Prayer Targets: FRC Prayer Culture & Changing of the Guard; National Day of Prayer; Call2Fall
May 12, 2021
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. (2 Corinthians 3:17 NKJV)
Dear Praying Friends,
After 16 years of writing FRC's Prayer Targets, I will be retiring from FRC at the end of this week, Friday, May 14. Last Thursday we observed the National Day of Prayer (NDP) in our Staff Chapel Service and will be turning attention now toward the Call2Fall. This year, Call2Fall will land on Independence Day, Sunday, July 4, 2021.
The theme of the National Day of Prayer, observed on Thursday, May 6, was 2 Corinthians 3:17, "Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." NDP Task Force President Kathy Branzell declared on the NDP: "It is our prayer today and throughout 2021 that the Spirit of the Lord would pour out and pour through us across America... We ask the Lord to fill our lives, families, churches, workplace, education, military, government, arts, entertainment and media, with Biblical, not cultural, not worldly, but Spirit-empowered, Spirit-filled LOVE, LIFE and LIBERTY as designed and defined by our Creator and Savior." (I have added to this list of Seven Mountains of national influence "medicine, science & technology" because of their mammoth influence upon and power over our lives.)
With the shocking pressures against religious liberty, educational liberty, and political liberty amid a growing anti-Christian "cancel culture," it should be increasingly clear to thinking people who have a biblical worldview that a revival of spiritual liberty -- which can only result from a God-sent spiritual revival in our churches and an awakening in the grass roots and the cultural institutions mentioned above -- is critical. Spiritual liberty can only exist where the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ is welcomed and received. That foundation -- "where the Spirit of the Lord is" -- must be in place if the other true liberties we have enjoyed in America are to survive.
Men and women of prayer at the helm of FRC today have built an ethic and culture of prayer and a biblical worldview throughout every part of the organization. With God's help, they will keep the prayer fires burning hot and bright. Tony Perkins has been a serious praying leader since long before I came to FRC. FRC Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff Harold Harper, longtime prayer leader, pastor, and disciple-maker, has deeply impacted the culture of prayer at FRC. Scott Hurley, V.P. for Development, is also a motivated prayer warrior/leader who has written three books on prayer.
I want to thank Tony Perkins for his leadership, Dr. Kenyn Cureton, long-time Vice President for Church Ministries, now V.P. for Christian Resources, and my supervisor for 15 years for his close friendship, Dan Hart, Managing Editor for Publications, who has long edited and fine-tuned the Prayer Targets and other publications I have written, and many other FRC staff members who have helped make the Prayer Targets possible, and of course you, our praying readers!
My wife of 47 years, Christina, and I will spend more time with our four adult children, their spouses and our 13 grandchildren. We will start our retirement by writing our first book -- very much having to do with prayer and praying men. It will highlight the life of Presbyterian minister Dick Simmons, who was the little-known "Praying Hyde" of America in the last half of the 20th century and first two decades of the 21st century. His vision and mission was not completed by the time of his death in December (the fulfilment of 1 Timothy 1:8 in America), but it is the key to turning America and the world right-side-up: the key to revival, the healing of our families, and the answer to God's promise in the so oft quoted 2 Chronicles 7:14. If the American people will humble themselves and pray and seek God's face, and turn from their wicked ways, God will heal America and make this nation a powerful and godly influence for the gospel worldwide once again. We love FRC, the people, and the mission, and will continue to be part of the FRC Prayer Team, the weekly prayer calls, and the monthly onsite prayer meetings, but as retired folk -- volunteers but not heavy weight bearers. We love our many friends across the growing national prayer movement, and we will not cease to be part of the movement. Thanks to each of you for praying! And God bless you!
Meanwhile, this week, Rev. Jay Johnston, a longtime pastor, missionary, prayer pastor, and experienced writer, will inherit my role as National Prayer Director. The baton was officially passed Tuesday. Jay is uniquely prepared for this ministry and will be a blessing to you. See his and his wife, Jerilyn's photo and a brief write-up about them below.
PRAYVOTESTAND.ORG is an important part of FRC's prayer ministry. Click the link at 8 pm ET tonight to join Tony Perkins and special guests for this live prayer event and informative gathering with special guests who know what they are saying and praying!
As always, thank you for praying!
Meet Jay & Jerilyn
Though a native New Orleanian, Jay Johnston has served churches in Louisiana, Florida, and Tennessee, as well as a consultant, manager, and senior leader at LifeWay Christian Resources. Because of his pastoral heart, Jay's aim has always been to love people, meet needs, and share Jesus through his daily life. This aim influences every aspect of his life, from his ongoing ministry work to his relationships with his wife Jerilyn and their two sons. Through the years, God has used Jay and Jerilyn to help people connect with God and with other Christians. Join us in praying that the Lord will continue to expand their opportunities to disciple, equip, and connect His people to impact the world for Christ. Jay is an Ordained and Licensed Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He earned a Bachelor of Science from Louisiana College, a Master of Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. He is close to numerous leaders in the Prayer Movement whom FRC deeply respects. Please keep both of us and our wives in prayer.
From Pastor Jay Johnston:
It is a joy to receive the mantle from Pierre Bynum to serve as Chaplain and National Prayer Director for Family Research Council. I invite you to join or re-enlist in praying for the work and ministry of FRC. I would welcome the opportunity to hear from you and share with you what God is placing on my heart for us to gather in prayer. I look forward to hearing from you.
For now, let me encourage you to spend time praying, and here are suggestions for you as you pray.
"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." Ephesians 6:13
- Pray for governmental and spiritual leaders, to be strong in the Lord and to resist evil. Ephesians 6:13
- Pray for a Christ-Centered Awakening in the United States and her territories. Psalm 11:3
- Pray for families by name to establish a daily time to read the Bible and pray for one another to know Christ and follow Him. Genesis 1:27-28
- Pray that the attacks on religious freedom would cause a Great Revival and would save many. John 8:31-32
- Pray for people to know right from wrong as set forth by biblical truth that values life and integrity. Proverbs 14:34
- Pray for religious freedom and freedom of speech to be interpreted and carried out as expressed by the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights. Galatians 5:13
- Pray to stand firm on the truth of God's Holy Word for the current generation and generations to come. Ephesians 6:12-13
- Rejoice always, pray without ceasing,give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
With a Grateful Heart,
John G. "Jay" Johnston, D. Min
National Prayer Director
Family Research Council