes us an influence for righteousness in the world until Christ returns!

By Pierre Bynum

Family Research Council

See FRC’s Issue Analysis: “Filling Justice Scalia’s Seat and Beyond.”


17
Oct 2018

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Day 20 – Courts and Human Sexuality

“In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.” (Romans 1:18-32; Jude 1:7; KJV)

In June 2015, the Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court ruling redefined marriage for every American state to include persons of the same sex, including 31 states whose constitutions included amendments to define marriage as a union between one man and one woman.

FRC’s Director for the Center for Religious Liberty, Travis Weber, outlines how the Court erred (these are excerpts):

  1. The Court improperly took on the role of social problem-solver by reading the right to same-sex marriage into the Constitution.
  2. The Court entrenched itself in an erroneous notion of “substantive due process: a subjective idea of liberties that allows the court to call anything a liberty, thus diminishing the real freedom of people to govern themselves and act through their legislatures in ways that cannot be struck down by Court in the name of “liberty.”
  3. The Court exercised naked political will by overlooking gaping differences between this case and its prior marriage cases. It overlooked huge logical gaps throughout its use of precedent and case law on marriage.
  4. The Court largely discarded any notion of higher authority as informing human affairs. Early 19th Century Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story referred to man’s “responsibility to [God] for all our actions.” Imagine if such reasoning was applied to the marriage decision? (Read Weber’s entire summary HERE, including excerpts from the dissenting opinions from Chief Justice John Roberts, and Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, and Samuel Alito.)

Obergefell, like Roe, strikes at the core of God’s creative order. While the Bible and the U.S. Constitution promise life, Roe gave death to millions, enabling millions to believe that taking their baby’s life was authorized by the highest authority in the land. While Obergefell promises liberty, it has brought the entire nation into bondage – both the homosexuals who believe their lifestyle has been authorized by the highest authority in the land, as well as those who reject the ruling because of their religious faith who are punished when they live out their faith by refusing to participate in a same-sex wedding or refusing to affirm same sex marriage when commanded to do so by a military commander or employer. The Court has elevated some by sanctifying their sexual practices, while making pariahs of those who maintain fidelity to their religious faith.

This is being played out in a thousand places in hundreds of ways today: when Texas pastors had their sermons subpoenaed to see what they said about homosexuality; when Georgia’s chief fireman was terminated for the chapter he wrote in a Sunday School text; when a newly hired health official was fired because it was learned that he gave a biblical sermon about homosexuality as a lay pastor in California; when bakers, florists, photographers, and wedding managers have been harassed, fined, sued and run out of business for refusing to participate in a same-sex wedding; when military chaplains were passed over for promotion, even summarily dismissed for counseling from the Bible regarding same-sex marriage. And not to mention the increasing incidents of suicide and other health risks among homosexuals as a result of being encouraged by the courts and other civil officers.

Points for Prayer:

  • May God send Christian revival which alone can cleanse the hearts and heal those damaged physically, mentally and spiritually by their Supreme Court-encouraged, self-destructive behaviors. Only God can transform those whose personalities have been altered by their involvement in dangerous behaviors. May He send such a revival!
  • May God guide our President, who has been ambiguous in his posture toward LGBT matters, into all Truth. May he appoint pro-biblical and traditional marriage justices to the Supreme Court and judges to our federal courts.
  • May God’s people be given faith to believe that the wrong decisions our courts have made and the problems they have created can be reversed, just as the horrific Dred Scott decision was reversed.
  • May Life, Marriage, and the God of Creation and His created order be yet again wholly respected by the vast majority of Americans and honored in American life and law!

By Pierre Bynum

Family Research Council

See FRC’s “A Critical Analysis of Obergefell v. Hodges, by Travis Weber.

See FRC’s Issue Analysis: “Filling Justice Scalia’s Seat and Beyond.”


16
Oct 2018

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Day 19 – Pray Our Courts Will Defend Religious Liberty!

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1; KJV)

“Stand and Pray!” (Ephesians 6:13-18; KJV)

A growing anti-religious freedom movement has materialized over the past 60 years. Our First Liberty seems to have been forgotten by too many Americans, among them state and federal government leaders, including the courts. Religious liberty has been under increasing assault from every direction. One gospel coalition analyzes it thus:

  1. Religion has become personal and private, not public.
  2. Freedom of religion has been reinterpreted to mean freedom of worship.
  3. Fewer people claim to be religious today.
  4. The Sexual Revolution has advanced its own vision of sin and salvation.

