Prayer Targets: Election Sweep; I Stand Sunday; MI, CA Pastors & Homosexual, Abortion Agendas
November 07, 2014
Therefore put on the full armor of God,so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand... And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests… be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Ephesians 6:13, 18
FRC President Tony Perkins is a Marine veteran, former police officer, international anti-terrorism instructor, television newsman and two term (8 year) member of the Louisiana House of Representatives. Tony studied at Liberty University (BS) and Louisiana State University (MPA). An ordained minister, he founded Intercessors of Louisiana and the Louisiana Family Forum. A dedicated family man, Tony sees 2 Chr. 7:14 as the key to revival in America!
Sunday night, with thousands of people packing the pews of Grace Community Church -- and tens of thousands more at nearly 800 churches from all 50 states -- Houston sent a message to the nation: “Don’t mess with the pulpits of America.”
For the city, the I Stand Sunday simulcast capped off a four-week roller coaster set in motion by Houston Mayor Annise Parker. It started in May when her office inexplicably trashed more than 30,000 citizen petitions, which would have put her special rights ordinance where it belongs: on the ballot. When her actions triggered a lawsuit, the Mayor dug in deeper -- subpoenaing 17 forms of communication from area pastors as a tool of intimidation, despite the fact that these five pastors were never part of the lawsuit!
If the Mayor thought pulling the subpoenas would take some of the heat off, she quickly discovered that it only exposed the real controversy -- which was invalidating the referendum to begin with. In the fierce back and forth over the measure, Parker said the bill was “personal.” What she didn’t realize was how personally Houston would take it. And Sunday night, in a crowd that crossed every possible gender, racial, and ethnic line, they showed it. From across Texas and around the nation, people showed how hungry they are for a cultural and spiritual revival in America. Pastors traveled from around the nation to show their support for the “Houston 5” whose rights were trampled under the foot of the government charged with protecting them.
With more than 7,000 looking on within the sanctuary, there was no mistaking the energy and enthusiasm in the auditorium. People stood and cheered for nine minutes as over two hundred area pastors marched into the sanctuary to open I Stand Sunday. From the pastors processional to the closing song, a spirit of quiet determination emerged that we hope will resonate in pews across America. Dr. Ronnie Floyd, President of the Southern Baptist Convention, told listeners, it is time to wake up from our slumber!” While Mayor Parker may have overstepped her bounds, that was only possible because the church had fallen asleep at the gate.
“Our greatest problem,” Dr. Floyd said, “is not in the White House, but God’s house!” If you’re wondering why things like this are happening in cities like Houston, Fayetteville, and San Antonio, look in the mirror. The blame… doesn’t rest with Annise Parker or the city -- but every Christian, who has quietly stepped into the shadows on tough truths. “It’s because a lot of people in our churches have said, ‘I just don’t want to get involved,’” Governor Huckabee explained. “My dear friends, when the government comes to your pastor and says, ‘Cough up all the sermons, sermon notes and correspondence… with his own parishioners,’ you are already involved.” It’s time, Dr. Floyd and others said, “to get right with God.”
Many did, kneeling at the steps of the stage with America’s influencers to pray for repentance -- and for the nation. As far as I’m concerned, I Stand Sunday was an unprecedented moment as Christians came together to stand for religious freedom. “America,” Phil Robertson said, “it cannot be said too strongly or too often that this great nation was not founded by religionists but by Christians.” Robertson continued, “not on religions but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”
We pray that our nation, which this event proved is ripe for spiritual awakening, will use I Stand Sunday as a launching off point for greater cultural engagement. I pray that God will take what was done there and use it to ignite the hearts of His people to transform the nation.
If you missed I Stand Sunday I urge you to watch it online soon! Go HERE to view select segments. The presence of the Holy Spirit was electric. I believe a shift took place in the heavenly realms. After you watch, forward the link to friends across America. Within the messages Sunday night was enough gospel power to spark another Great Awakening!
May the pastors in Houston continue to stand strong! May their lawsuit prevail against City Hall and Houston’s citizens be afforded their right to vote against this irrational law and defeat it soundly! May those guilty of violating the constitutional rights of the people be held to account, and may officials in cities, counties, states and other jurisdictions learn from this. May pastors and believers everywhere find courage to stand when their blood-bought rights and God-given responsibilities are similarly violated! May the prophetic word delivered in Houston spark for revival, everywhere! (Josh 1:5-9; Is 10:1; 54:17; Jer 1:8; Acts 25:11; Eph 6:10-20; Jude 3-4)
Election Sweep – The U.S. electorate almost universally repudiated the policies of President Barack Obama by electing Republicans to Congress, giving the GOP over a dozen more seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and a majority in the U.S. Senate. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has been the “cork in the bottle,” repeatedly preventing conservative bills passed by the House of Representatives from being considered and being passed by the U.S. Senate. Reid has essentially been “running interference” for President Obama, enabling him to avoid facing the decision to sign or veto pro-family and other conservative legislation.
Several GOP candidates ignored their campaign advisors and party experts to speak out plainly on controversial issues having to do with life, marriage, family, faith and freedom. Those who did were rewarded by voters with election and reelection. The GOP did not touch only Congress. The lack of Democrats in the state legislatures has caused them to “sink to pre-Great Depression levels.” Over the past two years, 120 pro-life measures have been passed by state legislatures across America, though pro-abortion forces have attempted to challenge them in courts at every turn. With the increase in more conservative legislatures, more pro-life and conservative legislation can be expected to be introduced and passed. And with a net of three new, conservative GOP Governors, fewer such laws will be vetoed.
A huge new outcome is the U.S. Senate’s power to reject undesirable candidates for the federal judiciary (except the Supreme Court) nominated by President Obama. Under the “nuclear option,” Harry Reid’s Senate rule change, judiciary nominees to be confirmed by just 51 votes instead of the historic 60 vote filibuster-proof majority. Now, “with the shoe on the other foot,” the Senate GOP Majority has to decide whether it will keep the “nuclear option” or reverse it. But the GOP majority that is about to take the Senate will be able to end the President’s practice of stacking the federal courts with some of the most liberal judges in the history of the United States.
All in all, this election should slow the advance of anti-life, anti-faith, anti-family and anti-religious liberty legislation. Yet the degree to which the new House and Senate will lead on these issues has yet to be seen. Advisors at FRC Action say: 1. Pass a small Continuing Resolution that limits spending to current levels and priorities until the new Congress takes over in 2015; 2. Don’t let the lame duck members, ousted by voters, make any big decisions; 3. Recognize that the people changed Congress not so it would compromise with the President, but would stop his radical agenda. This has implications for Obamacare; liberal Climate Change policies; the radical homosexual agenda, and much more. (see Dems at Pre-Depression Levels; Harsh Referendum on President; Governors; Judges; FRCAction Analysis Video).
May those elected yesterday be found faithful to their duties and bold and courageous to stand for righteousness and against unrighteousness! May they succeed in undoing evil laws and policies that have been imposed upon the American people and may they successfully defend and advance life, faith, family and freedom in public policy, passing laws that will free the American people to work, save, prosper and raise their children in liberty without undue government regulation, taxation, oppression and control! (Ex 18:21; Pr 29:2; 22:29; 1 Cor 4:2; Gal 2:4-5;Acts 10:35)
Finally; Beyond Houston and the Elections, other issues: California has mandated Churches to carry insurance that covers surgical abortion. Not just Houston, but in Michigan and California, pastors are “upping the ante” against state transgender “Bathroom Laws.” Thank you for praying!