Prayer Targets: God-given Rights and our Worldwide Mandate; Nebraska babies; Black Babies
July 29, 2020
God... giveth to all life, and breath, and all things... and hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth... that they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and move, and have our being... For we are also his offspring. Acts 17:24-28
Dear Praying Friends,
Dr. Kenyn Cureton (bio) is FRC's Vice President for Christian Resources. His mission is to equip Christians to be "spiritually active, governance engaged conservatives" (i.e., "SAGECONS"). In his 12 years as VP for Church Ministries, Kenyn has grown FRC's "Watchmen on the Wall" pastors' network from 1,800 to over 40,000 engaged participants. Prior to joining FRC, Kenyn was Vice President for Convention Relations for the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), where he directed media and public relations for the SBC Executive Committee and was a liaison to national church and political officials. During his 20 year service as a pastor, Kenyn wrote a devotional series on America's leaders and their faith stories called Lost Episodes in American History, from which come these excerpts:
On November 27, 1783, General Washington wrote to the ministers, elders, deacons, and members of the Reformed German Congregation of New York:
Gentlemen:....Disposed, at every suitable opportunity to acknowledge publicly our infinite obligations to the Supreme Ruler of the Universe for rescuing our country from the brink of destruction; I cannot fail at this time to ascribe all the honor of our late success to the same glorious Being. And if my humble exertions have been made in any degree subservient to the execution of the Divine purposes, a contemplation of the benediction of Heaven on our righteous Cause, the approbation of my virtuous Countrymen, and the testimony of my own Conscience, will be a sufficient rewards and augment my felicity beyond anything which the world can bestow.
The establishment of Civil and Religious Liberty was the Motive which induced me to the Field; the object is attained, and it now remains to be my earnest wish and prayer, that the Citizens of the Unites States would make a wise and virtuous use of the blessings, placed before them; and that the Reformed German Congregation in New York may not only be conspicuous for their religious character, but exemplary, in support of our inestimable acquisitions, as their reverend Minister has been in the attainment of them.
George Washington was motivated to join the fight for American independence by the hopes of establishing not only civil, but also religious liberty (Lost Episodes in American history, p. 417).
On December 26, 1825, President John Quincy Adams explained to the United States Senate:
There is yet another subject upon which, without entering into any treaty, the moral influence of the United States may perhaps be exerted with beneficial consequences at such a meeting - the advancement of religious liberty. Some... nations are even yet so far under the dominion of prejudice that they have incorporated with their political constitutions an exclusive church, without toleration of any other than the dominant sect. The abandonment of this last badge of religious bigotry and oppression may be pressed more effectually by the united exertions of those who concur in the principles of freedom of conscience.
President Adams' desire to spread religious liberty to other nations is often overlooked in American history (Lost Episodes in American history, P. 446). P.S. Adams, began his illustrious career as a diplomat in Holland and Prussia, and served as Secretary of State before being elected President, after which he became the only former president to run for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. He served 18 years until his death; Congress's most outspoken and determined foe of slavery. There he profoundly influenced Abraham Lincoln's view of slavery.
More on our God-given American and Human Rights Mandate -- Last week the Prayer Targets featured Dr. Os Guinness' great book, Last Call for Liberty and an overview of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's one-year-old State Department Commission on Unalienable Rights. Both were intended to remind and refocus Americans and the peoples of all nations of the founding principles that have made and kept America a free nation. The report also looks at America's role in helping to encourage the nations of the world to adopt a view similar to that of the U.S. Founding Fathers' - a view that upholds God-given human rights, including the way the world administers the Universal Declaration of Human Rights framed after WWII. Numerous studies conducted during the last two decades show that Americans, but especially young people, have been made grossly ignorant of the founding principles that have led to American freedom. The rise of anti-American and anti-Christian rhetoric and the intentional elimination of Judeo-Christian thought from American history in our public schools and universities has gradually, negatively and seriously impacted America (see America is at Risk). This shift in culture has resulted in the hostility we now see being played out in the public square. Mayors and governors tasked with public safety have disregarded this commission by allowing, and in some cases supporting, terrorist rioters, violence, destruction of public and private property, and the wounding and even murder of citizens. The chaos around us demonstrates the accumulated ignorance that has infected at least some of our cities and states. But this cancer has long been spreading. Left-leaning public education, leftist media, and the proliferation of anti-Christian, Anti-American interest groups, even or tech giants and sports magnates, are having a mammoth negative impact. But at the core, even deeper than the civic ignorance, is the radical decline of biblical literacy in our bible-believing churches and the departure of the many of our once conservative seminaries and denominations from biblical fidelity to mainstream culture. The religious Left, with few exceptions, now affirms and promotes abortion, the LGBT agenda, and other unbiblical behaviors and activist movements that are destructive to individuals, families, and our nations. God told Hosea, "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge" (Hosea 4:6). In the absence of truth, Marxism has begun to infiltrate the culture. Left leaning educators have indoctrinated too many of their students in the ideas of Marxism, and disregarded an understanding of the founding principles of American Freedom as stated in the preamble to the U.S. Declaration of Independence:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness (whole).
