Prayer Targets: Torrey on Extraordinary Prayer; EEOC & LGBT Agenda; FRC Action Congress Score Card
February 07, 2018
Then the Lord said, "Hear what the unjust judge said. And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?" Luke 18:6-8 (NKJV)
Dear Praying Friends,
Reuben Archer (R.A.) Torrey (1856-1928) was a great evangelist in his time. A Yale Divinity graduate, he served as dean of Moody Bible Institute, which under his leadership became the pattern for Bible Institutes everywhere. From 1903 to 1905, Torrey led thousands to Christ in campaigns worldwide. As Dean of the Bible Institute of Los Angeles and the pastor of Church of the Open Door, he continued campaigns abroad. Thousands of Christians learned his straightforward style of evangelism. These are edited excerpts from his classic book, How to Pray:
The first great revival of Christian history had its origin on the human side in a ten-day prayer meeting. We read of that handful of disciples, "These all with one accord continued steadfastly in prayer" (Acts 1:14 RV). The result of that prayer meeting we read of in the second chapter of Acts. "They were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance" (verse 4). Further on, we read, "there were added unto them in that day about three thousand souls" (verse 41 RV). This revival proved genuine and permanent. The converts "continued steadfastly in the apostles' teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread and the prayers" (verse 42 RV). "And the Lord added to them day by day those that were being saved" (verse 47 RV).
Every true revival from that day to this has had its earthly origin in prayer. The great revival under Jonathan Edwards in the eighteenth century began with his famous call to prayer. The marvelous work of grace among the Indians under Brainerd had its origin in the days and nights that Brainerd spent before God in prayer for an enduement of power from on high for this work. A most remarkable and widespread display of God's reviving power was that which broke out at Rochester, New York, in 1830, under the labor of Charles G. Finney. It not only spread throughout the state but ultimately to Great Britain... Mr. Finney himself attributed the power of this work to the spirit of prayer that prevailed. "When I was on my way to Rochester... a minister whom I knew, seeing me on the canal-boat, jumped aboard to have a little conversation with me, intending to ride but a little way ... made up his mind to... go with me to Rochester. We had been there but a few days when this minister became so convicted that he could not help weeping aloud at one time as we passed along the street. The Lord gave him a powerful spirit of prayer, and his heart was broken. As he and I prayed together, I was struck with his faith in regard to what the Lord was going to do there. I recollect he would say, 'Lord, I do not know how it is; but I seem to know that Thou art going to do a great work in this city.' The spirit of prayer was poured out powerfully, so much so that some stayed away from the public services to pray, being unable to restrain their feelings under preaching.
Mr. Abel Clary, the son of a very excellent man, and an elder of the church where I was converted, was converted in the same revival I was. He had been licensed to preach, but his spirit of prayer was such, so burdened with the souls of men, that he was not able to preach much, his whole time and strength being given to prayer. The burden of his soul would frequently be so great that he was unable to stand, and he would writhe and groan in agony. I was well acquainted with him, and knew something of the wonderful spirit of prayer that was upon him. He was a very silent man, as most are who have that powerful spirit of prayer. Speaking of him a brother told me, "He prays nearly all the time, day and night, and in such agony of mind that I do not know what to make of it. Sometimes he will lie prostrate on the floor, and groan and pray in a manner that quite astonishes me...'
"I knew at the time a considerable number of men who were exercised in the same way ...and a large number of women [who] partook of the same spirit, and spent a great part of their time in prayer... Mr. Clary continued in Rochester as long as I did, and did not leave until after I had left. He never appeared in public, but gave himself wholly to prayer.
"[When I was at Auburn... I observed in the congregation the solemn face of Mr. Clary. He looked borne down with an agony of prayer. Being well acquainted with him, and knowing the great gift of God that was upon him, the spirit of prayer, I was very glad to see him there.
The histories of revivals and awakenings are peppered with testimonies of men and women like Mr. Clary. They were moved by the Spirit of God to extraordinary prayer and would not be satisfied until they saw the nation-changing Awakening. More and more American believers are turning to God in increasingly more serious prayer. But we need many more prayer warriors like Mr. Clary who will take hold of the horns of the altar for the sake of their fellow countrymen and nation, and "give Him no rest till He establishes And till He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth" (Is 62:7); like John Knox, who cried out to God, "Give me Scotland or I die!" (Hear "The Life and Ministry of John Knox"); or like the little widow lady whose story of importunate prayer became the platform for Jesus to say, "And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them?" (Lk 18:7)
Will the EEOC Continue to Advance the LGBT Agenda? -- Early on, President Trump reversed the shocking Obama DOJ and DOE "Transgender Mandate," which required public schools nationwide (on threat of losing their federal funding) to allow children who identify as transgender to use the bathrooms, locker rooms, and showers of their choice, regardless of biological sex. The Trump DOJ also rightly ceased use of the Obama-era interpretation of "sex" in the 1964 Civil Rights and other laws to include those who identify as LGBT. President Trump has appointed federal judges and a Supreme Court Justice who will interpret the Constitution as it was written!
