Prayer Targets: Opportune Moment; Days of Mourning; New Mexico Miracle; Equality Act, Culture Shapers
March 20, 2019
O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee. (2 Chr 20:12)
Dear Praying Friends,
Dr. Kenyn Cureton (bio), Vice-President for Church Ministries, leads "Watchmen on the Wall," FRC's national ministry to and with pastors and churches. A pastor for 20 years and New Testament scholar, Dr. Cureton's love is to study, preach, and teach American history from the perspective of Divine Providence. This from the devotional he authored, Lost Episodes in American History:
In a Proclamation for a National Day of Prayer given on March 19, 1981, President Ronald Reagan declared:
"Our Nation's motto -- "In God We Trust" -- was not chosen lightly. It reflects a basic recognition that there is a divine authority in the universe to which this nation owes homage. "Throughout our history, Americans have put their faith in God, and no one can doubt that we have been blessed for it. The earliest settlers of this land came in search of religious freedom. Landing on a desolate shoreline, they established a spiritual foundation that has served us ever since. "It was the hard work of our people, the freedom they enjoyed and their faith in God that built this country and made it the envy of the world. In all our great cities and towns evidence of the faith of our people is found: Houses of worship of every denomination are among the oldest structures.
"While never willing to bow to a tyrant, our forefathers were always willing to get to their knees before God. When catastrophe threatened, they turned to God for deliverance. When the harvest was bountiful, the first thought was thanksgiving to God. "Prayer is today as powerful a force in our nation as it has ever been. We as a nation should never forget this source of strength. And while recognizing that the freedom to choose a Godly path is the essence of liberty, as a nation we cannot but hope that more of our citizens would, through prayer, come into a closer relationship with their Maker. "Recognizing our great heritage, the Congress, by Joint Resolution approved April 17, 1952, has called upon the president to set aside a suitable day each year as a National Day of Prayer. "Now, therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim Thursday, May 7, 1981, National Day of Prayer. On that day I ask all who believe to join me in giving thanks to Almighty God for the blessings He has bestowed on this land and the protection He affords us as a people. Let us as a nation join before God, fully aware of the trials that lie ahead and the need, yes, the necessity, for divine guidance. With unshakable faith in God and the liberty which is [our] heritage, we as a free nation will surely survive and prosper." * President Reagan's unashamed promotion of prayer as a public acknowledgment of our dependence upon God is a lost episode in American history.(Dr. Kenyn Cureton, Lost Episodes: Daily Inspiration from America's Amazing Story, pp. 99-101)
In 1988, Congress passed, and President Reagan signed, a law to make the first Thursday of May the permanent date for the National Day of Prayer to be observed in America each year. President Reagan's words were both true and beautiful. Thank God America has a National Day of Prayer! It is not too early to prepare for this year's observance on May 2nd.
Roe v. Wade -- Christians in America are in an undeserved, unearned moment of grace and opportunity. More Americans are horrified over what Roe v. Wade has done to America than at any time since the U.S. Supreme Court issued that deadly ruling in 1973. Roe v. Wade was issued just as the Jesus movement was ushering millions into the kingdom. But most pastors, churches, and individual believers, due to apathy, aversion to politics, or ignorance, simply stayed out of the public debate over abortion. Too few taught their people from scripture on the issue. As with the rulings that removed prayer, Bible study, and the Ten Commandments from our public schools, a strange detachment came upon America's churches and only a small subset God's people were sufficiently stirred to do anything to stop the killing.
In 1992 in my home state of Maryland, 61 percent of the state's voters succeeded in silencing the tiny subset of pro-life activists in the state by voting in referendum to end all restrictions and limitations on abortion that were in force at the time. A "pro-choice" majority of voters brought spiritual and moral darkness to all. The pro-abortion legislators were now free to do whatever they wanted, particularly regarding abortion. The people had spoken. The state now fully funds Medicaid abortions with Maryland taxpayer dollars. It allows young teenagers to have abortion without their parents' knowledge or consent. It was the first state to pass a law promising to fund Planned Parenthood with Maryland taxpayer dollars, dollar for dollar, should Congress vote to defund the abortion giant. The most infamous late-term abortionist in America, LeRoy Carhart, relocated his abortion business from Nebraska to Maryland, where he now plies his evil trade freely. According to NARAL, "Maryland is one of the most supportive states in the nation when it comes to access to abortion at all stages of a pregnancy." The state is adjacent to our nation's capital and home to multiplied thousands of federal workers. Yet I have faith for change! In fact, we recently saw a retraction of a bill to enshrine abortion into the Maryland Constitution. As the old hymn says: "Mercy drops 'round us are falling, but for the showers we plead!"
