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The Daily Brief:
"Praying for All in Authority"
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
"Standing Together in the Kingdom of God . . .
Under the Cross of Christ"
"The LORD is for me; I will not fear; What can man do to me?" (Psalm 118:6)
Keeping It Simple
Keeping It Simple:
Newsbites of Interest . . . for your prayers . . .
"When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall
lift up a standard against him." (Isaiah 59:19)
In these increasingly complex and challenging times, "less" can be "better!" In an effort to streamline your own use of time, and ours, may we suggest the following strategy?
In addition to the regular headlines, text, prayers and scriptures we include in every Brief, we will also begin posting this new section, called "Keeping It Simple."
Below, please find a series of headlines on two key topics for today, along with links to the full article, should you wish to "delve in" and learn more as you pray. We trust that this new strategy, posting "newsbites" for you, will help to expedite the use of your own time as you press in to hear Abba's heart in the matters that mean the most to us all.
Thank you, God bless you, and . . . Merry Christmas!
PART ONE: FOCUS ON THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE AND RECOUNT CHALLENGES
1. Congressman begs Electoral College voters to block Trump - New York Post
2. Podesta backs bid to overturn electoral vote - Fox News
3. Mainstream Media Scream: Media tries to delegitimize Trump's victory - Washington Examiner
4. Trump victories certified in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania - Fox News
5. Completed Wisconsin recount widens Donald Trump's lead by 131 votes - Madison.com
6. Judge Finally Responds to Jill Stein's PA Recount Request - It's a Scathing, One-Sided Decision - Independent Journal Review
PART TWO: FOCUS ON ALLEGATIONS OF RUSSIAN HACKING
1. U.S. intelligence officials say Russian hacks 'prioritized' Democrats - Washington Post
2. Sore loser Obama turns to Russian hacking to delegitimize Trump's triumph - Fox News
3. Senate and House Leaders Call for Inquiry of Russian Hacking in Election - Bloomberg
McConnell, Ryan Back CIA After Trump Attacks Hacking Probe
4. Dispute over Russia reflects growing Republican resistance to Trump - Washington Post
The Middle East in Focus
1. Israeli Air Force gets 'game-changing' F-35 fighter planes - World Israel News
The Israeli Air Force (IAF) on Monday evening received its first two 17 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) F-35 stealth jets from the US.
The aircraft were scheduled to be delivered earlier in the day, but the process was delayed due to inclement weather.
The planes, after leaving Italy on the final leg of the journey, were received at the Nevatim airbase in the Negev at a special ceremony attended by thousands, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro and US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter.
2. Iran: If US imposes war, Israel, Gulf states will be destroyed - Times of Israel
The election of Donald Trump has led to unease in the Middle East over threats to peace in the region and any war would lead to the destruction of Israel and the Gulf states, Iran's Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan warned Sunday.
His remarks came as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said earlier Sunday that he would work with Trump to dismantle the nuclear agreement with Iran, signed last year over Israel's fierce criticism of the pact.
3. MKs back bill stripping 'anti-Israel' groups of national service slots - Israel Hayom
The Ministerial Committee on Legislation on Sunday voted in favor of a bill to prevent foreign-funded organizations that work against Israel from receiving national service slots.
The bill, sponsored by Likud MK Amir Ohana and endorsed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, will be presented for its preliminary Knesset reading in two weeks.
Israel's national civic service program provides an alternative framework for young people who do not enlist in the Israel Defense Forces as part of the mandatory draft. Work on the proposed legislation began after an Im Tirtzu report found the state was providing national service slots to left-wing organizations that undermine Israel in the international arena, accuse it of war crimes, engage in lawfare and campaigns to delegitimize the country, and promote anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions activities.
4. Israel to boycott Swedish FM on her visit to region - Times of Israel
Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom will arrive in Israel on Thursday for a visit to the Jewish state as well as the Palestinian territories. But she will not meet with any Israeli officials during her stay, with the government effectively boycotting her over her controversial statements on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
A Foreign Ministry official told Haaretz that while Wallstrom had reached out to try and arrange meetings with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other ministers, she had been informed that these would not be possible due to schedule considerations.
