Make America Great Again through Prayer (Week 10)

Along with Valentine’s Day, February marks American Heart Month, a time to commit to a better lifestyle and make small changes that can lead to a lifetime of health. The heart is important and the condition of the heart has much relevance to God. With this month having so much focus on the heart, does America need a heart change?

  • You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:13)
  • Jesus replied, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.” (Matthew 22:37)

I ask this week for us to pray, not pointing a finger at anyone or any group in particular, the world in the natural is doing enough of that, but as God examines and knows every one, let us yield to Him and His authority, that every man and woman be turned to God and have a heart that knows Him and loves Him. We cannot persuade people to true heart change. It takes a change of heart in the spiritual to manifest in the natural, and only God can restore and make right that relationship.

PRAYER:

Holy Father, we surrender our hearts, attitudes, and minds to You in prayer. Lord, examine our hearts and point out anything that offends you. Personally and as a nation, we call upon Your truth and wisdom to prevail. Keep us from lying to ourselves and others. Create in us a clean heart and keep us from evil. Give us pure hearts filled with a desire to know and serve You. By Your authority, Lord, purge out the hate, slander, selfishness, and malicious hearts that seek to destroy peace and harmony in America. Draw our hearts into agreement with Your Word. By Your Holy Spirit, Lord, give us a boldness to pursue righteousness and a gentleness that brings others to know You. Father, there is so much happening in our nation, and we humbly ask for Your intervention. We need You, and there is no other way but through Your Son, Jesus, that our nation can be saved. There is much to sort out and confusion is rampant; bring Your peace and discernment to make the path clear. Order our steps, Lord, that You will receive the glory. Give us patience, Lord, as You right the wrongs and restore justice in our land. We pray for wisdom as to our roles in making America a place where You reign. We pray for wisdom for our leaders, government officials, and all those in positions of influence and authority that they are submissive to Your highest authority and to Your will. Turn our hearts towards You that we may know Your truth. Give us courage to act and speak in Your behalf in a manner that is consistent with Your goodness and mercy. Heal our hearts, Lord, of bitterness, anger, resentment, contempt, and unforgiveness, and renew a right spirit within us. In Jesus’s Name we pray. Amen

For God and Country,

Julie

jewelsb


scripture

Scripture in consideration of this article:

Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. (Matthew 6:21)

The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? But I, the Lord, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve. (Jeremiah 17:9-10)

Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. (Proverbs 4:23)

As a face is reflected in water, so the heart reflects the real person. (Proverbs 27:19)

The wise in heart accept commands, but a chattering fool comes to ruin. (Proverbs 10:8)

Never let loyalty and kindness leave you! Tie them around your neck as a reminder. Write them deep within your heart. Then you will find favor with both God and people, and you will earn a good reputation. (Proverbs 3:3-4)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me. (Psalm 51:10)

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7)

I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. I praise you, O Lord, teach me your decrees. (Psalm 119:11-12)

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. (Psalm 19:14)

I will praise you with an upright heart as I learn your righteous laws. (Psalm 119:7)

Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord. (Psalm 31:24)

Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.

Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. (Ephesians 6:10-18)

Make America Great Again through Prayer (Week 9)

Do we dare pray and go up against the giant of Roe v. Wade? After all, it has stood for 44 years as it had an anniversary this week. On January 22, 1973, the decision of the United States Supreme Court was released ruling that the decision to terminate a pregnancy was between a woman and her doctor and protected under the constitutional right to privacy.

So what would it take for Roe v. Wade to be overturned? Could it happen during four years/eight years? Beyond the Supreme Court Justices decision, there is much short-term and long-term to pray about:

  • An exceptional, strategic, and dedicated legal team

  • Funds

  • A new, firm, and well-developed case/lawsuit presented that would not affirm Roe v. Wade

The Supreme Court can overrule itself when a different case addressing the same constitutional issue is brought before the court. It would take another case addressing abortion to go through lower courts and make it to the Supreme Court.

A less common way allows for states to amend the Constitution themselves. This requires cooperation from three-fourths of the state legislators in the country and was how Prohibition was repealed in 1933.

If the Court voted to overturn Roe, it would go back to the states and the states would then make a determination. States would have the authority to regulate abortion within their borders. A woman living in a state where abortion would become illegal could “go to another state” if she wanted the procedure.

Legislators in D.C. do have the power to restrict access to abortion and other reproductive care, and states are permitted to disfavor abortion. States can also restrict abortion coverage and target abortion providers.

  • Pro-life voice being heard as a majority as politicians usually respond to public opinion.

Justices stick to the law and it’s really hard for Justices to overturn precedent if there is no legal reason to do so and there is not public support to do so either.

  • Supreme Count Justices – appointee and vacancies to open up

It has been predicted that Roe v. Wade will likely remain intact. That’s because the court doesn’t tend to go against its own precedent, and would be putting its “institutional legitimacy on the line” if it overturned Roe merely because its composition had changed. Furthermore, the court likely wouldn’t want to appear political by changing its mind because there’s a new administration in the White House. If Ginsberg or Kennedy or Breyer leaves the court, there will be five votes to overrule Roe v. Wade.

During his two terms as president, Reagan appointed three justices to the Supreme Court: Sandra Day O’Connor, Antonin Scalia, and Anthony Kennedy. He also elevated conservative William Rehnquist to the position of Chief Justice. Reagan believed the justices he appointed would overturn Roe. However, Kennedy ended up becoming the unexpected swing vote in favor of abortion, alongside O’Connor. The reason Roe didn’t get overruled was that Kennedy voted to affirm Roe v. Wade in 1992 in Planned Parenthood v. Casey. 

President Trump’s pick and appointment to U.S. Supreme Count is crucial. There’s a chance that Trump may get to appoint additional Justices during his tenure as President, since three of the liberal Justices are quite old: Ginsberg is 83, Kennedy is 80, and Breyer is 78. Justices usually don’t choose to retire under presidents of the opposing party; it’s very unusual for them to do so.

  • The aftermath should the Roe v. Wade be overturned

Long term, should Roe v Wade be overturned, and for us not to come up against it again, pro-life will require support through future President’s and the consistency and dedication of people in the U.S. to maintain a passion and moral standard that abortion is wrong.

  • This is not a women’s health issue. It is not a reproductive rights issue. It is a life issue.

Prayer:

Holy Father, hear our prayers as our desires to align with Your will. Begin to organize us, Lord, and order our steps that Your will be done. Speak life into our nation, Lord, and may we honor You in all we do. Give us success in our plans to honor life, breathed into and given by You. Sustain us, Lord, in our efforts. Put power, influence, and wealth into the hands of the righteous to promote Your cause and give gain and increase to Your Kingdom. Lord, You know all that is necessary to overturn the ruling that allowed abortion to be legal in our nation. Begin to set in order events, people, and funds to overturn the decision. May America reflect a majority who favor and uphold Your values. May we boldly go forward to pursue what is right in Your eyes. Give us victory, Lord, and may You receive the glory. Forgive us, Lord, for the innocent blood we have shed. For those who have had abortions, Lord, we pray in intercession for their healing and that they might come to know You, for in Christ there is forgiveness and there is no condemnation. We pray for those who are contemplating abortion that they choose life. Speak into their hearts, Lord, and send Your representatives to encourage and strengthen them in their decision. In Jesus’s Name we pray. Amen.

