Prayer Targets: Praying for Israel; Cry Out America; ISIS, Libya; Fasting; IRS & Churches; Events
September 04, 2014
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem; they shall prosper that love thee Psalm 122:6
Dear Praying Friends,
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). They experienced firsthand, daily uncertainty and frequent trips to the bomb shelter, necessitated by incessant Hamas rocket attacks. Among the delegates was our good friend, Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of Billy Graham, whom we joined in July for her 777 prayer campaign. Since then, she says she has experienced a "heavy burden... a sense of dark foreboding... and a deep dread... that something major was going to happen" in the near future to Jerusalem and Israel. "God has impressed on my heart that Jerusalem needs to be pre-prayered." Anne believes God has called her to rally His people to stand in the gap for Jerusalem (Read her blog here).
Anne sensed God calling her to lead 911: An Urgent Call to Pray for Jerusalem. She asked people to unite to pray and fast for Jerusalem for one hour of their choosing on Labor Day (See her personal video invitation). Labor Day is over, but the need to pray continues. The power of Anne's poetic prayer remains in force and is available for those who missed it. It is posted here. Thankfully, it is not too late to join in agreement with thousands who prayed.
Scripture calls all of us (men, women, boys and girls), to pray for the peace of Jerusalem (Ps 122). When we pray for Jerusalem, we are by extension praying for America. Remember, since the Iranian Islamic revolution the world of radical Islam has held the slogan: Israel is the "Little Satan" but the U.S. is the "Great Satan." A 2009 Wall Street Journal article explains the plan radical Islamists have to destroy Israel, then the U.S. Buoyed by the ascendency of ISIS in Iraq and Syria, President Obama's coolness toward Israel and warmth toward her Islamic enemies, his seeming disinterest in ISIS' genocide of Christians and his vacillation amid other world threats, the radical terrorists can only be expected to increase their attacks within and without the U.S.
Meanwhile, Hamas has strategically used its women and children as human shields to keep Israelis from bombing military targets and then cried "war crimes" when women or children were killed. Hamas' skilled propaganda has motivated many Americans and world nations to condemn Israel. May we humble ourselves, repent, pray (and fast) and seek the face of God, that He might raise up competent American leaders who will strengthen our damaged relationship with Israel, and insure that we remain steadfast in our support for her, no matter what the future brings. The Abrahamic Covenant (Gen 12:1-3) forewarns us that we need Israel more than Israel needs us. "Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee." May God use us to "stand in the gap" in these perilous times! (Ps 122; all; 133: all; Is 59:19; Eze 22:30).
Cry Out America! - For seven years our friends at the Awakening America Alliance have sponsored Cry Out America!, a nationwide call to repent, pray and remember what happened on September 11, 2001, when terrorists attacked the symbols of our nation's economic and military strength - the World Trade Center and the Pentagon -- killing nearly 3,000 people. Cry Out America! is organizing groups to pray on their court house steps and elsewhere for America's healing and protection (Click here and scroll to bottom of page)! Remember: 9/11 was a wakeup call for America to be vigilant and maintain a strong military, but also to call upon God, our nation's Strength and Shield! (Ps 26:7)
- Pray that courthouses across our land will overflow with praying believers on 9/11, and that God will hear and answer! (2 Chr 7:14; Ps 26:7; 58:14-15; 127:1-2; 1 Tim 2:1-8)
ISIS, Iraq, Syria, Benghazi - In the absence of U.S. leadership, other nation's leaders, including Great Britain (see Prime Minister David Cameron's speech) and Israel are beginning to make plans to defend their own people from the ISIS threat. For months, the slaughter of thousands of Christian Iraqis by ISIS provoked little reaction from the Obama administration. Since two U.S. reporters have been publicly beheaded, public pressure has forced the President to respond. Few know that last month, less than two years since four Americans were killed at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, the U.S. quietly withdrew our diplomats and closed the embassy in Libya, leaving the U.S. Embassy (sovereign U.S. Territory) vacant. News outlets have not reported this. Now, Libyan rebel militia groups have stormed the Embassy and overtaken it, at least, the Embassy Annex. Such signs of U.S. weakness radically bolster the confidence of those who seek to destroy us (Hear Tony Perkins and Gen. Boykin discuss troubles in the Middle East).
- Father, now is the time for Americans to be crying out to you. We missed it after 9/11/2001. After church attendance spiked for a few weeks, we returned to the status quo. Lord, help us to return wholeheartedly to You! Stir your Church to be aware, alert, to pray for our leaders who seem confused and bewildered. Watch over our country and the innocents across our world. Grant our President, his advisors and our allied leaders wisdom and courage to deal with the serious crises we now face. May our President turn to You and to God-fearing counselors for help! (Ex 18:21; Dt 11:27-28;Ps 50:14-17; Pr 15:22; 243:6)
Trumpet & Torch 40 Day Devotional Journey - We need extraordinary prayer for extraordinary times. Sign up for the 32 days remaining of the 40 Day Devotional Journey - See archives of the days you've missed! You may fast at any level (one, two, or three meals, Daniel fast, or simply choose to "feast" on the Word of God without fasting. But draw closer to the Lord during this devotional journey; accomplish important things in prayer and gain strength for the spiritual battles we will all face in the future.
- May the Intercessory Prayer movement grow in prayer and fasting! (Mt 17:21; Lk 5:34-35)
Pulpit Freedom Sunday and IRS Targeting of Churches - October 5th is Pulpit Freedom Sunday. Pastors across America will preach "Election Sermons," like those preached throughout our history until 1953. Some will defy the 501(c)3 IRS code crafted, which prohibits pastors and churches from endorsing or opposing political candidates. While a clear violation of every pastor's constitutional freedom of religion and speech, the Supreme Court has never adjudicated this issue. Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) wants to carry a deciding case to the High Court and end the bogus restraints that have prevented too many pastors from speaking the truth about candidates and issues for 60 years. The atheist Freedom from Religion Foundation sued the IRS, demanding they monitor churches for compliance and take away the tax-exempt status of those who violate the code. Supposedly, the group is now serving as a watchdog for the IRS and has submitted the names of 99 churches that they believe to be chief offenders.
- May Americans hear bold preaching as never before! May God's people understand about the biblical qualifications for civil leaders and vote accordingly! May ADF succeed in striking down this code, now being used by the IRS to monitor and target churches! (Mt 5:27-29; 10:17-20; 16:18-19 )
Finally, please check out and pray over next Tuesday's live webcast - "Common Core: The Government's Classroom" (8:00-9:00 PM ET); the nationwide live Sunday evening Church-based simulcast: "Star Spangled Sunday" (September 14, 7 PM ET), sponsored by FRC and Vision America (urge your pastor to host SSS in your church); and the all-important 2014 Values Voter Summit (September 26-28) sponsored by FRC, FRC Action and several of our closest allies in the Christian and conservative public policy arena. Your prayers count! Thank you!