Prayer Targets: Inaugurals Past, Inaugural Present, Pro-life Spiritual Warfare, Resources
January 23, 2013
It is time for you to act, Lord; your law is being broken. Psalm 119:126
Dear Praying Friends,
William J. Federer's first book, America's God and Country (1994), is an encyclopedia of quotes from famous men and women throughout American history. It demonstrates categorically, that leading Americans have considered ours to be a "nation under God" since its inception to the present. Federer has since authored dozens of books and resources that expand upon this theme. From his books and daily series, The American Minute, Federer calls these, "Foreboding Warnings from Forgotten Inaugurals":
Limited as are the powers which have been granted, still enough have been granted to constitute a despotism if concentrated in one of the departments....particularly...the Executive branch... The tendency of power to increase itself, particularly when exercised by a single individual...would terminate in virtual monarchy... As long as the love of power is a dominant passion of the human bosom, and as long as the understanding of men can be warped and their affections changed by operations upon their passions and prejudices, so long will the liberties of a people depend on their constant attention to its preservation... The tendencies of all such governments in their decline is to monarchy, and the antagonist principle to liberty there is the spirit of faction - a spirit which assumes the character and in times of great excitement imposes itself upon the people as the genuine spirit of freedom, and, like the false christs whose coming was foretold by the Savior, seeks to, and were it possible would, impose upon the true and most faithful disciples of liberty. It is in periods like this that it behooves the people to be most watchful of those to whom they have entrusted power" (William Henry Harrison, March 4, 1841).
"The best institution may be abused by human depravity; and ... they may even, in some instances be made subservient to the vilest purposes. Should, hereafter, those incited by the lust of power and prompted by the supineness or venality of their constituents, overleap the known barriers of this Constitution and violate the unalienable rights of humanity: it will only serve to shew, that no compact among men (however provident in its construction and sacred in its ratification) can be pronounced everlasting and inviolable... that no wall of words, that no mound of parchment can be so formed as to stand against the sweeping torrent of boundless ambition on the one side, aided by the sapping current of corrupted morals on the other" (George Washington, April 1789, Draft Notes For First Inaugural).
Inauguration and the Next Four Years - President Obama's Inauguration was book-ended by multiple prayer breakfasts. Believers from both ends of the political spectrum prayed for the President, Congress, the Courts and nation, according to 1 Tim 2:1 ff. But commentators noted that President Obama's inaugural speech departed from historic 2nd inaugural addresses, which were conciliatory, including promises of cooperation with the opposition party to achieve great things in a second term. Indeed the President abandoned his own 2009 inaugural pledge to "bridge Washington's political divide," promising, instead to promote homosexuality, immigration reform, gun control and climate change policy, while avoiding any expression of hope to find common ground. In fact, he disagreed with Republicans that Americans have become too dependent on government. Instead, he said, government entitlement programs "do not sap our initiative...they strengthen us." The Wall Street Journal points out that when the President said "we," he meant expanded federal government.
Last summer a coalition of theologically liberal and conservative ministers was formed in an effort to promote civil discourse in the public square. Without such civility there is little hope for Washington to advance healing or righteousness. The group ended a prayer vigil Monday. But Christians must not give up until some level of civility is achieved. Dr. Richard Land and Dr. James Forbes, conservative and liberal churchmen, co-authored an op-ed in The Washington Post to that end. With repentant hearts and without moral compromise, may God help our leaders to find common ground in the days ahead (see We the Government, Partisan, Progressive Agenda, Civil Discourse, Land & Forbes).
- May we cry out to God as never before, with repentance and fasting! Without His intervention, the partisanship, hostility, gridlock and irresolution, unauthorized and unrestrained spending will bankrupt our nation. Moreover, many believe we are already in utter moral bankruptcy. Only God can bring us back from the precipice. Hear our prayers, O God! (Ps 133; Pr 18:9; Is 54:16; 58; Mt 10:47-52)
Life & Death Conflict - This is a time of spiritual warfare for unborn babies and truly all Americans because our nation will not survive if abortion continues. It is a biblical certainty that what we have sown we will reap (Joel 3:19; Gal 6:7). This week, Bible-believing Christians will celebrate life and rededicate their lives to its cause, no matter how long it takes to win. Pro-abortion activists are also laboring to defend abortion and to creatively distort the fact that abortion is murder. This week politicians will assert their influence for or against life. Governor Andrew Cuomo, for instance, has announced his support for a bill to radically expand abortion in New York. He wants to lift restrictions on third-trimester abortions, allow non-doctors to perform abortions, and give women a new "fundamental right" to "terminate a pregnancy" by law. Meanwhile, the March for Life will put the pro-life movement on display - Catholics, Evangelicals and Jews from across America will rally in Washington on Friday, to protest 40 years and 55 million lost lives under the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision.
A new poll shows that 83% of Americans want restrictions on abortion and 60% believe it is morally wrong. Only 11% want it to be legal at all times. Time Magazine's January 4th feature says it all - from the day of the Roe ruling, the pro-abortion movement has been in decline! (see Time, Rededication, Roe Losing its Grip, Creepiest Ad of the Year, Roe's Future)
- Forgive the American people! Cleanse us from the shedding of the innocent blood - 55 to 57 million unborn babies over 40 years. Bring the scourge to an end! Send Revival to Your churches and Awakening to our nation. Only changed hearts can change our collective soul. Hasten to hear our prayer, O God! Defeat Planned Parenthood, Obamacare and every item on the pro-abortion agenda! (Ex 20:13; 1 Kg 8:46-50; 2 Kg 21:11-16; 24:4; Chr 7:14; Acts 2:38-40; 17:24-31Jn 10:10)
On Friday morning, FRC is hosting ProLifeCon, a special online and in-person conference for internet pro-life activists to learn the latest in online techniques and ideas for advancing the cause of life. FRC has also produced a page, here, filled with timely pro-life resources for you to use on Facebook, email or website to promote life this week. Finally, our friends Jason Hershey, who hosted David's Tent, the 24/7 prayer vigil for 43 days prior to the Election, and Matt Lockett of Bound4Life.com, are hosting a 45-day prayer vigil for life, which began Tuesday. Building on the momentum from pro-life week, they will alternate aggressive prayer and worship day and evening between the U.S. Supreme Court and The Christian Center on Massachusetts Ave., NW., sensing God's call to press in now with unrelenting prayer to end Roe v. Wade. A special presentation about China's abortion "gendercide" by Reggie Littlejohn: "Women Without Frontiers: Changing China For Life," was recorded today and is available for viewing here. The March for Life will take place this Friday. This year, FRC President Tony Perkins will close out the Rally on the mall with prayer. These special events, and more, need your prayers. As always, thank you for praying!