For God and Country,

Julie

jewelsb


Many would argue that the U.S. Supreme Court should interpret the U.S. Constitution and not the Bible. However, our forefathers wrote the Constitution with our Creator in mind-to uphold Him, to be in alignment with Him, and have His blessing upon our nation.

The Declaration of Independence and The Preamble to the Constitution:

…We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness…

Make America Great Again through Prayer (Week 8)

And let it begin. May the American flag fly high this day, but most of all may we raise a banner to God over our nation and proclaim His greatness. Come swiftly Lord and may Your glory cover America, our leaders, and the people of this land.

Father, we bow before You as our Sovereign God. We praise You, thank You, and give You the glory Lord. Be with our leaders, President Trump and Vice-President Pence, and give them wisdom and discernment to hear Your will for America. May Your Hand be upon our nation. Turn our hearts towards You that Your face may shine upon us. Forgive us for past trespasses and may we go forward in what honors You. Lord, hear the cries of Your people as we humble ourselves in prayer. We pray, Lord, for a new beginning with You at the helm as our most high leader and God. We pray not only for our government, but that we the people will align our will to Yours. May we begin to live out of the overflow of love, compassion, and charity towards others that comes as we dedicate ourselves to You. Give us willing and obedient attitudes and actions that reflect who You are and the power that You alone hold. Bind up our wounds and heal us, Lord, that we may embrace a new thing. Grant to us an understanding of You. Where we once were in lack, may we now prosper and give You the glory Lord. Restore us, Lord, unto You. Raise up an army, Lord, of leaders and followers that will serve You. May we, first, all unify under You. Give us strength and endurance in the coming days, Lord, to follow through in Your purpose. Build Your church, Lord, in this land, and may we be Your people. We invite You into our lives and this nation. In Jesus’s Name we pray. Amen.

For God and country,

Julie

jewelsb

Make America Great Again through Prayer (Week 7)

This month, January 20, the United States of America will have a new President. Some want to preserve the legacy of the past; others are ready to usher in a fresh start. Regardless of the divided emotions across this country, the fact remains we will have a new President. We can either try to tear the coming Administration down or we can build it up. We can continue to fuel further division, or we can encourage one another and work together to achieve an America of great potential and influence upon the world. What success can come for America when so many only desire the President to fail? How is that good for the whole of the people? I urge you to pray this week for The UNITED States of America, that we will, indeed, become a united people and that those in government sworn in oath to uphold the Constitution do so loyally and faithfully in service to the American citizens and not in service to their pride or their own agenda. I understand historically, this is no small feat to overcome prejudice or political party preference; it is a huge undertaking to ask for overall agreement in any capacity, but our God is able. Please join me in prayer this week:

Our Father in Heaven, please hear our prayers for our Nation. We have looked to You in the past to be our God and we ask now, Lord, Your return in ruling our nation. We pray Lord, that respect and honor become favorable virtues again in this land. We pray Lord, that integrity and faith in You are seen as desirable qualities. We pray Lord that the moral compass of this nation turns towards You and has an understanding of Your Word. We welcome Your presence into our government, into our homes, our schools, and our businesses. We pray for unity and peaceable agreement of those in office. May there be an unprecedented act of restoration within our nation. Where slander, envy, and pride once ruled, overcome, Lord, with truth and selfless service towards others. Lord, give discernment and wisdom to our leaders. Bless us a nation, Lord, because we put our trust in You. Guide and direct us, Lord. Show us the path back “to one nation under God.” Ignite in our hearts a passion to serve You now and forever. When we waiver in our commitment to a “man” and his authority, may we remain committed to You. Where we strain to see the purpose and plan through man’s eyes, may we have faith in Your divine plan and purpose. In Jesus’s name we pray. Amen.

For God and country,

Julie

jewelsb

Make America Great Again through Prayer (Week 6)

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year! I apologize for the week’s lapse in this prayer. I was away with family for the holidays and unplugged, which was actually very nice. Although not coming out with an online presence, I did keep up with news events. There has certainly been a lot going on. I have also tried to refocus and spend time in the Lord’s presence to hear and connect with Him and pray for discernment in this coming year. I am hesitant to make this statement because of the connotation it might have to some people, and I do not desire for it to be in any way an official “word.” Stirring in my heart is that we should use caution to not overreact, or underreact, to what is happening at present. I do believe we are in a time of shifting, both in the natural and spiritual world. I think if we only go by what has so far been revealed, we are only seeing part of the overall picture. So in this we must patient and diligent in prayer as events unfold.

Four events that stirred my heart to prayer are 1.) U.S. position with Israel-the U.S. abstained from the vote when the United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution condemning Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory. 2.) Michele Obama’s interview with Oprah Winfrey stating that Americans now have no hope. 3.) Trump’s statement that he will dissolve his charitable foundation amid efforts to eliminate any conflicts of interest before he takes office. 4.) U.S. relations with Russia.

Most heartbreaking in the news was President Obama’s decision that the U.S. abstainisrael from the vote that basically allowed this new resolution to pass that condemns Israeli settlements. President Obama, of course, communicated his decision for the United States to take this action after several rounds of discussions with Ambassador Rice, Ambassador Power, Secretary Kerry, and members of his national security team. On record, to clarify the points of this decision Mr. Ben Rhodes, the Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications stated, “So again, that explains that abstention, those two issues — the U.N. as a future venue for final status issues, given its history, and the emphasis in this resolution being more focused on Israeli activity than some of the concerning activities that are addressed in the resolution with respect to the Palestinians but I think could have been addressed at greater length.”

Then you have Mr. Trump’s statement: “The resolution being considered at the United Nations Security Council regarding Israel should be vetoed. As the United States has long maintained, peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians will only come through direct negotiations between the parties, and not through the imposition of terms by the United Nations. This puts Israel in a very poor negotiating position and is extremely unfair to all Israelis.”

Speaking at the State Department, Kerry said the U.S. decision was aimed at “preserving the two-state solution,” He further states, “Friends need to tell each other the hard truths. And friendships require mutual respect. . . . We cannot be true to our own values or even the stated democratic values of Israel . . . if we allow a viable two-state solution to be destroyed before our eyes.”

Obviously, there has been a whole lot said about this resolution concerning Israel. We can basically cut out all the rhetoric and go to the source as to what our position should be towards Israel.

