Prayer Targets: House Divided; Prayer & Fasting; Amy; Google Challenged
October 21, 2020
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity... for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.
Dear Praying Friends,
On June 16, 1858, Abraham Lincoln was chosen by the delegates of the Illinois State Republican Convention as their candidate for the U.S. Senate. That evening, Lincoln delivered a speech to the assembled delegates. He introduced it with Scripture: "A house divided against itself cannot stand" (Mk 3:24-25), declared by Jesus Christ and recorded in Matthew, Mark, and Luke. Fewer than three years later, on March 4, 1861, Lincoln was inaugurated as the 16th President of the United States. On April 12, just over one month later, South Carolina militiamen attacked and prevailed against the U.S. Army force at Fort Sumter, South Carolina. The bloody Civil War ensued. From Lost Episodes:
On November 10, 1864, Abraham Lincoln was serenaded by some Lincoln and Johnson Clubs at the White House as a result of his recent re-election. President Lincoln appeared at a second-floor window and delivered this speech:
It has long been a grave question whether any government... can be strong enough to maintain its own existence, in great emergencies.... If the loyal people, united, were put to the utmost of their strength by the rebellion, must they not fail when divided, and partially paralyzed, by a political war among themselves? [See Matt. 12:25]
But the election was a necessity.
We cannot have free government without elections; and if the rebellion could force us to forego, or postpone a national election, it might fairly claim to have already conquered and ruined us....
But the election, along with its incidental, and undesirable strife, has done good too. It has demonstrated that a people's government can sustain a national election, in the midst of a great civil war. Until now it has not been known to the world that this was a possibility. It shows also how sound, and how strong we still are... It shows...that we have more men now, than we had when the war began. Gold is good in its place; but living, brave, patriotic men, are better than gold.
But the rebellion continues; and now that the election is over, may not all, having a common interest, re-unite in a common effort, to save our common country? For my own part I have striven, and shall strive to avoid placing any obstacle in the way. So long as I have been here I have not willingly planted a thorn in any man's bosom [See Numbers 33:55].
While I am deeply sensible to the high compliment of a re-election; and duly grateful, as I trust, to Almighty God for having directed my countrymen to a right conclusion, as I think, for their own good [Rom. 13:4], it adds nothing to my satisfaction that any other man may be disappointed or pained by the result.
May I ask those who have not differed with me, to join with me, in this same spirit towards those who have? [See Prov. 24:17-18]
And now, let me close by asking three hearty cheers for our brave soldiers and seamen and their gallant and skillful commanders."*
Abraham Lincoln's gratitude to God for guiding Americans to re-elect him as president and his gracious spirit toward his opponents is another lost episode in American history.
Read and Reflect: Read Prov. 24:17-18 and reflect on the teaching that we should not rejoice over our enemies and compare that with what Lincoln said.
Prayer: Lord, we thank you for the freedom to exercise our vote and for peaceful elections. We pray for you to bring unity among our divided people, in Jesus' Name, Amen.
*Source Citation: Roy P. Basler, Jr., ed., The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, 9 vols., (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1953), 8:100-101. (Excerpted from Dr. Kenyn Cureton's Lost Episodes: Daily Inspiration from America's Amazing Story)
In 1857, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its notorious Dred Scott decision, ruling that black persons, whether slave or free, were not entitled to citizenship under the U.S. Constitution. Intended to end the argument, the decision only widened the divide between pro and anti-slavery Americans. The Republican Party was organized in 1854 to oppose the expansion of slavery. In 1858, Republican Abraham Lincoln lost his election debates with Illinois Senator Stephen A. Douglas over the issue of slavery. Douglas kept his seat, but Lincoln's opposition to slavery and is biblical quote from Jesus caused his fame to spread across America. The Dred Scott ruling had only deepened the wound caused by centuries of forced slavery. More than 650,000 Americans died in the horrific Civil War. It took a Lincoln to navigate our nation through it, and in the end, he lost his life.
Though 155 years have passed since that horrible war and the ending of slavery, racism continues to be a divisive cultural and political issue, and the wound cause by the unjust treatment of black Americans has not yet been fully healed. We still face the dreadful truth of Jesus' words, "A house divided against itself cannot stand," and the fault-lines that seriously divide and threaten to destroy our republic seem to have appeared and multiplied suddenly. Whatever the outcome of the election, we have our work cut out for us. Who would ever have thought that the ideologies of Marxism, socialism and/or foreign and domestic terrorism would be a serious threat to the land of the free and the home of the brave in 2020? Yet each has become a serious threat to America, and hostile domestic and foreign enemies are busily working to gain power over us. In addition, ambitious moguls are using our own advanced technical infrastructure (hacking and social media) to divide and conquer us, to advance the ideologies they favor, and to add confusion in their attempts to manipulate our elections. Moreover, all power-hungry ideologues recognize that true Christianity is the power they cannot bend or break in the long run, and thus they work overtime to destroy its effective proponents, and to prevent their influence in the public square.
Faith First -- The most important components of American liberty are our corporate faith in God, religious liberty, and vital, vibrant churches that use their liberty to advance the gospel and biblical morality. Without these, our Founders warned, our Republic could not survive.
