Prayer Targets: Your Enemy; Perkins Speaks Out; iPledge Sunday; Assault on FRC; Middle East, VVS
September 13, 2012
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:10-12
Dear Praying Friends,
Henry Blackaby, longtime advocate for repentance and revival in our churches, exhorts us to remember who our real enemy is, to protect ourselves with spiritual armor and to advance the battle with spiritual, not carnal weapons:
In a battle, it is imperative to identify your enemy. If you are not aware of the point of your attack, you are vulnerable. Paul had many enemies. Some resented him, others hated him, and others wanted to kill him. Some, who were supposedly on his side, sought to harm him and his ministry (Acts 9:23; Phil 1:17; 1 Tim 1:20; 2 Tim 1:15; 4:14). In spite of the persecution he faced, Paul never lost sight of his real enemy. Paul was wary of Satan. When people attacked him, he knew they were not his real opponents. They were simply unwitting instruments of the spiritual forces of darkness. When you meet opposition to your faith, your first reaction may be anger toward your antagonist. This may divert your attention from the deeper, spiritual dimensions of your conflict. Your adversary may be hopelessly in bondage to sin. Rather than retaliating, you should immediately and earnestly intercede for that person. Your opponent's hostility is your invitation to become involved in God's redemptive work to free him or her from spiritual bondage. Be alert to the spiritual warfare around you. It is real and potentially destructive to you and those you care about. Knowing your real foe will protect you from bitterness and unforgiveness. Your hope lies in the reality that "He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world" (1 John 4:4). Do not place your hope in humanity, but steadfastly trust in the One who has already defeated your enemy (Henry and Richard Blackaby, Experiencing God Day By Day, 2006)
The Bible has long been the source of moral truth and a standard of right and wrong. But when men abandon the word, anything goes and sin builds upon sin. Because civil government is made up of sinful men, government, ordained by God to reward those who do good and to punish those who do evil, can become an instrument of evil itself. Nevertheless, God calls us to be bold for Christ, yet to be controlled by His temperament. Burned at the stake by the adversaries, the martyrs followed the example of Jesus, praying, "Father forgive them, for they know not what they do." May we follow their example in this hour as it may get worse before it gets better.
Perkins Speaks Out - Yesterday, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins spoke to the National Press Club in Washington, DC. He addressed the shooting at FRC headquarters, iPledgeSunday, the upcoming Values Voter Summit and the Election. Tony answered poignant questions submitted by members of the press. Captured live on C-Span, I urge you to view Tony's Speech HERE!
- May members of the press accurately report and Americans everywhere learn the truth about Tony Perkins, Family Research Council, and the mission and values of all who hold to a Judeo-Christian worldview in America (Ex 20:16; Is 59:15; Pr 6:16-19; Jer 5:1; Jn 7:24; 8:31-32; Eph 4:15, 25).
iPledge Sunday - Sunday evening's broadcast from First Baptist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, was viewed by 3,300 churches and Christian home groups across America. The outstanding program can now be viewed at iPledgeSunday.org and is available on DVD for viewing by churches and home fellowships. The event, produced to motivate pastors and churches to mobilize Christian voters called upon believers to: 1. Pray for the advance of righteousness in the elections; 2. Prepare for the elections by being registered to vote and urging at least two other Christian friends or relatives to register and vote; and 3) to Participate by going to the polls to vote on Election Day. Dr. Kenyn Cureton, author of the informative iVoteValues.org website, says that while an estimated 2/3 of evangelical Christians are registered to vote, only half actually vote in presidential elections and even less in the off years.
- May God stir his people to pray, prepare and participate in the November Election! May we be salt and light do our duty to keep our nation free! (Ex 18:21; 1 Sam 8:9 ff; Pr 16:3, 9; Is 55:6; Jn 9:4).
FRC Shooting - In mid-August, following a shooting assault on FRC's D.C. headquarters, FRC President Tony Perkins made a public appeal to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) to end its ceaseless campaign falsely characterizing FRC as a "hate group." Leo Johnson, FRC's courageous building manager, took a bullet yet managed to prevent what would almost certainly have otherwise been a mass shooting.
The gunman's actions came after a two year effort by the SPLC, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), and a network of homosexual advocacy groups to marginalize FRC and some of our pro-family allies as "hate groups." Sadly, because they cannot prevail in civil debate, these groups have resorted to name-calling.
But the dedicated Christian staff at FRC does not hate homosexuals. Indeed, by publishing Biblical and scientific truth, our aim is redemptive. We pray for those caught in this destructive lifestyle for their liberty. We labor to advance public policy that strengthens faith, family and freedom, and physical, moral and spiritual safety for our children (Accusation, Liberal Defense, Speaker's Answer, FRC Response).
- Please pray that God will give FRC and our friends courage ceaselessly to proclaim truth as it pertains to marriage and human sexuality. May God grant us favor in fashioning public policy that fosters marriage and human sexuality that reflects God's wisdom and righteousness! (Dt 17:18; Ps 5:11; Is 10:1; Mt 19:3 ff; Eph 5:22-33; Titus 1:8 ff; Heb 13:4; Jude 7)
Finally, Islamic protestors, reportedly reacting to an anti-Muslim YouTube video posted in America, attacked and killed four Americans from the U.S. Embassy in Libya yesterday, including Ambassador Christopher Stephens. Earlier protestors in Egypt, displaying Al Qaeda-style flags, scaled the walls of the U.S. Consulate, painted graffiti, burned the American flag, then set fire to the buildings. Protests are now underway at U.S. Embassies in Yemen and elsewhere The U.S. Embassy in Egypt issued an apology condemning "the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims." Please pray for wisdom for our political leaders in dealing with this crisis and comfort for the families of those who lost loved ones in this horrible incident.