I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you. (Genesis 12:2-3)  

Like a lion, Israel crouches and lies down; like a lioness, who dares to arouse her? Blessed is everyone who blesses you, O Israel, and cursed is everyone who curses you. (Numbers 24:9)

Pray for peace in Jerusalem. May all who love this city prosper. (Psalm 122:6)

Prayer:

Father, first and foremost, receive the glory, Lord, for what You are doing in our nation. Etch into our hearts both a love and compassion for Your chosen people and the nation of Israel. God, You have not abandoned Israel, and may we purpose to not abandon that which you have deemed holy. We pray, aligned with Your Word, for the peace of Jerusalem. Keep America under Your protection as we stand united and acknowledge Your sovereignty in Israel and all the world. Give us pure motives as we work towards negotiations of peace. Prosper America as a voice reconciled to You that we may influence others towards peace. Give us favor, Lord, in our transactions and dealings that promote peace. May we be a nation governed by You and living by Your Word. Forgive us, Lord, for our involvement where we have shed blood and for the times we have not acted with honor. We pray, Lord, that You touch the leaders of this land and make them strong and confident in You. Guide and direct them to observe Your laws that set us, as a nation, upon a firm foundation. Father, give us wisdom concerning the United Nations and its relevance. We pray also for the Prime Minister of Israel, Netanyahu, that he uphold the best interest of Your people and that he serves You. Father, above all, be our God. May we love You as we love Israel. Keep us safe as we pray for the safety of those in Israel. Receive the glory Lord. In Jesus’s Name we pray. Amen.

And in other news we had Michele Obama on national television saying, interview“I think that we feel the difference now. See, now we’re feeling what not having hope feels like,” Hope is necessary. It’s a necessary concept.”

America, we do have hope. It is not based upon any man, but our hope and our faith is in the one true God. An alternative would have been to encourage Americans as a new president takes office. We all do not have to agree on everything, but we can hold our tongues and not cultivate an atmosphere that intentionally both demoralizes us and maliciously misaligns our trust and hope in the future of America.

Prayer:

Father, our hope is in You. Our trust is in You. May we speak and pray in faith that Your will be done in this land. Lift up those who will speak life and multiply their voice and efforts for You. Give us ears to hear and eyes to see Your truth. In Jesus’s Name we pray. Amen.

Not the biggest news, was Trump’s statement that he will dissolve his charitable tweetfoundation amid efforts to eliminate any conflicts of interest before he takes office. He tweeted: “My wonderful son, Eric, will no longer be allowed to raise money for children with cancer because of a possible conflict of interest with my presidency. Isn’t this a ridiculous shame? He loves these kids, has raised millions of dollars for them, and now must stop. Wrong answer!”

I thought of Trump’s statement in regards to all non-profits and our personal responsibility. Has it become too easy for us to throw money at a cause and let others do the work? Is it convenient for us, and does it absolve us from getting involved, interacting with others, and acting as true disciples? Do we expect others to do what we are unwilling to do ourselves? It’s a new year, and many Christians take this opportunity to pray and fast. I am reminded of this Scripture: Isaiah 58:6-8

No, this is the kind of fasting I want: Free those who are wrongly imprisoned; lighten the burden of those who work for you. Let the oppressed go free, and remove the chains that bind people. Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless. Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives who need your help. Then your salvation will come like the dawn, and your wounds will quickly heal. Your godliness will lead you forward, and the glory of the Lord will protect you from behind. (Isaiah 58:6-8)

Prayer:

Father, please hear our petitions and intercessions for our nation. Thank you for financial blessings so that we may bless others. Thank You that You have given great responsibility to some to dispense benevolence among your people, but let us not be blind to the needs around us. Let us each be ready and willing to help others in need. Give us health, vitality, and resources to reach out to those closest to us and make a difference in Your name. Bring awareness of where and how we can be used to bless others. May we be Your vessels to bring hope to those who are oppressed. May we have renewed hearts to make room at our table to serve others. May we give as freely as we receive. In Jesus’s Name we pray. Amen.

President Barack Obama announced a decision to expel the 35 Russian diplomats suspected of spying and to impose sanctions on the two Russian intelligence agencies over their alleged involvement in hacking U.S. political groups in the 2016 presidential election.

President Vladimir Putin ruled out on Friday expelling anyone in retaliation for russiaWashington’s decision to throw out 35 Russian diplomats and impose sanctions on two of the country’s intelligence agencies.

I think we would be amiss in not praying for our relations with Russia. Perhaps we slightly slapped the face of a known country grasping to become a superpower and at present there is no obvious retaliation. But should we be on guard that perhaps there will be a calculated, timed response from them? Are they friend or foe to America? I think we should err on the side of caution and be prudent in our prayers. Most leaders and nations will indeed protect their own. While we should not live in fear, we should be shrewd as snakes and harmless as doves.

Prayer:

Father, protect America and thwart any schemes of the enemy. Bring everything concealed into the Light. Give our leaders wisdom and discernment regarding all of our foreign relations. Give us victory Lord over those who oppose You. Make us more ready for peace than for war. Enhance our negotiations to promote peace. Give us authority as given by You. Go before us, Lord, to prepare the way and be our rearguard protecting us from behind. Set us on a straight path that honors You. Be with us, Lord. Be our God who delivers us from evil. May we love and serve You. Receive the glory Lord. May we be a nation determined to do what is right in Your eyes and by Your standards. In Jesus’s Name we pray. Amen.

For God and Country,

Julie

jewelsb

Make America Great Again through Prayer (week five)

Today, members of the Electoral College are convening in their respective states to vote for the next U.S. President. The Electoral College votes will not be counted until January 6 in a joint congressional session, at which point members of Congress may choose to challenge individual electors or statewide results. Needless to say, this has stirred up controversy. War has almost been waged concerning the outcome of our next President. Protests have been planned, death threats made, law suits filed, all in an attempt to override and challenge what has been decided and coerce votes to swing the other way.

Have we become a nation so bent on denying truth that we have succumbed to such extremes? Have we lost respect for one another? Is America in need of reconciliation? Whether political persuasion, special interest groups, or racial tensions, we are all fighting to be heard and to get our way. We no longer recognize authority; we challenge anything that is not to our direct benefit. Have we become temporal and self-absorbed in our thinking based upon our present comfort resulting in a lack of focus on the longterm affects? We are a people who seek peace worldwide, but have failed to make peace within our borders.

Today, let us pray for reconciliation*. The first thing the Bible teaches about reconciliation is that we must make it a priority to reconcile. I wonder with reconciliation being of utmost importance in relation to us and the Father, how much reconciliation here on earth determines our path as well. If we can be reconciled with the Father, and to each other, could our nation also be reconciled?

