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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types of results that we can immediately see - that a candidate will or won't be elected, that a bill will pass or be repealed, etc.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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North Korea May Revive Nuclear Development

Wants U.S. economic sanctions lifted

The Foreign Ministry of North Korea issued a statement saying it might revive a state policy of nuclear development if the United States won’t lift economic sanctions that have been imposed on that country.

"If the U.S. keeps behaving arrogantly without showing any change in its stand, while failing to properly understand our repeated demand, the DPRK may add one thing to the state policy for directing all efforts to the economic construction adopted in April and as a result, the word 'pyongjin' may appear again," the statement reads, referring to North Korea’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. [Ed. Note: No definition for pyongjin was discovered.]

In late September, it was reported that a second summit between President Trump and North Korean Chairman Kim Jong Un was likely to be held “after October.” To this time, no date has been set for that meeting.

Sources: The Hill, BBC News
AS THE LORD LEADS, PRAY WITH US:
  • For Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his negotiators as they work to secure a second summit between President Trump and Chairman Kim.
  • That the North Korean government will be restrained from restarting its nuclear program.

Thursday, November 08, 2018

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are taking part in the formal investiture ceremony of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. While Justice Kavanaugh has served on the court since his confirmation last month, today’s ceremony is part of a long-standing tradition where a newly confirmed justice walks the steps of the Supreme Court alongside the chief justice. During their time at the High Court, the president and first lady will meet and speak with the sitting Supreme Court Justices.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions tendered his resignation yesterday at President Trump’s request. The president appointed Session’s Chief of Staff Matthew G. Whitaker as Acting Attorney General as he evaluates potential nominees. The president said, “We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well! A permanent replacement will be nominated at a later date.”

AS THE LORD LEADS, PRAY WITH US:
  • For the president and first lady as they meet with Supreme Court Justices today.
  • For Justice Kavanaugh as he takes part in the formal investiture ceremony.
  • For God to be with Acting Attorney General Whitaker as he steps into this new role.
  • For wisdom for the president as he evaluates candidates for the position of Attorney General.

The President's Schedule

  • 9:30AM EST The President and THE FIRST LADY depart the White House en route to the Supreme Court of the United States
  • 9:45AM EST The President and THE FIRST LADY participate in a meet and greet with Supreme Court Justices
  • 10:00AM EST The President and THE FIRST LADY attend the investiture of the Honorable Brett Kavanaugh
  • 10:20AM EST The President and THE FIRST LADY depart the Supreme Court of the United States en route to the White House
  • 10:30AM EST The President and THE FIRST LADY arrive at the White House
  • 11:00AM EST The President meets with the Secretary of State

Praying for Leaders After the Midterms

Be constant in prayer for the nation's leaders

The people of America voted, ballots were counted, and results broadcast. Election Day 2018 is now a day in history.

Perhaps your favored candidates won. Perhaps the votes for them failed to meet your hopes or expectations. Either way, it is incumbent upon those who claim a personal relationship with Christ to follow the advice of Romans 12:12, “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”

Indeed, it is through prayer that your own heart will find rejoicing or comfort, according to your need. Furthermore, the mandate of 1 Timothy 2:1-2 to pray for those in authority over you has not been canceled by the Lord.

In all things, remind yourself that God is on the Throne of Heaven, and His will shall prevail. His plans are already in place.

“The king’s heart is a stream of water in the land of the Lord; he turns it wherever he will. Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the heart” (Proverbs 21:1-2).

Join with us today as we pray:

O Sovereign Lord, bring about Your perfect will in this nation. Do just as You intend and give us faith and understanding to relinquish our wills to Yours. We thank You that we can rejoice because we continue to have hope for America. Help us to not only be patient when events take unexpected turns, but to ever look to You to turn the hearts of the nation’s leaders to do Your will. Remind us in Your grace and mercy to be constant in prayer, interceding for those who will be our Senators and Representatives, that they might do what is right in Your eyes, O Lord.  Help us to pursue righteousness and kindness in the days and years ahead, for the sake of our testimony in Jesus Christ, Amen.

Sources: The Presidential Prayer Team
AS THE LORD LEADS, PRAY WITH US:
  • For those who are newly elected as they step into their new roles of public office, that God would be at work in their hearts and that they would accomplish the will of God.
  • For those who retained their position as they continue their role, that they would have a renewed desire to pursue God's desires for them in how they should vote, lead, or represent the people of the nation.
  • In thanksgiving for the opportunity and right that we have to take part in the election process.

PRAYER ALERT - Shooting in Thousand Oaks, California

PRAYER ALERT - 12 fatalities and multiple injuries reported at nightclub shooting

Wednesday evening, a gunman opened fire in a crowded bar in Thousand Oaks, California. 12 fatalities and multiple injuries were reported, including a veteran sergeant in the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office who was killed responding to the scene. The gunman was found dead inside after authorities secured the building.

President Donald Trump spoke of the shooting both condemning the attack and adding, “God bless all of the victims and families of the victims.”

Information regarding the shooting is still coming in as more of those wounded are being treated.

Sources: Washington Post, NBC, MSN, Fox News, ABC
AS THE LORD LEADS, PRAY WITH US:
  • For comfort and healing for the victims and the families of the victims as they recover from this tragedy.
  • For wisdom for local law enforcement as they continue to investigate.
  • For guidance for the president and federal leaders as they respond to the shooting.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are in Paris, France, today. They will take part in ceremonies commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that saw an end to the First World War. The president and first lady will meet with world leaders during their time in Paris.

In addition, the president will likely hold meetings with many European leaders as the U.S. and European partners are still in the midst of trade talks. Other topics for meetings will include regional security in response to rising tensions with Russia, the Iran nuclear agreement, and a postwar roadmap for Syria. In spite of their differences, President Trump and French President Macron vowed to work together to tackle the issues that both nations share.  

In the U.S., many elections around the nation are still too close to call and election officials are working overtime to verify the ballots to ensure accuracy. Some states expect that the final tally may not come until the middle of next week.

AS THE LORD LEADS, PRAY WITH US:
  • For God to use the memory of World War I to draw the world together to the goal of peace.
  • For wisdom for the president as he meets with President Macron to discuss mutual concerns.
  • For guidance for the president to know which issues need the most attention and for understanding as to how to address them.

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