Thanksgiving is unique in America. And while many countries have observed harvest feasts and holidays, only a few nations, most notably Canada, celebrate Thanksgiving as a day to truly give thanks to the God of the Bible, and most of those derived their celebration from America.
John Adams (1735-1826) (see bio) was inaugurated the second President of the United States on March 4, 1797. A diplomat in Europe during the American Revolution, he helped negotiate the peace treaty to end the war. In 1788, he was elected Vice President for two terms under President Washington. Adams said, "A decent respect for Christianity [is] among the best recommendations for the public service."
Dr. Kenyn Cureton, FRC's Vice President for Christian Resources, wrote Lost Episodes in American History, which is 366 daily documented vignettes that reveal the powerful influence of Christian faith in American public life. Today is the 400th anniversary of the signing of the Mayflower Compact, a milestone in the advance of Christianity and what some consider "The Birth Certificate" of America
Despite the fact that there were continuing acts of violence in some cities, the wholesale outbreak of violence across our nation, about which we were warned, did not happen last night. Nevertheless, thousands of businesses in large and small cities have boarded up their windows until the coast becomes clear. Churches and prayer groups across America have been interceding for this outcome as they have prayed for the election.
Election Day is just six days away. Most believe it will be the most important election in our lifetimes - for all Americans, whether they know it or not. May each of us "pray without ceasing" between now and Tuesday that God, who sees all things, will act on our behalf to expose the unseen efforts to illicitly sway the vote.
On June 16, 1858, Abraham Lincoln was chosen by the delegates of the Illinois State Republican Convention as their candidate for the U.S. Senate. That evening, Lincoln delivered a speech to the assembled delegates.
Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer (see bio) delivered this address in 1982 at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, based upon a book he wrote the year before entitled A Christian Manifesto.
Christian theologian-philosopher Francis A. Schaeffer (1912-1984) (bio) is remembered for his biblical, prophetic insights into the church, America, and the western world.
Rev. Franklin Graham, son of the late Dr. Billy Graham, has risen to a remarkable level of spiritual leadership in America, as Chairman of both Samaritan's Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA).
David Closson is the Director of Christian Ethics and Biblical Worldview at Family Research Council.
The Return will take place on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. just 10 days from today - on Saturday, September 26, 2020.
Below is yet another important historical episode from FRC's Vice President for Christian Resources Dr. Kenyn Cureton's collection of Lost Episodes in American History, which so powerfully remind us of God's sovereignty and grace in our nation's history.
In his inspirational 366-day devotional, Lost Episodes in American History, Dr. Kenyn Cureton gives short accounts of great American leaders (mostly governmental) and how their faith in Jesus Christ impacted their contribution to our nation. Each story stirs believers today and helps us be salt and light for Christ in exercising our rights and responsibilities as Christian and American citizens. A former pastor, denominational leader, and VP for Church Ministries, Dr. Cureton, is currently FRC's VP for Christian Resources (read his bio). From his "Lost Episodes"
Dear Praying Friends, Cathy Ruse is Senior Fellow and Director of Human Dignity at Family Research Council. These excerpts are from her recent publicationSex Education in Public Schools: Sexualization of Children and LGBT Indoctrination: Most of us remember what sex education was like when we were in school. Things are very different today. The "facts of life" have not changed, but "inclusivity" and "sex positivity" and other popular buzz-word concepts have changed sex education.
The American Heritage Education Foundation (AHEF), along with other professional historians and educators, recognize the need for civic education: "America is in such significant social, cultural, philosophical, governmental, and educational decline, experts affirm, that if such educational neglect continues, the country will not survive as it was founded."
Dr. Kenyn Cureton (bio) is FRC's Vice President for Christian Resources. His mission is to equip Christians to be "spiritually active, governance engaged conservatives" (i.e., "SAGECONS").
Prayer Targets: Guinness's Last Call for America; Pompeo and our Unalienable Rights; Cancel Culture; More
Os Guinness is an author and social critic. Born to medical missionary parents in China during World War II, he witnessed the climax of the Chinese revolution in 1949. Expelled with other foreigners in 1951, he returned to England and received education, earning an undergraduate degree from the University of London and a D.Phil.
With over 30 books written and multiplied thousands of radio programs hosted, Dr. James Dobson (bio) has dedicated his life to preserving the family.
Dr. Corinthia Ridgely Boone, a native Washingtonian, has served as chairman of the Capital City National Day of Prayer since 1985. A distinguished educator (Bowie State U., B.D., M.A., and Union U., Ph.D.), career teacher, principal, and instructional specialist in Prince George's County outside Washington, D.C., she served as Minister of Education at Evangel Temple, one of D.C.'s largest churches.
On Monday evening, Tony Perkins hosted an FRC webcast entitled "Arise & Stand." With the present threats to our nation of the pandemic, rioting and destruction, the strategic criminal demolition of America's historic monuments by extremist ideologues and thugs in an effort to erase America's unique history, and shocking new rulings that show Americans are still in danger from an activist U.S. Supreme Court, FRC's Arise & Stand event was thoroughly informative, inspirational, and prayer-filled - both a compelling learning experience and virtual prayer meeting. Here are excerpts:
Why the Call2Fall this coming Sunday, June 28, 2020? When Tony Perkins was first tasked by the Lord to initiate the Call2Fall in 2009, the church and America were already amid clearly measurable, long-term spiritual and moral decline. Many hoped that things would "get back to normal." But, overall, the decline has persisted in our churches, society, public institutions, and policy.
