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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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Jan. 17: Pro-Life Women Banned From “Inclusive“ Women’s March

Organizers of the anti-Trump “Women’s March on Washington” have dissolved its partnership with a pro-life feminist group following an online outcry from pro-abortion activists.

Organizers had advertised the event – which is expected to draw more than 100,000 attendees – as “inclusive,” but are now saying that inclusion doesn’t extend to women who don’t support abortion.

New Wave Feminists, a pro-life feminist organization, had been listed as a partner for the march, but organizers are now saying that was an “error.”

“The anti-choice organization in question is not a partner of the Women’s March on Washington,” the organizers said in a statement.

“The protest is pro-choice and that has been our stance from day one. We want to assure all of our partners, as well as our participants, that we are pro-choice as clearly stated in our Unity Principles,” the statement continued.

“We look forward to marching on behalf of individuals who share the view that women deserve the right to make their own reproductive choices.”

“Well, the moment of truth is finally upon us,” the group wrote on Facebook. “NWF just applied to officially partner with the march. If the WMoW truly wants to be diverse and inclusive, hopefully they will work with pro-life feminists as well!

Advertising for the march had described it as “inclusive” and celebrating “diversity,” but it now appears that only extends to those who support abortion.

Sources: (Breitbart, DailyCaller)
As the Lord leads, please pray:
• For the end of abortion on demand in the United States
• For God’s hand of protection on the unborn and infirmed
• For peaceful protests in Washington, DC this week and weekend

Jan. 17: British Prime Minister Outlines Final Brexit Terms For Par...

British Prime Minister Theresa May is proposing a “clean” breakup with the European Union and dismissing any chance of an associate membership with the EU.

The highly anticipated speech Tuesday could set the course for Britain’s relationship with the EU moving forward because many anti-Brexit politicians want to remain in the single market, but May dismissed the possibility of a partial membership.

“Let me be clear, what I am proposing cannot mean remaining in the single market,” May said. “Not partial membership of the European Union, associate membership of the European Union, or anything that leaves us half in, half out.”

May further said she will fight to gain control over borders and rejected the supremacy of the European Court of Justice. She still wants to maintain a common travel area between the United Kingdom and Ireland and keep tariff-free trade with the EU.

“This agreement should allow for the freest possible trade in goods and services between Britain and the EU’s member states,” May said. “It should give British companies the maximum possible freedom to trade with and operate within European markets and let European businesses do the same in Britain.”

The final Brexit terms will be voted on by the parliament, but May didn’t say what would happen if it gets rejected.

Sources: (DailyCaller, USA Today)
As the Lord leads, please pray:
• For Theresa May as she leads the nation of Britain
• For improved relations between the U.S. and its European allies under President Trump
• For the future of the European Union

Jan. 18: President Obama Commutes Chelsea Manning Sentence; Pardons...

President Obama Tuesday commuted the prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, allowing the Army intelligence officer who leaked scores of classified documents to go free nearly three decades early.

Manning, who will leave prison in May, was one of 209 inmates whose sentences were shortened by Obama. The president also pardoned 64 people, including retired Gen. James Cartwright, who was charged with making false statements during a probe into the disclosure of classified information.

"These 273 individuals learned that our nation is a forgiving nation," said White House counsel Neil Eggleston, "where hard work and a commitment to rehabilitation can lead to a second chance, and where wrongs from the past will not deprive an individual of the opportunity to move forward."

The actions are permanent, and can't be undone by President-elect Donald Trump. White House officials said Obama would grant clemency to more individuals on Thursday – his final day in office – but that batch was not expected to include prominent individuals like Manning.


A former Army intelligence analyst, Manning has been serving a 35-year sentence for leaking more than 700,000 classified government and military documents to WikiLeaks, along with some battlefield video.

But Obama's move was blasted by Manning's critics, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, who called the move "just outrageous."

"Chelsea Manning's treachery put American lives at risk and exposed some of our nation's most sensitive secrets," Ryan said. "President Obama now leaves in place a dangerous precedent that those who compromise our national security won't be held accountable for their crimes."

Arizona Senator John McCain called the decision a “grave mistake.”

Sources: (Newsmax, Fox)
As the Lord leads, please pray:
• For President Obama and the actions he takes in his final days in office
• For President-elect Trump as he takes office on Friday
• For Chelsea Manning as she goes free

Jan. 18: Two Polls Reportedly Fudged Trump Approval Numbers

Two polls released Tuesday – one from ABC and a second from CNN – tout Donald Trump as being the most unfavorable incoming president in modern history, yet on second look, the data is clearly boosted by the pollsters’ decision to oversample Democrats.