5. Netanyahu's trip to Azerbaijan draws Iranian ire -Jerusalem Post
The seven hours that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to spend in Azerbaijan on Tuesday are raising the ire of that majority Shi'a Muslim country's immediate neighbor to the south: Iran.
An Armenian website, Panorama, reported on Monday that Iran considers Netanyahu's visit objectionable, with a top Iranian cleric, Sayed Mehdi Ghoreishi, telling reporters, "It is unacceptable when a Muslim country tries to develop ties with a perpetrator. The Azerbaijani authorities must take this into account, as it is unacceptable for the Muslim society."
6. Moving Embassy to Jerusalem a 'big priority' for Trump - Times of Israel
Donald Trump's campaign promise to order the American embassy moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is a "very big priority" for the president-elect, top aide Kellyanne Conway said Monday.
"It is something that our friend Israel, a great friend in the Middle East, would appreciate and something that a lot of Jewish-Americans have expressed their preference for," Conway said. "It is a great move. It is an easy move to do based on how much he talked about that in the debates and in the soundbites." (Read more)
- Father God, as Donald Trump's enemies work so feverishly to try to delegitimize his victory, unseating him from the presidency, we call forth the truth of Your covenant word on his behalf. for he is truly due a blessing from Your hand as he is blessing Israel. Amen.
- "And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed." (Genesis 12:3)
The Daily Brief
Every prayer below is presented to our Lord in the Name of Jesus Christ, amen.
1. Exclusive: Top U.S. spy agency has not embraced CIA assessment on Russia hacking - sources - Reuters
The overseers of the U.S. intelligence community have not embraced a CIA assessment that Russian cyber attacks were aimed at helping Republican President-elect Donald Trump win the 2016 election, three American officials said on Monday.
While the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) does not dispute the CIA's analysis of Russian hacking operations, it has not endorsed their assessment because of a lack of conclusive evidence that Moscow intended to boost Trump over Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton, said the officials, who declined to be named.
The position of the ODNI, which oversees the 17 agency-strong U.S. intelligence community, could give Trump fresh ammunition to dispute the CIA assessment, which he rejected as "ridiculous" in weekend remarks, and press his assertion that no evidence implicates Russia in the cyber attacks. (Read more)
- Father, we pray for truth without any politics attached in this mention of Russia hacking. Whether they are insider leaks or Russian hackers still is not truly known. We ask that no agenda be accomplished that would cause harm to America.
- "Righteousness will go before Him, and shall make His footsteps our pathway." (Psalm 85:13)
2. Trump Picks Rick Perry As Energy Secretary- Daily Caller
President-elect Donald Trump will pick former Texas Gov. Rick Perry to head the Department of Energy (DOE), according to two transition team sources. Perry, who once said he'd eliminate the Department of Energy, could end up heading the agency, sources told CBS News. Perry beat out two other top contenders for Energy Secretary: West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin and Trump fundraiser and investor Ray Washburne. (Read more)
- Lord, we ask for Your wisdom for Gov Perry as President-Elect Trump seeks to reverse the direction set by the previous administration in every area.
- "Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom, and in all your getting, get understanding." (Proverbs 4:7)
3. Trump to pick Rep. Zinke, ex-SEAL, as Interior secretary - Fox News
President-elect Donald Trump intends to pick Montana Republican Rep. Ryan Zinke as secretary of the Interior, multiple sources confirmed Tuesday evening to Fox News.
Zinke is a first-term House member and a former Navy SEAL commander.
Neither the Trump transition team nor Zinke has made a public statement. But Zinke reportedly has accepted the offer. (Read more)
- Father God, once again we lift up another Cabinet nominee to you, who will serve in the Trump administration. We do thank you for Intercessors for America, who is very carefully tracking the resumes of each of these candidates and providing valuable "intel" for all of us as we seek to pray for our leaders. In Your Name, amen.