H.A. "Harry" Ironside (1876-1951) was a prominent Bible teacher and pastor who wrote 60 books and numerous articles and pamphlets on biblical themes during 50 years of fruitful ministry. Ironside pastored Chicago's Moody Memorial Church from 1929 to 1948. Here are excerpts from his book Unless Ye Repent
There is Godly wisdom in these prayer points that every church and prayer group in America can put to use right away!\r\r
William J. Federer is a well-known speaker, best-selling author, president of Amerisearch, Inc., and publisher of America's Christian Heritage. Bill's American Minute is aired nationwide daily via radio and internet. His Faith in History is aired on the TCT Network and DirecTV. These excerpts are from "France's Godless Revolution," American Minute, July 13, 2017.
Five-Star General Douglas MacArthur commanded in the First World War and rose to become General of the Army and Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in the Southwest Pacific during World War II. He gave his last address to the cadets at West Point on May 12, 1962.
THE more praying there is the mightier the forces against evil everywhere. Prayer, in one phase of its operation, is a disinfectant and a preventive. It purifies the air; it destroys the contagion of evil. It is no voice crying unheard and unheeded in the silence. It is a voice which goes into God's ear.
The works of E.M. Bounds (1835-1913) are essential reading for pastors and prayer warriors. He wrote for many audiences but was especially burdened for his fellow pastors. He believed their secret prayers and praying example were key to discipling praying churches. Here is an excerpt from his The Necessity of Prayer
Matthew Henry died over 300 years ago, yet his Bible commentaries may still be the most widely read, referenced, and cherished commentaries today. Many of our Founding Fathers studied his commentaries (1708-10). Spurgeon prescribed them. It is said that "Whitefield read them through four times, the last time on his knees" (Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia).
Doug Small (see bio) is a Bible teacher, prayer leader, ordained Bishop, International Director of Prayer Ministries with the Church of God, and President of Project Pray. These edited excerpts are from his April 2020 white paper "Establishing City Elders - Gathering at the City Gates"
We are facing life and death issues in America. Our problems go far beyond the pandemic. We serve to promote prayer rooted in scripture (2 Chronicles 7:14, 1 Timothy 2:2-8; Luke 18:1-8 among them) and the teachings and testimonies of men and women of extraordinary prayer and faith - from Genesis to Revelation. God has put us here, in this time and in this country, to be part of His solution.
Prayer Targets: Bernard Nathanson; Coronavirus & Abortion; Can We Allow Christian Caregivers to Serve?
Terry Beatley is founder and president of Hosea Initiative, a non-profit educational organization dedicated to fulfilling a pledge she made to the co-founder of NARAL, Dr. Bernard Nathanson, after his conversion to the pro-life cause.
Pastor David Wilkerson (1931-2009) (bio) was called to New York City in 1958 to share Christ with gang members and drug addicts, as told in his book and movie, The Cross and the Switchblade. This led to the beginning of Teen Challenge, now a worldwide ministry.
Charles G. Finney (1792-1875) left a legal career at 29 to become the best-known evangelist in America's Second Great Awakening.
Dr. David Butts (bio) is an author, Bible teacher, President of Harvest Prayer Ministries, President of Gospel Revivals, Inc. (Herald of His Coming), and Chairman of the National Prayer Committee.
Dr. Corinthia Ridgely Boone, a native Washingtonian, has chaired the Capital City National Day of Prayer since 1985. A distinguished educator (Bowie State University, B.D., M.A., and Union University Ph.D.), Corinthia spent 25 years as a teacher, principal, and instructional specialist in the nearby Prince George's County Public Schools before serving as Minister of Education at her church, Evangel Temple, which is among D.C.'s largest.
Richard Owen Roberts (bio) studied at Gordon, Whitworth, and Fuller Seminary. He pastored in Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and California before founding International Awakening Ministries. His 9,000-book collection on historic revivals and awakenings is the heart of the Billy Graham Library at Wheaton College.
Rev. Richard Owen Roberts's (bio) biblical and historical study, preaching, and writing brought to the modern church a historic understanding of the Solemn Assembly and the role that repentance and returning to God has not just for individuals, but for nations. What he has uncovered in Scripture has birthed a cry for national repentance in our day.
Prayer Targets: "I Am Jazz"; Solemn Assembly; Coronavirus; Roe Challenge?; NDP; Call2Fall; Much More
P. Douglas Small (see bio) is a Bible teacher, prayer leader, ordained Bishop and International Director of Prayer Ministries with the Church of God.
FRC's Senior Fellow for African American Affairs, Rev. Dean Nelson, is Executive Director of Human Coalition Action. An ordained minister, Dean is Chairman of the Douglass Leadership Institute and co-founder of the Frederick Douglass Foundation.
Dedicated to Christian ministry, Worth Loving is Office Coordinator for FRC Action, involved in grassroots engagement, candidate research, and development efforts. Earlier, he was a part of FRC's development department, overseeing FRC's direct mail program. He came to FRC as a summer intern for FRC Action in 2014 and FRC's Marriage and Religion Research Institute in 2015. He was a development assistant at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, and a Heritage Foundation intern. A North Carolina native and graduate of Pensacola Christian College, Worth is an alumnus of the John Jay in Philadelphia. He wrote this recent blog post on the racist roots of Planned Parenthood
Dave Clayton is a church planter and pastor of Ethos Church, a multi-campus church in Nashville Tennessee.
President Donald J. Trump became the first sitting president to address the March for Life. Here are some of his remarks at the rally on January 24, 2020.