But the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) continues unabated, without authority, to defend and advance the LGBT agenda. The EEOC was established in 1965 to enforce federal employment nondiscrimination laws in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and has since been enlarged as new civil rights laws have been enacted. It has extensive authority in the spheres of public and private employment to investigate complaints alleging discrimination because of race, color, national origin, sex, or religion.
In two rulings (Macy and Baldwin), the Commission took it upon itself to redefine the term "sex," as used in Title VII (by extension all U.S. law), to include not just men and women as intended, but also "gender identity" and "sexual orientation," a concept that never entered the minds of the Founders nor the lawmakers who penned and enacted the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Yet some liberal leaning federal courts have accepted the EEOC's redefinition of "sex."
The EEOC insists it has responsibility (thus authority and power) to enforce federal laws that discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person's "sex," i.e. gender identity and sexual orientation (see their webpage), but they do not. President Obama may be to blame, but so are the activists he appointed to change America. The EEOC has, in effect, become a rogue agency, part of the "deep state," using intrigue to impose its own agenda on American employers and using its platform to advance the LGBT agenda throughout government. Tony Perkins put it this way, "Unable to accomplish changes to the law through the proper authority -- Congress -- they resorted to sneaky tactics in memoranda, legal slights-of-hand, and the courts... their legal activism causes damage to the public trust, rule of law, and our constitutional order."
Counterintuitively, President Trump has renominated one of the foremost LGBT activists appointed by President Obama, EEOC Commissioner Chai Feldblum. Feldblum, a lawyer and academic, holds the view that LGBT rights trump religious liberty in nearly all cases. The reappointment of Feldblum makes no sense and is inconsistent with other Trump policies.
This is not just a political or a public policy matter, it is a spiritual matter. It is injecting confusion into the very nature of biological sex and sexuality. Moral/sexual anarchists succeeded in making same-sex marriage the law of the land. Now they want more. Some school children are being taught that they can choose their own gender and that their parents can't interfere in their decision. Yet studies show that persons who identify as transgender and who seek and achieve their goal -- a surgical operation to "change their gender" -- have a suicide rate 19 times that of the public. It is not compassion to aid and abet someone who intends to harm their bodies through sex change surgery, which in turn exposes them to great psychological risk. (See Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Should Treat the Law Equally; Read The EEOC's Ever-Expanding Definition of Sex Discrimination; Read Feldblum ought not be reappointed)
- May God wake up his people in America to exercise their rights as citizens and may they urge their Senators to reject this nomination. May the federal government cease to promote lawlessness and sexual anarchy. May God raise up from among us, not only praying men, women, boys, and girls, but extraordinary, humble prayer warriors who know God and will cry out to Him day and night until America returns wholly to God, a people He can bless beyond anything we have seen in the past. (Jdg 5:12 ff; Jer 1:7; 17; Eze 2:1; 2:7; Acts 1:14; 2:4, 41, 47; Lk 18:1-8; Eph 5:14)
Finally, please add these items to your prayer lists. You will know how to pray: 1) The Episcopal Church has voted that no masculine pronouns for God be used in the church; 2) FRC Action has completed its Congressional Scorecard so that you can know how Congress and your member of Congress scored on various laws and policies; 3) A father-daughter dance at a New York high school was called off due to the school's "gender-neutral" policy; 4) The Fairfax School Board, just outside Washington, D.C., and one of the largest school systems in the U.S., is trying shut down parents from criticizing pro-LGBT policies; 5) In tiny Costa Rica, a boldly pro-natural marriage candidate is rising in the ranks; 6) Sam Brownback was sworn in as Ambassador-at-Large for Religious Freedom; 7) Trump's "Mexico City Policy" is making an impact; 8) The number of married couples with children has reached a 56-year low; Hear Tony and Terry Jeffrey discuss -- start at 17:10; 9) < a href="http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/456020/abortion-millennials-washington-post-highlights-pro-life-young-people">Millennials support a 20-week abortion ban; Washington Post surprised!
As always, thank you for praying!