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"I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people - for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth."  -- 1 Timothy 2:1-4

For the past couple of years, I've been posting prayer requests from the Presidential Prayer Team, and I will continue that in this new discussion for 2018.  

One of the most commonly quoted passages used to encourage us to pray for our leaders is 1 Timothy 2:1-2.  We understand that God calls us to pray for our leaders; elsewhere we're told that when kings rule in righteousness, the people are happy.

But there's more to it than that.  We need to pray for our leaders in such a way that their leadership results in open doors for the Gospel and for people to come to know Christ.  This is the goal of verse 4 - "all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth".  We are to pray with this end in mind.

So it's not just about praying that a bill will (or won't) pass.  It's about praying that the result of the bill will be to bring honor to God and open doors for the Gospel.  We often pray for the types of results that we can immediately see - that a candidate will or won't be elected, that a bill will pass or be repealed, etc.  But God calls us to pray with far more than that in mind.  Humility requires us to admit that we don't know what God knows about what might be best for our country, best for the people, etc.  

So I encourage you, as you pray for our leaders, to pray with God's purposes in mind - not conservative purposes or liberal purposes but the purposes of the one to whom all history points.

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Wednesday, March 07, 2018

President Trump is scheduled to deliver remarks at the Latino Coalition Legislative Summit today. The summit's main focus is expected to be on how to enable small businesses and entrepreneurs to grow. Several panelists are scheduled to speak on how federal regulations are changing and how business leaders can best operate within them. Because of the theme, President Trump will likely speak on the major tax overhaul and how it affects Hispanic businesses.

In advance of the summit, White House Director of Media Affairs Helen Aguirre Ferre said, "Economic and national security are of great interest to the Hispanic community and President Trump looks forward to speaking to the members of the Latino Coalition about his policies." The president will give his remarks at 12 PM (EST).

As the Lord Leads, please pray:

  • For wisdom and clarity as the president speaks at the summit.
  • For those attending the summit, that God would use them in a positive way to help shape and grow the nation’s economy.
  • For safety for the president as he travels today.

Friday, March 09, 2018

At the time of publication, President Trump has no public events scheduled for today. The White House is still expected to have its usual press briefing this afternoon led by White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders. She will likely be discussing issues and answering questions related to the president’s recent action on steel and aluminum import tariffs, upcoming administrative action to address the opioid crisis, the president’s meetings with leaders across the nation to address school shootings, and the sudden announcement that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would like to meet with President Trump to discuss peace.

In addition, Vice President Mike Pence is traveling to Cleveland, Ohio, today and will be speaking at a “Tax Cuts to Put America First” event. He will first speak on how the recent tax cuts benefit business and is expected to lead a panel discussion in follow-up to answer questions.

As the Lord Leads, please pray:

  • For wisdom for the president as he continues to meet with leaders and plans the next few weeks of the administration’s actions on many key issues.
  • For clarity for Press Secretary Sanders as she speaks and answers questions regarding the many issues facing the nation and the administration.
  • For safety for Vice President Pence as he travels.
  • For wisdom for the vice president as he speaks concerning taxes.

The President's Schedule

  • 11:30AM EST
    The President receives his daily intelligence briefing
  • 2:00PM EST
    Press Briefing with Press Secretary Sarah Sanders

Saturday, March 10, 2018

President Trump is scheduled to attend an event at the Atlantic Aviation hangar at Pittsburgh International Airport, today. He will be speaking about the benefits of the tax cuts from December 2017 and is also expected to give his support to Republican nominee Rick Saccone, who is running for the 18th Congressional District in Pennsylvania.

The president’s campaign spokesman Michael Glassner said, “The President is really looking forward to visiting the Pittsburgh area to highlight the benefits that his historic tax cuts are providing hard-working families across Pennsylvania and to celebrate our booming economy now that America is once again open for business.”

As the Lord Leads, please pray:

  • For safety for the president as he travels and as he speaks.
  • For wisdom as the president speaks concerning tax cuts.
  • For God’s will to be accomplished through the election in Pennsylvania.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

At the time of publication, the White House has not released a public schedule for President Trump. With the news of a meeting with North Korea still dominating the news cycle, the president spoke about the efforts being made as well as the upcoming plans, “I think North Korea is going to go very well, I think we will have tremendous success. I think this is going to be something very successful. We have a lot of support.” He added that the meeting is contingent on a halt in nuclear testing, which reports indicate that North Korea is willing to do.