Prayer:

Lord, we pray today for Your will in our nation. Give comfort and safety to every elector voting, both today and in the future. Give Your discernment and wisdom to every elector and may they vote with integrity. Cast down the arguments that are against You, Lord. Raise up Your standard that our nation may benefit. Guide and direct us Lord to uphold Your truth and purpose. Affirm Your decision today as electors vote. Let us not be in error in the election of a president limited only by our own understanding. Our hope and faith is in You, Lord. Give Your people and this nation peace in Your will and let us accept the outcome of this election. Let there be no retaliation or fallout of strife or further division. Turn our hearts towards faith and trust in You.

Surround us Lord with examples of Your peace. Reconcile us to You and to our brothers and sisters. Give us understanding and a desire to have the heart of Christ. Let us not sin in our disagreements or in anger. Give us solutions to our grievances. Let Your peace abound in our nation. May we grow in mercy and compassion. Give those in authority over us wisdom to govern and a plan to lead us where You are acknowledged as King. May our efforts embrace all that is holy. May our accountability fall under Your domain, and with that at the forefront, let us not serve men, ourselves, but You and You alone. Give us surrendered attitudes and a compelling desire to forgive those who have wronged us. Cover us in Your grace as we ask forgiveness from those we have wronged. Make us vessels of light that others will be drawn to You. Reconcile us Lord. In Jesus’s name we pray. Amen.

For God and Country,

Julie

jewelsb


Scripture in consideration of this article:

So get rid of all evil behavior. Be done with all deceit, hypocrisy, jealousy, and all unkind speech. (1 Peter 2:1)

For the Lord’s sake, submit to all human authority—whether the king as head of state, or the officials he has appointed. For the king has sent them to punish those who do wrong and to honor those who do right. It is God’s will that your honorable lives should silence those ignorant people who make foolish accusations against you. For you are free, yet you are God’s slaves, so don’t use your freedom as an excuse to do evil. Respect everyone, and love the family of believers. Fear God, and respect the king. (1 Peter 2:13-17)

Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone. (Romans 12:18)

You have heard that our ancestors were told, ‘You must not murder. If you commit murder, you are subject to judgment.’ But I say, if you are even angry with someone, you are subject to judgment! If you call someone an idiot, you are in danger of being brought before the court. And if you curse someone, you are in danger of the fires of hell. So if you are presenting a sacrifice at the altar in the Temple and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you, leave your sacrifice there at the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God. When you are on the way to court with your adversary, settle your differences quickly. Otherwise, your accuser may hand you over to the judge, who will hand you over to an officer, and you will be thrown into prison. (Matthew 5:21-25)

But you would not have condemned my innocent disciples if you knew the meaning of this Scripture: ‘I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.’ (Matthew 12:7)

For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. (Romans 5:10)

So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:16-21)


*Regarding Reconciliation:

The common definition of reconciliation as it relates to relationships is (1): 1. The restoration of friendly relations. 2. The action of making one view or belief compatible with another.

In the Old Testament the word reconciliation is the Hebrew word kapar. This is one of the most theologically significant words in the Bible. In addition to reconciliation, kapar is also translated into English words such as forgive, purge away, and merciful as well as a few others. The most commonly translated word for kapar is the English word atonement. Broken down to its historical parts it means a condition without tension. When Christ died on the cross for us, He removed the tension between us and God His shed blood, reconciled the conflict between us and the Father. Reconciliation has its Biblical foundation in the atonement of Christ. The first thing the Bible teaches about reconciliation is that we must make it a priority to reconcile.

Make America Great Again through Prayer (Week Four)

prayer-week-4

Allegiance, honor, All-American, code, freedom, do these words stir your heart for America or have they lost their value? The media has certainly tried to manipulate us into believing there is no patriotism alive today. It promotes division and tries to tell us there is a better cause, but today, I want to promote the American way. It is a lifestyle, I believe, still lived by the majority. It is hope. And we do have hope because we serve a mighty God. For those who want to turn their backs on everything America has stood for, pay them no attention. The more we debate and criticize, we give them a platform to air their disrespect. Rather, let us rejoice and not perpetuate it by our lip service, nor let it enter into our hearts and make us bitter. I do believe there will be a time to address it, but I also believe we must first be thankful for, and shed light, on what is good, right, and just. Let’s put a new face on America-not one that discredits us by our speech and actions. Let us rise up, nobly taking a stand, and declare boldly who we are.

This week in America, we had much to celebrate and remember. Of course, there are always underlying, important issues defining the direction of America, but to reminisce, with a grateful heart, and bring to the forefront the “good” is of greater value. Let’s displace the malevolent attitudes of those without understanding. Let us give honor to God and our country.

Below are a few videos showcasing some past and present attitudes towards America. This is why we pray; this is why we care. This is also part of our history. It is our culture, and it is alive and well.

1. What it meant to serve our country:

2.  Uniforms from the Army/Navy Game (notice “All American” and “Leading the Way.” Remembering a brotherhood honoring the past by retelling stories of valor, courage, and sacrifice.

3.  Athlete honoring God with a thankful heart. 2016 Heisman Trophy winner, Lamar Jackson:

4. Example of commitment and the Oath of Enlistment (only a few years ago):

Prayer:

Father, we thank You that Your light shines brightest and casts out all darkness. We pray, Lord, that we are vessels and carriers of this light to our families and friends. We pray, Lord, for Your hand of protection upon America and upon those in service to our country. We ask, Lord, to show us how to be examples to draw others to You. May we know how to respond in love and kindness towards those who oppose Your truth. Guide us Lord. May Your will be evident in all of our actions and in our speech. May we conduct ourselves aligned with Your Word. Expose where darkness tries to hide. Intervene by Your superiority and Your authority over all, uniting us under One true God which is You and You alone. Give us wisdom, elevate and promote to places of influence those who know You and will serve You. Give dominance to Your purpose and silence to our enemies. Counteract the disrespect and division with honor and unity. We ask for Your presence in our nation, and we cry out for Your rule upon our land. May we serve You. We pray also that many of your representatives are sent to comfort those who mourn the loss of loved ones during this Christmas season. We pray a special blessing of peace and prosperity for our service men and women who will not be united with their families this Christmas. Forgive us, Lord, where we have strayed from Your path in America. Show us the way back to You. Lord, we pray that an army in the spirit of “David’s mighty men,” be raised up in our nation to fight with valor, boldness, and commitment to you. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

For God and Country,

Julie

jewelsb

Make America Great Again through Prayer (Week Three)

prayer-week-3

Welcome to Week Three of targeted, specific prayers for America. Thank you to those faithful in praying, and if you are now joining us, thank you. It has been an interesting week. I suppose you could say the Carrier deal, carried in my heart for days, relentlessly. Even today, I wanted to not pray about it, but I couldn’t get a release from it. Following the details as they unfolded with every document or article I could read, again, I searched the Lord in prayer asking what all this meant, and how we should pray. In research, I came across many relevant and interesting facts. I read many opinions. I came at it from every angle I could think of. I tried to find financial reports released from Carrier and United Technologies summarizing their financial position and what their profits were and why they would want to move their plant to Mexico. I looked at labor unions and what they had to gain and how they might be involved. I tried to figure the difference between the amount negotiated as incentive to Carrier and the amount of revenue generated should the employees stay in Indianapolis and invest back into the city and local businesses. It ended up being too much math for me. All of this said, nothing seemed to strike a cord in how to pray. What did evolve was a direction to pray relationally between employers and employees. It ended up having nothing to do with proving Donald Trump wrong or right in his decision to intervene. The bottom line fell with Carrier, and United Technologies, who put everyone in the position to even be having this discussion. It wasn’t about finding some smoking gun, hidden motive or agenda, or even justifying the decision. It came down to both the value of relationships and the love of money at the root of it all. 

