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  • Issue 487 – Verse of the Week

    April 22nd – April 28th, 2021


    VERSE OF THE WEEK

    And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. – Hebrews 11:6

    Authenticity

    The booth at the state fair’s midway had a beckoning sign: “Genuine Simulated Diamonds.” Bright overhead lightbulbs shone down on cases of glittering jewelry, drawing those who desired inexpensive “bling” to purchase the stones. Many were deceived, thinking they were getting an authentic jewel at a low price, when they were getting faceted clear or colored glass. Unfortunately, across America there are others who are daily being deceived into accepting a “genuine simulated faith,” one that relies on their good works or simply living a moral life to get them the rewards of Heaven. God’s Word has made it clear. Genuine faith—not the simulated kind—requires believing in God and in His Son, Jesus, for eternal life. Jesus Himself said he is the only way… anything else is deception.


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Prayer Focus: January 2021

This month will be highly active in Washington, D.C. and across state capitals. It is a critical time for leaders in America. Pray with us:

Heavenly Father,

You are the Source of our confidence in all things. You have set a plan in place for this nation and You alone know its future. We watch in awe as You work through people and events.

As we witness the many things that are happening, we ask for Your mercy upon our nation. Be the Guide for Your people and keep hearts open to Your leading as decisions are made that will impact our lives and country.

Imprint Your will upon us as we pray for our leaders, over the pandemic, about jobs, about divisions within our government, and more. Holy Spirit, intercede for us when we don’t have any more words and we open ourselves to Your will. Thank you for hearing us and never forsaking us as we ask in Jesus’ Holy Name, Amen.

It is important that America’s prayer warriors remain vigilant in prayer, trusting that God is in control.

CONTINUE WITH US IN PRAYER:

  • Pray for the president and his administration.
  • Pray for all elected officials in Congress.
  • Pray for God’s continued protection and blessing upon the United States of America.
  • Pray for your neighbors and fellow Americans.

  • Pray for peace and understanding with our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.

  • First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
    1 Timothy 2:1-4

    Happy New Year!

    Our 2020 matching challenge has been met! God is good. Thank you for your prayers and your support!

    As we begin 2021 we praise God for His graces and faithfulness. This new year also marks our twentieth anniversary! We know that God has big things planned for this ministry and our country in the new year and you are a part of making this happen.

    May God’s love shine bright in America and His blessings overflow. Thank you from all of us here at The Presidential Prayer Team.


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    Pray the Vote 2020

    The Presidential Prayer Team remains firmly committed to prayer and the biblical values upon which this great nation was founded as we seek truth and discernment throughout the official process of electing a president and leaders of the United States of America.

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    Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at The Presidential Prayer Team. Thank you for your faithfulness, support, and praying alongside us and the many others within this great nation. United we accomplish much as we raise our hearts and voices to almighty God. Please pray with us:

    A Prayer of Thanksgiving

    Heavenly Father,

    We thank you for Your steadfastness and the grace that You bestow upon our lives. We give thanks for the freedoms we have in this nation to publicly acknowledge Your sovereignty. We are forever grateful for Your blessings upon us and our country.

    We pray for Your protection over the United States of America; we pray for wisdom and discernment for our country’s leaders and officials; we pray for strength and safety for our armed forces and first responders; and we pray for mercy and kindness over our families and loved ones.

    Bless each one of us today, so that we may show Your love and grace with others and be beacons of light within this world. May we have the opportunities to bless those who are in need with Your everlasting loving care. And may our hearts overflow with gratitude, forgiveness, and kindness.

    In Your most Holy Name, Amen.

    A Look at Thanksgiving in History

    New York
    October 3, 1789

    Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be—That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks—for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation—for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war—for the great degree of tranquillity, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed—for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted—for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

    (Excerpt from George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation)

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    100 DAYS OF PRAYER

    First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.” – 1 Timothy 2:1-2

    Every 4 years, beginning on Inauguration Day, we commit to 100 days of prayer over the president’s administration. These first 100 days are often crucial as new Cabinet-level positions are appointed and confirmed, new policies are set into motion, and work alongside the new Congress begins.

