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The Daily Brief Friday, December 14, 2012
"This people that I formed for Myself; they shall declare My praise."
The Daily Brief
1. 27 deaths, including at least 18 children, in Conn. elementary school shooting- Fox News
At least 18 children were killed Friday in a shooting at a Connecticut elementary school that left a total of 27 people dead, officials told CBS News senior correspondent John Miller. Miller said that the death toll was preliminary and likely to change.It is unclear if there was more than one gunman at the school. Law enforcement sources told Miller that preliminary and unconfirmed information indicates that the shooter was the father of a student.
~Abba Father, we come to you with heavy hearts and many unanswerable questions, as to why this tragedy has occurred. We truly weep with those who weep over the loss of these precious, young, innocent children - and the adults, as well. We ask, Holy Spirit, that You would comfort those who mourn, and envelop them with Your love and Your presence. We ask for physical healing for the wounded, and emotional healing for every person touched by this horrific act. We ask that You would give Your wisdom and direction to the law enforcement agencies, as they investigate this incident. Reveal whatever needs to be revealed, we pray. Amen.
- "The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it? I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give every man according to his ways, According to the fruit of his doings." (Jeremiah 17:9,10)
2. FOX NEWS DEVELOPING: Authorities say at least 26 people, including 18 children, were killed Friday when a gunman clad in black military gear opened fire inside a Connecticut elementary school. - Fox News
The shooter, identified as 24-year-old Ryan Lanza, lived in Hoboken, N.J., and had ties to Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., according to officials. The gunman was found dead inside the building, but it remains unclear who killed him. Local news outlets report that the shooting occurred inside a kindergarten classroom, and that all the pupils in that classroom are unaccounted for. An official with knowledge of the situation said the shooter was armed with a .223-caliber rifle. The motive is not yet known. The deceased children were kindergarten students of his mother, a teacher at the school, who is also dead, along with the principal.
~ Father, we pray that there will not be any attempted copycat incidents of this nature. We bind up the spirits of violence, hatred, murder, and revenge from operating against this nations children and young people, in particular. We pray that You will 'cause these "planned" crimes to come to light, before they can be executed. We pray for the salvation of these "troubled" souls, who would want to hurt the innocent. May they come to know You, and Your peace, and be healed of the torment they have experienced, at the hand of the enemy. We do pray protection over our nation, particularly our youth, in Your Name we pray, Amen.
-" Beware that you do not despise or feel scornful toward or think little of one of these little ones, for I tell you that in heaven their angels always are in the presence of and look upon the face of My Father Who is in heaven." (Matthew 18:10)
3. How parents can talk to their children about CT school shooting tragedy - Fox News
While many are still in shock about the tragic shooting that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Friday, the news can be even more devastating for America's children. Having such a terrible event occur in a school - a place they attend every day and consider safe - can make children confused and anxious, and ultimately scared for their safety.
Dr. Harold Koplewicz, the president of the Child Mind Institute in New York City, spoke with Fox News about ways parents can talk about this devastating tragedy with their children, and how families in Connecticut and across the country can move forward during such a heartbreaking time.
- Lift up prayers for America's parents who, even now, are trying to help their own children cope with this news. Healing from a tragedy of this magnitude will take time - for all. In addition to secular sources of wisdom, like those above, pray that the churches in our communities will also respond quickly and appropriately to this tragedy. Call forth teams of pastoral counselors who can be available "in an instant" for those who grieve - both within their own church fellowship, and reaching out to the larger community as well. Pray!
- "And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive." (Matthew 21:22)
4. Susan Rice withdraws as secretary of state candidate - Reuters
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and a close confidante of President Barack Obama, withdrew her name from consideration as secretary of state on Thursday in the face of what promised to be a contentious Senate confirmation battle. Rice has drawn heavy fire from Republicans for remarks she made in the aftermath of a September 11 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, in which four Americans were killed, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.
~Father, we thank You that Ms. Rice has seen fit to remove herself from consideration as Secretary of State. We pray You will lead her to Your saving grace, and Your plan for her. We now ask that the person of Your choosing would become our next Secretary of State. Give wisdom to those who interview the candidate, and those who make the decision, we pray, for Your glory. Amen.