Dr. John Willke, M.D. (1925-2015) (in memoriam) and his late wife, Barbara, were pro-life activists before the Roe v. Wade decision.
The late Derek Prince (1915-2003) (bio) was born in India to a British military family. He became a Greek, Latin, Hebrew, and Aramaic scholar at Eton College, Cambridge University (England), and Hebrew University (Israel). After encountering Jesus Christ, Prince devoted his life to the study and teaching of God's word. His 1973 book Shaping History through Prayer and Fasting helped guide the present-day prayer movement. This excerpt is from his final book, Secrets of a Prayer Warrior
Dr. Kenyn Cureton (bio) is FRC Vice President for Christian Resources with a mission to equip Christians to become "spiritually active, governance engaged conservatives" (i.e., SAGECONS). As VP for Church Ministries, Kenyn helped Tony grow FRC's Watchmen on the Wall network from 1,800 to over 40,000 pastors and churches.
Dr. Kenyn Cureton (bio) is FRC Vice President for Christian Resources with a mission to equip Christians to become "spiritually active, governance engaged conservatives" (i.e., SAGECONS). VP for Church Ministries for 13 years, Kenyn grew Watchmen on the Wall, FRC's nationwide church outreach, from 1,800 to over 40,000 pastors and churches. Before FRC, Kenyn was Vice President for Convention Relations for the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC).
Scott Manning (bio) earned his B.A. in Military History (magna cum laude), and his M.A. in Ancient and Classical History from American Military University. His published works, papers, panels chaired, book reviews, and encyclopedia entries showcase military and classical scholarship as well as his interest in and research of popular culture.
Miranda Devine is a conservative syndicated columnist and writer for newspapers in the U.S., Great Britain, and Australia. These excerpts are from her recent article in the New York Post. Itillustrates instinctive, more traditional manhood. In our politically correct culture that mocks manliness, FRC has launched "Stand Courageous," a new nationwide ministry to help revive biblical manhood.\r\r
William Bradford (1590-1657) was a founder and longtime governor of the Plymouth Colony settlement. Born in England, he migrated with the Separatist congregation to the Netherlands as a teenager.
Prayer Targets: Church Tax Exemption; National Watchmen Pastors Summit; Defunding Planned Parenthood
Render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar's, and unto God the things which be God's. Luke 20:25
Richard Owen Roberts founded International Awakening Ministries. After studying at Gordon, Whitworth, and Fuller Seminaries, he pastored churches in Idaho, Oregon, Washington and California.
Today the U.S. Supreme Court issued a sweeping decision, mandating that all 50 states and U.S. Territories redefine marriage to allow homosexual men to "marry" men and lesbian women to "marry" women.
Many influential leaders credit Rev. Richard Owen Roberts for introducing them to the biblical truth about Solemn Assembly. Many have labored to revive the biblical practice, among them Dr. Henry Blackaby, Claude King, Avery Willis, Dr. Ronnie Floyd, Terry Tekyl, P. Douglas Small and others. The upcoming Call2Fall is a local church gesture, pointing toward all of God's people; eventually the nation responding to God's call to repentance from individual and national sin. Roberts writes:
It is Time for Call2Fall - God warned the Jewish people through Moses, "Beware that you do not forget the LORD your God by not keeping His commandments... lest-when all that you have is multiplied... you forget the LORD your God... If you by any means forget the LORD your God, and follow other gods, and serve them and worship them, I testify against you this day that you shall surely perish... because you would not be obedient to the voice of the LORD your God (Dt. 8:10-20).
As most who use the Prayer Targets know, the Call2Fall movement was born out of the belief that only a dramatic move of God in response to heartfelt repentance prayer and faith will turn the tide in America. I know you share this view. Just weeks remain until the 7th annual Call2Fall, Sunday, June 28th.
Prayer Targets: Will the Church Remember?; Transgender Tyranny; Disney Grunge; Louisiana for Liberty
The late Dr. D. James Kennedy (1930-2007) founded Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, FL, serving as Senior Pastor for 47 years. He produced several world-wide ministries that have profoundly impacted the church and America. His radio and TV programs are live via Truth in Action Ministries. On Memorial Day, 1997, Kennedy preached, "Will the Church Forget?"
Dr. John Witherspoon (1723-1794), Scottish pastor and theologian, was persuaded by American patriots to leave Scotland in 1768 and to accept the Presidency of Princeton College. There he trained over 140 Presbyterian ministers, and a greater number of Founding Era political leaders. Among his students were 9 of 55 framers of the U.S. Constitution, a president (James Madison), a vice-president, 21 U.S. Senators, 29 U.S. Congressmen, 56 state legislators, and 33 judges, three of whom ascended to the U.S. Supreme Court. In the War for Independence his students held commands throughout the American forces. On May 17, 1775, the Continental Congress called the 13 colonies to unite, repent, pray and fast for America. That very day Witherspoon preached:
Tomorrow, Thursday May 7th, is the National Day of Prayer. The United States of America was born in and through repentant, wholehearted prayer.
Samuel Adams (1722-1803), whom many historians consider the "Father of the American Revolution," helped organize the Massachusetts Committee of Correspondence, which led to committees in other colonies and ultimately a Continental Congress.
The just man walketh in his integrity; his children are blessed after him. Pr 20:7
For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him. Genesis 18:19
The prophetic Scripture in Joel is used in a popular Christian song as if talking about the Church marching forward in victory. But it is actually speaking of God's judgments and the thoroughness with which they will be measured out. The picture is of darkness and gloom.
Prayer Targets: Star Parker; Indiana Fallout; Leaders Leaving Religious Liberty; Good News!, More...
