Capitol Hill Prayer Partners
P.O. Box 5152
Herndon, VA 20172-1970
The Daily Brief Thursday, August 22, 2013
Praying the Word of God
over the News of the Day
"And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come." (Matthew 24:14)
HOW TO SUBSCRIBE
Capitol Hill Prayer Partners welcomes all who wish to pray for our leaders to join us in prayer for our nation. You may sign up to receive our alerts by sending an email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, requesting that your name be added to our list of subscribers.
The Daily Brief
1. Area Near Al-Aqsa Mosque Collapses- Israel National News
An area collapsed near the western wall of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem late Tuesday, reported the TurkishAnadolu news agency.
An eyewitness told the agency that the collapse occurred near the Bab as Silsila, on the western part of the mosque.
It is the second collapse near the western wall within five years.
- "For His plan is against Babylon to destroy it, because it is the vengeance of the Lord, the vengeance of His temple." [Jeremiah 51:11c]
2. Syrians retrieve 'sleeping' dead after alleged chemical attack- Reuters
Residents of Damascus suburbs recount massive assault by Assad army; videos show small children convulsing on the floor, foaming at the nose and mouth. Doctor: Injuries correspond with sarin gas.
- Lord, as Mr. Obama's "red line" has clearly been shown as worthless, we pray that You will intervene on behalf of the Syrian people. We call out for Your mercy and a move of Your Holy Spirit over this people.
- "Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He saved them out of their distresses." [Psalm 107:13]
3. UK: Millionaire Gay Couple Sues to Force Church Wedding - Charisma News
Millionaire gay couple the Drewitt-Barlows have confirmed they have launched a legal challenge to the right of churches to opt out of gay weddings.
- Father, as the gay rights agenda attempts to undermine the fabric of churches who love Your Word, we ask that You stop this action.
- "I have restrained my feet from every evil way, that I may keep Your Word." [Psalm 119:101]
4. NSA collected up to 56,000 U.S. emails over 3 years with no terror connection -Washington Times
The nations' top intelligence official is declassifying three secret U.S. court opinions showing how the National Security Agency scooped up as many as 56,000 emails annually over three years and other communications by Americans with no connection to terrorism, how it revealed the error to the court and changed how it gathered Internet communications.
- Father, we ask for Your protection over Godly communications in this nation. We pray that You will hover over us, making seeing eyes like the NSA blind to Your work in all areas of communication.
- "The enemy shall not outwit him, nor the son of wickedness afflict him. I will beat down his foes before his face, and plague those who hate him." [Psalm 89:22,23]
5. Employers dropping coverage for thousands of spouses over ObamaCare costs - Fox News
Republican lawmakers are raising new concerns about ObamaCare after several large employers announced they are dropping health coverage to some employee spouses due to rising costs under the new law.
- Lord, as this Obamacare moves forward unabated, we pray for Your people across the nation. Bring forth Your healing power for us, reveal Your love and favor over us, and let nothing the government does destroy us.
-"For the Lord will be your confidence, and will keep your foot from being caught." [Proverbs 3:26]
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:
"For a little moment I have left you; but with great mercies I will gather you. In a little wrath I hid My face from you for a moment; but with everlasting kindness I will have mercy on you, says YHWH your Redeemer."
(Isaiah 54:7-8 )
1. Palestinian official threatens to go to UN over settlements - Times of Israel
The Palestinians might turn to UN bodies in response to Israeli settlement building even before their negotiations with Israel have run their course, a Palestinian spokeswoman said Wednesday, reflecting growing frustration in the PA over recent Israeli plans to promote more than 3,000 new settlement homes.
2. Iran would barely retaliate if its nuclear program were attacked - Times of Israel
Iran is unlikely to unleash a war in response to a military strike on its nuclear facilities, Strategic Affairs and Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz said, estimating that possible retaliation would include not more than "two or three days of missile fire" against Israel and/or Western targets in the region, causing "very limited damage."
3. Ya'alon discusses Egypt, Syria with Hagel - Times of Israel
Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon discussed developments in Syria and Egypt with his US counterpart Chuck Hagel on Wednesday, according to statements issued by both of their offices.
4. Israeli and Palestinian negotiators hold unannounced Jerusalem meetings - Jerusalem Post
Israeli and Palestinian negotiators met completely out of the media's eye on Tuesday, as one meeting was held in Jerusalem during the day, with a second meeting expected in the evening.
The Persecuted Church
Today's Focus: The Persecuted Church
". . . for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones. . . ." ( Proverbs 2:8)
Chinese Christians Violently Beaten for Protesting Construction on Church Site - ChinaAid
On the morning of Aug. 13, a number of Christians in Lingao town, Lincheng county, Hainan Province were violently beaten by urban management officers when they tried to prevent construction at a building site. A Christian church was originally intended to be built the building site; however, the site was later secretly sold to developers by the local government. Several children and elderly were injured during the attack. It is also known that two women who were protesting the construction are in a coma as a result of the retaliation.
The police were called by members of the Christian group, but refused to address the attack.
For more news about the Persecuted Church, and how you can be more involved in intercession for these precious saints, go here.
The Good News Corner
The Good News Corner:
FAMED EVANGELIST: GOD TOLD ME 'AMERICA WILL BE SAVED'
'I still want to kick the devil before I kick the bucket'
At a time when pollsters say the United States is fast becoming a "post-Christian" nation, international evangelist Reinhard Bonnke believes God has a different vision for the future of America. Bonnke - whose ministry, Christ for all Nations, has recorded 72 million people responding to the call of salvation in Africa and elsewhere - claims God spoke to him in a dream last year saying, "America will be saved!" "I'm moving on in years, but I tell you I still want to kick the devil before I kick the bucket," Bonnke, 73, told thousands of people, mostly youth, gathered recently on the first day of the Jesus Culture Conference in Universal City, Calif. "America will be saved! America will be saved! That's what the Holy Spirit told me."