- "As for you, my son, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a whole heart and a willing mind; for the Lord searches all hearts, and understands every intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever." (I Chronicles 28:9)
5. Only 15 States Opt to Run Obamacare Exchanges - CNBC
Only 15 states have told the federal government they plan to operate health insurance exchanges under President Barack Obama's reform law, leaving Washington with the daunting task of creating online marketplaces for two-thirds of the country.
~Lord, there is so much division and controversy over this healthcare law, that the majority of Americans do not want. We pray that the 35 states, who do not want to comply, can bring about changes in that law that are needed. We do ask for your intervention, for Your wisdom, discernment, and bring peace to this whole situation, we pray. Amen.
-" Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?" (I Kings 3:9)
The Middle East in Focus
The Middle East in Focus
This week, for all the headlines cited below, please join us in proclaiming THIS DECREE:
"But his bow remained steady, his strong arms stayed limber, because of the hand of the Mighty One of Jacob, because of the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel, because of your father's God, who helps you . . . " (Genesis 49:24, 25a)
1. First West Bank Hamas rally in years draws thousands - Times of Israel
For the first time in five years, Hamas held a mass rally in the West Bank city of Nablus Thursday, signaling improving relations between the Islamist movement and its rival Fatah, whose leader Mahmoud Abbas controls the West Bank.
2. Israeli troops clash with Palestinian protesters - Reuters
Thousands of Palestinians marched through the streets of Hebron on Thursday, chanting anti-Israel slogans and waving green Hamas flags during a funeral procession for a teenager killed by Israeli troops in this volatile West Bank city.
Special Prayer for Newtown, CT
A Call to Prayer for Newtown, Connecticut
Mike and Cindy Jacobs
Reformation Prayer Network
A gunman opened fire on a Connecticut elementary school this morning, killing 27 people, including 20 children. The shooter's mother, also killed, was a teacher at the elementary school, but beyond that, it is still unclear what the motives may have been.
For more information, here is the coverage from Fox News.
Please join us in prayer for the families grieving for loved ones, the children who have endured this trauma, and the unrest hovering over our nation at so many levels.
1. Father, we know You weep with those who mourn and You comfort them. We ask You to wrap Your arms around the families who have lost loved ones today, especially the parents who lost their children. May the God of all comfort saturate their hearts and spirits. Protect them from bitterness and anger.
2. We lift up the many other students and teachers whose hearts have been shaken today. Lord, let Your perfect love come and drive out all fear. Send people alongside them to help them walk the grieving process in a healthy way. We ask that You protect their sleep and their dreams. Release supernatural rest and peace to them.
3. We ask Your Spirit to hover over Newtown, Connecticut today. In the midst of pain, cause the hearts of this community to seek You and cry out to You. We believe You have a plan and purpose for this community, and we declare that Your purposes stand. Do what only You can do and turn what the enemy has meant for evil to good.
4. Be with all the law enforcement officials, government leaders, counselors and others working on this case. Protect them. Give them Your wisdom, Your grace and Your peace in the midst of the chaos.
5. Lord, we cry out for the next generation. We ask for their hearts to be turned to You. We thank You that they belong to You, and we declare that they will fulfill the destiny You have for them. We declare that no weapon, no scheme of the enemy will prosper against them
Thank you for praying with us! Our hearts our heavy at this time, but we hope in God, the Healer of nations who gives peace and joy in the midst of incredibly painful circumstances.
God bless you,
Mike and Cindy Jacobs
Reformation Prayer Network
The Good News Corner
THE 23RD PSALM
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul:
he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:
thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
Worship with Us Today . .
Worship with Us Today . . .
Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found;
Was blind, but now I see.
'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed.
Through many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
'Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.
The Lord has promised good to me,
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.
Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.
The world shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun refuse to shine;
But God, who called me here below,
Shall be forever mine.
When we've been there ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun,
We've no less days to sing God's praise
Than when we'd first begun.