Star Parker, long-time friend of FRC, is founder and president of CURE, a Washington, DC think tank that advocates free market policy solutions to poverty. When Star met Jesus (testimony), she was delivered from drug abuse, crime, promiscuity, multiple abortions, and welfare dependency. A powerful spokesperson for the biblical worldview, her expertise extends far beyond poverty issues. She writes:
FRC President Tony Perkins is asking believers everywhere to pray and fast from April 7th till April 28th that God will intervene to guide our Supreme Court to protect, not destroy, natural marriage as the legal standard for our nation. He urges that we "pray up to the day of battle and go into that day with strength; praising God for the victory!"
against Governor Mike Pence and the Religious Freedom Reformation Act (RFRA) he signed on Thursday. Patterned after the 20-year -old federal RFRA, Indiana's law says nothing of "homosexuality" or "discrimination" but was enacted to protect the religious liberties of all citizens. Since 1993, attacks against those liberties have increased exponentially by local, state and federal authorities. Yet sexual activists made this new law all about them, falsely claiming that RFRA's are "a license for Christians to discriminate against the LGBT community." They want to hijack the law to highlight homosexual rights.
John Quincy Adams (1767-1848), son of President John and Abigail Adams, was our sixth U.S. President (1825-1829).
Prayer Targets: Communism; Israel; ObamaNet; Bonhoeffer Moment; RFRA's; Prayer Days; Ceaseless Prayer
President Reagan, a focused anti-communist, said, of W. Cleon Skousen's 1958 book, The Naked Communist, "No one is better qualified to discuss the threat to this nation from communism. You will be alarmed, you will be informed and you'll be glad you heard him." I've previously quoted former FBI Agent Skousen's riveting book and his list of 45 strategic communist goals to bring down America.
Prayer Targets: Prayer & Fasting for Marriage; HHS Mandate; Human Trafficking; Marine Chaplain; More
This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Ephesians 5:25-31 Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge. Hebrews 13:4
Dave Butts is chairman of the National Prayer Committee (NPC), president of Harvest Prayer Ministries, and a leader in many other national groups. In 1991, Rev. Butts wrote A New Call for Extraordinary Prayer
As a young man, Franklin Graham rebelled against his faith and fled his father's footsteps but later returned wholeheartedly to Christ.
Prayer Targets: A Summons; Prayer Breakfast Fallout; Obama v. Netanyahu ; Super Bowl Sting; Marriage
Put not your trust in princes... in whom there is no help... Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God. Psalm 146:3-5
Prayer Targets: Eighth Commandment; Obama Budget; Obamacare Repeal; The Kleins; War Room, Reconciliation
Dr. Kenyn Cureton is Vice-President for Church Ministries at FRC and leads a growing team to help pastors across America to stand for righteousness in the public square, and to provide the moral leadership in our communities and states for which they, alone, have the God-given gifts and calling. This is from Dr. Cureton's popular essay on the Ten Commandments (see Bio; download PDF).
FRC Senior Fellow, Ken Blackwell began his political career as one of Cincinnati's youngest mayors. He went on to hold many other distinctions including Ohio's Treasurer, Secretary of State, Undersecretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and was the first African American in Ohio to receive his party's nomination for Governor. Educated at Xavier University, MIT and Harvard, he holds ten honorary doctorates (see Bio). Here are excerpts from his op-ed, released last week, on the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade:
This week we remember both Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy as well as the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. There are many parallels between the civil rights and pro-life movements. Despite the safeguards of liberty and justice built into our Republic, injustices exist. Both movements demonstrate the power of the people to right wrongs in our system, with faith, prayer, votes, and by peacefully resisting those who misuse the power of government to do evil. Neither movement has fully succeeded, but both have seen tremendous gains. God gives every human being value and dignity. May our prayers prevail in the causes of righteousness and justice!
Prayer Targets: Starnes, Persecution; Chief Cochran; Life Issues, Congress; SOHLS; Life Week Activities
National reporter Todd Starnes is on the front lines of the culture war. An author, speaker, and award-winning Fox News Radio/TV columnist and commentator, Starnes' career began as the newspaper editor at his alma mater, Lee University ('94) in Cleveland, Tennessee. A careful researcher and an engaging, prolific writer, Todd often breaks stories of interest to FRC.
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom He hath chosen for His own inheritance (Ps 33:12). Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people (Pr 14:34; read also: Deut. 8:11; Psa. 9:17; Psa. 50:22)
German-born composer, George Frederic Handel (1695-1759), spent most of his career in Great Britain. A devoted believer, Handel's oratorio, Messiah, is one of the world's best known and most performed classical compositions. In 1741, at a low point in his life, Handel composed Messiah in 24 days. A wealthy Christian friend, Charles Jennens, added Scripture, helping make Messiah a glorious presentation of the gospel of Jesus Christ. With the prayer that you and yours will have very blessed Christmas, I offer the version of Messiah my wife and I enjoyed on Sunday at the Kennedy Center, home of the National Symphony Orchestra (gift tickets from our youngest daughter and her husband). I added the scripture references. Please reflect, pray, praise and view one of the many Messiah performances on the Internet
Prayer Targets: Marriage & the High Court; Military Persecution and Sexual Assault; Obama Amnesty, More
In a dramatic 2012 effort, pastors and ministers across North Carolina, including Billy & Franklin Graham, banded together to amend the state Constitution to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman. The ballot initiative passed in May 2012 with 61% of the voters for and 39% against.
