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DAY 28 | States: VE & VA

DAILY TOPIC: International Relations

  • Prayer for Israel

  • Prayer for National Government Officials

  • State Focus: Vermont and Virginia

PRAYER FOR INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

We ask for Your wisdom, discernment and strength in all our dealings with other nations. Lord, as we pray for the restoration of America, we pray that You would make America a light to the world. Father in Heaven, allow us to restore a sense of national dignity. Teach us once again to be a virtuous people, worthy of respect. Allow the world to see Your truth displayed in our citizenry. God of our Fathers, forgive our failures to seek Your guidance as we interact with the nations of Your world. Please give Your perspective on this world and Your wisdom to all those who represent America in official dealings with other nations. As our citizens travel abroad, Lord, we ask You to quicken us to represent our nation honorably. We pray that America would take the lead in ending greed and corruption around Your world. May we be a blessing to all nations, Lord; but we especially ask You to lead us in our attitude and dealings with the nation of Israel, and to pray for the peace of Jerusalem in accordance with Your Holy Scriptures. We ask You to lead and convict those who set foreign policy with a full understanding of Your Scriptural mandate to bless Israel. We would ask, Lord, for favor from other nations who have benefited from the sacrifice of American blood and treasure.

  • But the Lord sits enthroned forever; He has established His throne for justice, and He judges the world with righteousness; He judges the peoples with uprightness (Psalm 9:7-8).

HERE IS A PARTIAL LIST OF THOSE WHO ARE PRESERVING OUR CULTURE AS SALT & LIGHT IN THE AREA OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS:

  • International Messianic Jewish Alliance

  • Christians United For Israel

  • Presidential Prayer Team

  • Intercessors for America

  • International Christian Embassy Jerusalem

PRAYER FOR ISRAEL

Lord, we pray for the peace and prosperity of Jerusalem, the Biblical capital of Israel, and ask for an end to the violence and suffering. We pray for justice, and Your sovereign righteousness over Israel. We pray for mercy and Your Kingdom to rule over the land. Please protect the soldiers and civilians from bloodshed. Give wisdom to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Knesset (The legislature of Israel). May Israel remain strong, not dividing the land You gave as an inheritance to Your chosen people. May the United States continue to fully support Israel, the nation that gave us salvation through Jesus Christ.

  • Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, may they prosper that love thee (Psalm 122:6).

PRAYER FOR NATIONAL GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS

  • Lord God, we ask for Your blessing and wisdom on the lives of these leaders in our nation.

EXECUTIVE

  • President Donald Trump

  • Vice-President Mike Pence

THE PRESIDENT’S CABINET

  • Secretary of State: Mike Pompeo

  • Secretary of the Treasury: Steven Mnuchin

  • Secretary of Defense: Patrick Shanahan (Acting)

  • Secretary of the Interior: David Bernhardt

ATTORNEY GENERAL

  • William Barr

SUPREME COURT

  • Chief Justice John Roberts

JUSTICES

  • Clarence Thomas

  • Brett Kavanaugh

  • Samuel Alito

  • Neil Gorsuch

  • Elena Kagan

  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg

  • Stephen Breyer

  • Sonia Sotomayor

Lord, we pray for three conservative, constitutional Christians on the Supreme Court that would assure a majority; to see the following decisions overturned…

1947: EVERSON V. BOARD OF EDUCATION
"Wall of Separation" Between church and state
(RULING: Ruled as Constitutional allocating taxpayer funds (to bus children) to religious schools because it did not breach the "wall of separation”: between church and state. Decision held that the establishment clause of the First Amendment applied to state, local and federal government. Bottom Line: Distributing public funds to parents to cover the cost of busing their children to religious schools did not breach the wall. And, finally, it was this ruling that established the vernacular ‘wall of separation’ which set the precedent for the next two Supreme Court decisions removing prayer and bible reading from our schools.)

Where did the term Wall of Separation come from?
Establishment Clause Definition

1962: ENGEL V. VITALE
Removed prayer from public education
(RULING: Unconstitutional for state officials to compose an official school prayer and encourage its recitation in public schools. PLAINTIFF: Steven Engel, New York parent / DEFENDANT: William Vitale, the school board president)

1963: ABINGTON SCHOOL DISTRICT V. SCHEMPP
Removed the Bible from public education
(RULING: Declared school-sponsored Bible reading in public schools in the United States to be unconstitutional. PLAINTIFF: Edward Lewis Schempp and family / DEFENDANT: Abington School District)

1973: ROE V. WADE:
Allowed Unrestricted Access to Abortion
(RULING: Unduly restrictive state regulation of abortion is unconstitutional. PLAINTIFF: Norma McCorvey, aka Jane Roe / DEFENDANT: Henry Wade, district attorney of Dallas County, TX, where Roe resided)

2003: LAWRENCE V. TEXAS:
Struck down the sodomy law, thus legalizing same-sex sexual activity in every U.S. state and territory
(RULING: The “Homosexual Conduct” law [prohibiting sodomy] was unconstitutional and violated the Fourteenth Amendment’s Due Process Clause that protects a substantive right to personal liberty in intimate decisions)

2015: OBERGEFELL V. HODGES:
Legalized same-sex marriage nationwide
(RULING: The Constitution guarantees a nationwide right to same-sex marriage. State bans on same-sex marriage and on recognizing same-sex marriages duly performed in other jurisdictions are unconstitutional under the due process and equal protection clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. PLAINTIFF: Jim Obergefell, a same-sex widower / DEFENDANT: Richard Hodges, Ohio’s health director)

TODAY’S STATE FOCUS

  • We direct our prayers to the states of Vermont and Virginia and their leaders.

WE DECLARE THE 1777 PREAMBLE OF THE CONSTITUTION OF VERMONT:

  • “Whereas all government ought to … enable the individuals who compose it, to enjoy their natural rights, and the other blessings which the Author of Existence has bestowed upon man …”(14th State admitted to the Union on March 4th, 1791)

VERMONT GOVERNOR

  • Phil Scott [R]

VERMONT ATTORNEY GENERAL

  • T.  J. Donovan [D]

VERMONT SENATORS

  • Patrick Leahy [D]

  • Bernard Sanders [I]

VERMONT REPRESENTATIVES

  • Peter Welch [D]

WE DECLARE THE PREAMBLE OF THE CONSTITUTION OF VIRGINIA 1776, BILL OF RIGHTS, XVI:

  • “Religion, or the Duty which we owe our Creator … can be directed only by reason and conviction … and that it is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian forbearance, love and charity towards each other.”(10th State admitted to the Union on June 25th, 1788)

VIRGINIA GOVERNOR

  • Ralph Northam [D]

VIRGINIA ATTORNEY GENERAL

  • Mark Herring [D]

VIRGINIA SENATORS

  • Mark Wamer [D]

  • Tim Kaine [D]

VIRGINIA REPRESENTATIVES

DEMOCRATS

  • Elaine Luria

  • Robert Scott

  • Donald McEachin

  • Abigail Spanberger

  • David Beyer 

  • Jennifer Wexton

  • Gerald Connolly

REPUBLICANS

  • Robert Wittman

  • Denver Riggleman

  • Ben Cline

  • Morgan Griffith

We ask that You turn their hearts towards You, Lord. We ask that You soften their hearts, Lord, to recognize and receive truth. Lord, we ask that You grant them the understanding and knowledge that come from the fear of You. We ask that You grant them wisdom and discernment, Lord, and that You make them bold to do what is right in Your sight. Lord, we ask that You direct their hearts to do Your will. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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