The prediction is similar to one Bonnke made in 1972 when he claimed God told him in a dream, "All Africa shall be saved!" At the time, like now, many people thought "this was impossible," Bonnke told the 6,000 people gathered at the event sponsored by Jesus Culture, an international Christian revivalist youth outreach ministry based out of Bethel Church in Redding, Calif.
"Well, you know, after having seen what I've seen in Africa, I'm an incurable believer," Bonnke said. "I believe America will be saved, and we will march toward it, and the Lord will do what only He can do. We will go from stadium to stadium, from city to city, from state to state and from coast to coast in the name of Jesus. Amen!" (Source: WorldNetDaily) Read more.
Billion Souls Revival Prayer Call
Billion Souls Revival Prayer Call
Devotional for Day 17:
22 August 2013
Carol Saia, The Sentinel Group, Documenting & Teaching on Transformation Worldwide
www.SentinelGroup.org, www.iftpartners.com, www.RevivalWorks.com
God wants to transform entire communities - not just individuals. He can change desperate situations that seem impossible to us.
If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain . . . or if I send pestilence among My people, and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land (2 Chronicles 7:13-14 NASB).
Sins such as idolatry, bloodshed, and broken covenants defile the land - literally. But if we repent and return to God He promises to heal the land - literally.
In Almolonga, Guatemala, villagers had worshiped an idol for 500 years. Many men were alcoholics who beat their wives and did not provide for their families. Drunks slept in the streets and jailors sent their overflow to surrounding prisons. Today, 88% of villagers are Christians, priests have taken their idol elsewhere, and all four jails closed - no longer needed. Parents teach children to work hard, and the village prospers. Even in drought, moist soil in Almolonga produces giant vegetables which villagers sell to several countries.
Desperate Christians in Manchester, Kentucky began to pray together, repent, and, at God's direction, they marched against drugs and corruption. 22 corrupt officials were jailed. Churches work together with government agencies to rehabilitate young people from drugs, and funerals of young people are no longer common. Even the land is being healed. The ecology has changed so black bear, Rocky Mountain elk, wild turkeys, and large fish now supplement the diet of the poor.
Desperation is a common element in these stories of contemporary transformation. Christians set aside differences of doctrine and practice to pray together and then obeyed what He showed them to do.
Lord, may Your kingdom come and Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Thank you Your fire has fallen in communities in our lifetime, with many saved & restored, the land healed, and social structures and governments dramatically changed.
Forgive our complacency with less than You desire for our lives, families, communities, and nations. Give us Your heart for the lost. Teach us what to pray and do. Increase our hunger to spend time in Your presence and Your Word. Help us learn to hear Your voice. Do not let us be satisfied until we see Your glory. In Jesus' name, amen.
To view the Four Daily Prayer Points, as well as the Introduction to this prayer strategy, please visit their website by going here.
Worship With Us Today!
Worship With Us Today!
A MIGHTY FORTRESS IS OUR GOD
"God is our Refuge and Strength, a very present Help in trouble." (Psalm 46:1)
A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing; Our helper He, amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing: For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe; His craft and power are great, and, armed with cruel hate, On earth is not his equal.
Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing; Were not the right Man on our side, the Man of God's own choosing: Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is He; Lord Sabaoth, His Name, from age to age the same, And He must win the battle.
And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us, We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us: The Prince of Darkness grim, we tremble not for him; His rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure, One little word shall fell him.
That word above all earthly powers, no thanks to them, abideth; The Spirit and the gifts are ours through Him Who with us sideth: Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also; The body they may kill: God's truth abideth still, His kingdom is forever.
> > > This song has been called "the greatest hymn of the greatest man of the greatest period of German history" and the "Battle Hymn of the Reformation."
This hymn was sung at the funeral of American president Dwight Eisenhower at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC, March 1969.
History of this Hymn:
In 1720 a remarkable revival began in a town in Moravia. Jesuits opposed it, and the meetings were prohibited. Those who still assembled were seized and imprisoned in stables and cellars. At David Nitschmann's house, where a hundred and fifty persons gathered, the police broke in and seized the books. Not dismayed, the congregation struck up the stanzas of Luther's hymn,
"And though this world, with devils filled, Should threaten to undo us; We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us."
Twenty heads of families were for this sent to jail, including Nitschmann, who was treated with special severity. He finally escaped, fled to the Moravians at Herrnhut, became a bishop, and afterwards joined the Wesleys in 1735 in their expedition to Savannah, Georgia.
To hear this old hymn, go here.
ABOUT CAPITOL HILL PRAYER PARTNERS
Our Mission Statement
Capitol Hill Prayer Partners (CHPP) is a ministry which is positioned on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., helping members of the Body of Christ to "pray for those in authority over us" in our federal government. Our primary purpose is to offer intercession on site for the members of Congress and their staffs each day that the Senate and the House of Representatives are in session; and our chief prayer focus is that "God's will be done in earth, as it is in heaven" [Matthew 6:10].
Because Jesus Christ has shed His blood for all, we, too, pray for ALL, in a nonpartisan manner. Also, because the scriptures indicate that "the effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much" (James 4:17), we are confident that fervent prayer, offered in the halls of the highest chambers of government in our land, can avail much for America. Capitol Hill Prayer Partners welcomes those who feel called to join us, engaging in this strategic work of intercession for our nation: "For there is no power but of God; the powers that be are ordained of God." [Romans 13:1]
Friends may participate by receiving our daily prayer alerts. You may contact us at email@example.com for more information. CHPP is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt ministry. Thank you and God bless you!
Learn more about CHPP by going here.