In the coming week, along with continuing to plan for the meeting with North Korea, the president will continue efforts to address gun violence, make efforts to boost economic growth through domestic and international relationships, and work on a number of other pressing issues.

As the Lord Leads, please pray:

  • For safety for the president as he travels this weekend.
  • For rest for the president that he may go into the week feeling rejuvenated.
  • For wisdom as the president makes decisions that shape the future of the nation.
  • For God’s will to be accomplished through the words and actions of the president.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

President Trump is traveling to San Diego, California, today. He will be inspecting prototypes for the border wall that have been under construction for the past year, speaking with troops, and then attending a donor event in the evening. This visit will be the first time the president has traveled to California since his campaign two years ago.

When questioned about the president’s dedication to securing America’s borders with the border wall, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said that the president campaigned extensively about the need for the wall, and now, in the midst of concerns, still believes that it is a necessary step in bolstering border security.

The president will be spending the night in California and will travel back Wednesday morning.

As the Lord Leads, please pray:

  • For wisdom as the president as he reviews the options for border security and that he would make the decisions that are in the best interest of the nation.
  • For the president to continually seek guidance from God on all issues that face the nation and its security.
  • For God’s will to be accomplished through the president’s visit to California.

The President's Schedule

  • 12:25PM EDT
    The President reviews Border Wall Prototypes
  • 2:00PM EDT
    The President delivers remarks to members of the military
  • 6:30PM EDT
    The President participates in a roundtable with Republican National Committee supporters

Saturday, March 17, 2018

 At the time of publishing, the White House has not released a public schedule for the president’s Saturday. President Trump signed legislation on Friday that will go into effect today that allows U.S. officials to travel to Taiwan to meet with their Taiwanese counterparts. As China does not recognize Taiwan as an independent nation, this move will likely add strain between the U.S. and China.

This weekend also comes on the heels of calls between President Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in and meetings between U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono, both regarding the upcoming talks between the U.S. and North Korea. It is likely that there will be continuing efforts this weekend to continue to shape foreign policy and create an environment of peace in the region.

As the Lord Leads, please pray:

  • For the president and administration as they work to do what is in the best interest of the nation. 

  • For wisdom and discernment for the president as he continues to shape foreign policy. 

  • For peace to come to the Korean peninsula.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

President Trump is staying in the White House over the weekend. There are no public events scheduled at this time, but the president often meets with various leaders or attends functions outside of the White House, so his schedule is subject to change.

The president will be resting in preparation for next week. He is expected to announce more details on tariffs with China, continue preparing for the upcoming talks between the U.S. and North Korea, moving ahead on border security concerns, as well as addressing a number of other pressing issues.

As the Lord Leads, please pray:

  • For the president to be able to rest this weekend and head into next week rejuvenated.
  • For wisdom in the continuing efforts towards global peace.
  • For discernment in decisions that have an impact on trade and foreign policy.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

President Trump has a full schedule today which begins with the first public event at noon. He will meet with Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and they will have a working lunch together. Saudi Arabia has stated concern over the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and even called the original deal “a flawed agreement.” In addition, Saudi Arabian leadership believes that Iran’s actions are destabilizing the region. Region security is expected to be a primary topic of conversation. The president Trump and Prince Mohammad will also likely discuss ways to boost the economic relationship between the two nations.

In the afternoon, President Trump is hosting a roundtable discussion with law enforcement officials on sanctuary cities. The president would like to assess the potential risks and dangers as well as brainstorm solutions for addressing the issue.

As the Lord Leads, please pray:

  • For guidance for the president as he meets with Prince Mohammad concerning mutual issues that affect both nations.
  • For wisdom in determining the next steps in shaping U.S. foreign policy.
  • For open-mindedness as the president leads the discussion on sanctuary cities and hears a variety of different perspectives.
  • For discernment as he makes decisions as a result of the roundtable discussion.

The President's Schedule

  • 12:00PM EDT
    The President greets Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • 12:05PM EDT
    The President meets with Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • 12:20PM EDT
    The President has a working lunch with Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • 1:25PM EDT
    The President participates in the departure of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • 2:15PM EDT
    The President hosts a law enforcement roundtable on sanctuary cities
  • 6:55PM EDT
    The President attends the National Republican Congressional Committee March Dinner

Supreme Court to Hear Free Speech Case

About Abortion Disclosures at Pro-Life Centers

The Supreme Court on Tuesday will hear whether California is violating free speech rights by forcing pro-life pregnancy centers to post information about the availability of state-funded abortions.