As reported concerning the Carrier deal:

  • Under the terms announced Thursday, more than 1,100 jobs would remain at the Carrier plant and not move to Mexico. The company would receive $7 million in incentives from Indiana in exchange for a $16 million investment in the facility over the next two years.
  • In a statement, the company said the deal is contingent on employment, job retention and capital investment. It still plans to shift production to Mexico from another Indiana facility that employs about 700 people.
  • Opposition included statements that the deal negotiated with Carrier and United Technologies was not a punishment but a reward for a company that had intended to outsource its work.
  • During the election, Trump had warned that companies who outsource manufacturing jobs could face stiff penalties. He repeated that threat on Thursday, calling for a tax on goods produced by American companies outside of the nation’s borders and then imported back into the country.
  • Workers at this unionized plant reportedly earn as much as $25 an hour, while Carrier was expected to pay employees roughly $5 an hour at the new factory currently under construction outside of Monterrey.
  • Since 2000, the United States lost about 5 million jobs, from 17.3 million to 12.3 million. The number of manufacturing jobs bottomed out in 2010, at about 11.5 million and has risen in the years since.
  • Those figures mean that Trump could negotiate a Carrier-like deal every week for the rest of his presidency, and still restore only about 4 percent of the manufacturing jobs lost since 2000, as economist Paul Krugman tweeted Wednesday.
  • Carrier, a subsidiary of Connecticut-based United Technologies, said Thursday that the state of Indiana had offered the company $7 million in tax breaks over 10 years to keep the plant open. The deal would save about 1,000 jobs. At least 400 will still be moved out of the country.
  • Additionally, a factory about a mile away that employs about 300 people is scheduled to close as the owner, Rexnord, shifts manufacturing to Mexico. And some 700 employees at another United Technologies facility nearby in Huntington, Indiana, will still be put out of work.
  • Carrier is a subsidiary of United Technologies, a Fortune 500 conglomerate with interests ranging from defense to domestic appliances. Last week, its chief executive, Louis Chenevert, left the company with a retirement package worth a hundred and seventy-two million dollars, most of it in stock and options. The Carrier plant in Indianapolis wasn’t losing money. But shutting it down and moving production to Monterrey, where workers earn much less, in turn, could have given a boost to the firm’s stock price and further enriched the huge remuneration packages enjoyed by Chenevert and other top executives.
  • According to the Wall Street Journal, the deal with Carrier will save eight hundred jobs that would have been moved to Monterrey, and three hundred additional administrative jobs that could have been moved to somewhere else in the United States. Carrier, however, is still planning to relocate six hundred jobs from the Indianapolis plant to Mexico, plus seven hundred jobs from a second plant in Huntington, Indiana, which will be shut down. Taking the two plants together, more jobs will go than will be saved. And, as the Times reported on Thursday, plenty more manufacturing firms across the Rust Belt are still planning to relocate.

To state loudly and clearly, I am not condemning Carrier, nor am I asking you to pray that way. If anything, I think as a Christian, having a position too far either way is a bad example for all. One hope in the midst of this all, is that the view of a Christian from the outside world is seen as one of love and not judgement. We cannot pray our opinions or emotions; it must be Biblically sound. I am asking you to pray based on Scripture and that is all. We are not accusing or defending; we are praying. This week we will pray towards all businesses-large and small-and employees that there is fairness. In praying and aligning with the Word of God, we actually bless the companies and pray for their success so they can bless others. The love of money is not a new issue to America just now surfacing with the announcement of the Carrier deal. This has a root causing problems since the very beginning of creation. Going forward in America, and in light of all that is happening, we are sure to face it continually here on out as we grow as a nation and vie to gain control of our budget and set America back on a solid economic path. Greed, stewardship of funds, the wealthy, the poor, these are all areas of prayer. We may pray personally for our finances, but let’s pray larger and outward. We often do not pray about something until we personally are affected by it. The time is here, and we are all affected; the fate of America’s finances as a whole affects our households. To those affiliated with a political party, I understand there are differing and strong views on this topic. However, the main point of this prayer is that the profit from relationships has a much greater value than any monetary gain.

During the prayer below, I did not make mention of specific names of those in a position of influence. However, as you pray, Gregory Hayes, is Chief Executive of Carrier’s parent company, United Technologies, and he was first contacted by Donald Trump regarding the Carrier manufacturing plant negotiation. Please as you pray, should the names of business owners you personally know come to your mind, please pray for them specifically as well.

Prayer:

Father, we humble ourselves in prayer today to pray for our nation and for all the people living here. Forgive us Lord where we have erred in acting responsibly with our finances. Forgive us for putting the love money above You. We pray for wisdom in the times we are uncertain of how to respond to the events concerning us. Above all, may we trust You. Lord, we ask specifically for Your interaction concerning the loss of jobs in America and for Your holy and righteous will be done in the corporations who have their value in money and not in relationships. Give these corporations a sensitivity and concern for their employees. Guide their actions and instill purpose in their hearts to be fair and compassionate towards the lives they impact. Lord, bless them as they hear and obey You. Bless them as they turn towards what is right and just. Let us be workers and employees who are diligent in our commitment, willing to work, and let us treat our employers with respect. May there be an honest scale in all of our endeavors. Give us all an attitude to work together without strife. Lord, may Your Hand be open towards us and prosper us as we seek You with all of our hearts. May our highest gain be in our relationship with You from which everything flows. Lord, show us and keep us on the path You have set before us which gives us freedom and secures our future under You. Reign in America. We serve You and love You Lord. In Jesus Name we pray. Amen.

