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Prayer Targets: Inaugurations; Reagan; Obamacare; Planned Parenthood; Israel, Pro-Life Events, Hotel

January 18, 2017

Ronald Reagan was inaugurated President on January 20, 1981. The election campaign was fierce, exacerbated by supra-left wing hostility, which continues today. But Reagan succeeded in “making America great again.” Though vastly different in personality and temperament, there are a number of commonalities between President-elect Donald Trump and President Reagan. Here are excerpts from President Reagans Inaugural Speech:

To a few of us here today this is a solemn and most momentous occasion, and yet in the history of our nation it is a commonplace occurrence. The orderly transfer of authority as called for in the Constitution routinely takes place, as it has for almost two centuries, and few of us stop to think how unique we really are. In the eyes of many in the world, this every 4-year ceremony we accept as normal is nothing less than a miracle...

It is no coincidence that our present troubles parallel and are proportionate to the intervention and intrusion in our lives that result from unnecessary and excessive growth of government. It is time for us to realize that we're too great a nation to limit ourselves to small dreams. We’re not, as some would have us believe, doomed to an inevitable decline. I do not believe in a fate that will fall on us no matter what we do. I do believe in a fate that will fall on us if we do nothing...

In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem... We've been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people... if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else? All of us together, in and out of government, must bear the burden. The solutions we seek must be equitable, with no one group singled out to pay a higher price...

That system has never failed us, but, for a time, we failed the system. We asked things of government that government was not equipped to give. We yielded authority to the National Government that properly belonged to States or to local governments or to the people themselves. We allowed taxes and inflation to rob us of our earnings and savings and watched the great industrial machine that had made us the most productive people on Earth slow down and the number of unemployed increase...

We are creating a nation once again vibrant, robust, and alive. But there are many mountains yet to climb. We will not rest until every American enjoys the fullness of freedom, dignity, and opportunity as our birthright. It is our birthright as citizens of this great Republic, and we'll meet this challenge...

My fellow citizens, our Nation is poised for greatness. We must do what we know is right and do it with all our might. Let history say of us, ‘These were golden years — when the American Revolution was reborn, when freedom gained new life, when America reached for her best...’

So we go forward today, a nation still mighty in its youth and powerful in its purpose. With our alliances strengthened, with our economy leading the world to a new age of economic expansion, we look forward to a world rich in possibilities. And all this because we have worked and acted together, not as members of political parties, but as Americans...

I'm told that tens of thousands of prayer meetings are being held on this day, and for that I'm deeply grateful. We are a nation under God, and I believe God intended for us to be free. It would be fitting and good, I think, if on each Inaugural Day in future years it should be declared a day of prayer… The crisis we are facing today does not require of us the kind of sacrifice [that] many thousands of others were called upon to make. It does require, however, our best effort and our willingness to believe in ourselves and to believe in our capacity to perform great deeds, to believe that together with God's help we can and will resolve the problems which now confront us… And after all, why shouldn't we believe that? We are Americans. God bless you, and thank you (Ronald Reagan, First Inaugural Address January 20, 1981).

God has intervened to preserve our nation, at least for the next four years, longer if we continue our fervent prayers and involvement. Evangelical Christians and conservative Catholics made a difference in this election. But make no mistake, it was God’s hand that prevented disaster. We must now pray for our new president, leaders in all three branches of national, state and local governments (1Tim 2:1-8). And the Church must arise, while we have liberty, to reach our fellow countrymen for Christ! 

Congress votes to Repeal Obamacare AND Defund Planned Parenthood – GOP leaders in the House and Senate have succeeded in pushing through measures to repeal Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood by 80%. Both have been long in the making; House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) both deserve a great deal of credit. In a recent CNN town hall, Ryan laid out the long-held GOP case for defunding: “We don’t want to commit taxpayer funding for abortion... and Planned Parenthood is the largest provider.” Republicans want to redirect the half billion dollars now going to Planned Parenthood toward federal health clinics that do not perform abortions. However, supporting Planned Parenthood has been a major commitment by both President Obama and Hillary Clinton. Indeed, Congress passed a defund bill last January, but President Obama vetoed it.

