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This discussion will continue the posting of Presidential Prayer Team alerts for 2017.  I encourage you to post prayers or pray on your own in response to the alerts.  Many Christian leaders believe that we are at a crossroads in the path of the United States - will we once again become a country that God uses for his purposes in the world, or will we continue down a path that takes us further away from God's purposes?  This is not primarily a political question - it's a spiritual question.  And prayer is our best spiritual weapon.  Please join in praying for our country!

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

One of President Trump’s campaign promises was to aggressively address the opioid crisis facing the nation. He organized a commission earlier this year and met with people in recovery and parents who lost their children to overdoses. Last week, the president said that he intends to declare the opioid crisis a national emergency. It is expected that he will include the declaration in today’s official statement along with possible plans for combating drug addiction over his term.

In the report given by the president’s commission, out of 27 million people using illegal drugs in 2015 and 21 million with documented substance abuse disorders, less than 10 percent receive proper treatment. The commission recommended a drastic increase in medical treatment options and access, as well as making naloxone easily available (Naloxone is a medication designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdose). The commission also suggested a number of other possible solutions to help alleviate the national crisis. The recommendations included things like regulating the amount of pills that can be provided at one time via a prescription and bolstering border security to impede drug trafficking.

As the Lord Leads, please pray:

  • For wisdom for the president as he and his team of advisers work to come up with effective solutions for addressing the drug crisis.
  • For clarity as he speaks on an issue that is close to his heart and the heart of First Lady Melania Trump.
  • For healing and hope for those seeking treatment and recovery from the devastation of drug addiction.

The President's Schedule

  • 11:00AM EDT
    The President receives his daily intelligence briefing
  • 2:00PM EDT
    The President delivers remarks on combatting drug demand and the opioid crisis
  • 3:00PM EDT
    The President meets with Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Scott Pruitt

Saturday, October 28, 2017

If you turn on a TV or browse the web, it won’t be long before you see stories of political intrigue and theories of conspiracy. Some sources say that President Trump colluded with Russia. Others provide evidence that indicates it may have been Hillary Clinton instead. Others are starting to question if Russia’s involvement was nothing more than smoke and mirrors. Everywhere you look, you hear a different story with a different version of events. It’s all very confusing, sensational, and almost impossible to ignore.

When news stories become saturated with speculation and the truth is difficult to find, it is awe inspiring to know that the source of all truth is reigning in Heaven and has all power over the earth. He knows exactly what happened, what is happening, and what will happen. He has promised to reveal what is hidden and to expose evil. In the midst of disorder and conjecture, rather than joining in, we are called to pray.

As the Lord Leads, please pray:

  • For transparency in the government, that the truth will be revealed.
  • For federal agencies that they would pursue Godly justice in all that they do.
  • For the President that he will be able to rest over the weekend.
  • For focus for the president as he continues to work on tax reform, budgeting, disaster recovery efforts around the nation, and complex foreign policy.
  • For wisdom as the president leads.
  • For safety and peace for the first family.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

There is no public schedule available today for the president, but that doesn’t mean he’s not busy. On Saturday, he championed National First Responders Day and National Prescription Drug Take Back day on twitter. He announced that he has met with the CIA and other agencies and will be releasing more of the files surrounding JFK to promote transparency.

Upcoming, the president is preparing to choose a new Federal Reserve Chairmen and is still considering several options. Two of the big names are Jerome H. Powell and John B. Taylor. The president has also indicated that he may re-nominate Janet L. Yellon, the current chairwoman, when her 4 year term ends in February. Whomever he picks, he announced that he would make his final decision this week.

As the Lord Leads, please pray:

  • For the president that he would have rest this weekend and have renewed energy for another busy week.
  • For wisdom as he appoints a new Fed chairman to a critical and influential position.
  • For patience and grace as he faces public scrutiny on a daily basis

Monday, October 30, 2017

After a full day, the president and first lady will be hosting a Halloween party at the Whitehouse in the afternoon. This tradition has been a staple of the Whitehouse for generations. This year, schoolchildren from 20 schools across Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia are expected to attend the event on the Whitehouse South Lawn. Military families and community organizations are invited as well. The president and first lady will hand out cookies, "Presidential M&M’s," and other candies to trick-or-treaters.

