Prayer Targets: Bounds on Universal Prayer; Immigrant Abortions; Elections; Good & Bad Judges; IDOP
November 01, 2017
Therefore, I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. 1 Timothy 2:1-2 (NKJV)
Dear Praying Friends,
E.M. Bounds (1835-1913) wrote 11 books, only two of which were published before his death. In his later years, he carried his manuscripts everywhere he went, written on scraps of paper and used envelopes and tied together with pieces of string. Rev. Claude Chilton, Jr., who preserved the collection, said, "These books are unfailing wells for a lifetime of spiritual water-drawing... hidden treasures, wrought in the darkness of dawn and the heat of the noon, on the anvil of experience... beaten into wondrous form by the mighty stroke of the divine. They are living voices whereby he, being dead, yet speaketh!" These excerpts are from Bounds' Necessity of Prayer:
Prayer is far-reaching in its influence and world-wide in its effects. It affects all men, everywhere, and in all things. It touches man's interests in time and eternity. It lays hold upon God and moves Him to interfere in the affairs of earth. It moves the angels to minister to men in this life. It restrains and defeats the devil in his schemes to ruin man. Prayer goes everywhere and lays its hand upon everything. There is a universality in prayer...
Prayer is individual in its application and benefits, but general and world-wide at the same time in its good influences... There is no experience through which man is called to go but prayer is there as a helper, a comforter and a guide. When we speak of the universality of prayer, we discover many sides to it: First, it may be remarked that all men ought to pray... All men need God and need what God has and what only prayer can secure. Second, men are commanded to pray, and there is a promise to all who call upon God for pardon, for mercy and for help (Rom 3:21-23) ...
[T]he words of the Lord in Isaiah are to the point: "Seek ye the Lord while he may be found; call ye upon him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts, and let him return unto the Lord, who will have mercy, and to our God who will abundantly pardon," ... No sinner is debarred from the mercy seat. All are welcomed to approach the throne of grace with all their wants and woes, sins and burdens... "I will therefore that men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting." ...
This is Paul's doctrine (1 Tim. 2:1-2). [He calls for prayer for all men, but] as a special class to be prayed for... those who have authority in the State or Church. Prayer has mighty potencies. It makes good rulers, and makes them better rulers. It restrains the lawless and the despotic. Rulers are to be prayed for. They are not out of the reach and control of prayer or of God. Wicked Nero was on the throne of Rome when Paul wrote these words to Timothy urging prayer for those in authority. Christian lips are to breathe prayers for the cruel and infamous rulers in state as well as for the righteous and the benign governors and princes. Prayer is to be as far-reaching as "for all men." Humanity is to burden our hearts as we pray, and all men are to engage our thoughts in approaching a throne of grace. In our praying hours, all men must have a place. The wants and woes of the entire human race are to broaden and tenderize our sympathies, and inflame our petitions... No cynic can pray... Prayer comes from a big heart... Such prayer runs parallel with the will of God, "who will have all men to be saved and to come unto the knowledge of the truth." Prayer reaches up to heaven, and brings heaven down to earth. It rewards him who prays, and blesses him who is prayed for. Honesty, gravity, integrity and weight in character are the natural and essential fruits of prayer. This kind of world-wide, large-hearted, unselfish praying pleases God well... Like our one Mediator between God and man [Jesus], we who pray stand midway between God and man, with prayers, supplications, strong crying and tears." Prayer holds in its grasp the movements of mankind and the destinies of men for all eternity. The king and the beggar are both affected by it. It touches heaven and moves earth. Prayer holds earth to heaven and brings heaven in close contact with earth. (E.M. Bounds, The Essentials of Prayer, Ch. 12)
We have been given a special assignment to pray for our leaders in church and state. God speaks of "those in authority" because He wants all men to be saved and because their decisions and conduct so seriously affect us all. If we have compassion for all, if we want to lead a "quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence," we must not neglect to pray for those in authority at every level of civil and church government. That is true especially now, when so many of our leaders have abandoned the moral laws of God, laws the Framers considered critical to our survival, and the Constitution.