- "Every joint supplieth." (Eph. 4:16)
[Note: To learn more about this resource from IFA, please note article on this Brief, titled "Praying for the Cabinet."]
4. Ohio Gov. John Kasich vetoes heartbeat bill, signs 20-week abortion ban - Chicago Tribune
Republican Gov. John Kasich signed a bill Tuesday imposing a 20-week abortion ban while vetoing stricter provisions in a separate measure that would have barred the procedure at the first detectable fetal heartbeat.
The so-called heartbeat bill would have prohibited most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can be as early as six weeks into pregnancy - or before many women know they are pregnant. Its provisions cleared the Republican-led Legislature during a lame-duck flurry last week after being tucked into separate legislation. (Read more)
- O Lord God! Tonight, Abba, we cry out for Your hand of mercy to be with us in judgment. We know that life really begins at conception, but passing a "heartbeat bill" would certainly have come close to preserving the lives of all unborn in this state. We cry out, O Lord, in Your name, amen.
- "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." (Luke 23:34)
5. US judge rejects Green Party's Pennsylvania recount case - NBC
A federal judge on Monday issued a stinging rejection of a Green Party-backed request to recount paper ballots in Pennsylvania's presidential election, won by Republican Donald Trump, and scan some counties' election systems for signs of hacking.
In his 31-page decision, U.S. District Judge Paul Diamond said there were at least six grounds that required him to reject the Green Party's lawsuit, which had been opposed by Trump, the Pennsylvania Republican Party and the Pennsylvania attorney general's office.
Suspicion of a hacked Pennsylvania election "borders on the irrational" while granting the Green Party's recount bid could "ensure that that no Pennsylvania vote counts" given Tuesday's federal deadline to certify the vote for the Electoral College, Diamond wrote. (Read more)
- Thank You, Lord, that finally the recounts are to end. We pray that now we will be able to move forward, as You continue to stop the plans of the wicked.
- "The wicked will fall by his own wickedness." (Proverbs 11:5b)
6. 'Madness must end': US lawmakers introduce bill to cut aid & funding for terrorists - RT
American lawmakers have introduced a so-called Stop Arming Terrorists Act that aims to protect US taxpayers' dollars from being spent on supporting and arming international terrorist groups through covert operations and third states.
Introduced to the House on Thursday by Democrat Tulsi Gabbard from Hawaii, the legislature aims to put an end to the widely-reported US practice of indirectly sponsoring terrorism. In particular, the act seeks to make it illegal for any US government agency to assist extremist groups directly or indirectly in any way shape or form, be it through the sale of weapons, field training, or intelligence assistance. (Read more)
- Lord we thank You for this bill to force the US to stop funding terrorist organizations. Grant wisdom to our leaders in dealing with the war-torn Middle East.
- "To do evil is like sport to a fool, but a man of understanding has wisdom." (Proverbs 10:23)
7. Lufthansa flight diverted to JFK Airport after 'credible' bomb threat - Washington Times
A "credible threat" of a bomb aboard a trans-Atlantic flight forced an emergency diversion to New York's John F. Kennedy Airport.
Lufthansa Flight 441, scheduled to fly overnight from Houston to Frankfurt, made the Monday evening landing at JFK and was sent to a remote area of the airport, the New York Daily News reported. Citing "law enforcement sources," the Daily News said the NYPD Bomb Squad was headed for the German airliner, a wide-bodied, four-engine Airbus A380. (Read more)
- Father, these kinds of situations are terrifying for passengers. Since there is no word of further action, we know it was an unfounded threat. We thank You for no loss of life, and for the quick thinking of this airline.
- "You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble." (Psalm 32:7a)
8. Iran Threatens World War If Trump Scraps Nuclear Deal - Asharq Al-Awsat/London
Iran's Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan on Sunday expressed deep concerns striking Tehran on the United States' President-elect Donald Trump rolling back from the internationally-brokered Iran nuclear deal.