Some now say, 'America is too flawed to fix, a return to our roots will only dredge up more hard feelings.' 'On the contrary,' Pompeo insists, 'Maybe the best time to revisit all that's pure and good about our nation is when people are determined to destroy it.' 'Some say the report's timing couldn't be worse,' he said, 'I say the timing couldn't be better.'" (Hear Tony & Secretary Mike Pompeo share about the Commission Report with pastors from across the nation; hear Tony and FRC's VP for Policy & Government Affairs, Travis Weber, further analyze effort on Washington Watch; hear More of Travis' analysis).
- Father, we thank you for the heritage of faith we have and the blessings we have enjoyed from your hand. You know the plight that has come upon your people due to our sins: the invasion of alien ideologies and their influence on our society, and the efforts by many competitors to control our nation -- interests contrary to your own -- efforts to control our churches, with false doctrines and illicit behaviors, efforts to make your own people bow to the world and not to You. You know the plans to force Christian businesses and charities, believing men and women to bow down to false Gods with doctrines that defy the living God of the Bible. Meanwhile, Lord, your people have not joined together to strategize and work together to effectively influence our culture, while the enemies of your ways have done just that. Thus, because we have little strength, we need You! It is time for You, Lord, to Act! Your law is being broken! Intervene Lord, and do a work, a wonderful work, of grace and mercy like you did for Ninevah when Jonah repented, like you did for Israel through the preaching of Joel, like you did for Josiah when the Word was found. Hear the cries of your people between now and when we meet on September 26th and gather for THE RETURN. By your great mercy, make that day a true solemn assembly in which God's people seek your face and you respond with mercy and power, changing nations in a day! Help us to repent, forgive our sins, and Reset America for your glory! Do what only you can do and may Jesus Christ be glorified in America and around the world! (Gen 12:2-3; Ps 33:12, 122:6; Is 55; Mt 9:37-38, 28:16-20; Mk 16:15; Lk 10:1-12, 24:46-48; Jn20:21; Acts 1:8, 2:1-47; Rom 1:16, 10:13-15; Rev 5:9, 7:9; Rev 15:3-4)
Nebraska Dismemberment -- Many pro-life states have been pushing to restrict abortion in one way or another. Every abortion is gruesome and kills an innocent baby. The practice should never have been legalized in America, as the right to life is an unalienable, God-given right. In the State of Nebraska, an effort has been underway in the unicameral legislature to stop the grisly practice of dismemberment abortion. Read about it here, and pray. The legislative challenges have been tough, but the legislature voted to bring the bill to the floor to debate and vote on in the remaining days before they adjourn. The debate over the bill has been tense, as we see that politics seems to have become across America.
- Lord, the issue of life is being debated still in Washington as liberals attempt to include abortion funding and end the Hyde amendment which was intended to stop all abortion funding. Thank you for the advancement of the protection for the unborn under the current administration. But God, you know what has to happen to bring this to an end. Please cause pro-life men and women to be elected at every level in the primary elections still in progress and in the general election in November. In Jesus, Name, Amen.
Babies Lives Matter -- You have read about how pro-life activists have painted on streets where Black Lives Matter Activists have painted their slogan. Catherine Davis, a long time Christian pro-life activist from Atlanta, is an African American woman who cares about the disproportionate number of black babies who are losing their lives by abortion at the hands of Planned Parenthood and others. At 3 PM Saturday, she is leading a virtual prayer meeting for intercessors who share this burden, one that should burden us all. Visit her Facebook site and let her know you will join in. It is planned for just 30 minutes.
- God, May Christians everywhere, of every color and ethnicity take up the cause of the black babies who are being targeted and slaughtered behind closed doors!
Pro-Life Scriptures for both these Prayer Targets: Gen 1:27, 9:5-6; Ex 20:13; Dt 30:19; Ps 82:3-4, 127:3, 139:14-16; Pro 6:16-19, 31:8-9; Jer 1:4-5; Mt 19:13-15; Lk 18:15-17
Thank you for praying!!!