Thank you for praying. I would like to leave you with this scripture:

Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. (Romans 12:10-14)

For God and Country,

Julie

jewelsb


Scripture in consideration of this week’s prayer:

scripture

But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. (1 Timothy 6:9-10)

For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? (Mark 8:36)

And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. (Colossians 3:23-24)

He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much. Therefore if you have not been faithful in the use of unrighteous wealth, who will entrust the true riches to you? And if you have not been faithful in the use of that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own? (Luke 16:10-12)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and turn away from evil. (Proverbs 3:5-7)

Ill-gotten gains do not profit, but righteousness delivers from death. (Proverbs 10:2)

Wealth obtained by fraud dwindles, but the one who gathers by labor increases it. (Proverbs 13:11)

Differing weights and differing measures, both of them are abominable to the LORD. (Proverbs 20:10)

He does not put out his money at interest, nor does he take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things will never be shaken. (Psalm 15:5)

He who increases his wealth by interest and usury gathers it for him who is gracious to the poor. (Proverbs 28:8)

You shall not take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the clear-sighted and subverts the cause of the just. (Exodus 23:8)

Better is a little with righteousness than great income with injustice. (Proverbs 16:8)

He who oppresses the poor to make more for himself or who gives to the rich, will only come to poverty. (Proverbs 22:16)

Then I will draw near to you for judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers and against the adulterers and against those who swear falsely, and against those who oppress the wage earner in his wages, the widow and the orphan, and those who turn aside the alien and do not fear Me, says the LORD of hosts. (Malachi 3:5)

Do not weary yourself to gain wealth, cease from your consideration of it. (Proverbs 23:4)

Know well the condition of your flocks, and pay attention to your herds; For riches are not forever, nor does a crown endure to all generations. (Proverbs 27:23-24)

But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. (I Timothy 5:8)


 

Articles in consideration of this article:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/12/01/trumps-deal-to-keep-carrier-jobs-in-indiana-includes-7-million-in-state-subsidies/?utm_term=.564ca61a4205

http://www.newyorker.com/news/john-cassidy/the-carrier-deal-and-trumps-challenge-to-democrats

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/12/01/the-true-size-of-trumps-carrier-win/?utm_term=.f0f5d9b74f15

Make America Great Again through Prayer (Week 2)

I, along with the rest of the world, woke up this morning to the news that Fidel Castro died. My immediate thought or question was, “How does this affect America? How should we pray?” I began researching everything historically regarding our interaction with the Cuban dictator and then stumbled across various tweets from political figures that spared no sorrow, but rejoiced, over this man’s death. To most, it signifies an end to an era of oppression and a birth to a brighter future for Cuba. I wondered what we knew of Fidel’s brother, Raúl, acting President of Cuba since 2008, and in comparison to his brother, what the difference was in their agenda. Although an interesting thought, what seemed significant as a matter of prayer, were statistics about the number of Cuban refugees America has accepted into her homeland. Republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida’s 27th district wrote about Castro’s death on Twitter. “The U.S. is home to roughly 2 million Cuban-Americans because they, or the generations before them, fled the island during Castro’s rule. The majority live in Florida.” This statement led me to consider all immigrants and refugees and what our policy and stand is on the issue. I asked myself what the difference was between an immigrant and a refugee when both have sought or been brought to America in hopes to escape the conditions of their native home. An immigrant is someone who chooses to resettle to another country. A refugee is someone who has been forced to flee his or her home country. I wonder if there is a difference in God’s eyes.

The U.S. immigrant population stood at more than 42.4 million, or 13.3 percent, of the total U.S. population of 318.9 million in 2014, according to ACS data. Between 2013 and 2014, the foreign-born population increased by 1 million, or 2.5 percent. Immigrants in the United States and their U.S.-born children now number approximately 81 million people, or 26 percent of the overall U.S. population.

I recalled a matter of much division when it was announced that President Obama wanted to welcome 10,000 refugees from Syria in the 2016 fiscal year. This year, coming to close, I wondered where we now stood on his original intent. On September 20, 2016, on the margins of the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), the United States, together with Canada, Ethiopia, Germany, Mexico, Jordan, Sweden, and the UN Secretary-General, co-hosted the Leaders’ Summit on Refugees. The Summit set out to increase global responsibility sharing for refugees worldwide and thereby strengthen the international community’s capacity to address mass displacement. It was stated that today, there are more than 21 million refugees across the globe; more than 4.8 million refugees alone have fled Syria since the beginning of that conflict. In addition, more than 40 million more people have been forced to flee their homes, yet remain inside their own countries. At the Summit, a geographically diverse group of 50 leaders and senior officials, including 32 heads of state or government, pledged to increase multilateral humanitarian assistance by approximately $4.5 billion over 2015 levels; double the total number of refugees afforded lawful admission into third countries; and enact policy changes that will allow one million more refugee children to attend school and one million additional refugees to pursue lawful employment and livelihood activities.

Suffice it to say, I am unclear on America’s current position towards welcoming Syrian refugees. Nor do I know how our President-Elect, Mr. Trump, plans to proceed. As a nation, I think we are torn between knowing what the correct response is regarding refugees. If our heart is defined by the past, we welcomed 800,000 war refugees post Vietnam. Is it time to do this again? I have no answer, but do ask that this be a major component for our prayers. More specifically, that America be proactive in our involvement in foreign affairs. We often attempt to keep peace, but lack either the discipline or forethought to contribute to lasting change. Thus, America has become a place of only assuming the fallout from the aftermath of where we stirred the pot. How do we assimilate those misplaced from their homes, and is it our role to do so? Again, this is a matter of prayer. Please pray for wisdom of our leaders who will be our voice in this matter and have an unprecedented involvement in the future lives of the refugees.if-my-people

I read this a long time ago in an unrelated topic, but believe it does apply here. “It’s important, however, for us to realize that we have this intrinsic worth because of what God has done and who He made us to be. It is not a worth acquired by us—something we did or did not do to deserve it. In Ephesians 1:18, Paul wrote about our intrinsic worth, “I want you to realize that God has been made rich because we who are Christ’s have been given to Him.” So we see that the Scriptures validate the concept of self-worth without repudiating human sinfulness. For thousands of years philosophers and theologians have wrestled with these two aspects of our nature. On one hand, human beings created in God’s image have great value and are capable of kind, benevolent, loving behavior. On the other hand, human beings are fallen, sinful, and have been responsible for history’s cruelest events. We have produced Neros and Hitlers. Humanity’s dignity and value, contrasted with its sinfulness, self-centeredness, and pride, are history’s great contradiction. But God’s grace is shown in that, even though people are sinners in their fallen state, God considers them valuable enough to be “purchased back,” even when the price is something truly precious, the blood of Jesus. This is the one and only solution for the paradox of human nature, a paradox for which secular psychologists have found no explanation. Only through a loving God’s intervention can humankind’s two natures be reconciled. That reconciliation is a divine solution, foreign to human intellect and understanding.”*

WEEK TWO PRAYER, Make America Great Again through Prayer

FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

Refugees and Immigrants

  1. Questions to bring before the Lord as a matter of prayer: How do we invite strangers in, feed, clothe them, and give them shelter, yet acknowledge the history in the Bible where foreigners were a threat to a way of Christian life and beliefs. In Deuteronomy 7, God exposed what would be a snare in the cohabitation of two distinct ways of life. It was both a judgement and a safety measure to protect the nation against idolatry, foreign gods, immorality, and the corruptive influence of the enemies. The affirmation from God in Joshua 1 was also a promise of God’s protection, prosperity and success as a nation, if they followed His instruction and believed on Him. Some argue the case that Scripture draws a clear line between the responsibility of the individual and the role of the state. The argument being that individuals are to have no vengeance and leave justice to earthly rulers as God’s agents. The state has an affirmative responsibility to protect its citizens. Some see no contradiction between personally welcoming the “strangers” among us while our leaders endeavor to protect us. Again, a matter of prayer…
  2. Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is at the top of President-Elect Donald Trump’s list of candidates for his administration’s Secretary of State. Among his many duties, The Secretary of State supervises the United States immigration policy abroad.

