Prayer Targets: The Nixon Funeral; SPLC Rise & Fall; The Call2Fall; Birth Day Abortion is Infanticide
March 27, 2019
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. (1 Timothy 2:1-2)
Dear Praying Friends,
Billy Graham, in his customary manner, preached the gospel plainly at the funeral for former President Richard Nixon in Yorba Linda, California on April 27, 1994. Seated in front were five living U.S. presidents (then President Clinton, and former Presidents Ford, Carter, Reagan, H.W. Bush, and their wives). This excerpt is from the message Dr. Graham delivered:
John Donne said that there's a democracy about death. It comes equally to us all and makes us all equal when it comes. And I think today, every one of us ought to be thinking about our own time to die, because we, too, are going to die. And we're going to have to face Almighty God with the life that we lived here. There comes a time when we have to realize that life is short and, in the end, the only thing that really counts is not how others see us here, but how God sees us and what the record books of Heaven have to say. For the believer who has been to the cross, death is no frightful leap into the dark, but is an entrance into a glorious new life. I believe that Richard Nixon right now is with Pat again, because I believe that in Heaven we will know each other. The Bible says, "For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain." There's a gaining about death. For the believer, the brutal fact of death has been conquered by the resurrection of Jesus Christ. For the person who has turned from sin and has received Christ as Lord and Savior, death is not the end. For the believer, there's hope beyond the grave. There's a future life. Yesterday, as his body was escorted to the plane for its final journey here, the band played the familiar strains of a hymn he especially loved -- maybe the hymn that he loved the most: Amazing grace! (how sweet the sound) That saved a wretch like me! I once was lost, but now am found, was blind, but now I see. Thro' many dangers, toils, and snares, I have already come; 'Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home. That hymn was written 200 years ago by an Englishman named John Newton. He was a cruel man, a captain of a slave ship. But one night in a fierce storm, he turned to God and committed his life to Christ. Newton not only became a preacher of the Gospel, but he influenced William Wilberforce and others in Parliament to bring an end to the slave trade. John Newton came to know the miracle of God's amazing grace, and it changed his life. And it changed our lives as well.
And so, we say farewell to Richard Nixon today with hope in our hearts, for our hope is in the eternal promises of Almighty God. Years ago, Winston Churchill planned his own funeral. And he did so with the hope of the resurrection and eternal life, which he firmly believed in. And he instructed after the benediction that a bugler positioned high in the dome of St. Paul's Cathedral would play taps, the universal signal that says the day is over. But then came a very dramatic moment as Churchill had instructed. Another bugler was placed on the other side of the massive dome, and he played the notes of reveille, the universal signal that a new day has dawned, and it is time to arise. That was Churchill's testimony that at the end of history, the last note will not be taps, it'll be reveille. There is hope beyond the grave because Jesus Christ has opened the door to Heaven for us by His death and resurrection. (Remarks by Dr. Billy Graham at Nixon's funeral)
Today, it is up to voters to examine the character and beliefs of those they will entrust with power over our laws and people. Those who honor God must discern and choose men and women who will fear God when the worst storms come. God has called us to pray first for all men -- good and bad -- and he singles out all who are in governmental authority so "that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty."
Now is not a time for plain vanilla prayer. We are obviously not leading quiet andpeaceable lives in all godliness and honesty as God intended. At the end of the day, every failure is a prayer failure. Like the disciples who slept when Jesus called them to pray in his great hour of need, the church is slumbering. One day we will stand before God and answer for it. As Graham said to the presidents and dignitaries at Richard Nixon's funeral, "the only thing that really counts is not how others see us here, but how God sees us and what the record books of Heaven have to say." In this great hour of need, let us awaken and move prayer back to the position of priority. May we pray, "first of all," as the Apostle Paul taught us in 1 Timothy 2:1-2. Our window of opportunity to prevail in prayer for our nation is very, very narrow!
The Call2Fall -- I began to understand the seriousness of the biblical practice of Solemn Assembly when I read Rev. Richard Owen Roberts' article in the 1995 issue of Herald of His Coming. It was the means whereby God's people publicly recognized their backslidden condition and the judgments of God they had brought upon themselves and organized to publicly return to him with confession, repentance from sin, and genuine faith. It was the collective response to 2 Chronicles 7:14, as exemplified in Joel 2:12-18. When I hear of families, churches, denominations, or independent groups of believers (like the Day of Mourning Elizabeth Johnston organized in New York in February; she will lead another in Virginia on April 6th -- REGISTER), my heart is thrilled. Since first learning about Solemn Assembly, I have longed for America to come together publicly in a National Solemn Assembly to return to the one and only God of the Old and New Testament. There have been many goodwill efforts toward a national solemn assembly, but time is short.