Dehghan made a loud warning that the caused unease brings about direct threats to peace in the region. Iran's defense minister threatened that a war would destroy Israel and the small Gulf Arab states. He added that a war sparked off in the Middle East might escalate to a world war. (Read more)
- Lord, we pray for You to move in Iran. We invite You to invade the hearts of their leaders and change them or remove them from power.
- "Let evil hunt the violent man to overthrow him." (Psalm 140:11b)
9. Cairo church bombing kills 25, raises fears among Christians - Yahoo News/Reuters
A bombing at Cairo's largest Coptic cathedral killed at least 25 people and wounded 49, many of them women and children attending Sunday mass, in the deadliest attack on Egypt's Christian minority in years.
The attack comes as President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi fights battles on several fronts. His economic reforms have angered the poor, a bloody crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood has seen thousands jailed, whilst an insurgency rages in Northern Sinai, led by the Egyptian branch of Islamic State.
The militant group has also carried out deadly attacks in Cairo and has urged its supporters to launch attacks around the world in recent weeks as it goes on the defensive in its Iraqi and Syrian strongholds. (Read more)
- Lord, we pray for Your mercy and protection over Your people worldwide. Bring comfort and release the fears of these Coptic Christians. We ask for swift justice on their behalf.
- "Let Your work appear to Your servants, and Your Glory to their children."
10. Italian priest nixes nativity scene to avoid offending Muslims - Fox News
An Italian priest has decided to break with tradition and not set up a nativity scene in his town's cemetery this Christmas -- in order to avoid offending Muslims, Milan's Corriere della Sera reported on Friday.
Fr. Sante Braggie, chaplain of the Municipal Cemetery of Cremona and curate of the local parish in Northern Italy, said the display was typically set up within eyesight of a "small corner of the cemetery" that was "reserved for Muslim graves."
A crib positioned within sight of them could be seen as a lack of respect for followers of other faiths, hurt the sensibilities of Muslims, as well as Indians and even atheists," Braggie said, according to a translation published in Express. "In short, it would be a mess." (Read more)
- Lord, as long as we refuse to stand up for OUR faith in You, we are caving to other religions that worship false gods. We ask that You move upon this priest stand for the faith he claims to espouse.
- "But whosoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven." (Matthew 10:33)
The Daily Jot
Monday, December 12, 2016
It was the Russians after all, yeah right
The Washington Post is reporting that the CIA has briefed Congress that the Russians tried to influence the presidential election in favor of President-Elect Donald Trump, trying once again to sell the narrative that Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton repeated throughout the campaign. It was the Russians, the CIA is saying, who may have hacked the Clinton and Democratic Party emails that exposed Clinton's unethical, if not possibly illegal, acts. Still no evidence, however. The point here is not who hacked the emails and turned them over to WikiLeaks, it's who wrote the emails and what was in them that brought to light an entire Clinton governmental organized crime scheme. But there is more to it than that.
If Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party were so "qualified" to lead the nation, then one would have to assume that they were also adept at keeping sensitive information secure. But Clinton and her minions were loose with the information that was most sensitive to them, and with information that was vital to national security. Email servers in home closets? Really? There is no way for Clinton to convince anyone that she was a good steward of classified documents. The Russians, according to the CIA narrative, hacked the information. Who are among those we want to keep our secret information from the most? Traditionally, it has been the Russians. Clinton and Democrats couldn't even do that.
The Washington Post and other news outlets are also on the squawk about what they are calling "fake news." The Russians and fake news brought down the Clinton campaign. If there is anyone who should be able to recognize a communist, it's the Russians. And if there is anyone who is able to recognize fake news, it's the Washington Post. The Post and organizations like it have been peddling fake news for decades. There is so much misinformation out there that one has to have great spiritual discernment to separate the truth from the lies. When Jesus said in Matthew 24:4, "Take heed that no man deceive you," he was warning about the end times, but it is good advice for any time.