    TODAY’S PRAYER

    • Day 92 – With All Gratitude to God

      Day 92 – With All Gratitude to God

      Holy Lord, we come to You with gratitude and praise for the strength and guidance You provide. We pray today for the Secretary and employees of the Department of Commerce as they promote national economic growth and job creation in the United States. We ask that You direct their efforts to support American business and trade through the tools, services, and programs their various agencies provide.

    • Issue 487 – Federal Branches

      Praying for Our Leaders in Government

      Executive Branch: Pray for the President and his Administration

      When speaking on the administration’s plan to remove U.S. combat troops from Afghanistan, Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated that the U.S. had fulfilled its mission to end al Qaeda’s ability to strike at the U.S. and that there had been a “deliberate and informed process” leading to the complete troop withdrawal.

      White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said raising the federal gasoline tax is not being considered as part of the infrastructure package, rather an increase in corporate tax rates will pay for the package. She said the president “does not believe that paying for this historic investment in rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure and creating millions of jobs should be on the backs of Americans.”

      Pray for the president’s administration as policy decisions are made on foreign and domestic matters.

      Legislative Branch: Pray for Senators and Representatives in Congress

      Senators Mitt Romney of Utah and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona are working on bipartisan legislation to increase the minimum wage. “We are negotiating a minimum wage proposal which we would ultimately take to our group of 20 and see how they would react to it and go from there,” they told reporters. No immediate details of the plan were released.

      Bipartisan legislation was introduced in the Senate that would make it easier for companies to install broadband along existing infrastructure, such as federal highways, to help increase Internet access in rural America. The Accelerating Rural Broadband Deployment Act would ensure the cost of installing broadband internet is not too high and it would increase transparency in the broadband infrastructure license awarding process.

      Pray for members of Congress to work together with more bipartisan cooperation for the benefit of the American people.

      Judicial Branch: Pray for Supreme Court Justices and Federal Judges

      U.S. District Judge Barbara M.G. Lynn in Dallas expressed astonishment at the way some attorneys have dressed for remote court hearings and how they have not treated the proceedings with the same respect they do in-person hearings. “I had to issue a standing order for our court telling lawyers that baseball caps, whether turned the right way or the wrong way, and T-shirts were not the appropriate attire for a court proceeding conducted remotely,” she said. “It was shocking to me that people felt at liberty to show up like a slob, to put it bluntly.” She also critiqued the messy backdrops or difficult lighting attorneys had chosen for their virtual appearances.

      The Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that Wisconsin Governor Evers can exclude members of a conservative think-tank from attending press briefings and keep them off his email list sent to other reporters, upholding a ruling from a lower court. It said the governor’s actions did not violate the policy institute’s constitutional rights to free speech, freedom of the press, and equal access.

      Pray for federal judges and attorneys as they navigate remote hearings during the waning pandemic.

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    As we lift up the 117th United States Congress, we will highlight one elected senator or representative each day. Pray with us for each of them as they tackle their unique responsibilities and fulfill their oaths of office.

    TODAY’S CONGRESSIONAL LEADER FOR PRAYER

    • Gregory Meeks, Representative for New York

      Gregory Meeks, Representative for New York


      • Born – September 1953 in New York City
      • Education – BA, Adelphi University; JD, Howard University
      • Military Service – None
      • Profession – Lawyer
      • Political Experience – New York State Assembly
      • In office since – 1999
      • Family – Married to Simone, 3 children
      • Religious Affiliation – Methodist

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    AMERICA’S HISTORY OF FAITH AND PRAYER

    • Issue 487 – Faith and Prayer History

      The men doing the vital things of life are those who read the Bible and are Christians and not ashamed to let the world know it.
      Great men cultivate love… Only little men cherish a spirit of hatred. … The man is unwise who does not cultivate in every manly way the friendship and goodwill of his next-door neighbor, whether he be black or white.
      In the sight of God there is no color line, and we want to cultivate a spirit that will make us forget that there is such a line anyway.

      – Booker T. Washington, May, 1900, and in Up from Slavery, 1901 (1856-1915: born into slavery, became leading intellectual founding Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute)

    • Issue 487 – National Prayer Needs

      Additional National Prayer Needs

      Pray for our Military

      The U.S. canceled plans to send two warships through Turkish Straits into the Black Sea, Turkey’s foreign minister said. Russia had warned American vessels to stay away from a coastal region of Crimean it annexed in 2014., saying that any American naval deployment in the Black Sea would be considered “extremely provocative.”