According to Gallup, 28 percent of Americans identify themselves as a Republican, while 25 percent identify as a Democrat. Yet, despite this information, eight more percent of participants in both the ABC and CNN polls identified as Democrats, leading to an 11 point swing in partisanship breakdown off the national average.

ABC’s poll sampled 1,005 adults across the nation. However, the partisan breakdown shows that only 23 percent of participants identified as Republican. Conversely, 31 percent of participants identified as Democrats and 37 percent as independent, while nine percent did not answer. ABC’s poll found 40 percent of participants viewed Trump favorably, while 54 percent viewed him unfavorably.

Similarly, CNN’s poll also featured an eight-point partisanship gap. Of the 1,000 adults taking part in the Atlanta-based news network’s poll, 32 percent claimed to be Democrats, 24 percent claimed to be Republicans and the remaining 44 percent claimed to be “independents or members of another party.”

“Donald Trump will become president Friday with an approval rating of just 40 percent,” CNN’s polling director Jennifer Agiesta wrote Tuesday morning.

Agiesta added it is “the lowest of any recent president and 44 points below that of President Barack Obama, the 44th president.”

Sources: (DailyCaller, Fox)
As the Lord leads, please pray:
• For President-elect Trump as he takes office on Friday
• For an end to fake news and slanted news coverage by the media
• That Americans will become more informed by investigating news on their own

Jan. 18: UPDATE: Former President Bush Moved to ICU; Wife Barbara H...

Former President George H.W. Bush has been moved to the intensive care unit at Houston's Methodist Hospital to address a respiratory problem from pneumonia.

Bush spokesman Jim McGrath says the former president's wife, Barbara Bush, also has been hospitalized as a precaution after experiencing fatigue and coughing.

McGrath says the 92-year-old former president was placed under sedation for a procedure to protect and clear his airway. He is stable and resting comfortably. He has been in the hospital since Saturday.

Barbara Bush is 91. The couple marked their 72nd wedding anniversary on Jan. 6.

Bush, who served a single term as President from 1988 to 1992, was already not expected to attend the inauguration of the 45th President, Donald J. Trump, in Washington on Friday due to health concerns.

Several bouts with illness have kept the 92-year-old out of the spotlight in recent years and he has rarely made public remarks.

Bush revealed several years ago that he suffered from a form of Parkinson's disease that left him unable to walk. He uses a wheelchair or a scooter to get around and had two other health scares in 2014 and 2015.

In December 2014 he was hospitalized after experiencing shortness of breath, and the following July fell at his home in Kennebunkport, Maine, breaking the C2 vertebrae in his neck.

The injury did not result in any neurological problems, his spokesman said at the time.

Sources: (CNN, CBS)
As the Lord leads, please pray:
• For former President Bush and his wife Barbara as they recover from their illnesses
• For hospital staff and all those attending to the former president and first lady
• For the Bush family as they tend to their loved ones

Jan. 19: B-2 Bombers Strike ISIS Camps in Libya

Two U.S. Air Force Stealth B-2 bombers struck multiple ISIS camps in Libya 28 miles south of the city of Sirte Wednesday night, killing more than 80 ISIS terrorists.

One U.S. official told ABC News the airstrikes targeted between 80 and 100 ISIS fighters in multiple camps south of the coastal city of Sirte that had once been an ISIS stronghold in Libya. He called the airstrikes “a huge success.”

Many of the ISIS fighters in the camps had fled Sirte during the successful siege of the city last fall, according to another official.

The airstrikes were authorized by President Obama and were carried out in coordination with Libya's Government of National Accord, the official added. They are considered to be an extension of Operation Odyssey Lightning, the American airstrike campaign that carried out almost 500 airstrikes against ISIS in Libya last fall.

An assessment of the airstrikes is ongoing, but one counterterrorism official told ABC News the strikes were "a huge success" with "zero survivors" among the more than 80 ISIS fighters at the camps.

The airstrikes mark the first time B-2 stealth bombers have been used in combat since March 2011, when they were used in the first wave of strikes in Libya during the Gadhafi crisis.

In early December, ISIS was defeated in Sirte by local Libyan militia fighters who had surrounded the city over the summer.

During the siege, U.S. officials estimated that hundreds of ISIS fighters had fled the Sirte to establish themselves elsewhere in Libya.