But the American people's right to vote and the integrity of the vote is, in this republican system of government, sacrosanct. Essential is an honest, robust, cohesive, fool-proof voting system that prevents weakening, dilution, and malicious infiltration of the system. Each individual's vote must be carefully protected in every election -- where even a single vote could make the difference in determining who is elected. Voter fraud should be robustly prosecuted.
We must exercise our responsibilities as citizens and put our political liberties to use. But most of all, we must exercise our faith. It is time to pray!
We have had solemn assemblies, prayer marches, and vigils. There are more are on the calendar for the short two weeks ahead. Revival, awakening prayer, and our relationship with God must become preeminent in all we do if America is to be awakened and restored. We must spend ourselves in prayer from now until Election Day. Many experts are predicting that voter fraud will occur and that the election could drag on for weeks. Moreover, after the election is permanently settled, every believer from childhood to old age must make prayer the way of life for the church if America is to be blessed (1 Tim 2:1-8). God is our Hope.
Call to Election Prayer and Fasting -- Rev. Franklin Graham, President of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) and Samaritan's Purse, recently led tens of thousands of believers on a Prayer March from the Lincoln Memorial to the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. During the same time, an all-day and evening international solemn assembly called The Return was conducted on the National Mall. Over 12 million viewed The Return live in over 160 nations, which was translated into 90 languages in real time. For both events, September 26 was a day of repentance, prayer, and seeking God for the future of America. Now, Rev. Graham has called upon Christians everywhere to set aside this Sunday, October 25 as a day of prayer and fasting. Graham points to the story of God's deliverance of the people of Judah during the reign of King Jehoshaphat as the pattern for this call. Then, facing assault from the united armies of several of Judah's enemies, the people face almost certain annihilation. When they joined in repentance, prayer, and fasting, God heard their cries and supernaturally defeated their enemies (see 2 Chronicles 20).
- May God's people arise to pray and fast as never before, and, just as God preserved the Jews as they fasted in response to Esther's appeal, may God glorify Himself, yet again, in America! (2 Chr 7:14; Ezra 8:21-23; Neh 1:4; Est 4:16; Is 58:1-14; Dan 9:3; Mt 6:16-18; Mk 2:18-20, 9:29; Lk 2:37; Acts 13:3, 14;23; 1 Tim 2:1-2)
Amy Comey Barrett Senate Confirmation Vote Expected Monday -- With Democrats seemingly retreating from extraordinary efforts to block the confirmation of Amy Comey Barrett as Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has announced a full Senate vote for this coming Monday. The Judiciary Committee will vote to confirm and send a recommendation to the full Senate this Thursday. A new poll shows 51 percent of voters believe the Senate should confirm Barrett, far more than the 28 percent who say they should not. Twenty one percent have no opinion. (See McConnell announcement; Politico/Morning Consult poll)
- God, thank you for the people's affirmation of Amy Barrett. May the court move to honor the Constitution. (5:1-31; Ps : 37:28, 75:7, 89:14; Pro 14:34, 29,2; Tit 3:1-21; 1 Pet 3)
DOJ to File Antitrust Lawsuit against Google -- Attorney General William Barr plans to bring a Justice Department lawsuit against Google, reportedly planning to file antitrust charges against the tech "behemoth" this month. The case focuses on Google's use of its search engine dominance over the online advertising business. (NYT; Washington Examiner)
FRC Calls MobileCause to Cease Relying on SPLC or Face Lawsuit -- On Tuesday, Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) sent a letter to MobileCause CEO Victor Limongelli regarding their surprise termination of their contract with FRC. Last month, in a stunning incident of big tech censorship and religious discrimination, MobileCause terminated our contract one hour before our Pray Vote Stand broadcast and prevented the broadcast from reaching thousands of Christian voters with information about the 2020 election. PJI wrote, "The purpose of this letter is to inform you that the termination of your contract with the Family Research Council is precisely that, discrimination on the basis of religious beliefs ... The SPLC has 940 organizations on its list of 'hate groups.' Many of these organizations, such as FRC, are Christian organizations that advocate beliefs based on the Bible ... MobileCause has engaged in discriminatory practices against our client in violation of the Unruh Civil Rights Act. To avoid litigation, we are asking that MobileCause agree in writing to henceforth cease reliance on SPLC's hate classification labeling in any way for any purpose," concluded the letter. (Click here to read the full letter)
- The law is for our protection, Lord. May the American people be protected from unconstitutional abuses -- believers and unbelievers, alike.(Lev 19:11-18; Pro 6:16-19, 12:22, 19:9; Is 5:20; Rom 16:17-19; Eph 4:25; Col 3:10; 2 Tim 2:15, Heb 4:12)
Sterilizing Children Must Be Against the Law -- One of the major party candidates has publicly stated that 8-year-old children should be permitted to choose their gender, and their parents should be required to support them. FRC's Peter Sprigg has written an important paper explaining why children must be prohibited from undergoing psychologically motivated sterilization (Do Not Sterilize Children: Why Physiological Gender Transition Procedures for Minors Should Be Prohibited).
- May parents be awakened and take a stand for the protection of their minor children. (Gen 1:27, 5:1-2; Mt 18:6, 19:14; Mk 10:6-9; Rom 1:21-32; 1 Cor 6:9-11, 18-20)
Thank you for praying with us always, but especially during the next 13 critical days!