Prayer Targets: Satan Trembles; The Moral Outcry of Abortion; Free Prayer Conference Calls to End?
October 02, 2019
As it is written in the Law of Moses, all this disaster has come upon us; yet we have not made our prayer before the Lord our God, that we might turn from our iniquities and understand Your truth. (Dan 9:13 NKJV)
Dear Praying Friends,
The works of E.M. Bounds (1835-1913) are essential reading for true prayer warriors. He wrote for many audiences but was especially burdened for his fellow pastors. He believed their secret prayers and praying example were the key to praying churches. From his The Possibilities of Prayer:
"Satan dreads nothing but prayer... The Church that lost its Christ was full of good works. Activities are multiplied that meditation may be ousted, and organizations are increased that prayer may have no chance. Souls may be lost in good works, as surely as in evil ways. The one concern of the devil is to keep the saints from praying. He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work, prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but trembles when we pray." -- Samuel Chadwick
The possibilities of prayer are seen in its results in temporal matters. Prayer reaches to everything which concerns man, whether it be his body, his mind, or his soul. Prayer embraces the very smallest things of life... as well as those things which have to do with the eternal interests of the soul.
To leave business and time out of prayer is to leave religion and eternity out of it. He who does not pray about temporal matters cannot pray with confidence about spiritual matters... Both body and soul are dependent on God, and prayer is but the crying expression of that dependence...
The Old Testament is but the record of God in dealing with his people through the divine appointment of prayer. Abraham prayed that Sodom might be saved from destruction. Abraham's servant prayed and received God's direction in choosing a wife for Isaac. Hannah prayed, and Samuel was given to her. Elijah prayed, and no rain came for three years. And he prayed again, and the clouds gave rain. Hezekiah was saved from a mortal sickness by his praying. Jacob's praying saved him from Esau's revenge. The old Bible is the history of prayer for temporal blessings as well as for spiritual blessings.
In the New Testament we have the same principles illustrated and enforced. Prayer in this section of God's Word covers the whole realm of good, both temporal and spiritual. Our Lord, in his universal prayer, the prayer for humanity, in every climate, in every age and for every condition, puts in it the petition, "Give us this day our daily bread." This embraces all necessary earthly good...
Paul urged the Christians at Rome to strive with him together in prayer that he might be delivered from bad men. When Peter was put in prison by Herod, the church was instant in prayer that Peter might be delivered... and God honored their praying...
Paul, in writing to the Philippians, fourth chapter, says: "Be careful for nothing; but in everything, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God." And Paul closes with, "But my God shall supply all your need, according to his riches in glory, by Christ Jesus."
How much needless care we would save ourselves if we but believed in prayer as the means of relieving those cares and would learn the happy art of casting all our cares in prayer upon God, "who careth for us!" ... "All things whatsoever ye ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive." ...
In Hebrews eleven, the sacred penman... cries out, giving us almost unheard-of achievements of prayer and faith exemplified by the saints of old: "For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon, of Barak, of Samson, of Jephthah, of David also; and Samuel, and the prophets; Who through faith, subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions; Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in fight, caused the armies of the aliens to flee; Women received their dead raised to life again. Others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection...
What marvelous accomplishments wrought not by armies, or by man's superhuman strength, nor by magic, but all accomplished simply by men and women noted alone for their faith and prayer! Hand in hand with these records of faith's illimitable range are the illustrious records of prayer, for they are all one. Faith has never won a victory nor gained a crown where prayer was not the weapon of the victory, and where prayer did not jewel the crown. If "all things are possible to him that believeth," then all things are possible to him that prays. (E. M. Bounds, The Complete Collection of E. M. Bounds on Prayer)
In 1 Timothy 2:1-8 the Apostle Paul tells us, "First of all" offer all kinds of prayer -- for all people -- then, specifically for kings and all who are in authority, so that "we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness." And, that "all people be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is [only] one God and [only] one mediator [and Savior] between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus." To accomplish these ends, [Paul commands], "Therefore, I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing." And when we do, as Bounds quoted Chadwick to say, "the devil trembles."