Sources: (ABC, Fox)
As the Lord leads, please pray:
• For the defeat of ISIS and other terror groups around the world
• For U.S. military personnel involved in the fight against terrorism
• For President-Elect Trump as he takes over as Commander-In-Chief

Jan. 20: Donald Trump Set to Become America’s 45th President

President-elect Donald Trump woke up Friday in Blair House, the President's Guest House and will go to bed tonight in the White House, as the nation’s 45th president.

Trump takes the oath of office at noon Eastern time as part of a full first day as the nation’s leader. Prior to the inauguration ceremony, the president-elect and his wife, Melania, will attend a prayer service at St. John's Episcopal Church, known as the "Church of Presidents," on nearby Lafayette Square. The couple will then join outgoing President Obama and first lady Michelle for tea on the South Portico of the White House.

As the two couples travel by limo down Pennsylvania Avenue for the formal swearing-in ceremony on a specially built platform on the West Portico of the Capitol overlooking the National Mall, moving vans and decorators will rush to transform the Obama White House into the Trump White House,

Despite a forecast of rain, as many as 900,000 people – including thousands of protesters – are expected to witness the handover of power from eight years of Democratic rule to a Republican president.

Three of the four living former presidents, George W. Bush, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, will be on hand for the swearing in. Only 92-year-old former president George H.W. Bush is unable to attend, because of health reasons. Hillary Clinton is also scheduled to attend the ceremonies.

Sources: (USA Today, ABC)
As the Lord leads, please pray:
• For Donald Trump and Mike Pence as they take office
• For President and Mrs. Obama as they leave office
• That God’s hand of protection on Washington, DC during Friday’s events
• For the healing of America’s political divide

Jan. 20: Roy Moore Speaking at Presidential Inaugural Prayer Breakfast

Suspended Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore is speaking at Friday’s Presidential Inaugural Prayer Breakfast at Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC.

According to Rev. Merrie Turner, hostess of the event, Moore will give the opening prayer. Alabama Supreme Court Associate Justice Tom Parker is also speaking at the event that kicks off Inauguration Day activities.

Moore is expected to speak about the scriptural mandate to Christians to pray for their leaders, including the president.

"It is our honor to pray for the office of the Presidency, for revival in the United States of America, and to invoke His blessings on all the people," Turner said.

The Presidential Inaugural Prayer Breakfast Inc., a non-partisan and non-denominational organization, has been praying for the office of the President since 1993.

Last September, the Alabama Court of the Judiciary suspended Moore for the remainder of his term because of an administrative order Moore wrote to probate judges that said they still had a duty to enforce the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

He issued the administrative order in January, some six months after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states had to allow and recognize gay marriage.

Moore is appealing his suspension. He has said he was not telling probate judges to defy federal courts, but advising them on the status of an Alabama Supreme Court order on same-sex marriage.

Sources: (Alabama.com, CBN)
As the Lord leads, please pray:
• For God’s hand of blessing and protection on Donald Trump, Mike Pence and their families
• That America will unite in prayer for President Trump
• For an end to America’s political divide

Jan. 20: Thousands Protest in Washington, New York City over Trump ...

Raucous protesters squared off against Washington police Thursday night outside a meeting of Donald Trump supporters, the first of what may be several demonstrations before and after Friday’s presidential inauguration.

Also, in New York City, thousands of New Yorkers filled Trump’s backyard joined by celebrities, government leaders and union organizers. The angry protesters flooded Columbus Circle, Broadway and several blocks of Central Park West, the New York Daily News reported.

Protesters gathered on 14th Street outside the National Press Club in Washington to demonstrate against "DeploraBall," an event organized by some of Trump's most fervent supporters. Images from the event were shared on social media.

Some protesters appeared to set off smoke devices and police detained several people, although it was unclear if they were placed under arrest.

The potentially combustible mix of both pro- and anti-Trump visitors to the city has forced planners to grapple with how best to protect the constitutional rights of demonstrators with the need to maintain security around an event involving both the incoming and outgoing presidents, as well former presidents, members of Congress, foreign ambassadors and the general public.

“We’ve worked really hard thinking through how we’re going to protect First Amendment rights,” says Charles Allen, a Washington city councilman who heads the committee dealing with inauguration logistics and security. People will be safe “whether they are coming to enjoy the inauguration or whether they’re going to protest the inauguration,” Allen added.

