Impacting Cities & Communities thru Prayer
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This discussion will continue the posts from the Presidential Prayer Team website.
It's tempting when praying for our country to focus our prayers more on politics and people than on God and His purposes. Whether we're praying for a reversal of the moral decline at all levels of our society, or for wisdom and integrity for our leaders, or for America's place in the world, there are spiritual realities that underlie all that we see (and pray for) on the surface.
If we really believe that God answers prayer, then praying for our country and for our leaders has far more impact than lobbying for bills, boycotting organizations, or campaigning for candidates. God will call some of us to activities like that. But he calls us all to pray. Who knows but that God might be in a similar place with America that he was with Israel in Ezekiel's day:
"I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one." -- Ezekiel 22:30
We pray to a God who longs to bring healing to our wounds and unity to our division. Many believe this promise made to Israel still applies today (though America is not "my people" to God in the same way that Israel was):
"If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land." -- 2 Chronicles 7:14
It is up to the Church today to take the lead in opening the door for God's healing through prayer. Please join in! Feel free to post responses or simply to pray along the lines of the PPT's prayer items.
President Donald Trump will be meeting with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro today. They are certain to discuss the push to oust Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, economic and trade cooperation, Brazil’s bid to enter the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and will probably sign an agreement to allow U.S. rocket and satellite launches from a Brazilian base. The two men are scheduled to have lunch at the White House. There was not adequate time to arrange for a full state visit.
In the afternoon, the president and first lady will receive an update on the administration’s initiatives to address opioid abuse and reduce drug supply and demand. Following that event, the president will take part in the swearing-in of Neomi J. Rao to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is on his way to the Middle East where he will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and hold other meetings in Lebanon and Kuwait.
Elliott Abrams, the U.S. special envoy for Venezuela, is in Rome holding talks with Russia’s deputy foreign minister and other Russian officials about the situation in Venezuela. The U.S. and Russia are on opposite sides of the political crisis in the Latin American country, with Moscow supporting Nicolas Maduro while Washington has recognized the opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country’s interim president.
The opinion, written by Justice Samuel Alito for the Court, left open the possibility of individual immigrants challenging the 1996 federal law, called the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act, on constitutional grounds, that is, their right to due process, if they are detained long after they have completed their sentences. He said that the Court repeatedly has said in the past that “an official’s crucial duties are better carried out late than never.”
For the implications the ruling of the Supreme Court could have upon sanctuary cities.
President Donald Trump will attend a business roundtable in Washington, D.C., on Thursday morning. Attendees at the roundtable include representatives of corporations and trade organizations that are heavily involved in lobbying to influence public policy. In the afternoon, the president will sign an executive order assuring free speech and on improving free inquiry, transparency, and accountability on campuses.
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen will be in McAllen, Texas, meeting with members of the Border Patrol, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and local law enforcement. Among their consideration will be the lack of detention space for migrants who cross the border illegally.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will make the final stop on his Middle East trip, meeting with Prime Minister Saad Hariri in Lebanon. He is expected to focus on Hezbollah and Iranian influence in Lebanon.
President Donald Trump will travel to his Mar-a-Lago home in West Palm Beach, Florida. He and First Lady Melania Trump will participate in a working visit with leaders from five Caribbean nations in an effort to strengthen cooperation on security and trade issues. The leaders of the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, and Saint Lucia will be in attendance. According to Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, President Trump will use the meeting to thank the leaders for their support for peace and democracy in Venezuela. He will also discuss potential opportunities for energy investment.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is continuing his visit in the Middle East, while the negotiators in the China trade deal are preparing to depart for Beijing for another week of talks.
Normally, migrants would be transferred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for processing, and in many cases they would be placed in detention facilities. But officials say both agencies have run out of space due to the recent influx of families from Central America.
The agency plans to make similar releases along other parts of the U.S.-Mexico border.
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is scheduled to visit McAllen on Thursday.
For Homeland Secretary Nielsen and her visit to the U.S.-Mexico border in McAllen.
Topics discussed by the two leaders included the crisis in Venezuela and trade with China. President Trump also announced that they have revived the U.S.-Brazil CEO Forum and started a new U.S.-Brazil Energy Forum. In addition, after 20 years of talks, both presidents have announced the finalization of a Technology Safeguards Agreement that would allow U.S. companies to conduct space launches from Brazil. Both leaders expressed their eagerness to build the relationship between the U.S. and Brazil and were excited to see what the future holds for the two nations.
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are at their Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, this weekend. They have no public events on their schedule at this time.
While the president and first family will spend time resting and relaxing, the president will likely spend time preparing for the week ahead. Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be visiting the White House on Monday to meet with President Trump concerning issues that face both nations. The visit comes after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's weeklong trip to the region last week.
In addition, the president will likely discuss trade-related issues with his staff as the White House continues negotiations with China at the beginning of next week.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders explained in a statement that “President Trump likes Chairman Kim and he doesn’t think these sanctions will be necessary.”
At the same time, North Korean officials abruptly walked out of a meeting with their South Korean counterparts in the demilitarized border zone between the two countries, saying they were abandoning the liaison office on “instructions from the superior authority.” Analysts believe that the North is trying to pressure Seoul to help soften America’s hardline stance on denuclearization.
About the postures of both the U.S. and North Korea since the Hanoi summit failed to produce results satisfying to President Trump.
Both groups have faced uncertain futures since 2017. This bill would grant conditional permanent resident status to eligible immigrants for 10 years and would cancel removal proceedings if requirements are met. Ultimately, this measure would allow lawful permanent resident status to those who qualify. Those introducing the bill include Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard.
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have no public events on their schedule today. They will return to the White House in Washington, D.C. late in the afternoon. The president and first family are likely to spend the day resting in advance of the busy upcoming week.
On Monday, the president will be hosting the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals at the White House prior to meeting Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as part of the prime minister’s two-day visit to the U.S. capital.
Later in the week, the president will travel to Grand Rapids, Michigan, to take part in campaign events. The Senate Judiciary Committee will be holding a hearing on gun control and confiscation. Also, the Senate Commerce Committee will hold a hearing on aviation safety following the recent concerns and two crashes of the Boeing 737 Max.
President Trump has also worked to follow through on his promise to bring back American manufacturing, creating more jobs and better pay for American workers. Since he has taken office, nearly 500,000 jobs have been created by manufacturers, with 260,000 created in the last year alone. The president has also supported American manufacturing by pursuing new trade deals and negotiating old ones that previously failed American workers.
“In solidarity with the people of Iran, who yearn for a future of liberty, opportunity, and prosperity, the United States of America continues to condemn the dictatorial Iranian regime. We pledge never to turn a deaf ear to the calls of the Iranian people for freedom, and we will never forget their ongoing struggle for human rights.”