Moral Outcry -- Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court convened Day 1 of its 2019 session, scheduled to run through June of 2020. The Justices conferred over which cases they will take up this year. They may choose the case that directly challenges Roe v. Wade and leads to its repeal. Advocates of abortion are preparing for such an outcome, in light of the remarkable advance of pro-life legislation in the states over the past few years and the contrasting overreach of pro-abortion states, like New York, Illinois, and Vermont which have essentially removed all legal restraints from the practice of abortion. Present outside the court on Monday was Allan Parker, Texas attorney and President of the Justice Foundation, founder of Operation Outcry, and organizer of the Moral Outcry citizen petition to the U.S. Supreme Court. He was also the Texas attorney who represented Norma McCorvey (who was the plaintiff "Jane Roe" in Roe v. Wade) and Sandra Cano (who was the plaintiff "Mary Doe" in Doe v. Bolton) in their later challenges to the rulings that bare their names. Both women were used by activist lawyers to advance the purposes of the pro-abortion movement and were essentially ignorant of the consequences of their roles in the scheme, and both suffered deep regrets. They lost their cases, but pro-life and pro-abortion advocates both believe that the tide has turned and that a more conservative court will dismantle Roe. Pro-abortion states are preparing for it and so are pro-life states. Yesterday, Allen Parker delivered to the Supreme Court a huge scroll bearing the names of the 250,000 Americans who signed the Moral Outcry Petition. He intends to continue to collect signatures and present them to the court at some future date (see Petition unfurled; Sign the Petition; Urgency of the Moment; Allan Parker & the Moral Outcry; Liberal Vox: Abortion Endgame).
- Lord, thank you for those like Allan Parker and so many others who have labored for many decades to stop abortion, including Norma McCorvey and Sandra Cano whose testimonies of repentance, faith, and forgiveness is open for all to see. Please grant America national repentance of the evil of abortion. May the Lord pour out the bottled-up prayers of his people, make this the year the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the ruling that, since 1973, has led to the shed blood of over 60 million innocent, unborn babies. God have mercy upon America! (Dt 19:10; 1 Kg 18:21; Pr 24:11-12; Is 55:7; Acts 20:21; 1 Cor 15:10; Php 2:16; Heb 11: all)
End to Free Conference Call Services -- Apparently, the public comment period for a proposed FCC ruling that will end free conference calls and lead to the closure of companies that have helped produce a nationwide prayer movement is over. On Thursday, September 26, the FCC Commissioners voted 5-0 in favor of the rule. Unless company and public interest lawsuits prevail, or the ruling is otherwise reversed, multiplied thousands of prayer groups that have been using free conference call services for telephonic prayer meetings on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis will either have to pay substantial new fees, or cease using these services altogether. Many who are financially challenged (e.g., the elderly and shut-ins) will be unable to keep up their prayer activities (I have in mind one faithful prayer warrior in a nursing home for whom her weekly free conference call prayer meeting has been the highlight of her life). Many free services will go out of business. Somehow this threat has been unforeseen or overlooked by the vast majority of users. The bulk of the posted comments on the FCC pages seem to have come from corporations. For some reason, the word did not reach rank and file users like one would have expected. The rules that have allowed free conference calls have not only benefited users and servers, but the telephone companies in non-urban and rural communities that the rules were especially intended to benefit. The big telecoms like Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T have long pressed the FCC and obviously want to reduce competition from the smaller companies and increase their own profits. The commissioners have ruled, but prayer and enough letters to the FCC and our elected federal representatives, including President Trump could turn the clock back (see WSJ: FCC Targets Free-Conference Call Services Major Telecoms Cry Foul; Sample Appeal to FCC; Another Easy-Appeal Format).
- Father, thank you for the vibrant national prayer movement, perhaps the brightest light in America today. Thank you for thousands of prayer meetings taking place via free conference phone calls. As Chadwick said, "the devil trembles" when we pray. Lord, please intervene to keep this means of prayer, worship, fellowship, and ministry open to all your people! (2 Chr 7:14; Ps 91:15; Dan 9:18; Mt 18:19; Lk 4:8; Jas 5:16-18)
Finally, please pray over these matters as you are led by the Holy Spirit:
1) The bill allowing "free" chemical abortions for California college students is on Governor Newsom’s desk. He has a month, in total, to decide.
2) Barronelle Stutzman and her lawyers at ADF hope the U.S. Supreme Court will uphold he r right not to serve as florist for a same-sex wedding. The Supreme Court of Washington ruled against her.
3) Abortion cases under consideration for review by the U.S. Supreme Court: A. Louisiana admitting privileges: June Medical Services v. Gee; B. Third-party standing: June Medical Services v. Gee; C. Can the state require an ultrasound within 18 hours of an abortion?: Box v. Planned Parenthood of Indiana & Kentucky; D. Should the Court reconsider Hill v. Colorado in light of the Supreme Court’s intervening decisions in Reed v. Town of Gilbert and McMullen v. Coakley? Hill held that the First Amendment right to free speech was not violated by a Colorado law limiting protest, education, distribution of literature, or counseling within eight feet of a person entering an abortion clinic. Pray, pray, pray for each member of the Supreme Court! The pro-abortion liberals are concerned!
As always, so much more. Thank you for praying!