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The Poor States: NC & ND

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DAY 19 | States: NC & ND

DAILY TOPIC: The Poor

  • Prayer for Israel

  • Prayer for National Government Officials

  • State Focus: North Carolina and North Dakota

PRAYER FOR THE POOR

Dear Lord, we pray for those who suffer spiritual, relational and/or economic poverty. You said the poor would always be with us. Give us Your wisdom and Your heart for all kinds of lack: those who are poor in spirit, those who are lonely, and those with material needs. Teach us Your will and ways to minister effectively to those who are the least amongst us. Help us to discern their true needs accurately and to give strategically, wisely and generously. Show us how to deliver Your help, healing, companionship and comfort to those who struggle. Bring us to a renewed sense of community in America — neighbor helping neighbor according to the teachings of Your Word. Lord, grant us the heart of the Good Samaritan. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  • Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world (James 1:27).

 

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 state of North Carolina and North Dakota and its leaders.

WE DECLARE THE 1868 PREAMBLE OF THE CONSTITUTION OF NORTH CAROLINA:

  • “We, the people of the State of North Carolina, grateful to Almighty God, the Sovereign Ruler of Nations, for … our civil, political and religious liberties, and acknowledging our dependence upon Him for the continuance of those blessings to us and our posterity …“(12th State admitted to the Union on November 21st, 1789)

NORTH CAROLINA GOVERNOR

  • Roy Cooper [D]

NORTH CAROLINA ATTORNEY GENERAL

  • Josh Stein [D]

NORTH CAROLINA SENATORS

  • Richard Burr [R]

  • Thom Tillis [R]

NORTH CAROLINA REPRESENTATIVES

(9th District – Currently Vacant)

DEMOCRATS

  • G.K. Butterfield

  • David Price

  • Alma Adams

REPUBLICANS

  • George Holding

  • Walter Jones

  • Virginia Foxx

  • Mark Walker

  • David Rouzer

  • Richard Hudson

  • Patrick McHenry

  • Mark Meadows

  • Ted Budd

WE DECLARE THE 1889 PREAMBLE OF THE CONSTITUTION OF NORTH DAKOTA:

  • “We, the people of North Dakota, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of civil and religious liberty, do ordain and establish this constitution.” (40th State admitted to the Union on November 2nd, 1889)

NORTH DAKOTA GOVERNOR

  • Doug Burgume (R)

NORTH DAKOTA ATTORNEY GENERAL

  • Wayne Stenehjem (R)

NORTH DAKOTA SENATORS

  • John Hoeven (R)

  • Kevin Cramer (R)

NORTH DAKOTA REPRESENTATIVES

  • Kelly Armstrong (R)

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.

Earlier Event: August 18
The Church State: NY
Later Event: August 20
Our Families State: OH