Public policy law firms like the ACLU, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and the Freedom from Religion Foundation are leaders in the assault, arguing cases to silence or stifle religious expression or to punish Christians for their adherence to their faith convictions in a modern secular world.

This movement has given rise to a number of valiant public policy law firms that are laboring day and night to defend mostly Christians who have been subjected to harmful discrimination due to their religious convictions, among them the Alliance Defending Liberty (ADF), the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), Liberty Counsel, First Liberty Institute, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and many more. They also defend religious liberty in general along with groups like the Family Research Council, the American Family Association and others who defend the traditional family and promote the sanctity of life, believing that “religious liberty is crucial to a thriving society, even when exercised in ways the broader culture deems unpopular.”

President Donald Trump will repeal executive orders and bureaucratic regulations that are hostile to religious liberty, like the measure used to sue the Little Sisters of the Poor who refused to purchase insurance for their employees that included abortifacient contraceptive drugs. But the enemies of Christianity and public expressions of faith will continue to use the Courts so long as there are sympathetic justices and judges who do not value religious freedom.

For some of the Federal Courts, many far-left judges will have to retire to make way for God-fearing pro-liberty judges before Christians will be safe to practice their faith without threat from employers, and local and state sexual orientation, gender identity (SOGI) and other laws that prohibit Christian businesses, employers, Christian 501(c)(3) organizations, and even churches, from practicing their faith cross current to the LGBT agenda.

Prayer Points:

  • Thank the Lord for stirring Americans and especially Christians to push back in November’s Election against the tide of anti-faith government discrimination.
  • Pray for President Trump and his advisors and appointees, that they will work with Congress to pass laws that stop anti-religious discrimination caused by the previous administration, state and local laws, and ordinances.
  • Pray that the American people will be delivered from their biases favoring sexual activism over religious liberty and that anti-religious secularism will cease to be advanced in our public schools and colleges.
  • Ask God to spur activist judges to retire. May He guide the Trump Team to weigh Religious Liberty heavily in choosing every future SCOTUS Justice and federal judge. In Jesus’ Name!

By Pierre Bynum

Family Research Council

See First Freedom Institute’s Undeniable: The Survey of Hostility to Religion in America

See FRC’s Issue Analysis: “Filling Justice Scalia’s Seat and Beyond.”

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15
Oct 2018

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Day 18 – President Trump’s Court Appointees

“[Jehoshaphat] set judges in the land… and said… Take heed what ye do: for ye judge not for man, but for the Lord, who is with you in the judgment. For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king; He will save us.” (2 Chronicles 19:5-6; Isaiah 33:22; KJV)

When our Forefathers framed the Declaration and Constitution, Sir William Blackstone’s legal commentaries were their preeminent legal reference. Blackstone wrote:

Upon these two foundations, the law of nature and the law of revelation, depend all human laws; that is to say, no human laws should be suffered to contradict … The revealed law… of infinitely more authenticity than that moral system… denominated [by] the natural law… The doctrines thus delivered we call the revealed or divine law, and they are to be found only in the Holy Scriptures. (Blackstone’s Commentaries, Part 2, The Nature of Laws in General)

Nations that obey God’s moral law are blessed (see Dt 28, all). Sadly, our Supreme Court and many of our federal courts have departed from the Constitution and from protecting the God-given fundamental, self-evident rights our Founders declared governments were instituted to protect: equality (equal protection under law), life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Most SCOTUS appointees rise from our federal courts.

President Trump has promised to appoint Supreme Court Justices who are “originalist jurists,” men and women who will interpret the Constitution the way our Founders intended and not according to their own feelings or changing morals of modern culture.

Points for Prayer:

  • Pray daily that God will guide President Trump in all of his decisions, but especially his possible appointment of one or two more new lifetime Supreme Court Justices during his tenure in office (Pr 29:2)
  • May each appointee be not only knowledgeable and committed to the original meaning of the words of the Constitution, but also have a God-given moral compass that comes from the knowledge of God’s Word.
  • May God help our new President choose and the U.S. Senate to confirm jurists who will render righteous judgments and serve our nation with reverence for the Lord.
  • May they understand that their robes identify them as “ministers of God” who must give account to the Supreme Judge of all the World for their stewardship (Rom 1:4-13; 14:12; 1 Cor 4:2).
  • May each firmly understand that it is their responsibility not to define, but to protect the God-given, unalienable rights of Americans, including the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness (which our Forefathers interpreted to mean rights to private property).