California has public programs that provide immediate free or low-cost access to comprehensive family planning services, prenatal care and abortion for eligible women.


The case was brought by the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates, which operates pregnancy centers nationwide, including about 130 in California. The group says California’s law forces them to promote a medical procedure they oppose.


A decision is expected by the end of June and could trigger legal changes in other states, such as Hawaii and Illinois that have similar laws. Depending on the outcome, reproductive rights advocates may seek to overturn pro-life laws that require doctors to tell women that abortions lead to mental health problems or breast cancer, disclosures that abortion advocates say are false.

As the Lord Leads, please pray:

  • For wisdom for the justices on the Supreme Court as they hear the oral arguments on free speech rights.
  • That the justices to do what is right in interpreting the law.
  • For clarity and openness for those speaking before the Supreme Court so that the Court would have a clear and full understanding of the issue at hand.
  • For discernment for the justices as they evaluate the full ramifications of any decision that they make.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are in Palm Beach, Florida, at their Mar-a-Lago estate this weekend. Though the schedule for the president has not yet been made public, he often meets with leaders from Congress, federal and local administrators, business leaders, and sometimes foreign officials over the weekend.

Among many other issues this week, the president signed new trade tariffs to address what he considers an unfair and imbalanced trade deficit and also signed the budget agreement passed by Congress. Additionally, U.S., South Korean, and North Korean delegates met in Finland this week for informal talks in preparation for the coming peace talks between the U.S. and North Korea.

As the Lord Leads, please pray:

  • For the president to be able to rest this weekend and head into next week rejuvenated.
  • For wisdom in the continuing efforts towards global peace.
  • For discernment in decisions that have an impact on trade and foreign policy.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

This afternoon, President Trump will sign the proclamation for Education and Sharing Day in the Oval Office. In the proclamation, the president is expected to call for an increased focus on education and recognize the importance of building character alongside academic achievement.

Congress established the day in 1978 to honor Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson and the proclamation has been signed by the president each year since. Schneerson was a fervent supporter of children and often spoke about the need for education and opportunity. During his life, he helped establish a network of thousands of schools across the globe.

In his proclamation, President Trump honors not only Rabbi Schneerson, but he also honors his vision. In his 2017 proclamation, the president said, "We acknowledge the critical role of families, schools, and religious and other civic institutions in nurturing in our children the values that enable them to realize the full scope of their ambitions... Rabbi Schneerson understood that education is incomplete if it is devoid of moral development.  Working through a spirit of optimism, he strived to teach children to be honest, civil, respectful of differences, and self-disciplined, in addition to being intellectually rigorous. ”

As the Lord Leads, please pray:

  • For wisdom for the president as he makes decisions to help grow the educational system within the United States.
  • For educators across the nation to seek understanding and direction from God as they teach.
  • For God to continue to use Rabbi Schneerson’s vision to accomplish His will in the nation.

The President's Schedule

  • 11:00AM EDT
    The President receives his intelligence briefing
  • 1:45PM EDT
    The President signs a proclamation for Education and Sharing Day, U.S.A.
  • 2:00PM EDT
    Press Briefing with Press Secretary Sarah Sanders
  • 2:15PM EDT
    The President meets with the Secretary of the Treasury
  • 7:30PM EDT
    The President has dinner with supporters

Friday, March 30, 2018

President Trump is in Palm Beach today and will be spending Good Friday with family. The first family is at their Mar-a-Lago estate and there is no publicly released schedule for them. In preparation and in celebration of Easter, First Lady Melania Trump visited St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach to deliver Easter baskets to patients there.

The First Families annual tradition has been to attend services at Bethesda-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Palm Beach. It is expected that they will do so again this year.

Vice President Pence is also in Florida and will be on Sanibel Island over the weekend and is expected to return to Washington on April 6th. Last year he and Karen Pence visited Sanibel Community Church for Easter Sunday.

As the Lord Leads, please pray:

  • For safety and rest as the first family travels in the area and rests over the long weekend.
  • For God’s will to be accomplished through their time this weekend.
  • For God to use the Easter weekend to bring many more to saving faith.
  • For the nation as we are reminded today of the redeeming sacrifice of Christ on the cross.

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