Prayer Targets: Claude King; TX Privacy; NC BDS Ban; DPRK War?; SoCon Review; Health; Judges
August 02, 2017
And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. (Colossians 3:23-24)
Dear Praying Friends,
Claude V. King, an editor for Lifeway, began working with Dr. Henry Blackaby in 1986. Their relationship led to the development of Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God, their immensely popular small group study released in 1990. Experiencing God led to more books with Blackaby and many others. Claude is a prayer, repentance, and revival specialist and leads seminars for local churches across the nation. These excerpts are from his text and video blog. I wish I had seen this before Call2Fall. It speaks to our need today!
When praying for revival and spiritual awakening in our land, can we do anything else after we pray? Richard Owen Roberts has a response based on the centuries of revival and awakening stories from Scotland in his book: Scotland Saw His Glory ...Note the frequency with which the Holy Spirit came to Scotland at Communion occasions. Without question, revival comes when God sends it, but there is some relationship between what His people do or don’t do and His coming. One of the most treasured questions which has ever been asked me was this: “Having prayed for revival, is there anything else that it is legitimate to do?” The answer that I gave to that question is one I wish I could give to the entire interceding Church: “Having prayed for revival, we must now make the fullest possible use of the means of grace.” If today’s churches were to make the fullest possible use of all the means of grace—prayer, preaching, ordinances, fellowship, discipline—but especially that ordinance of the Lord’s table, the prospects of revival would be richly enhanced. Just imagine what would happen if our celebration of the Lord’s supper were extended to seven serious, heart-searching, God-honoring days! [Richard Owen Roberts, Scotland Saw His Glory: A History of Revivals in Scotland, used by permission.]
If we will take full advantage of God-given means of grace like the ordinance of the Lord’s Table, we will more likely satisfy God’s requirements in His promise: “Return to me, and I will return to you.” [Claude V. King, Come To the Lord’s Table (a sample); see especially Day 2: on the Moravian Revival (full book available HERE)]
In Scotland, the communion table was taken very seriously. People made preparation for days in advance. Each approach to the Lord’s Table was akin to an entire Solemn Assembly. God is reviving extraordinary prayer and Solemn Assembly among his people today in America and around the world. Many believe the prayer revival and special days of prayer are a precursor to a sweeping revival in our churches and awakening in our nation.
As we approach God with humble repentance, taking care to meet His explicit conditions (2 Chr 7:14), and remain in strong fellowship and relationship with Him, then, and only then, can we offer “all kinds of prayer” (Eph 6:18) – petitions, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving, including prayer for our government leaders (2 Tim 2:1-2) and expect to be heard. Only then can we conduct effective spiritual warfare prayer that neutralizes the principalities and powers behind the deception, chaos, and spiritual confusion we see today (Eph 6:10-20).
But God has not called us just to pray. He has called us to “pray AND obey.” He seeks useful vessels who are right with God and man, who are prayed-up and available to obey Him. In this day of great need, He needs people with faith to “do exploits” (Dan 11:32). May we 1) return to our First Love; then, empowered by the Holy Spirit, 2) diligently use all means of God’s grace to reach the lost with the Gospel and influence our nation and culture for righteousness!
Bathroom Battles Continue – Like in North Carolina, the transgender bathroom war continues to rage. Earlier this year, President Trump reversed the Obama transgender bathroom mandate, which had threatened to withdraw federal funding from public schools that refused to produce policies allowing students who identify as transgender to use bathrooms, lockers, and showers opposite to their biological sex. Even before that, North Carolina passed HB2 to require users of publicly-owned bathrooms to use the facilities designated for their biological sex. HB2 became the target of an all-out assault by LGBT activists. Despite threats by mega-corporations and sports associations threatening to boycott North Carolina over their transgender bathroom policy and predictions that the policy would badly harm North Carolina’s economy, the state’s economy is booming as is migration to the state. Last week, Forbes magazine ranked N.C. as the 2nd best state in America to do business, taking into account business costs, labor supply, regulatory environment, economic climate, growth prospects, and quality of life (N.C. Bans Israel Boycott; Forbes Ranking; Bipartisan Support).
Now Texas has become the new target for LGBT activists. During the regular session of the House, the Texas Senate passed a Privacy Bill (SB 6) to require public schools to maintain traditional bathroom usage, but Republican House Speaker Joe Strauss stubbornly prevented any vote, biding time to run out the session. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick then advocated for a Special Session and Gov. Greg Abbot called the legislature back for a 30-day session to deal with 20 items, including the Privacy Bill and abortion.
The Texas State Senate has again passed a Privacy Bill (SB 3). Yet all signs point to another standoff between House Speaker Strauss and the Senate. Meanwhile, CEOs and top executives for major businesses, including Shell and Exxon, as well as police chiefs and even the Episcopal Church have jumped in to fight any Privacy Bill. Also included in the Special Session are a flurry of pro-life bills. Our second largest state is critically important in the ongoing war for the soul of America (read #3 of First Half of Special Session; Texas Drills Down on Privacy; Ill Will; Bathrooms at Halfway Mark).
- May the people of Texas, most of whom want privacy for their children in school bathrooms and locker rooms, speak up, make their collective will known to their elected representatives, and may they prevail. May God move the Texas House Speaker to turn from his own will to the rights of the Texas people to decide this issue. (Lev 18:6-19; Dt 22:5; 1 Cor 12:23; Ph 2:15; 1 Tim 2:1-9. v. 9; 1 Tim 5:22)
N.C. Gov. Signs Pro-Israel, Anti-BDS Law – North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper signed a measure into law last Thursday that prohibits the state from doing business with companies that boycott Israel. It goes further to require the state to divest from any existing business deals with entities that boycott Israel. The bill had passed North Carolina’s House of Representatives 96-19 and the Senate 45-3, which was a veto proof majority. Twenty-two states now have anti-BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanctions) bills, among them, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Illinois, South Carolina, Arizona, Georgia, Colorado, Florida, Alabama, California, New Jersey, Ohio, Rhode Island, Arkansas, Minnesota, Nevada, Kansas, and Iowa. New York governor Andrew Cuomo decreed a similar measure by executive order. In May, the governors of all 50 U.S. states released a statement strongly denouncing boycotts of Israel as “antithetical to our values and the values of our respective states.”
- Thank God for these 22 states’ commitment to Israel. May more and more states follow their example! (Gen 12:1-3; Num 23:8; Ps 122: all; Is 62:1, 6-7; Rom 15:27)
North Korea – Following North Korea’s test Friday of yet another ICBM, top U.S. Military leaders called South Korea’s top military leader to discuss military options and assure him that “the U.S.-Republic of Korea alliance” was “ironclad.”
We are exhorted in 1 Tim 2:1-2 to pray for our leaders so that we might lead quiet and peaceable lives. Gen. Dunford warned publicly last month, “Americans must be prepared for the possibility of a military confrontation with North Korea” and that Kim Jong-un has shown no sign of diminishing his tests or threats. Those who pray, the intercessory prayer movement, churches, and individual praying men and women, must build a massive “National Security Prayer Wall” around the U.S. and our allies in the Far East (see Dunford; Continued Tests will Mean War; Be Prepared; Commander in Common Sense).
- May God intervene to stop dictator Kim Jong-un, and prevent what would be an unthinkable conflagration in the Far East and the United States. May God’s praying people suit up for prayer warfare to prevent war with North Korea. (Gen 18:23; 1 Sam 24:13; Ps 7:9; 9:16; 10:15; 11:6; 140:1; Pr 17:11; 29:6; Eze 18:27
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