      President Biden said he will end America’s war in Afghanistan with a phased withdrawal of the remaining U.S. troops there that will conclude by September 11, twenty years after the conflict began. President Trump had initially set a May deadline, and some troops will depart in May, an administration official said, but the additional delay was to give troops more time to prepare and coordinate.

      Pray for the morale of American troops. Pray for decisions being made by commanders in the field that they would keep U.S. service members safe.

      Pray for AMERICA’S FREEDOMS

      A new poll by McLaughlin Associates shows 72 percent of registered voters support the Second Amendment. Additionally, 73.4 percent agreed that the Founding Fathers “understood the importance of law-abiding citizens’ right to legally own firearms for things like hunting, sport and personal protection” and that the Second Amendment is “one of our most important and cherished civil rights in the U.S. Constitution.”

      Pray for legislatures and courts as they evaluate new laws and regulations in light of the Constitution and Second Amendment rights.

      Pray for AMERICA’S FOREIGN RELATIONS

      The State Department said it will proceed with a $23 billion sale of jet fighters and advanced armed drones made by the previous administration to the United Arab Emirates, despite objections from some partisans and others that the Gulf nation is fueling conflicts around the Middle East. The U.S. will be working with the UAE in the years leading up to the delivery of the weapons to make sure the arms are used in accordance with human rights standards and the laws of war, the State Department said.

      The Chinese government is increasing pressure on Taiwan to reunify with the mainland. This comes as Beijing seeks to at least double its nuclear weapons stockpile during the next decade and to pursue overseas military bases. according to intelligence reports on threats facing the U.S, China’s goal is to strengthen its status as a global power.

      Pray for America’s diplomatic corps and the work they do with both allies and adversaries.

      Pray For AMERICA’S HEALTH AND WELL-BEING

      About one in five American adults say they will not get a vaccine to protect against the coronavirus, according to a new poll by Monmouth University. The hesitancy of many was exacerbated after federal officials recommended a pause in the administration of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine over rare instances of blood clots in people who received the inoculation.

      The White House launched a targeted media campaign to raise awareness about vaccine eligibility and encourage Americans to get vaccinated as states open up doses to all Americans over the age of 16.

      Pray for federal, state, and local healthcare officials as shots are administered and any adverse reactions treated and evaluated.

      Pray for AMERICA’S RELATIONSHIP WITH ISRAEL

      Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is pushing for a new law that would allow the direct election of the nation’s leader as a way to break the nation’s two-year political deadlock. “A vast majority of the public supports it,” he said, adding that a direct vote for prime minister would avoid “assembling absurd governments” and would allow Israeli citizens to choose a leader in “snap elections, without dissolving parliament.”

      Israel’s foreign minister said it will do “whatever it takes” to ensure that Iran does not acquire nuclear weapons. Meanwhile, Iran says it starting enriching its uranium up to 60 percent, its highest level ever, and close to weapons grade. The move comes after the recent attack on one of its nuclear sites.

      Pray for Israel’s security as some neighboring countries threaten the security and stability of the region.

      Pray for AMERICA’S ECONOMY

      In a recent research poll, about 38 million Americans responded that they are worse off now than before the coronavirus outbreak began in the U.S. over a year ago. Overall, 55 percent of Americans say their financial circumstances are about the same, 30 percent say they have improved, but 15 percent say they are worse off. The problem is more pronounced at lower-income levels, where 29 percent of Americans who are living below the federal poverty line say their personal finances worsened in the past year.

      Consumer prices increased by the most in over 8-1/2 years in March. Rising vaccination numbers and massive fiscal stimulus increased demand, kicking off what economists expect will be a brief period of higher inflation. The Labor Department reported that the broader opening of the economy is running into bottlenecks in the supply chain, capacity constraints, and higher commodity prices.

      Pray for federal officials and economists advising Congress and the administration as policies are implemented to adapt to the reopening economy.

      Pray for Justice in America

      Federal prosecutors said they would not be filing charges against the U.S. Capitol Police officer who shot and killed Ashli Babbitt during the January 6 incident at the Capitol. Babbitt, 35, an Air Force veteran who was part of the protest group, was shot, apparently once at point blank range, on the floor of the Capitol.