Over the past decade, millions of Americans have responded to God's call to repentance, prayer and intercession for our nation. More and more believers are focusing thoughtful prayer over Washington, DC, and our state capitals, pleading with God to restore to us righteous leaders and to stop those who are hostile toward God and Biblical Christianity. Many are watching and praying, too, for leaders who will stand with the Jewish people the nation of Israel.
Senior Fellow Bob Morrison is FRC's resident historian. With a B.A. and M.A. from U. VA in government and foreign affairs, additional studies at Hofstra and U. WA, Bob taught high school and college history and political science. In 1984, he joined the U.S. Department of Education and served with Gary Bauer under William Bennett. Later he became the first full-time rep in D.C. for the Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod). Since 1991, Bob has held key posts at FRC, including Vice President for Policy. Thanksgiving Day is over, but God calls for ceaseless prayer with thanksgiving! Read Bob's message and consider: in 3 weeks, men, women and children around the world will give "thanks unto God for His unspeakable gift." May we do so always!
The "Father of our Country," George Washington, the first President of the United States, declared the first national Thanksgiving Day in his first year and first term of office, to be observed on the 26th of November, 1789
Prayer Targets: Rulers; Immigration; Saeed Abedini; Obamacare; Marriage; Liberty, Jerusalem Massacre
Second only to Jonathan Edwards, Charles Chauncy (1705-1787) was perhaps the most influential New England clergyman of his day. A Harvard graduate, he pastored the First Church in Boston for sixty years. On May 27, 1747, Chauncy preached a sermon before Governor William Shirley and the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Titled "Civil Magistrates Must be Just, Ruling in the Fear of God," an exposition of 2 Samuel 23:3, Chauncy's reflections are incisively pertinent to us:
"[T]he rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God... Let the word go forth... Americans [are] unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this nation has always been committed... Let every nation know... that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty."
FRC President Tony Perkins is a Marine veteran, former police officer, international anti-terrorism instructor, television newsman and two term (8 year) member of the Louisiana House of Representatives. Tony studied at Liberty University (BS) and Louisiana State University (MPA). An ordained minister, he founded Intercessors of Louisiana and the Louisiana Family Forum. A dedicated family man, Tony sees 2 Chr. 7:14 as the key to revival in America!
Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God; that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and havingdoneall, tostand. Ephesians 6:13 KJV
Israel Evans (1747-1807) was a Princeton educated Presbyterian minister (1775). A Chaplain in Continental Army, Gen. Washington praised his Thanksgiving message to the troops at Valley Forge (1977). He fought Great Britain's American Indian allies, took part in the Yorktown victory (1781) and preached to French and American troops. He later pastored in Concord, New Hampshire. Evans saw the hand of Providence throughout the war and believed America had a high calling from God. From his sermon before the General Court of New Hampshire
In last week's Prayer Targets, I introduced Rev. Richard Owen Roberts' Unalienable Rights. He wrote, "God Himself instituted and regulated human government... designed to guarantee the unalienable rights of both the Creator and the created."
Prayer Targets: Godly Government; Despot Courts; Pastors; Jerusalem; Pentecost Walk; iPledge Sunday!
Richard Owen Roberts is founder of International Awakening Ministries (see R.O. Roberts Trust). He studied at Gordon, Whitworth, and Fuller Seminary and pastored churches in Idaho, Oregon, Washington and California.
Dr. Ellis Sandoz is Director of the Eric Voegelin Institute for American Renaissance Studies at Louisiana State University, his alma mater (B.A, 1951; M.A, 1953). The first sermon from Sandoz's collection of political sermons from the founding era, entitled, "Government the Pillar of The Earth," was delivered on August 13, 1730 before the Royal Governor of Massachusetts, Jonathan Belcher, by Boston Pastor Benjamin Colman.
Prayer Targets: Webster & Jay: Vote! iPledge Sunday; Values Voter Summit; Meriam; U.S.-led Coalition
Election Day is November 4, 2014. Noah Webster, the author of the renowned Dictionary that bears his name and whom some refer to as the "Father of American Education" (see last week's Prayer Targets), had much to say about American citizenship and the Christian's stewardship responsibility to vote
Star Spangled Sunday, our 200th anniversary celebration of the National Anthem and the turning point in the War of 1812 was powerful.
Noah Webster (1758-1843) believed American children should read American history and learn from American, not British books. His grammar-speller-reader, popularly called the "blue-backed speller" was used to teach American children for over 100 years.
I am writing to request your prayers for Star Spangled Sunday, our upcoming live webcast, which will be aired in hundreds of churches across America, September 14 -- the 200th Anniversary of our National Anthem.
Last month, FRC President Tony Perkins and a delegation of leaders from the National Association of Religious Broadcasters made a goodwill trip to Israel (see Report, Interview).
Dr. Ronnie Floyd, current President of the Southern Baptist Convention, in his 2009 book told how prayer and fasting changed his life and his congregation. What he learned has helped pastors and churches of many denominations. His message is needed now, more than ever.
I am writing to invite you to join believers and churches across America for Star Spangled Sunday on the 200th Anniversary of Francis Scott Key's poem that became our National Anthem.
We should strive always to be peaceable and civil in speech but bold to speak "the truth in love" (Eph 4:14-15). Many martyrs, even as they submitted themselves to the stake, repeated Jesus' words: 'Father, forgive them for they know not what they do" (Lk 23:24). All eyes are upon us.\r\r
On January 25, 1974, California Governor Ronald Reagan delivered his famous "City upon a Hill" speech. John Winthrop, future Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, had penned the phrase that echoes Matthew 5:16 on the Arabella, sailing across the Atlantic with the wave of English Puritan Christians in 1630.