- Loving Father, thank you for your mercy, for restraining your wrath for so long as the wholesale slaughter of innocent babies has persisted, in and outside the womb. Lord we join with others in praying, "Jesus, we plead your blood over our sins and the sins of our nation. God, end abortion and send revival to America!" (Ex 20:13; Dt 5:17; 19:9-12; Pr 24:11-12; Mt 5:20-22)
Repentance, Prayer, and Abortion -- The Activist Mommy, Elizabeth Johnston, called for a National Day of Mourning, and with little notice, organized an observance in Albany, New York, on February 23rd. It was a spontaneous, corporate expression of repentance, sorrow, and turning to God in prayer. It also included a commitment to throw off apathy and fight the good fight of faith. It was an appropriate biblical response to the New York Governor and members of the New York legislature's bizarre public celebration over their passage of the most radical pro-abortion law in America. Now other states are trying to match or surpass New York to become or remain among the most pro-abortion states in America. We know how Virginia tried to outdo N.Y. and failed. (Activist Mommy is organizing another Day of Mourning in Virginia on April 6th.)
- Lord, may cities, states, and churches all over America seek God and plan such Days of Mourning for repentance, prayer, and commitment to act to end the slaughter of the innocents! (Ps 30:10-12; Joel 2:12-18; Mt 2:18; 9:15; Luke 6:25; Jas 4:8-10)
New Mexico's Miracle Reversal -- In New Mexico, considered to be a thoroughly "Blue" state with liberal majorities in both legislative chambers and a pro-abortion governor, Christian leaders pulled together to stop what would have been the most radical abortion expansion bill in America. Like some of the others we have seen, the legislation was intended to prevent any impact from an expected reversal of Roe v. Wade by the U.S. Supreme Court. The house had already handily passed the bill, which then went to the state senate. Jay McCollum (hear him at minute 27:00), Pastor of the First Baptist Church in Gallup and a leader in FRC's church network, was among the Christian leaders who rallied pastors and churches to call their state senators in a last ditch effort. Result: Against all odds, eight Democratic Senators joined Republicans to kill the bill.
Last Thursday night, God worked a miracle. When believers act on our Christian identity as salt and light, we can see great miracles. If it can happen in New Mexico, it can happen in other Blue states. We will see this miracle happen in other situations as God's people awaken, prepare with prevailing prayer, then follow up with godly, prayerful, thoughtful steps of action to secure the protection of innocent human life in our own states. God will bless us and relent of his impending judgments if we will kneel before him and then stand for him.
- Almighty God, thank you for showing your people what can be done if pastors and leaders will lead and focus the power of your love and goodness to win the hearts of our leaders and to change the destiny of states and nations. Thank you for the great cause of rejoicing! (Jdg 5:9;12-13; Psalm 72:17-19; 86:9-11; Ps 75:7)
Finally, please add these important issues to your prayer list and pray as the Holy Spirit leads you!
1) The "Equality Act of 2019" -- The new pro-LGBTQ Equality Act (EA) has now been officially introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. A high priority for Nancy Pelosi, this bill is nothing less than a nationwide LGBTQ takeover. The EA would redefine "sex discrimination " from its original meaning in the 1964 Civil Rights Act (discrimination on the basis of their created sex of male or female), but would redefine the word sex to mean anyone who practices the variations of sexual behavior in the LGBTQ movement, even requiring us to address persons with gender dysphoria with the preferred pronoun (Facebook lists 51 genders, all of them with preferred pronouns) of their choice or face the consequences. It would essentially require every American and every institution to bow down to the LGBTQ agenda. Bottom line: The EA would punish Christians who, because of their faith, cannot go along with that agenda. (FRC: Clash Act; Q&A;Anything But Equality; School Undress Rehearsal)
2) Watchmen on the Wall Pastors Briefing May 22-24th -- FRC's flagship Pastors Briefing is a must. We start out touring the Museum of the Bible and the U.S. Capitol, then hear from outstanding Christian public servants and some of America's finest spiritual leaders. Please take time to make sure your pastor is registered to be part of this life-changing, church-changing and nation-changing event. The cost is very low but the value immeasurable. If covering the trip is not in the church budget, consider taking up a special offering to send your pastor. It is that important! Register Online!
3) International Culture Shapers Summit in Washington, D.C. -- Businessman, minister, and culture changer Os Hillman is bringing together an amazing group of leaders from all the Seven Mountains of Culture to our nation's Capital on March 28-31, 2019. If you can make the time, tune in by clicking on the link. Find out more about what Jesus meant when he said "go therefore and make disciples..." (Mt 28:19). Among the speakers will be FRC President Tony Perkins and FRC's Senior Fellow for Human Rights and Constitutional Governance Ken Blackwell.
4) 40 Days for Life is on Day 15 of its 40 Day Prayer vigil outside 377 abortion clinics across America. And on March 29th, Unplanned, the movie about Abby Johnson, the pro-life activist who served as Director of a Texas Planned Parenthood abortion clinic for eight years before having an experience that turned her life right-side up, will be released. The movie also highlights the work of 40 Days for Life whose ongoing vigil outside Abby's clinic played a major part in her conversion. This movie could not have come at a more perfect time, and I believe it will save thousands of babies this year and millions in the years ahead.
Thank you for praying!