By Pierre Bynum

Family Research Council

See FRC’s Issue Analysis: “Filling Justice Scalia’s Seat and Beyond.”


14
Oct 2018

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Day 17 – Filling Empty Judicial Seats

“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness… Woe unto them that decree unrighteous decrees… that write grievousness which they have prescribed…” (Isaiah 5:20; 10:1; KJV)

Founding Father Alexander Hamilton wrote in the Federalist Papers, #78:

Whoever attentively considers the different departments of power must perceive, that, in a government in which they are separated from each other, the judiciary, from the nature of its functions, will always be the least dangerous to the political rights of the Constitution; because it will be least in a capacity to annoy or injure them…the general liberty of the people can never be endangered from that quarter; I mean so long as the judiciary remains truly distinct from both the legislature and the Executive.

However, instead of exercising judicial restraint, over the past 60 years the U.S. Supreme Court has become a super-legislature and an oligarchical dictator that has departed from the Constitution, the Declaration, Natural and Revealed law, in addition to losing any sense of obligation to the standards or authority of the Supreme Judge of the Universe.

It has declared the murder of the unborn a woman’s right, contrary to the Constitution. It has redefined marriage, with utter disregard for morals, religion, history, or the laws of God and man. It usurped the citizens of 31 states by overturning their laws and carefully amended Constitutions intended to protect Marriage. Long ago, it drove the Bible, prayer, the Ten Commandments, and religious free speech out of our public schools.

And yet, our elites wonder why our educational ranking among the nations has plummeted and our classrooms have become uncontrollable. Indeed, it has done precisely what Isaiah warned would bring woes to any people. Moreover, our federal and state court systems have fed one another in this ever-expanding lack of restraint.

The federal courts are the pool from which most SCOTUS Justices are chosen. God-fearing originalist judges will work to restrain the courts, not to further expand their activist bent and power. Only 51 Senate votes are needed to confirm them. President Trump could shape the courts for generations with good judges who will serve for life. The courts face cases pertaining to abortion, conscience rights, religious liberty, gun control, sexual rights, the environment, and property rights, all in a divided nation with multiple groups seeking to control our laws and culture with philosophies antithetical to the Constitution and a Biblical worldview. Who is fit for this? Only originalist Judges with the wisdom greater than Solomon (see Mt 12:42).

John Jay, the first Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, wrote in 1816, “Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest, of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers” (see The Life of John Jay).

Points for Prayer:

May we pray as exhorted by John Jay, the nation’s First Chief Justice!

  • Pray that God will help President Trump and his advisors choose the very best of the best: truly God-fearing conservative, originalist justices and judges to populate the Supreme Court and all of our federal courts.
  • May God’s people continue to aggressively pray to support the President, now under vicious attack from many quarters – his person, his family, his work and decision-making. May he grow in wisdom and in relationship with the Lord. May he and his cabinet have great success and win the hearts of a hostile bureaucracy and many Americans who did not vote for him. May he be given health, longevity in life and in office, and may he leave the legacy of a judiciary revived and restored by the Founders’ blueprint.

By Pierre Bynum

Family Research Council

See FRC’s Issue Analysis: “Filling Justice Scalia’s Seat and Beyond.”


13
Oct 2018

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Day 16 – Midterm Elections for the Senate

“He loves righteousness and justice.” (Psalm 33:5; ESV)

After three days of seeking God’s wisdom in prayer, our Founding Fathers determined that each state should have two senators as well as a number of representatives based on that state’s population. Thus, we have the House of Representatives and the Senate. Every two years, each of the Representatives must run for reelection, while only one-third of the Senate must run for reelection. This creates two-year terms for Representatives and six-year terms for Senators.

The 2018 midterm election is a bit unique in that there were originally 34 Senators up for reelection but now, because of the resignation of Senator Franken, we have 35 Senatorial races. Today’s politics have played out so that the Democrats are defending 26 of these 35 seats. In order for the Republican party to lose its majority in the Senate, the Democrats would have to win all 26 races and the Republicans would have to lose three of the nine.

The Senate plays many important roles in our government, none more important than filling the federal judicial openings. In other words, the Senate approves the lifetime appointment of judges that rule within the appellate system and, of course, on our Supreme Court.

Points for Prayer:

  • Pray that candidates’ positions on issues would be evident and that voters would seek to know what those positions are.
  • Pray that candidates with conservative values would have at least 51 seats in the Senate.
  • Pray that the outcome of this election would be a majority that chooses just judges.

By, Dave Kubal
President, Intercessors for America


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