Paul also warned in 2 Timothy when he said in verse 3:1, "This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come," and in verse 3:13 saying, "But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived." Its about time the Clintons and the Democratic Party take responsibility for losing the election because of the content of their character rather than shifting blame to the whistleblowers. It's also time for the mainstream media to do some self-examination. If they would report real news without an agenda, they wouldn't have to blame fake news for exposing their agenda. It may have not been the Russians or fake news at all, just the Lord exposing the darkness to the light for all to see.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
Pray for the Cabinet
Pray for the Cabinet:
Intercessors for America publishes valuable guides to prayer for each cabinet nominee
We are pleased to point you towards this excellent, weekly guide to prayer for each of President-Elect's Donald Trump's nominees for his Cabinet and other senior staff positions.
To access this week's Prayer Guide, please go here.
What a Trump Court Would Mean for Abortion
By Cathy Ruse Senior Fellow - Legal Studies
Family Research Council
The pro-life movement in America is stronger, more sophisticated, and younger than anywhere else on the planet. We know how to write legislation and how to get it passed at every level of government. We can bury Capitol Hill in post cards and shut down phone lines. We have learned how to find pro-life candidates, get them elected, and keep them accountable. We have become experts in adoption law and in real estate, opening thousands of pregnancy help centers, often right next door to the local abortion center. We have honed our media skills and even become investigative journalists, going undercover to expose the hideous realities behind that anodyne word "choice."
But we have not been able to crack the ultimate lock: the Supreme Court.
President-elect Donald Trump has promised to open that lock.
In 1973, the Supreme Court wrenched the abortion issue out of the hands of the American people and for over 40 years it has overruled most of our efforts to protect and aid women and their unborn children. On this, the most important social policy of our time, the people have been disenfranchised. . .
. . . Will a Trump Court be able to correct the anti-democratic, anti-constitutional Roe v. Wade? We have reason to be cautiously optimistic. That would not make abortion illegal; it would mean the work of abortion policy-making would be returned to the hands of the people in the states, where it was always meant to be.
Forty years is a long time. But with the election of Donald Trump, the American people finally have real hope that, in our lifetimes, we will once again have a voice and a vote on abortion.
(To read entire article, please go here.)
More Daily Features
The Persecuted Church
"Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them, and those who are ill-treated, since you yourselves also are in the body." (Hebrews 13:3)
Please visit the website for International Christian Concern to lift up prayers for the persecuted around the world, every day. Their link is: www.persecution.org -- or go here to connect. Thank you for interceding for our brothers and sisters who are suffering in Asia, the Islamic World, and the Far East.
AWAY IN A MANGER:
Luther's Cradle Hymn
"She gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped Him in cloths and placed Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn." (Luke 2:7)
Away in a manger, no crib for a bed, The little Lord Jesus laid down His sweet head. The stars in the sky looked down where He lay, The little Lord Jesus, asleep on the hay.
The cattle are lowing, the Baby awakes, But little Lord Jesus, no crying He makes; I love Thee, Lord Jesus, look down from the sky And stay by my cradle till morning is nigh.
Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask Thee to stay Close by me forever, and love me, I pray; Bless all the dear children in Thy tender care, And fit us for Heaven to live with Thee there.
Please go here.
(Sung by Libera)
About the Author:
Words: Martin Luther
Music: James R. Murray, 1887
About the hymn:
Words: Verses 1 & 2, anonymous, in Little Children's Book for Schools and Families, by J. C. File (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Evangelical Lutheran Church in North America, 1885). Some sources show the author as Martin Luther; this attribution (probably incorrect) is based on the title "Luther's Cradle Hymn," given to these words by the composer, James Murray, in his Dainty Songs for Little Lads and Lasses (Cincinnati, Ohio: The John Church Co., 1887). Verse 3 is by John T. McFarland (1851-1913).