Prayer:

Lord, we pray today for both clear direction and wise prompting by the Holy Spirit to be manifest in Mr. Trump’s, our President-Elect’s decision for a candidate to the Secretary of State position. Lord, may You influence this decision and have Your way. We further ask Your hand be upon whichever candidate is given this appointment, that he uphold Your values and is committed to the overall good of our nation as You deem appropriate. We ask that he do nothing out of selfish ambition, but have our country and Your best interests always at the forefront in consideration. May he be a man of integrity. Give him wisdom Lord to make wise and fair decisions. In areas where he advises the President, may he be thoroughly informed; where he negotiates with other countries, may he find favor. Lord, secure us a nation under You. In Jesus’s Name we pray. Amen.

BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS COMING UP:

There are 27 bills and resolutions on the House and Senate calendars for the coming days. Complete list is documented here.

Please be informed and pray for alignment under God’s authority of what is right and to our benefit as a nation under God.

Prayer:

Lord, we admit our ways are futile and produce no fruit unless it has You as a source. In a world where so many voices, opinions, and agendas are raised to become law, let Your voice speak the loudest. Lord, we pray that nothing slips in, unaware, that will cause Your people harm. Bring matters to attention that need to be revised or cast out; allow those things that are truly good to pass and be put into effect. We thank You for Your mercy and grace, and ask that Your sovereign will be done in America. Lord, be with every member in the House and Senate and bring them into agreement in Congress. May they represent the people and You. We pray, additionally, that all Americans take an interest and contact their representatives and be actively involved, through guided prayer, and vocalize Your will as their own. In Jesus’s Name. Amen.

Thank you for praying Week Two of Make America Great Again through Prayer. I pray you are well and whole, and hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I ask again, if you will please share these prayers with others so that many will be praying. You can share from this site or you may also like and share from the Facebook page, “Make America Great Again through Prayer.” Thank you and God bless you.

For God and Country,

Julie

jewelsb




Sources I reviewed in consideration of this article:

Castro – http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/11/26/503405592/mourning-celebration-follow-death-of-fidel-castro

Bills and Resolutions – https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/

Refugees – http://blogs.state.gov/stories/2016/11/22/fulfilling-international-commitments-refugees-globally

Immigration – http://www.migrationpolicy.org/article/frequently-requested-statistics-immigrants-and-immigration-united-states

Refugees – http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/09/syria-refugees-europe-vietnam

*Author, Josh McDowell, Building Your Self Esteem

 

Make America Great Again through Prayer (Week One)

My heart has never been so stirred to pray for our nation and our leaders. I believe we have a window of opportunity to see America turn to God. I want His hand guiding and leading us. I have such a passion for this that I was willing to leave the security of my present job and apply to work in any capacity with the Trump administration. I haven’t heard from them yet, but in the meantime, this is my contribution. This is how I will serve God and Country.

The agenda is simple: to align all activity and leadership in America with God’s Word. I am thankful to those who pray for our nation. While general prayer is good, this site is dedicated to specific, targeted prayer in regards as to what is currently happening whether in current events, on Capitol Hill, or throughout America.

After this first week the format will be by categories. There will the topic and stated relation and effect it will have on us, a prayer, and relative Scripture as to why to pray in the manner listed. Each week I will post specific needs to target in prayer. Please SHARE with your churches, your friends and family, your Bible Study groups and Small Groups. We are only limited by what we do not do or not willing to do. I have also started a Facebook page for urgent prayer needs for our country that can come up between the weekly posts. Please like the page and tag everyone you know and ask them to pray routinely and specifically. You may also share directly from this site. I know of no greater cause. So many things today go viral on the internet, but have no real, lasting, orhumble authentic benefit. Wouldn’t it be awesome if God and prayer was received and multiplied? My hope is to not only bring awareness to issues that should be addressed in prayer, but I hope for a movement that will flourish in America turning our hearts, minds, and actions towards Christ. I pray that as we unite and agree in prayer that others will be inspired by the positive change they see. This will be a wonderful invitation to those who do not presently know Christ. My hope is for increase to His kingdom. I pray that leaders, the people of America, and a new generation will emerge victorious by our prayer covering. Let’s Make America Great Again through Prayer. 

Please also be patient with me as I am getting quite the education in politics and government policies and procedures. I am studying to show myself approved, so prayers for me as well would be greatly appreciated. It is somewhat an exhaustive effort compiling the issues for prayer. I have made every attempt to be accurate. Sources for unbiased information are difficult to acquire, trust, and are often not available. Certainly, political parties, the media, etc., have their own agenda or want to slant opinion portraying an issue to their advantage. The prayers below have purpose to align with the will of God. The only agenda is to present the facts and pray for God’s hand in the decisions that affect us. Will you pray with me and seek out others of like mind and ask them to pray? Will you call out to God with me and wrap America in prayer? I believe the Bible to be the inspired, infallible truth by which to live. I believe it the source for every answer to any issue we are facing. Please help me pray the Word over America and the people of this land.

Praying for absolutely everything could be overwhelming, as are all the challenges we face. We cannot focus on our past; we can only go forward. We have to start somewhere. A good place to begin is with the transition of leadership from President Obama to Mr. Trump, the President Elect. This week’s prayers evolve around the issues of Trump’s announcement of his plan for the first 100 days in office. We will start here and pray for a solid foundation upon which everything else can be built upon. As the weeks in prayer progress, so will the topics of prayer.  It is not my desire to turn us all into all-knowing, political beasts, but as you will see in the topics below, there is a lot happening that we should be concerned with and be in prayer. Far too long, have we given away America’s decisions and what will affect us to those who did not have God’s best interest in mind. By praying, we bring these concerns and place them under the Lord’s authority. We must invite Him into the situations that we are encountering. We must ask for His power, justice, truth, and knowledge in governing to rule our nation.