Call2Fall is an interim step, a mini-solemn assembly that any local church, home, or prayer group can take part in, and join with thousands of churches and independent gatherings of believers across America, on the Sunday closest to the 4th of July. On June 30, 2019, Christians will unite on their knees in repentance for personal sin, the sins of our churches, and the sins of our nation, and cry out to God for mercy, forgiveness, cleansing, and revival across America. The Sunday before Independence Day was chosen to acknowledge our dependence upon God and his grace. So before we rush to celebrate Independence Day with fireworks and picnics, let us endeavor to humble ourselves in repentance and a wholehearted dependence on God. America needs a full-orbed National Solemn Assembly like the one called for by the prophet Joel (2:12-14). Beginning with our pastors and churches, we must realize how serious and dark our sins are, how they have contributed to our life-threatening national division, and how they have resulted in the remedial and temporary judgments we are experiencing. We must also understand that these will lead to final judgments if we do not repent.
- Lord, may you burden our nation's spiritual and civil leaders -- in your timing -- to call for a National Solemn Assembly in America. How we need days of repentance like those we read of in Scripture, after which spiritual revival came and you restored the fullness of your favor and blessing to the nation. Until then, please stir your people to take part in the serious times of nationwide prayer that engender national humility, repentance, and dependence upon God. Thank you for your mercy, for holding back the judgments we deserve. Help us, especially in our churches, to stand in the gap until our nation has returned to you! May the 2019 Call2Fall enlist many thousands more churches and millions more believers! (2 Chr 7:14; Ps 25:7-9; Joel 1:14; Mt 4:17; Joel 2:12-18; Lk 13:1-5; 18:14; Acts 2:38; Rev 2:2-5)
The Anti-Christian Southern Poverty Law Center -- The SPLC is presently undergoing a complete media credibility meltdown. Top leaders have resigned for just cause over the past week and others are following. Originally founded to advocate for the civil rights of African Americans, yet whose internal culture was essentially racist, this hypocritical group has long since ditched their founding mission for that of advancing the LGBT agenda. Indeed, the SPLC has packaged years of libel and slander against some of America's most effective Christian leaders and institutions and has been aggressively marketing its infamous "Hate List" and lies to big business, the media, the internet and social media giants, charity watchdogs, and government agencies including the FBI and the Pentagon. This is the same SPLC whose online "Hate Map" inspired LGBT activist Floyd Corkins to enter FRC's D.C. headquarters to murder as many FRC staff as he could in 2012. He did succeed in shooting and injuring FRC's building manager, Leo Johnson, before Johnson disarmed him. The bad character of the SPLC's leadership and dishonest mission of the group is finally being exposed for what it is. (See The SPLC Scandal: Cohen Nowhere Fast; Inside the 'Poverty Palace'; SPLC Spokesman: "We want to destroy them."; Rise and Fall of the SPLC)
- Lord, we pray for these who have given themselves to punish those who hold fast to your word regarding sexual morality and marriage. We ask that you deal with them in righteousness and justice. Further, we pray that they will be required to make restitution to those to whom they have done untold harm. Open their eyes, bring them face to face with Jesus, and grant them repentance. Lord, cleanse the hearts and minds of all who have been sullied by their slanders, and those who have either ignorantly or knowingly helped spread them. (Num 32:23; Pr 6:16-19; 15:3; 24:12; Is 29:15; Rom 12:19; 1 Cor 4:5; 4:2; Eph 5:11-13)
Finally, please add these important matters to your prayer list: 1) Trump has further tightened the pro-life Mexico City Policy to require not only NGO's that receive U.S. funds not perform or promote abortion, but neither may they transfer fungible funds to sub-contractors that perform or promote abortion; 2) President Trump has deferred presenting his son-in-law Jared Kushner's "Deal of the Century" Middle East Peace Plan until after the Israeli elections on April 9th (Secretary Pompeo speaks to AIPAC; Pat Robertson on Dividing Jerusalem; Joel Rosenburg on Dividing Israel); 3) The U.S. Senate voted 57-0 not toproceed to debate the "Green New Dea l." The extreme bill, rooted in the ideology of man-made climate change, would cost Americans trillions every year. Three Democrats and one Independent joined 53 Republicans to vote "No." The remaining Democrats voted "present," preventing their position from going on record; 4) Yesterday, after the Democrat House majority refused for the 20th time a request to vote on the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 962), Rep. Steve Scalise announced that the pro-life members will submit a discharge position to bypass the leadership, move the bill out of committee and to the floor for a vote. FRC has reached 20,000 of the 90,000 goal in our Baby Hat campaign to End Birth Day Abortion. We will send all 90,000 baby hats to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to highlight this fight by the current majority to keep the practice of infanticide unrestrained. Pray for 100 percent success! And please keep on your list; 5) the National Day of Prayer, which will take place on Thursday, May 2nd; 6) FRC's premier National Pastors Briefing, Watchmen on the Wall, will be held on May 22-24th (invite your pastor to come)! 7) Unplanned, the movie, will open in theaters across America this Friday, March 29th. Pray it will revolutionize the pro-life movement, save millions of innocent preborn children, and change America!
Please pray for me. I will be out on medical leave during the next four weeks. Dr. Kenyn Cureton, FRC Vice President for Church Ministries, will be authoring the Prayer Targets during this period. As always, thank you for praying!