Over the weekend, Melania Trump posted photos of the decorations and ramped up excitement. The Whitehouse press release said, “During this event, trick-or-treaters will enjoy seeing the South Portico decorated in spider webs, creating a festive look and feel.” This will be a great time for the president and first lady to enjoy themselves as they entertain so many “ghosts and goblins of all ages.”

As the Lord Leads, please pray:

  • For the president and first lady as they host thousands of children, that they would be able to make a positive impression.
  • For the first family that they would be able to relax and enjoy the event.
  • For safety for the families and children as they travel.

The President's Schedule

  • 11:00AM EDT The President receives his daily intelligence briefing
  • 11:30AM EDT The President meets with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson
  • 12:30PM EDT The President has lunch with Vice President Mike Pence and Attorney General Jeff Sessions
  • 1:00PM EDT Press Briefing with Press Secretary Sarah Sanders
  • 3:30PM EDT The President meets with Secretary of Defense James Mattis
  • 5:45PM EDT The President and THE FIRST LADY will participate in Halloween at the White House

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

This afternoon, President Trump is signing the National Veterans and Military Families Month Proclamation. On many occasions, the president has expressed his deep appreciation for those that have served in combat and those that are still in active service. By signing the proclamation, the president communicates his support for the service men and women of the United States military and their families. November 2017 is a month dedicated specifically to remember and recognize the sacrifice of so many. 

Every day, families from around the nation stand by as their loved ones are apart from them serving their country. With unrest in the Middle East, tensions with Iran and North Korea, and with recovery efforts in hurricane battered states, military men and women are tasked with standing guard or jumping at the opportunity to help. Behind them and often from afar, their families wait and support them through it all.

 

As the Lord Leads, please pray:

  • For the strength and perseverance for the military families as they work to support their loved ones from afar.
  • For steadfastness for service men and women as they are apart from their families for long periods.
  • For wisdom for the president as he makes decisions that directly impact military families. It cannot be an easy responsibility to shoulder.

The President's Schedule

  • 11:00AM EDT The President receives his daily intelligence briefing
  • 11:30AM EDT The President holds a Cabinet Meeting
  • 12:30PM EDT The President signs the National Veterans and Military Families Month Proclamation
  • 12:35PM EDT The President has lunch with Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and Secretary of Defense James Mattis
  • 2:00PM EDT The President meets with the Chairwoman of the Republican National Committee
  • 2:30PM EDT Press Briefing with Press Secretary Sarah Sanders
  • 3:30PM EDT The President signs H.J. Res. 111 – Disapproving of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Arbitration Agreements Rule

Saturday, November 04, 2017

Crossing the International Date Line adds a day to the President’s schedule. What will be Saturday, November 4th for us, will be Sunday, the 5th, for the President. His first stop on his tour of Asia will be Japan. To begin his 3 day visit to the nation, he will meet with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Abe will treat the president to high-end Japanese cuisine and the two are also expected to play a round of golf. The goal is for Abe and President Trump to deepen their personal relationship with each other as well as strengthen U.S. and Japanese ties.

It is expected that much of their conversation will center on the topic of North Korea. They may also discuss the need for U.S. aid in stepping up the development of a Japanese military force to defend against the threat.

As the Lord Leads, please pray:

  • For rest as the president travels and changes time zones so quickly and that he would easily adjust.
  • For wisdom as he speaks with the Japanese Prime Minister about the future and stability of the region.
  • For safety as he travels amidst increase concerns and threats from North Korea.

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

The president will arrive in Beijing today. This begins his two day stay in China where he will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Xi is coming off a political triumph domestically and is expected to use that to his advantage. His latest moves consolidated power within the communist party, dismantled many of the collective leadership styles of previous leaders, and eliminated many of his political rivals. While over the past few decades, Chinese party leaders served 10 year terms, many expect Xi to make changes allowing him a much longer term in power.

It is in the midst of this that the president will be meeting with Xi. While Xi will most likely look to impress President Trump in an attempt to win favor, many believe that the U.S. needs to maintain a firm posture, especially with all of the political changes occurring in the nation. Like in Japan and South Korea, the biggest topic will most likely be North Korea. They are also expected to discuss trade deals, land disputes in the South China Sea, and the future of the region.