      A prosecutor in Minnesota charged a former suburban Minneapolis police officer with second-degree manslaughter for killing 20-year-old black motorist Daunte Wright, 20, during a traffic stop. In pulling his records, the officer determined Wright had an arrest warrant. The officer said it was a tragic accident and she thought she was using her taser not her sidearm. She resigned from the force amid newly ignited days of unrest and confrontations between rioters and police.

      Pray for the administration of justice by prosecutors across America and for the loved ones of those who have lost their lives.

      Pray for Goodness in America

      Edward Graham, the grandson of the late evangelist Billy Graham, says shoeboxes filled with gifts are reaching more children and unreached people with the Gospel than the massive global evangelistic events his grandfather held over decades. Gift shoeboxes from Operation Christmas Child, a project many American churches and individuals take part in, are sent to over 160 nations, including 50 hard-to-reach areas.

      Pray with gratitude for the opportunity of many Americans to participate in reaching children with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

      Pray for America’s Media

      Americans’ distrust of the press goes deeper than partisanship and comes down to the way journalists define their very mission, according to a new study from the Media Insight Project. “The study defined five core principles or beliefs that drive most journalists. And it found that non-journalists offer unqualified majority support for only one of them—the idea that the press should provide people with facts,” the report stated.

      Pray for media leaders and journalists in America to value accurately reporting facts and to seek the truth.

      Pray for America’s Education

      A lawsuit filed against the U.S. Department of Education by LGBTQ students claims that Christian universities that receive federal funding yet impose traditional, Bible-based moral rules on their students have “discriminatory practices.”

      “Education is not the equalizer that many people think it is,” said an associate professor of sociology and author of a recent study at North Carolina State University. “One takeaway is that expanding access to education is valuable, but education alone is not enough to resolve our society’s challenges in regard to inequality. … There is still a lot of room for additional research on this subject.”

      Pray for the decision-makers over America’s higher education as philosophical challenges to free speech and freedom of religion continue to be raised.

      Pray for America’s Technology

      Automakers are expanding and extending production cuts at some North American plans as they cope with a worsening global shortage of semiconductors. Chips for use in cars and trucks have been harder to come by as semiconductor makers have allocated more capacity to consumer products. The White House had a virtual CEO summit where executives from auto, tech, biotech, and consumer electronics industries discussed the semiconductor chip shortage. The president is backing proposals for tax incentives for American manufacturers to make the critical parts in the U.S. to avoid shortages in the future.

      The Department of Justice announced that the FBI has launched an operation to remove malware from computers in the U.S., saying the agency would “copy and remove” so-called web shells, or “pieces of code or scripts that enable remote administration.” These are part of authorization by a court in Texas for the FBI to fix malware in hundreds of hacked servers in the U.S. running certain versions of Microsoft Exchange Server Software.

      Pray for the U.S. government and the authorization of malware removal. Also, pray for American companies getting more involved in the manufacture of microchips.

      Pray for Needs Across the States

      Hawaii Governor David Inge approved a “vaccine passport” program for inter-island travel that could begin as early as May and expand to out-of-state travel by summer. The program is seen by tourism officials as a way to speed up the state’s economic recovery from the coronavirus.

      The Tennessee Senate passed a ban on government-issued “vaccine passports” to show that someone has received a coronavirus vaccine. The bill would also take public health powers away from local county boards. The bill now moves to the state’s House.

      Pray for state legislators, governors, and health departments as they consider vaccine passports, mask mandates, and otherwise deal with the still-present coronavirus.

      Pray for America’s Faith Community

      “We need to teach [our children] that every human life is valuable, regardless of race, age, ethnic background, or socioeconomic status. Genesis 1:27 says, ‘So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them’ (NIV).
      If I say that all people are created in the image of God, then I have to demonstrate that belief through my actions. … I am yearning for that future Martin Luther King Jr. dreamed about, when people in our nation ‘will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.’ Our children can make that future a reality. It’s within our power to teach them to see the inherent worth and dignity of others.” – Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, lead pastor, New Season Christian Worship Center, Sacramento, California


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