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Prayer Targets: National Day of Prayer, Boston, Anti-Christian Army?, Abortion Cover-up, Boy Scouts


April 17, 2013

And the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, Let us go speedily to pray before the LORD, and to seek the LORD of hosts: I will go also (Zech 8:21).

Dear Praying Friends,

We need to hurry to "pray before the LORD" in these desperate days. Mrs. Vonette Bright lobbied, Congress passed, and in 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed a law calling for the National Day of Prayer (NDP) to be observed each year on the first Thursday in May. Since 1991, Mrs. Shirley Dobson has served as Chairman of the NDP Task Force, during a very challenging period. Over the past two decades, the U.S. has experienced extreme political division, the 9/11 terrorist attack, three wars, a host of devastating natural and man-made disasters, and more. Moreover, we are now engaged in an all-out moral and spiritual war for the soul of our nation. The NDP has been a bulwark in this war, catalyzing a diverse and growing prayer movement that now generates 24/7 prayer year-round. Here is President Reagan's NDP Proclamation from January 27, 1983:

Prayer is the mainspring of the American spirit, a fundamental tenet of our people since before the Republic was founded. A year before the Declaration of Independence, in 1775, the Continental Congress proclaimed the first National Day of Prayer... [an] action they asked of every colonist.

Two hundred years ago in 1783, the Treaty of Paris officially ended the Revolutionary War... a National Day of Prayer had been proclaimed every spring for eight years. When peace came the National Day of Prayer was forgotten. For almost half a century, as the Nation grew in power and wealth, we put aside this deepest expression of American belief -- our national dependence on the Providence of God.

It took the tragedy of the Civil War to restore a National Day of Prayer. As Abraham Lincoln said, ``Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.''

Revived as an annual observance by Congress in 1952, the National Day of Prayer has become a great unifying force for our citizens... Prayer unites people. This common expression of reverence heals and brings us together as a Nation and we pray it may one day bring renewed respect for God to all the peoples of the world.

From General Washington's struggle at Valley Forge to the present, this Nation has fervently sought and received divine guidance as it pursued the course of history. This occasion provides our Nation with an opportunity to further recognize the source of our blessings, and to seek His help for the challenges we face today and in the future.

Now, Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim Thursday, May 5, 1983, National Day of Prayer. I call upon every citizen of this great Nation to gather together on that day in homes and places of worship to pray, each after his or her own manner... Ronald Reagan. (see Reagan Speeches, U. of Texas).

Just two weeks remain until this year's National Day of Prayer, May 2, 2013. How desperately our nation needs to take hold of the promises of 2 Chronicles 7:14. Please take part in your own town, State Capital, or Washington, D.C. If no effort is underway in your church or city, you can lead one (Click HERE for information).

Boston Massacre - Two bombs exploded in Boston on Monday, killing three people and injuring over 160. The explosions occurred on "Patriot Day" near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. President Obama urged Americans to wait for the facts before drawing conclusions, but other administration spokesmen said the bombs were part of an orchestrated act of terrorism. The Heritage Foundation has catalogued 53 terrorist plots that have been exposed and successfully stopped since 9/11. Law enforcement must be right every time to thwart attacks, but the terrorists only have to be right once to be successful (Gov. Patrick, Speculation, Latest).

  • May God bring healing to the victims and their families! Thank God for His overriding protection of America over these past twelve years. May He guide the authorities, Boston Police, FBI and military experts as they investigate. May the terrorist bombers be apprehended quickly and may any other planned terrorist plots be foiled. May God use this to bring us to recognize our need for Him! (Num 10:9; Dt 19:11-13; Ps 127:1; Is 30:25; Jer 29:7; Mt 8:16-17; 9:35-38; Lk 13:1-5)

Anti-Christian Movement in Military - Congressman Randy Forbes (R-Va.) wasted no time seeking answers about reports of anti-Christian activism within the U.S. military. In a House Armed Services Committee meeting last Thursday, Forbes grilled Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel about the trend, pointing to commanders prohibited from speaking of the chaplaincy and religious programs; the Air Force banning the word 'God' from an Air Force patch logo; the Navy ban on Bibles at Walter Reed Medical Center; the Army Reserve training program that listed evangelical Christians and Catholics along with al-Qaeda and Hamas as religious extremists; an Army email that listed Family Research Council and American Family Association as "domestic hate groups." Hagel denied any knowledge of the matter, but promised to "find out about it" (see much more: Forbes & Hagel, How God is Moving on Capitol Hill, Onward Christian Soldiers, MRFF).

  • May Congress take successful action to correct our military leaders and the White House as the Constitutional check and balance they are called to be. May God continue to grow and use the Prayer Caucus to impact Congress morally and spiritually and to restore religious liberty as our Forefathers intended (Josh 1:8; Ps 148:11-14; 1 Chr 12:32-33; Pr 15:10; 25:19; Is 49:1-6; Eze 3:8-9; 1 Cor 4:2).

Abortion Horror Cover-up - Under President Obama, who, as an Illinois senator advocated against his state's Born Alive Infant Protection Act, the executive branch and the liberal media have reached a new low of advocacy for abortion and denial of its awful reality. Five weeks into the trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell, the media has refused to cover the story of Gosnell's filthy abortion clinic, a "House of Horrors." Employee testimony about the grisly murders of near term babies, babies who survived abortions, went even beyond the ghastliest fiction. But Gosnell's clinic is not unique. A Florida Planned Parenthood employee recently testified in favor of "post-birth abortions." In Delaware, two former employees also came forward, testifying that Planned Parenthood was guilty of many of the same kind of lurid practices as Gosnell. Several states have recently stopped funding Planned Parenthood, but the Obama administration has tried to make up the difference with federal taxpayer dollars. Human Events suggests allegations that Attorney General Eric Holder has financial connections with notorious Georgia abortionist, Dr. Tyrone Cecil Malloy, "helps explain Holder's failure to prosecute abortion providers who run afoul of federal law" and, critics say, "may also explain why Holder has been eager to prosecute pro-life advocates who counsel women outside abortion clinics" (see Horrors, Twisted, President Mum and Why, Holder & The Abortionist, H.R.217, Rep Diane Black (R-Tenn.)).

  • May righteousness and justice be served. May Gosnell's trial and the Delaware and Florida incidents be used of God to lead more states and eventually Congress to outlaw all funding for Planned Parenthood. May Rep. Diane Black's (R-Tenn.) H.R.217, which will do just that, pass the U.S. House of Representatives. May God intervene to end abortion in America!

Finally, I was blessed to talk to one of the key leaders inside the Boy Scouts of America who stands with those holding fast to the Boy Scout law, oath and traditions. The vote in May, thanks to a protest by pro-family leaders on the inside and out, will be limited to the 1,400 original delegates, and no others, as was reported last week. He was very hopeful that the Council has the strength to stand firm, but urged us to continue to pray (see OnMyHonor.net; Plan for Simulcast - Sunday, May 5, 7 p.m. (EST), StandwithScoutsSunday.org).

Thank God! And thank you for praying!