As you see below, this is quite the prayer list for the week. At least please read and be informed. There are terms, Acts, and policies listed that at first I thought of explaining, but for the length this prayer list was already, I decided it better without detailed explanation. Although the intent is to pray specifically, I hope that goal is accomplished by mention of it by fact. Should any part of it invoke a desire for you to know more, I do pray you seek out that information. I have listed a source at the bottom that has informative commentary. Next week’s prayer list will be different, and hopefully a lot shorter. I have not forgotten our troops fighting on foreign soil, nor our education system, and the many other worthy causes for prayer. It’s coming. I ask you to be diligent in prayer and thought this week only in the direction of where our new President has plans to lead us. This is the focus this week. You may add whatever personal prayer is in your heart. Thank you.

Prayer:

Father, we pray as we read through the plan revealed by our President Elect, Mr. Trump, as were his intentions upon election for our country, we pray Your will. Although it is his plan, we pray and ask for wisdom, if it be Your plan. Where it aligns with Your will, Lord, may it succeed; and where it does not serve Your purpose, Lord, we ask that it fail. But in our failure, reveal Your plan and make it right.

We pray, Lord, in Christ’s Name, that You surround the President Elect with men of Godly wisdom and hearts. We pray for appointees and nominees to all positions in the Trump Administration who will be pliable to hear Your voice and follow through accordingly. We pray that a mighty army be raised up for Your cause and Your Kingdom. May the people of influence in America be steered by a heart convicted of Christ and led by the Holy Spirit.

From the least to the greatest in this Land, Lord, we pray for abundance for our people and our country. In our home and foreign affairs, may we be honest, compassionate, loving, and desiring to place it in Your capable Hands. In all of our developing relations, may they be of integrity and result in peace for our country. Make us bold where we are to take a stand and meek where we should yield. May all we do be accountable unto You and your justice.

Father, we bring specific requests to you today, and throughout this week, asking for Your intervention and wisdom. We know You as Lord of Lords, and Kings of Kings, and we serve You first, Lord. May we speak with truthful lips and act with hearts of Christ. We surrender our prayers to You, Lord. Your will be done.  In Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen.

Donald Trump’s Plan for first 100 Days in office as President:acceptable-will

FIRST, propose a Constitutional Amendment to impose term limits on all members of Congress;

SECOND, a hiring freeze on all federal employees to reduce federal workforce through attrition (exempting military, public safety, and public health);

THIRD, a requirement that for every new federal regulation, two existing regulations must be eliminated;

FOURTH, a 5 year-ban on White House and Congressional officials becoming lobbyists after they leave government service;

SIXTH, a complete ban on foreign lobbyists raising money for American elections.

On the same day, he wants to begin taking the following 7 actions to protect American workers:

FIRST, he will announce his intention to renegotiate NAFTA or withdraw from the deal under Article 2205

SECOND, he will announce our withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership

THIRD, he will direct Secretary of the Treasury to label China a currency manipulator

FOURTH, he will direct the Secretary of Commerce and U.S. Trade Representative to identify all foreign trading abuses that unfairly impact American workers and direct them to use every tool under American and international law to end those abuses immediately

Additionally, on the first day, our President Elect will take the following five actions to restore security and the constitutional rule of law:

FIRST, cancel every unconstitutional executive action, memorandum and order issued by President Obamawineskin

SECOND, begin the process of selecting a replacement for Justice Scalia from one of the 20 judges on my list, who will uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States

THIRD, cancel all federal funding to Sanctuary Cities

FOURTH, begin removing the more than 2 million criminal illegal immigrants from the country and cancel visas to foreign countries that won’t take them back

FIFTH, suspend immigration from terror-prone regions where vetting cannot safely occur. All vetting of people coming into our country will be considered extreme vetting.

Next, he will work with Congress to introduce the following broader legislative measures and fight for their passage within the first 100 days of my Administration:

  1. Middle Class Tax Relief And Simplification Act. An economic plan designed to grow prosperthe economy 4% per year and create at least 25 million new jobs through massive tax reduction and simplification, in combination with trade reform, regulatory relief, and lifting the restrictions on American energy. The largest tax reductions are for the middle class. A middle-class family with 2 children will get a 35% tax cut. The current number of brackets will be reduced from 7 to 3, and tax forms will likewise be greatly simplified. The business rate will be lowered from 35 to 15 percent, and the trillions of dollars of American corporate money overseas can now be brought back at a 10 percent rate.
  2. End The Offshoring Act. Establishes tariffs to discourage companies from laying off their workers in order to relocate in other countries and ship their products back to the U.S. tax-free.
  3. American Energy & Infrastructure Act. Leverages public-private partnerships, and private investments through tax incentives, to spur $1 trillion in infrastructure investment over 10 years. It is revenue neutral.
  4. School Choice And Education Opportunity Act. Redirects education dollars to give parents the right to send their kid to the public, private, charter, magnet, religious or home school of their choice. Ends common core, brings education supervision to local communities. It expands vocational and technical education, and make 2 and 4-year college more affordable.
  5. Repeal and Replace Obamacare Act. Fully repeals Obamacare and replaces it with Health Savings Accounts, the ability to purchase health insurance across state lines, and lets states manage Medicaid funds. Reforms will also include cutting the red tape at the FDA: there are over 4,000 drugs awaiting approval, and we especially want to speed the approval of life-saving medications.plans
  6. Affordable Childcare and Eldercare Act. Allows Americans to deduct childcare and elder care from their taxes, incentivizes employers to provide on-side childcare services, and creates tax-free Dependent Care Savings Accounts for both young and elderly dependents, with matching contributions for low-income families.
  7. End Illegal Immigration Act Fully-funds the construction of a wall on our southern border with the full understanding that the country Mexico will be reimbursing the United States for the full cost of such wall; establishes a 2-year mandatory minimum federal prison sentence for illegally re-entering the U.S. after a previous deportation, and a 5-year mandatory minimum for illegally re-entering for those with felony convictions, multiple misdemeanor convictions or two or more prior deportations; also reforms visa rules to enhance penalties for overstaying and to ensure open jobs are offered to American workers first.
  8. Restoring Community Safety Act. Reduces surging crime, drugs and violence by creating a Task Force On Violent Crime and increasing funding for programs that train and assist local police; increases resources for federal law enforcement agencies and federal prosecutors to dismantle criminal gangs and put violent offenders behind bars.
  9. Restoring National Security Act. Rebuilds our military by eliminating the defense sequester and expanding military investment; provides Veterans with the ability to receive public VA treatment or attend the private doctor of their choice; protects our vital infrastructure from cyber-attack; establishes new screening procedures for immigration to ensure those who are admitted to our country support our people and our values
  10. Clean up Corruption in Washington Act. Enacts new ethics reforms to Drain the Swamp and reduce the corrupting influence of special interests on our politics.

Thank you for reading and praying. Week Two of prayer will publish next Friday/Saturday.

For God and Country,

Julie

jewelsb


*Source for commentary and information on the 100 Day Plan