A New Low for Taxpayer-Funded Abortion -- Last week, the D.C. Circuit Court in en banc session ruled 6-3 that a 17-year-old illegal immigrant girl was entitled to an abortion at taxpayer expense. She had been arrested immediately after crossing the border, and wanted an abortion without her parents' consent. The court ordered that a sponsor be found to transport mother and baby to an abortion clinic immediately! Abortion advocates rushed her to the abortion clinic and her baby was soon terminated (the Trump D.O.J. had no time to request a stay or file an appeal). Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry is jubilant.
Since 1973, the courts have wrongly interpreted our Constitution to give American women a "right" to abortion. Since then, abortion has been pushed by tax-exempt advocacy groups like Planned Parenthood and by government agencies like the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Obama State Department, at taxpayer expense, promoted abortion in the U.S. and worldwide. While the Trump administration has acted to end these anti-life and anti-family policies, the courts have not been with him.
The Hyde Amendment and other temporary pro-life measures to prevent taxpayer-funded abortion have not been honored, and many taxpayers across America are ignorant of the fact that they are paying for abortions. Several state legislatures have voted to fund abortion through the state-paid portion of Medicaid. Federal taxpayers have been subsidizing Obamacare abortions since 2010. Planned Parenthood, despite being exposed for trafficking in aborted baby parts for profit and other illegal acts, receives over a half billion dollars annually from the federal and state governments in addition to performing Obamacare-subsidized abortions. Valiant efforts by Congress and the Trump administration to turn back the Obama clock on abortion have not yet prevailed, and America continues to add sin to sin.
If this twisted new ruling is not challenged and overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court, there will be one more precedent that gives illegal immigrants more rights. Moreover, the American abortion industry will have an entirely new population from which to find innocent unborn victims, their demise to be paid for by American taxpayers. Like the state of Oregon, which now provides free abortions to all comers, including illegal immigrants, the D.C. Circuit Court is now giving added incentive to foreign, pregnant, abortion-minded girls to run away from home, cross the U.S. border illegally, and obtain an abortion in America at taxpayer expense.
One of the first Trump administration acts was to restore the "Mexico City Policy" which prohibits U.S. tax dollars from being spent to perform or promote abortion abroad. Now, this Circuit Court is saying "come to America illegally, and we will cover your abortion." The ACLU has said it will file a class action lawsuit in the D.C. District Court to prohibit the federal government from blocking abortions for other illegal immigrants. Several hundred pregnant undocumented teenagers are now in U.S. custody. What does God think of all this? (See America: Land of the Free, Home of the Grave; We Let Two Children Down; ACLU's Plans; Oregon: Free Abortion for All).
- May President Trump and Congress succeed quickly to defund Planned Parenthood and repeal loopholes that enable taxpayer-funded abortion. Lord Jesus, we plead your blood over our sins and the sins of our nation. God, end abortion and send revival to America! (Pr. 1:10-12, 17-19; 12:5-7;24:10-12; Ps 51:14; Eph 2:13; 1 Pet 1:2; 1 Jn 1:7)
2017 Elections -- Many believe the gubernatorial races in New Jersey and Virginia are bellwethers for the 2018 election. But many seemingly smaller elections (state, city, and county) will impact us all (1 Cor 12:26). A case in point is in Douglas County, Colorado, where a huge school board election fight is taking place. Four conservative parents are running against the second largest national teacher's union and their candidate slate. The union has put $600,000 into the race, with the debate involving parental choice, school vouchers, and conservative values. The union hopes to regain a contract with the schools and is pushing to win all seven school board seats, which reports say would have parental rights and religious liberty implications, and threaten even charter schools in the community. Other local elections will decide transgender bathroom debates and other matters of concern to believers and their families.
- May God's people rush to the polls and vote their biblical values. May God intervene in the elections in New Jersey, Virginia, Douglas County, Colo., Charlotte, N.C., and every jurisdiction with elections this year! (Ex 18:21; Ps 75:6-10; Is 64:1-5; Acts 4:20)
Finally, please add these items to your prayer list: 1) Eight people were killed in a New York City terrorist attack. 2) A federal judge has ruled against implementation of President Trump's order to end the military enlistment of gender-confusedmen and women, a move criticized by legal experts. 3) The Senate confirmed Amy Barrett to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. During confirmation hearings, Barrett had been unduly harassed by some Democrat senators for her religious beliefs. Three more conservative Trump judicial appointees are expected to be confirmed this week. 4) The International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church will take place this Sunday, November 5th. As always, thank you for praying!