As the Lord Leads, please pray:

  • For discernment in his conversations and meetings with President Xi.
  • For wisdom as he works with the Chinese leader to shape peace in the region
  • For insight into the best steps forward to establish what is in the best interest for the United States.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

President Trump is expected to arrive in Manila, Philippines, today and will attend an Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) 50th anniversary dinner. The president is expected to discuss ways to strengthen partnerships in the region to further efforts against terrorist organizations that reach into South-East Asia.

The president is also planning to meet with the Philippine’s President Rodrigo Duterte. There are many questions surrounding what will be covered in the meeting, but some suggest that Duterte’s human rights record is a leading concern. Further than that, they will be working to foster and strengthen the U.S./Philippine relationship.

As the Lord Leads, please pray:

  • For the president’s safety as he travels to the Philippines.
  • For wisdom for the member nations of ASEAN as they seek to address security in the region.
  • For understanding between President Trump and President Duterte as they work to address concerns in the Philippines.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

The president will be spending a second day in Manila today. He intends to continue attending the summit with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) at their summit as well as celebrate the 40th anniversary of the U.S.’s partnership with the association.  The president also plans on having additional meetings with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.

Together, President Trump and President Duterte have to foster the relationship between the U.S. and the Philippines and work together on solving the pressing issues like territorial disputes between the Philippines and China in the South China Sea. They may also discuss increasing  U.S. military training joint exercises to improve their relations.

As the Lord Leads, please pray:

  • For the president’s safety as he travels to the Philippines
  • For wisdom for the member nations of ASEAN as they seek to address security in the region
  • For understanding between President Trump and President Duterte as they work to address concerns in the Philippines.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Starting November 13th, President Trump proclaimed this week as National Apprenticeship Week. In the official Whitehouse document, the president said that often higher education can lead to more debt while still not always giving students the skills required to earn a paycheck. He continued by saying that “apprenticeships provide an alternative path to a high paying job by providing opportunities to gain real-world skills while earning a paycheck.” Not only can the apprenticeship be educational, it often pays for itself.

The president concluded, “this week, I challenge businesses, educational institutions, and government entities to expand apprenticeship opportunities and other quality job-training programs to help open more doors for more Americans.”

 

As the Lord Leads, please pray:

  • For the president as he celebrates those in positions of apprenticeship that he would be able to inspire them.
  • For companies and businesses that they would step up to his challenge.
  • For the president as he returns from his Asia tour that he would be able to rest and recover.

President Salutes Veterans and Military Families

President Trump in a recent proclamation declared this month as a time to honor national veterans and military families.

“During National Veterans and Military Families Month, we honor the significant contributions made by American service members, their families, and their loved ones. We set aside this month surrounding Veterans Day to hold observances around the country to honor and thank those whose service and sacrifice represent the very best of America. We renew our Nation's commitment to support veterans and military families. They deserve it,” the proclamation began.

“It is our patriotic duty to honor veterans and military families,” he said, asking the Department of Veterans Affairs to lead the nation in a month of observances across the country.

The President and First Lady gave their own honors at the beginning of his Asia trip with a visit to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, where they visited the USS Arizona Memorial and tossed flower petals into the water above the battleship’s sunken hull.

In South Korea, President Trump lunched with U.S. and South Korean troops at the Camp Humphreys military base, where what the U.S. military news website Stars and Stripes was “Taco Tuesday.” He said he’d rather “eat with the troops than at a fancy restaurant,” one private said. “It made me feel like he cared.”

Sources: The White House, Fox News, Vanity Fair, Politico
As the Lord Leads, please pray:
  • For President Trump is he continues his trip in Asia.

  • For the president’s respect for and fondness of America’s military men and women.

  • That Americans would take the time to honor the veterans and military families throughout the month of November.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The president is returning to the United States today following his tour of Asia and his last stop in the Philippines. He will be stopping in Oahu, Hawaii, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam so that Air Force One can refuel. After the brief stop, he will continue on to Washington D.C.

Even while the president has been in Asia, he has continued to promote tax reform and has praised the efforts of congress, “I am proud of the Rep. House & Senate for working so hard on cutting taxes.” This week the House of Representatives is expected to vote on the major tax reform bill.  

As the Lord Leads, please pray:

  • For the president as he returns to the Whitehouse and adjusts back into domestic issues.
  • For recovery from jetlag that comes from drastically shifting time zones again.
  • For the Whitehouse staff as they work to prioritize and brief the president on pressing matters.

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