Rev. Richard Owen Roberts' good friend, Dr. Henry Blackaby (bio), wrote the foreword to Roberts's 2004, Repentance, the First Word of the Gospel." Here are excerpts:
Richard Owen Roberts is founder of International Awakening Ministries, now the R.O. Roberts Trust. He studied at Gordon, Whitworth and Fuller Theological Seminary, and pastored in Idaho, Oregon, Washington and California. Since 1975, he and his family have lived in the Chicago area, near Wheaton College.
Prayer Targets: Christian Zionism; Assault on Israel; RFRA; If 7:14; Prayer & Fasting, Pastors, More
After 26 years as a U.S. Treasury agent, John P. McTernan became co-founder and Chaplain of Cops for Christ and a pro-life leader. In 2001, he and White House Correspondent Bill Koenig co-authored Israel: The Blessing or the Curse.
Joseph Story (1779-1845) was in appointed by President James Madison to the U.S. Supreme Court.
May God move in great power as His people seek His face in the days ahead and may Washington, DC and America be forever changed for God and for good, as a result of these important initiatives! (Joel 1:14; 2:12-18; 2 Chr 7:14; 1 Tim 3:16; 2 Tim 4:1-5; Rev 1:10-3:22)
God give us four conditions, to: 1) humble ourselves, 2) pray, 3) seek God's Face, and 4) turn from our wicked ways. If we do, God will: 1) hear from heaven, 2) forgive our sins and 3) heal our land.
Prayer Targets: Sam Adams; Call2Fall; Meriam Ibrahim; Supreme Court Rulings; IRS, March for Marriage, ENDA, Israel
Samuel Adams (1722-1803), called the "Father of the American Revolution," helped organize the Massachusetts Committee of Correspondence (leading to the forming of committees in all 13 Colonies; eventually the Continental Congress).
Our nation is in deep trouble. Our problems, at their root, are all spiritual. Only a God-sent awakening can change this. We who understand the need for repentance and prayer must do all we can to help others learn urgently to pray. Time is of the essence!\r\r
Dr. Ronnie Floyd has been Senior Pastor of Northwest Arkansas' Cross Church since 1986. With five campuses in the region, the church has baptized over 17,000 believers. Floyd, joined with other leading pastors in 2013, issued a nationwide "Call to Pray" to Southern Baptist pastors.
Just weeks from now, churches across America will observe the Call2Fall. Sunday, June 29th, we will humble ourselves and acknowledge our national dependence upon God before we celebrate Independence Day just five days later.
Prayer is our first ministry and task, but when God calls, we must rise from our knees to act!
Over three million people have come to Christ through Billy Graham's long ministry. Over 2.2 billion have heard his radio and TV broadcasts. Of his nearly three dozen books, many were bestsellers, now classics. Entrepreneurs have created a library of free "apps" that allow modern believers to access his quotations, crusade videos, radio programs, and magazine articles on their phones and tablets.
The works of Rev. E.M. Bounds (1835-1913) are essential reading. Bounds wrote to many audiences but most frequently to fellow pastors, for whom he was deeply burdened. He saw the pastors' example as the key to praying churches.
Franklin Graham, son of Evangelist Billy and Ruth Bell Graham, has been president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) since 2001. Since his first evangelistic crusade in 1989, Franklin has preached to more than 7 million people around the world. In his early 20's, Franklin joined the ministry of Samaritan's Purse (SP), an evangelical international relief agency.
Prayer Targets: Washington, Man of Prayer; High Court Prayer Ruling; Israel Update; Boko Haram; More
William J. Johnson, in his 1919 book, George Washington, The Christian, documents the faith of the "Father of our Country." Like a lawyer, he catalogues testimony after testimony of Washington's unquestionable Christian character, consistent profession of faith and ardent Christian walk from his youth until his death. Johnson answers those who question accounts of Washington's faith (e.g., his prayer at Valley Forge, regularity of church attendance, observance of communion, etc.) with accounts from multiple witnesses.
I am still in Israel, in a study program at Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial and International Study Center in Jerusalem. Today our focus is on the National Day of Prayer with an update on Israel. Regular Prayer Team Targets will return next week when I return to the U.S.
I am writing you from Jerusalem, Israel, where I am participating in a unique leadership program jointly sponsored by Yad Vashem, The Museum of the Bible, and the International Christian Embassy, Israel.
Nations are blessed to the degree that they honor God and his laws. Christians are God's salt and light that influences nations to honor Him. If God's people do not keep the fires of vital faith burning, the Bible, the Declaration and the Constitution are ignored by the powers and people.
America in September 1857 was in spiritual, political, and economic decline. With deep division on the slavery question and a civil war on the horizon, a financial panic hit. Banks failed, railroads went bankrupt, factories closed, and joblessness grew.
Prayer Targets: Finney; Nat. Day of Prayer; Military v. Faith; FBI & SPLC; MS RFRA; Justina; Repent!
Charles G. Finney, like Whitefield, Edwards and earlier Great Awakening preachers, called Americans to a radical repentance and faith. Like Jesus, Finney's strongest words were directed to the religious leaders of his day, specifically pastors.
Prayer Targets: Wurmbrand's Stand; Religious Liberty & the High Court; World Vision, Elane Photography
In 1967, Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand (1909-2001; 1913-2000 - bios) founded Voice of the Martyrs, a worldwide ministry to persecuted Christians.