In anticipation of a Trump presidency, Congress took up the measure again, with the bigger challenge in the Senate. Yet Senate Majority Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) kept his promise to pass a budget resolution, paving the way to repeal much of Obamacare. Working into the wee hours of Thursday morning, the Senate voted 51-48 in favor of the Resolution, after votes on 20 of 180 amendments had been offered in what Senators call a “voterama.” Because the Senate and House have both passed bills to repeal Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood, the bills can be meshed together in the process called “reconciliation,” with the final product needing only 51 Senate votes to pass. A majority House vote is a foregone conclusion. Even if Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Ark.), the only two Republicans who have not committed to defunding Planned Parenthood, vote against the measure, it would create a 50-50 Senate split, which Vice President Pence would break with a vote in favor of the measure. President-elect Trump has promised, “I am committed to defunding Planned Parenthood as long as they continue to perform abortions.” He has also promised to only appoint pro-life justices to the Supreme Court and federal courts, which is a refreshing change from the outgoing regime.

Although the liberal press pretends that they have no replacement, Republicans have produced 9 different health care plans that rely on market forces and not government control to replace Obamacare. As yet, no official replacement plan has been chosen, but President-Elect Trump says it will be coming very soon. Tony Perkins wrote: “Knowing that America is on the path to hollowing out federal tax funding of Planned Parenthood should taste sweet to the millions of voters who streamed into polling places to protect the unborn…” (see Ryan; McConnell; FRC on Obamacare Repeal Resolution; This Too Shall Pass!).

· Pray that God will help the new President and Congress quickly bring an end to the expenditure of taxpayer funds for Planned Parenthood and taxpayer subsidies of Obamacare insurance policies. May God ultimately bring legal abortion to an end by a more conservative U.S. Supreme Court! (Dt 19:10, 13; Ps 119:126; Pr 1:10-19; ; Is 1:16; Jer 23:22; 1 Cor 4:2)

Anti-Israel Paris “Peace” Conference – Following the shameful Obama decision not to exercise our veto to prevent the U.N. Security Council from unanimously condemning Israel for its continued construction in Jewish settlements in the West Bank of Israel (Ancient Judea and Samaria). The French and Palestinians hosted the Paris Peace Conference to further condemn Israel and to press for a Two State Solution to be speedily implemented. Israeli P.M. Netanyahu called the conference “useless.” Netanyahu has made it clear he’s looking forward to working with Trump, who wants to relocate the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. European allies have warned Trump that such an action would undermine the peace process and lead to violence in the region. Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas, in response, wrote the leaders of Russia, China, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, the Arab League and others asking them to stop Trump. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who was in attendance, warned that such a move could cause “an absolute explosion in the region.”

  • May President Trump and his Secretary of State lead the U.S. Government to reflect the pro-Israel sentiment of the American people. May the liberal-progressives at the State Department be unable to undermine our enduring alliance with our closest ally and the land given to God’s chosen people! May we stand up against growing anti-Semitism without compromise! (Gen 12:1-3; Est 4:14; Ps 41:9; Joel 3:1-2; Zec 8:7-8; 12:3, 9)

Finally, please pray over these matters and follow the information links:

1) Outgoing President: Obama still has a day and a half left to do mischief and harm to the incoming Trump administration using last minute executive orders. His army of appointees and bureaucrats are working feverishly to do just that;

2) Inauguration: May God be acknowledged and honored in the Inauguration and surrounding activities. Ask God to guard the city of Washington, D.C. and the Inauguration, preventing the chaos and bedlam some groups have promised to produce. If you are coming to Washington for any part of the Inauguration events, click here for help in navigating the challenges; 

3) Inaugural Prayer Events: Jim Garlow’s Noon Prayer event on Thursday at Greater New Hope Baptist Church should be easily accessible. Metro is the way to go (China Town/Gallery Place Metro Station);

4) Sanctity of Human Life Sunday: Pray for and get resources for your church to observe this Sunday, January 22;

5) Pro-Life Activities in D.C.: Pray for other pro-life activities on Friday, January 27: ProLifeCon at FRC, 8:30-11:30 AM; the March for Life and The National Memorial for the Unborn Prayer Service that same morning, 8:30-10:30 AM.

Special Rate Inaugural Hotel Rooms

As we approach this exciting week we have a special offer for you. Many of our guests would have liked to stay with us at the Hyatt hotel but found the cost prohibitive. We are now able to offer a limited selection of our rooms at the Hyatt for $2,000 total for Wednesday – Saturday package.

 The Hyatt is just 3 blocks from the Capitol swearing in location and is within the green zone for security and transportation purposes.

 If you would like the convenience of a room at the Hyatt, we would like to have you join us.

 Check-in is as early as 6 p.m. on Wednesday and we were able to get a late checkout for our guests at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

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