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Sunday, October 21, 2018

President Donald Trump is in Washington D.C. and is staying at the White House today. He does not have a publicly available schedule and will spend the day resting with the first family.

The president is continuing to monitor a caravan moving north through Mexico towards the U.S.-Mexico border. He expressed his concerns and encouraged the Mexican government to respond in order to address the caravan before it reaches the border.

On Saturday, President Trump also announced that he would like to re-evaluate the nuclear arms deal with Russia due to treaty violations. He added that the goal is to form a new deal with Russia and include China in order to halt global nuclear development.  

National Security Adviser John Bolton is traveling to Russia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Georgia over the next several days. The trip begins in Moscow, Russia, where Adviser Bolton will discuss a variety of issues. Bolton said that the primary focus "is to continue to carry through on the conversation that President Trump and President Putin had in Helsinki during the summer to talk about U.S.-Russian relations and where we can make progress, where we still have issues and disagreement.”

As the Lord Leads, pray with us:
  • For rest and rejuvenation for the president as he stays in the White House today.
  • For safety for Adviser Bolton as he travels.
  • For wisdom for the president as he makes decisions regarding national security and foreign policy.
  • For guidance for Bolton as he discusses issues of mutual concern with Russian officials.
"We provide these suggested prayer items to help you intercede for our president and the issues our commander-in-chief faces each day. We trust that you will also pray for all our leaders, asking for God's wisdom and for His will to be done.” – The Presidential Prayer Team

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Vantage Point Devotional - A Daily Life Perspective from God's Word

Queen Esther had an intimidating choice to make: Risk her life by approaching the king without a summons or risk losing the entire Jewish people. Her cousin Mordecai thought God placed her in the king’s court for just “such a time as this” (Esther 4:14).

I and my young women will also fast as you do. Then I will go to the king, though it is against the law, and if I perish, I perish.

Perhaps you, too, are in a place to make a difference for the Lord but are experiencing fear. Learn from Esther in today’s verse. First, she fasted and prayed. Fasting is a great way to set aside special time to seek God and His counsel. After looking for wisdom from her Lord, Esther showed courage in the face of danger. She knew only one course of action to save her people – and she proceeded, not even knowing the outcome.

What is causing anxiety in your life? Take some advice from a wise and lovingly remembered queen: fast and pray, and then proceed with courage. Pray, too, for your nation’s leaders to seek God in the decisions they must make for America, and to appreciate and revere the fact that they were chosen for this time.

Recommended for Further Reading: Esther 4:4-17
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