Dr. Erwin Lutzer has served as Senior Pastor of Chicago's Moody Church since 1980. His three radio programs are broadcast across America and around the world. Author of 30 books, Lutzer, in his When a Nation Forgets God: 7 Lessons We Must Learn from Nazi Germany, documents shocking parallels between German society in pre-WWII Germany and America today
George Washington, the "Father of our Country" set an example for all Americans by his extraordinary prayer life - an hour of Bible study and prayer each morning and again, each evening.
Self-educated and brilliant, Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) was an elder statesman among the Founding Fathers, revered for his knowledge, wisdom and maturity. \r
George Whitefield (1714-1770) was a pivotal leader in the Great Awakening in America and Great Britain. From a working-class home, Whitefield traded work for tuition at Oxford University, doing menial labor for the school and fellow students.
In 1879, Congress declared George Washington's birthday, February 22, a federal holiday. Because Abraham Lincoln was born on the 12th, some states have combined both birthdays into "President's Day." Other states continue to observe both days. Pressured by retailers, Congress changed the observance to the third Monday of February in 1971.\r\r
No force shaped the worldview of our Founding Fathers more than Christianity, and in particular, Calvinist Protestantism.
With a few exceptions, America's colleges and universities have become leftwing indoctrination centers. Popular youth culture and classroom instruction combine to steep our young people in atheism, false religion, religious relativism, socialist economics, infatuation with sex, hostility toward traditional Christian and American values, anti-Israeli and pro-Palestinian sentiments, radical environmentalism, global warming, and other radical liberal views that plant doubt and cynicism into their hearts.
Thomas Jefferson, as a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses, drafted a resolution calling for Virginians to observe a "Day of fasting, humiliation and prayer" on June 1, 1774, to seek God's intervention because of Great Britain's "invasion of the city of Boston" and to give Americans "one Heart and one Mind firmly to oppose, by all just and proper Means, every Injury to American Rights."
Today was the 41st anniversary of the infamous U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade. The ruling signaled a sweeping departure from God, God's Law, the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights and its heritage as a champion of life and liberty. God still awaits our repentance as a nation.\r\r
In the spring of 1983, President Ronald Reagan published his treatise, Abortion and the Conscience of a Nation. No President before or since has addressed the evil of Roe v. Wade more plainly, comprehensively, or perfectly in agreement with the biblical view.
Prayer Targets: Sproul; Little Sisters, Roe; Life Sunday; March; ProLifeCon; Israel, Class War; Ducks
Dr. R.C. Sproul, Presbyterian pastor, teacher and theologian, has authored more than 70 books, including The Holiness of God, a modern classic.
At his Inauguration on January 20, 1981, President Ronald Reagan expressed hope that America would yet again be "the exemplar of freedom and a beacon of hope for those who do not now have freedom."
On May 14th, 1948, President Harry Truman (1945-1953), against strong pressure from the State Department, signed a memo making the U.S. the first nation to recognize the newly constituted Jewish state of Israel.
Dr. C. Everett Koop (1916-2013) was Chief of Surgery at Children's Hospital in Philadelphia when President Reagan appointed him the 13th U.S. Surgeon General (1982-1989). In 1976 Koop spoke to the American Academy of Pediatrics, which had awarded him the William E. Ladd Medal, the highest honor given pediatric surgeons in America.
We often read of activist "educators" who have banned or perverted the celebration of Columbus Day, Thanksgiving, or even Christmas in their classrooms.
Dr. Henry Blackaby, Pastor and Bible College President (bio), is best known as author (with Claude King) of Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God (1990).
Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer has served Chicago's Moody Church as Pastor for over 33 years and is a respected scholar and pastor to pastors (see bio).
With Veterans Day in mind, I scoured the Internet to find "The Religion of George Washington," a "Bicentennial Report," written by Chaplain Edwin D. Davis (Col. USAF, 1929-2008). His powerful article appeared in the July/August 1976 edition of Air University Review. It was posted on AU's site until October this year.
Missionary physician Dr. S.I. McMillen wrote his bestselling classic, None of These Diseases in 1963. His grandson, David E. Stern, M.D., helped modernize the book in 2000, updating statistics and adjusting language to connect with a younger audience.
In America today, Bible-believing Christians are under assault on many fronts
Over 220 years, from George Washington's inauguration (1789) to Barack Obama's (2009), the national debt grew from $75 million to $10.6 trillion dollars.
Last week I shared excerpts from former President Herbert Hoover's 80th birthday speech. He was deeply disturbed by leftward turn of the Roosevelt administration and its long-term impact on America. His remarks are relevant today, given the current struggle between the House, Senate and President over spending, debt, Obamacare, etc.
President Herbert Hoover was a good man, but faced Black Friday and the Great Depression only months into his presidency.
Dr. Ben Carson's books (e.g., Gifted Hands and Think Big) demonstrate what even the sorely disadvantaged can accomplish with vision, study and hard work. His latest, America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great explains free enterprise vs. socialism simply. Carson also gives his ideas for solving our nation's health care dilemma.
The note below, from FRC Vice President for Church Ministries, Kenyn Cureton, was sent to pastors across America who are part of FRC's Watchmen on the Wall network.\r\r
E.M. Bounds' (1835-1913) books about prayer have no equal. Only two of his nine classics on prayer were published during his lifetime. Providentially, his manuscripts were preserved and are widely published today.
In 1991, as the U.S. planned to engage Iraq in the first Gulf War, Pastor David Wilkerson, founder of Times Square Church and Teen Challenge, known for his bold biblical warnings to the American Church, share a memorable thought. America's overwhelming military power had given many Americans a false sense of security.
