Prayer Targets: Spiritual Warfare, Obama Nominees, Texas Abortion Fight, HHS Mandate, Pornography
July 17, 2013
Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Ephesians 6:10-20 (esp. v. 11 & 12)
Dear Praying Friends,
Derek Prince (1915-2003), born in Bangalore, India into a British military family, studied at Eton College, Cambridge University, England, and Hebrew University, Israel. A classical language scholar (Greek, Latin, Hebrew, Aramaic) Prince experienced a powerful encounter with Jesus Christ and devoted the rest of his life to studying and teaching Scripture as the Word of God. His book, Shaping History through Prayer and Fasting, has awakened believers worldwide to their responsibility to pray for civil government. Some even credit underground translations as instrumental in the fall of communism in the former USSR, East Germany, and Czechoslovakia. From Prince:
We Need One Another - I am a member of the body of Christ. In Ephesians 1: 22-23, Paul provided a picture of God's people here on earth. He said, "The church... is His [Christ's] body." Paul developed this theme in 1 Corinthians, saying, "Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually" (1 Corinthians 12: 27). He used various examples from the physical body to emphasize the fact that, as Christians, we are all interdependent; we all need one another. The most complete and authoritative picture of the church as the body of Christ is given in Ephesians. It is most significant, therefore, that throughout this epistle, Paul spoke consistently of Christians in the plural. He had virtually nothing to say to or about individual Christians (see Ephesians 1: 3-12).
A careful reading of the rest of Ephesians will confirm that this is the book's message from beginning to end. There are no promises and no prayers for any individual. Only in the last six verses is there one brief exception: Paul closed by asking for special prayer for himself. This focus on the collective body of Christ comes to its climax in Ephesians 6: 10-18, where Paul spoke about our spiritual warfare. In verse 12, all the key words are in the plural--both those that refer to God's people and those that refer to the opposing forces: we wrestle against principalities, powers, rulers, and hosts. Depicted thusly, spiritual warfare is not a conflict between individuals, but a vast war between opposing armies. There is no room here for "lone rangers" pursuing their individual goals. Victory will require controlled and concerted action by God's people, working together as members of one body. This will demand discipline and a readiness to submit to scriptural authority (Derek Prince, Declaring Gods Word, 2008).
Before presidents began tinkering with the purpose and philosophy of the military, troop morale, discipline and unit cohesion were of paramount importance. Among the fighting men there must be mutual respect, confidence, and trust. Between the leaders and the lowest ranking soldier there must be the same -- for the sake of survival and victory in combat. While God used individuals throughout Scripture to accomplish wondrous things, he made it abundantly clear that when we work together in unity our spiritual impact is multiplied (see Lev 26:3-8; Ps 133: all; Mt 18:19; Eph 4:11-16, esp. v. 16).
Obama Nominee for U .N. Ambassador, More - Having appointed disgraced former ambassador Susan Rice to be his national security adviser, the President has appointed Samantha Power to be the United States' chief representative to the United Nations. Those in the know warn that Ms. Power poses a danger to the U.S., having a record that demonstrates her willingness to yield U.S. sovereignty to the UN, being apologetic for America where she should be proud, and seemingly friendlier toward our nation's enemies than she is to our own nation. These are serious charges and warnings.
A number of other egregious Obama nominees appear to be headed for a Senate vote. Majority leader Harry Reid threatened to use the "nuclear option" (changing the Senate rules to dispense with the historic filibuster and to impose an up or down vote requiring only a 51% majority). Reportedly, Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) engineered a deal allowing liberals to prevail. Pres. Obama's nominee for Secretary of Labor, Thomas Perez, too, is outrageous (see Real Danger, C-Span Video, About Samantha Power, Conservatives Oppose Power, Libs Prevail, Reid Credits McCain, Obama Nominees).
- Lord, we cry out desperately to you! Have mercy upon us! Prevent those who reject your law and our nation's Constitution from being confirmed to positions of authority, power, and influence. Cause our elected representatives to oppose such persons and stand up for righteousness at any cost! Give us leaders who fear You! (Ex 18:21; Pr 22:8; 29:2; Ps 25:2; Is 10:1; Joel 2:17; Mt 8:9; 1Tim1:9; 2 Tim 3:2)
Pro-Abortion Forces Unveil in Texas Abortion Fight - In one of the most vicious legislative battles in the history of modern lawmaking, Texas abortion advocates out-did Occupy Wall Street protesters in demonstrating how low they would go to push their case. The proposed law, which bans abortion after 20 weeks (the threshold when scientists agree unborn babies experience horrific pain), requires abortion clinics to meet standards equivalent to other surgical outpatient clinics and abortionists to have privileges at a nearby hospital for emergencies. It passed both houses despite the revolting protester antics. Onlookers were subjected to foul language, "Hail Satan" chants, and howls that observers say were nothing less than demonic. Safety officers confiscated jars of urine, feces and bricks from the pro-abortion protesters. Gov. Rick Perry has said he will sign the bill into law (see Saved by the Bill, Senate Passage, Demonic-sounding Screams, Texas Safety Officers, More).
- Lord, we thank you for the remarkable advance of pro-life legislation in the months that have passed since the grisly business of abortion was uncovered in the Kermit Gosnell trial in Philadelphia. May God-fearing pastors by their preaching, and pro-life legislators by their lawmaking, accelerate this trend in more and more states until abortion has come to an end in America! (Dt 30:19; Ex 20:1; 2 Sam 23:3; Is 33:22; Jn 10:10ff; 2 Tim 4:1-5)
Finally, the HHS Mandate now has 62 active lawsuits against it. While the new regulations did nothing to preserve religious liberty, we should pray for these lawsuits to end up at the Supreme Court and for the passage of legislation to address it (see WSJ Video, Scoreboard, Hopeful Signs). And while it is impossible to measure precisely the impact of pornography upon our society, it is HUGE! Those who pray need to see Dr. Pat Fagan's lecture on "The Impact of Pornography on College Campus Life," delivered today at FRC headquarters in Washington. Click here to view the lecture. Thank you for praying!