Sources: (USA Today, Wall Street Journal)
As the Lord leads, please pray:
• For God’s hand of protection on all inauguration activities on Friday and over the weekend
• For law enforcement personnel keeping Washington, DC and other cities safe
• For Donald Trump and Mike Pence as they take office

Jan. 20: Donald Trump Promises “Robust” First 100 Days as President

The moment Donald Trump was sworn in and took the oath of office and lifted his hand from the Bible as the 45th president of the United States, the clock began on his first 100 days.

And within hours, the man who campaigned as an outsider vowing to shake up Washington will have his chance to start rolling back his predecessor's legacy while forging his own.

The president-elect took the oath shortly before noon, after spending Thursday meeting with supporters and getting his team in place. Incoming White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer would not give specific details about the extent and timing of Trump's promised actions to turn back some of President Obama's policies – but he promised a "robust" start.

"Make no mistake, we’re ready to go on Day One," he said Thursday. Spicer said earlier that Trump has a "few" executive actions, "probably in the area of four to five, that we're looking at on Friday."

From there, Trump will be under pressure to begin working on his 100 days bucket list, which he detailed in a speech delivered in Gettysburg, Pa., last October.

Trump's "Contract with the American Voter" outlines his plans for the “kind of change that only arrives once in a lifetime” – including 18 major action items. Among other things, President Trump wants to "fully" repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with a system that calls for using "Health Savings Accounts," and allowing insurance to be bought across state lines.

The President also has vowed to cancel "all federal funding" for so-called sanctuary cities as he moves to toughen immigration enforcement.

Sources: (Fox, Breitbart)
As the Lord leads, please pray:
• For President Trump as he begins working on issues of importance
• That Congress will work with the president on issues of concern to Americans
• For the healing of America’s political divide

Jan. 20: President Trump Promises a Return of America to the People

Donald Trump has been sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, promising a change of direction toward making America great again.

After Vice President Mike Pence was sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice John Roberts administered the oath of office to Donald Trump.

During his inaugural address, Trump told the American people that this was "their celebration."

"This moment is your moment it belongs to you. It belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across America," he said.

“Today we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another, but we are transferring power from Washington D.C. and giving back to you, the people,” Trump promised.

“January 20, 1017, will be the day the people became the rulers of the nation again.,” Trump added, adding that “Now arrives the hour of action.”

President Trump echoed themes that were repeated throughout his campaign, promising not to leave "the forgotten" people behind, and calling for a return of power to the people as opposed to politicians in Washington.

"From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this day forward, it's going to be only America first. America first. Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families," Trump said.

"I will fight for you with every breath in my body and I will never let you down," he said.

"In America, we understand that a nation is only living as long as it is striving. We will no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action -- constantly complaining but never doing anything about it. The time for empty talk is over. Now arrives the hour of action," he said.

For his closing line, Trump returned to his campaign slogan, saying that "we will make America great again."

Sources: (ABC, Presidential Prayer Team)
As the Lord leads, please pray:
• For President Trump as he assumes the presidency
• For all of America’s leaders as they work together for the betterment of the nation
• For God’s hand of protection on America

Jan. 20: President Trump Promises a Return of America to the People

Donald Trump has been sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, promising a change of direction toward making America great again.

After Vice President Mike Pence was sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice John Roberts administered the oath of office to Donald Trump.

During his inaugural address, Trump told the American people that this was "their celebration."

"This moment is your moment it belongs to you. It belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across America," he said.

“Today we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another, but we are transferring power from Washington D.C. and giving back to you, the people,” Trump promised.

“January 20, 1017, will be the day the people became the rulers of the nation again.,” Trump added, adding that “Now arrives the hour of action.”

President Trump echoed themes that were repeated throughout his campaign, promising not to leave "the forgotten" people behind, and calling for a return of power to the people as opposed to politicians in Washington.

"From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this day forward, it's going to be only America first. America first. Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families," Trump said.

"I will fight for you with every breath in my body and I will never let you down," he said.

"In America, we understand that a nation is only living as long as it is striving. We will no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action -- constantly complaining but never doing anything about it. The time for empty talk is over. Now arrives the hour of action," he said.

For his closing line, Trump returned to his campaign slogan, saying that "we will make America great again."

Sources: (ABC, Presidential Prayer Team)
As the Lord leads, please pray:
• For President Trump as he assumes the presidency
• For all of America’s leaders as they work together for the betterment of the nation
• For God’s hand of protection on America

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