Thursday, May 03, 2007

National Day of Prayer

On this National Day of Prayer, I want to encourage all Bible-believing, born-again Christians to pray for our nation. The following is a letter from the California Family Council that sums up quite well what we need to be praying about.

I would also like to urge prayers of protection for our military members in Iraq, Afghanistan, and throughout the world; who are involved with protecting us from the evil and barbaric attacks of radical Islamo-fascists. These brave men and women have taken this huge task upon themselves, voluntarily, for our benefit. We need to keep them in constant prayer.


May 1, 2007

Dear Praying Friend,

“America, unite in prayer” (based on 2 Chronicles 7:14) is the theme for this month’s National Day of Prayer (NDP). This well-known and oft-quoted verse of both condition and promise, says, “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

Surely, as Californians view the downward moral spiral in society – divorce, cohabitation, homosexual “marriage,” abortion on demand, floundering young people, and rampant pornography – we cannot help but acknowledge that all this is the result of denying God and turning our back on Him as a society. Self-centeredness and humanism have replaced love for God and love for our neighbor as the bywords of society.

If we expect God to heal our land and our state, Californians must earnestly turn to prayer, the only real solution to a sinful, broken society. As you attend a NDP event on May 3, continue to focus on that attitude of prayer throughout the month. Pray, in humility, beseeching God for a return and revival in the land – in California and across the land. We see what sin has reaped; now let’s see what earnest prayer will bring forth.

California Family Council

Please Pray...

...for the protection of life
· and praise God for the life-affirming decision by the U.S. Supreme Court last month – a decision that upheld a congressional ban on the barbaric procedure known as partial-birth abortion (PBA). Pray for women who daily continue to sacrifice their preborn infants through abortion in the name of a so-called “right to choose.” Pray these women would awaken to the gravity of their actions and find God’s grace and forgiveness.

· that tax usage – at both the state and federal levels – would affirm the sanctity of life and not a culture of abortion and “safe sex.” The current 2006-2007 California budget includes $49 million for abortion. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s submission of his “May Revisions” to the budget he proposed in January will mark the real starting point for this year’s budget negotiations in the Legislature. Pray that the pro-life cause would be considered in these negotiations. Also this spring, the United States Congress will be discussing a pool of abstinence-only education funding. With the recent changes in the make-up of Congress, there is uncertainty about this funding. Pray that the dedicated funding will remain intact and not be diluted by the inclusion of “safe-sex” (contraceptive-based) sex education.

...for the sanctity of marriage
· On Mothers’ Day, remember those children who are being raised in mother-less families. Children need an intact family with both a mother and a father. Divorce, “single by choice” and homosexual relationships are not in the best interest of children. Pray for healing for those whose choices have caused pain to their children and for those children caught in the middle – without a mother to nurture and provide stability in their lives.

· that legislators and judges would awaken to the truth of marriage as only between a man and a woman. Marriage is not an invention of man that can be molded and adapted to human desires, but an institution of God – adopted by societies – to be honored and protected.

...for parental authority
· that parents across California would wake up to the subtle incendiary dangers in yielding their children’s upbringing to the state and to public schools. Values neutral means – in many cases – values absent; as many public schools are promoting homosexual behavior, abortion “rights,” and a humanistic worldview, parents need to insure that their children – and their children’s peers – are taught biblical truth and adopt Judeo-Christian values.

...for California families
· Pray for a return to prayer and godly values in California and across the nation. As like-minded citizens unite in prayer for America on the May 3 National Day of Prayer, pray for a continuing of that focus in the days and weeks ahead. Pray for a rekindling of faith and a return to priorities based on Judeo-Christian principles.

“I will sing of thy steadfast love, O Lord, for ever; with my mouth I will proclaim thy faithfulness to all generations. For thy steadfast love was established for ever, thy faithfulness is firm as the heavens.” Psalm 89:1-2

United in passionate, effective prayer for California families

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