Signs and Wonders
Supermoon to wash out best meteor shower of the year Tuesday night
The biggest meteor shower of the year peaks on Tuesday night, but cloudy weather and the bright supermoon will create poor viewing conditions.
The Geminid meteor shower, known for producing as many as 120 meteors an hour at its peak, is one of the most popular showers of the year.
"It's usually one of the best opportunities for kids who don't stay up late, because it gets going around 9 or 10 p.m. local time," NASA said.
Thick clouds will make for poor viewing conditions across many areas of the United States, but it will still be difficult to see meteors in areas where there are few clouds due to the supermoon.
A supermoon is a type of full moon that is larger and brighter than normal. December's supermoon falls on Tuesday night, the same night that the Geminid meteor shower is set to peak.
The light from the supermoon in conjunction with where it sits in the sky will limit the number of meteors people are able to see on Tuesday night.
The full moon will be right near the radiant point of the Geminids, making it difficult for people to see the dimmer meteors, AccuWeather Meteorologist David Samuhel said.
. . . Those heading out to try to catch a view of some meteors will start to see some early in the night, but the best time to view the shower will be around 2 a.m. when the radiant point is the highest in the sky.
Onlookers do not need to look directly toward the radiant point to see the meteors, as they should appear in all parts of the sky. (Accuweather.com) Read morehere.
"There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea." (Luke 21:25)
The Good News Corner
What This Toys R' Us Store Is Doing to Pay it Forward For People in Need, after One Person's Generosity
[CBN News] Holiday giving is in full swing at a Toys R' Us store in Boston, Massachusetts. The kid's toy store is helping customers in need after one cashier's act of kindness to a small girl.
Chelsea Provencher took her 8-year-old daughter Violet to the store on Black Friday to buy a toy with gift cards, but they ran into a problem when they got to the cash register.
"We get up there and ring everything in, and I'm $5.52 short," Chelsea said. "And I literally had grabbed all the change I had in the car. I had no money on me, I had just my cellphone and keys, and I felt helpless."
She told Violet she would have to put the toy back, but a cashier stepped in and offered to pay the difference.
"The young lady at the register next to us, she finished with her customer and then she came right over, and she was like, 'No problem,'" Chelsea said. "Pulls out her little credit card-she's like, 'I got this. I'll pay for it.' And I was like, 'No, you don't have to do that, we can put something back.' She's like, 'No, it's fine.'"
The cashier, Sheilla Nelson, said she wanted to help out.
"Away in a Manger"
The Bible Readathon
Our Bible Readathon Continues
"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." (Psalm 119:105)
We are now reading the Word of God every night from midnight to 6:00 a.m. EST. We are reading through the whole Word, from Genesis to Revelation, and beginning again in Genesis when finished.
Our numbers of readers continues to grow over time. All are welcome to join!
The access code is: 350430#. Please call at any time from midnight to 6:00 a.m. EST. WELCOME!
[Note: we are reading from these versions of the Scripture: King James, New King James, New American Standard, and NIV.]
PrayerSurgeNow and 24/7 Prayer
PrayerSurgeNow and 24/7 Prayer:
Two other prayer ministries to note --
24/7 Prayer Continues!
You are welcome to join the 24/7 National Strategic Prayer Call!
> > > The 24/7 National Strategic Prayer Call is taking place for 70 Days leading up to the Jan 20, 2017 Presidential Inauguration in DC.
Numerous ministries are participating. Join in any time, day or night in this continuous stream of intercession:
Our good friend, Dai Sup Han, raised up PrayerSurgeNow at the leading of our Lord, nine years ago. Ever since then, "PSN" has hosted weekly conference calls every Saturday morning from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. EST, with speakers who provide briefings to the Body of Christ of different topics needing prayer.
PSN also offers other opportunities now, throughout the week each week, to join with other seasoned intercessors in releasing targeted prayers for our nation.
For news of PSN's weekly agendas, please visit their website by going to: prayersurgenow.blogspot.com, or by going here.