Prayer Targets: Lincoln's 2nd Inauguration; Senate Hearings; Tillerson; Prayer & DC Rooms Jan. 17-21
January 11, 2017
And [Jezebel] wrote... Set two men, sons of Belial, before [Naboth], to bear witness against him, saying, Thou didst blaspheme God and the king. And then carry him out, and stone him, that he may die.”(1 Kings 21:9-10)
Dear Praying Friends,
When President Abraham Lincoln delivered his First Inaugural Address on March 1, 1861, the nation was deeply divided. Hoping to prevent war he promised the Southern States they could continue the practice of human slavery but warned that insurrection would be met with force. Lincoln, in his March, 1863, Fast Day Proclamation declared, “We have forgotten God.” In his Second Inaugural Address, March 4, 1865, Lincoln was even more contrite, suggesting that God might not be finished using war to thoroughly chasten both North and South for their sins, especially slavery. Over 750,000 Americans died in the war, including civilians. Lee surrendered on April 9, 1865 and Lincoln was assassinated April 15th.
Fellow-Countrymen: At this second appearing to take the oath somewhat in detail of a course to be pursued seemed fitting and proper. Now, [after] four years, during which public declarations have been constantly called forth on every point and phase of the great contest which still absorbs the attention and engrosses the energies of the nation, little that is new could be presented. The progress of our arms, upon which all else chiefly depends, is as well known to the public as to myself, and it is, I trust, reasonably satisfactory and encouraging to all. With high hope for the future, no prediction in regard to it is ventured...
[F]our years ago all thoughts were anxiously directed to an impending civil war. All dreaded it, all sought to avert it... Both parties deprecated war, but one of them would make war rather than let the nation survive, and the other would accept war rather than let it perish, and the war came.
One-eighth of the whole population were colored slaves... localized in the southern part of [the Union]... All knew that this... was somehow the cause of the war. To strengthen, perpetuate, and extend this interest was the object for which the insurgents would rend the Union even by war, while the Government claimed no right to do more than to restrict the territorial enlargement of it... Each looked for an easier triumph, and a result less fundamental and astounding. Both read the same Bible and pray to the same God, and each invokes His aid against the other. It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God's assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men's faces, but let us judge not, that we be not judged. The prayers of both could not be answered. That of neither has been answered fully. The Almighty has His own purposes. "Woe unto the world because of offenses; for it must needs be that offenses come, but woe to that man by whom the offense cometh." If we shall suppose that American slavery is one of those offenses which, in the providence of God, must needs come, but which, having continued through His appointed time, He now wills to remove, and that He gives to both North and South this terrible war as the woe due to those by whom the offense came, shall we discern therein any departure from those divine attributes which the believers in a living God always ascribe to Him? Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman's two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said "the judgements of the Lord are true and righteous altogether."
With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations (AbrahamLincolnOnline.org).
Approaching the new president’s inauguration, America is again divided -- over race, religion, sexuality, and social and olitical ideology. We have again forgotten God and abandoned His Moral Law. With 59 million abortions, we have not yet responded to God’s mercy with repentance. Our new president faces opposition and hatred. We must pray for him daily and often! (1Tim 2:1-8)
Trump Cabinet Senate Hearings – With the Inauguration a week away, the U.S. Senate has fast-tracked hearings for President-elect Trump’s Cabinet appointees. Yesterday hearings began for Trump appointees for Attorney General: U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security: Retired Marine General John Kelly (4 Star). Kelly sailed through questioning and is easily expected to be confirmed.
Sen. Sessions has proven to be an appointee who will maintain law and order in the federal system, uphold laws that have long been neglected, and be fairhanded in his dealings with all Americans, while being strong and independent should he disagree with President Trump. Obama Attorneys General Holder and Lynch seemed to serve more to advance and defend the divisive racial, sexual, and religious agenda of Barack Obama and to defend the wrongful behavior of administration officials rather than to assiduously uphold the law of the land and see that justice is served. This has contributed to a widespread spirit of lawlessness that has badly harmed the American character. But Sessions’ outstanding record and mild-mannered, no-nonsense style should help to restore fidelity to the Constitution and help achieve President-elect Trump’s promise to restore law and order to our nation.