Mrs. Joy Lamb served as prayer coordinator in a ministry headquartered in Northeast Florida. Tasked with praying for the specific needs of thousands of correspondents, she became overwhelmed.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945) was a German Lutheran pastor and theologian during the rise of Adolf Hitler. His book, The Cost of Discipleship, is a classic today.
The amazing story of Dr. Ben Carson is documented in his book and feature movie, "Gifted Hands." He retired as Professor of Neurosurgery, Plastic Surgery, Oncology, and Pediatrics, and the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University. He is recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and author of five bestselling books.
Prayer Targets: Church & State Discipline; U.N. Nominee, Hate Crimes, Abedini, Scandals, Unborn Pain
Dr. Henry Blackaby showed us the importance of corporate unity as a precondition for powerfully answered prayer.
Dr. Henry Blackaby (see bio.) has helped God-hungry pastors, churches, and believers around the world. His Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God (1990), translated into 45 languages, has sold over seven million copies.
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.
Professor Rod Gragg directs the Center for Military and Veterans Studies at Coastal Carolina University. Author of 15 books, Gragg always includes the role of faith in the lives of the men and women who shaped America.
Claude King serves as Discipleship Specialist at LifeWay Christian Resources. His relationship with Dr. Henry Blackaby led to their co-authoring, "Experiencing God," "Fresh Encounter" and more. Author or coauthor of 21 books, King is a leader in the movement to revive Biblical Solemn Assembly.
In November of 1995, I attended a conference in Los Angeles organized by the late Dr. Bill Bright. Nancy Leigh DeMoss was a speaker.
Bishop P. Douglas Small is President of Alive Ministries. As International Prayer Ministry Coordinator for the Church of God denomination, Doug travels the US and abroad speaking in churches, conferences and prayer events.
Long-time American history professor and award-winning author, Rod Gragg, has documented how faith and public "days of humiliation, fasting and prayer" prepared, sustained, and enabled Colonial Americans to win the War for Independence.
As I have done for the past four years, I will use this week's issue of the Prayer Targets to explain Call2Fall: How it came about and why it answers, in part, America's most urgent and important need.
The late Dr. D. James Kennedy (1930-2007) founding pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, FL, served as senior pastor for 47 years.
America received merciful news amidst horrific calamity. The death toll from the tornado that struck Oklahoma was first counted at 51, but corrected numbers say 24 are dead, 9 of them children.
Please read this letter, and pray; then, pass it on to your pastor and ask him to communicate with your church this Sunday. Take special note of the action lines at the end of the letter. Time is of the essence!\r
Rev. P. Douglas Small is president of Alive Ministries, a ministry he founded 25 years ago. A widely traveled conference speaker and author of numerous books, Doug helps pastors grow their churches to become "houses of prayer" (Mt 21:13) and such churches to conduct city-wide prayer initiatives.
Here is a great report regarding last Thursday's nationwide observance of the National Day of Prayer! To God be the glory!
I hope you have been able to participate in the 62nd annual National Day of Prayer (NDP) today. FRC has been delighted to partner with NDP Task Force in calling God's people to "Pray for America," this year's NDP theme.
On May 2, 2013, believers across America will observe the National Day of Prayer. This special day reminds us of our nation's utter dependence upon God, the role of God's people in keeping Him at the center of our public and private lives, and our national institutions.
This is a special prayer appeal. Four weeks from now, on May 23rd, the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) will vote on whether to overturn its policy prohibiting "open and avowed" homosexuals from admission into the Scouts.
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.
In May 1996, Human Events published an interview with former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. She spoke of her faith and political philosophy.
Derek Prince (1915-2003) studied at Eton College and Cambridge. He read Scripture as philosophy until, while serving in the British Army in WWII, he had a life changing encounter with Jesus.
Rev. E.M. Bounds (1835-1913) expounded upon importunity in prayer - the kind we need between now and June when the Supreme Court publishes its ruling on marriage:
In the 19th and 20th centuries God gave us great prayer mentors: Tozer, Murray, Wallis, Spurgeon, Bounds, Meyers, Mueller, Taylor, Chambers, Torrey, M'Cheyne and others.
The late Dr. D. James Kennedy is legendary for his commitment to equip believers both to evangelize and to be godly, culture impacting citizens.
Whether those following the elitist leaders of the left know it or not, they have been used to advance a socialist agenda from a classic Marxist playbook. Watch a 6-minute video from Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin (USA, Ret.) HERE (10/2010).\r\r
Prayer efforts like 9 Weeks of Prayer for Marriage, the National Day of Prayer and Call2Fall point toward the Biblical calls to Solemn Assembly like those under Moses (Ex 32ff), Jehoshaphat (2 Chr 17-20), Hezekiah (2 Chr 29-32) Josiah (2 Chr 34-35), Ezra (Ezra 7-10), Nehemiah (Neh 1-13), Joel (Joel 1-2:27) and others.
Dr. Benjamin Carson is the world's leading pediatric neurosurgeon. In 2008, President George W. Bush presented him with the nation's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
French historian Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859) is known for his observations and keen insights into early 19th century America and why America enjoyed such great success in such a short time.
As a teenager, William Booth (1829-1912) preached Christ on the streets of Nottingham, England. After 11 years as a Methodist pastor, he and his wife, Catherine, launched a mission to the needy masses in East London.
America's 30th President, Calvin Coolidge (1923-1929), restored dignity to the White House following the scandal-plagued Harding administration.