Much has been made of Sen. Cory Bookers’ (D-NJ) intention to testify against Sessions today, charging him with racism. But fellow Senators who’ve observed Sessions up close for 20 years know any such charges to be false. FRC Director for African American Outreach and Chairman of the Frederick Douglass Foundation, Dean Nelson, held a press Conference Monday featuring 30 pastors and ministers, some from Alabama and most from the Southern states, who boldly renounce the false racism charges, not only vouching for Sessions’ character but crediting his longtime work as Alabama’s Attorney General as having gone a long way toward healing race relations in a state where racism was once rife. Hearings for both appointees will continue today (Wednesday). Several appointee hearings have been postponed due to the Democrats demanding that all their financial records and other paperwork be completed first. (Black Pastors Endorse; Booker; Schumer Strategy; WSJ: Sessions; WSJ: Kelly; Confirmation Hearings Schedules; Libs Try to Unhinge Trump's Cabinet; Open Sessions with Questions)
- Please pray over each of the Trump appointee hearings (see Hearing Schedule). Coming up are: Elaine Chao - Department of Transportation; James Mattis - Secretary of Defense; Ben Carson - Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; Wilbur Ross - Secretary of Commerce; Mike Pompeo - Director of Central Intelligence; Betsy DeVos - Secretary of Education; Gov. Nikki Haley - U.N. ambassador; Ryan Zinke - Secretary of the Interior; Sen. Tom Price - Secretary of Health and Human Services; and Gov. Rick Perry - Energy Secretary. May God superintend the hearings and false witnesses be silenced!
Rex Tillerson: Secretary of State Appointee – Tillerson, recently retired CEO and 40-year employee of Exxon-Mobile, will be grilled, beginning today, about his relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who U.S. Intelligence agencies say interfered with the November Election. But FRC is also concerned with Tillerson’s role in the Boy Scouts of America’s decision to allow youths and adult Scout leaders who identify as homosexual admission to the Scouts. Tillerson, a former President of the Scouts, reportedly played a key role in guiding the decision. In a recent memo to President Obama outlining the State Department’s key achievements during his tenure, Secretary of State John Kerry highlighted the Department’s role in advancing Obama’s LGBT and same-sex marriage agenda around the world (you will remember U.S. Embassies flying the rainbow flag during Gay Pride Month). State spent over $30 million to persuade nations to adopt Obama-style LGBT rights laws and policies, and pressured nations to change their policies or lose U.S. financial aid. Despite Tillerson’s record with the Boy Scouts, the LGBT activists at the State Department are fearful of Tillerson. Will he keep Obama’s policies in place? We do not want a State Department that continues to push same-sex marriage around the world to the horror of our friends abroad, some of whom have been faithful in resisting the influence of declining American values. (State Dept. LGBT Activists Worried; Kerry’s Memo; What Does the State Department Have to Do with Social Issues?; The Rex Files)
- May God superintend the hearings to ferret out truth and bless the appointees with whom He is pleased; those who will advance righteousness. May they be quickly confirmed and may the American people be pleased with the character and talent of those confirmed.
Finally, please pray ove r these matters: 1) Five GOP Senators are trying to prevent the repeal of Obamacare; 2) Kentucky passed a new 20-week abortion restriction bill and Florida hopes to follow suit; 3) Legislators in Texas, Virginia and Kentucky will consider bills similar to North Carolina’s requiring people to use public bathrooms that correspond to their biological sex; 4) If certain U.S. Senators succeed in their plan to delay the repeal of Obamacare, the defunding of Planned Parenthood would go, too; 5) Pray that more churches than ever will observe Sanctity of Human Life Sunday – Click HERE for tools for your church.
Special Announcement: A Time of Prayer and Thanksgiving
Pastor Jim Garlow (San Diego’s Skyline Church), Founder of the weekly Jefferson Gathering at the U.S. Capitol, will lead a prayer service the day before the Inauguration.
Place: Greater New Hope Baptist Church
816 8th Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20001
Time: Thursday, January 19th, 2017
12:00 Noon – 1:00 PM
Rooms Available: FRC has a block of deluxe rooms reserved at the HYATT REGENCY HOTEL, 400 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001. The Hyatt Regency is one of Washington’s finest luxury hotels, just two blocks from the U.S. Capitol, where President Trump will be inaugurated. Guests are required to stay 4 nights, checking in Jan. 17, checking out Jan. 21. Rooms accommodate 1-4 persons (King and double bed rooms available). Room are $1,000 per night, with the total being $4,000 for four nights. (We know the price is high. Sorry, but that is what happens in Washington, DC during events like this!)
To secure your room call 800-225-4008 and let them know that you are coming to the inaugural and want to secure one of our reserved rooms in FRC’s block.
Thank you for praying!