In This Issue
· The Daily Brief
· The Middle East in Focus
· Election News
· FBI HUNTS AMERICANS TRAINED FOR TERROR
· HUMILITY . . . OR HUMILIATION?
· OCTOBER 3: FIRST FRIDAY FAST
· SUNDAY: PRAY FOR JERUSALEM
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The Daily Brief Thursday, October 2, 2008
"Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the days." (Matthew 28:20)
The Daily Brief
1. Will Moderator Misgivings = Fair?- AP
The revelation that moderator Gwen Ifill is penning a book about Barack Obama could work to Sarah Palin's benefit in her debate with Joe Biden, political observers said Thursday.Palin would seemingly be at a disadvantage against Obama's running mate on Thursday night as a result of Ifill's desire to sell her upcoming book. But some say voters will now be looking closely not only at the candidates' responses to Ifill's questions, but also at the questions themselves."The fact that [Ifill] is openly writing a book and that she's openly sympathetic actually may be a slight advantage to Palin, because everybody's going to tune in tonight and unlike some of these interviews where people pretended to be neutral, everybody's going to understand what you have is a reporter who's deeply biased towards Obama, but who's trying to be fair," said former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
We ask all of our CHPP Prayer Partners to bathe in prayer tonight's historic debate between Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and Senator Joesph Biden (D- DE). The debate will begin at 9:00 p.m.EDT; and the venue is in the City of St. Louis, Missouri.
· Pray for TRUTH to be uncovered regarding the character, wisdom, knowledge and skill of both candidates. Ask that all questions be fair, and that the voters will be able to discern between appearances and reality. Pray!
· "The effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." (James 5:16)
2. BREAKING NEWS: Dow Dives More Than 350 Points Ahead of House Rescue Vote - AP
REPENT that America still looks to Wall Street as our source of comfort and security, for there is no foundation to life other than the Shed Blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ our Lord. We do NOT say, "In DOW we trust," but "IN GOD WE TRUST."
· "Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand." (Matthew 3:2)
3. Bailout Passes Senate, House Foes Soften - AP
After one spectacular failure, the $700 billion financial industry bailout found a second life Wednesday, winning lopsided passage in the Senate and gaining ground in the House, where Republicans opposition softened.
· Father, we pray that You will allow passage of this legislation if it will truly assist our economy in recovery. We ask that You continue to shake the greed out of our system, and remove those who have abused the finances of the people.
· "He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; but he that hateth gifts shall live." (Proverbs 15:27)
4. China Report Urges Missile Shield - Washington Times
The United States needs new weapon systems, including missile defenses and other advanced military capabilities, to deter and counter China's steady buildup of nuclear and conventional arms, according to a draft internal report by a State Department advisory board.
· Thank You, Lord that You have promised to never leave nor forsake Your people, and that we can trust in Your protection over the weapons of man.
· "But the Lord is my defense; and my God is the rock of my refuge." (Psalm 94:22)
5. A Foreign Economists Urge "Global Plan"- Washington Times
Leaders and economists from Western Europe to East Asia Tuesday, urged the United States to go beyond reviving a failed domestic bailout and start working on a new global financial system.B) Wall Street's Financial Crisis is Felt Worldwide - ABC NewsHoping to sharpen Europe's role amid the Wall Street debacle, French President Nicolas Sarkozy has called for widescale support of European banks ahead of a financial summit he has arranged that will include Britain, Germany and Italy.
· Father, as we see prophecy come alive before us, we pray Your most Holy protection upon Your people. We ask for a fresh wind of Your Spirit to move over our leaders, that they may not move out of Your timeline toward a one world government.
· "Here is the patience and the faith of the saints." (Revelation 14:10c)
6. Report: Illegal Immigration Falls as Economy Declines - AP
Illegal immigration, which has sparked political and social turmoil in communities across the nation, is on the wane, according to an independent report released Thursday.
· Lord, we pray once again for You to continue to stem the flow of illegals into America. May our immigration policy be fair, balanced, and still keep our borders safe from those who would destroy our nation.
· "He maketh peace in thy borders, and filleth thee with finest wheat." (Psalm 147:14)
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: "The mighty God, even the Lord, hath spoken, and called the earth from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof. Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined." (Psalm 50:1-2)
1. 'Syria restarted its nuclear program' - Jerusalem Post
One year after Israel allegedly bombed a partially constructed nuclear reactor deep in the heart of Syria, the nuclear aspirations of Syrian President Bashar Assad have not subsided, with the country redoubling its efforts to develop a nuclear program, Asharq Alawsat reported on Thursday.
2. Olmert tries to take Israel with him - JNW News
Olmert declares that Israel has no choice but to surrender the cradle of Jewish civilization to its enemies. Apart from Samaria and Judea - land the anti-Israel world calls the West Bank - Israel would also have to give away the Golan Heights, the high ground that has successfully kept Israel's border with Syria quiet for more than 40 years. Olmert insisted that at "the end of the day, we will have to withdraw from the most decisive areas of the territories. In exchange for the same territories left in our hands, we will have to give compensation in the form of territories within the State of Israel.
3. Abbas says hopes Olmert's statements 'deposit' for next government - Ynet News
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said he hopes the statements made by Prime Minster Ehud Olmert regarding sovereignty over Jerusalem, the territories and the Golan Heights will serve as a "deposit" for the next government.
This Week's Presidential Prayer Guide: (II Kings 13:16) "Take the bow in your hands," he said to the king of Israel. When he had taken it, Elisha put his hands on the king's hands."
Pray that the Lord would put His hands on the man of His choice for president (and his team) and guide them in this election.
Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska and Sen. Joe Biden from Delaware, the vice presidential nominees of the Republican and Democratic parties, respectively, will debate each other at 9 p.m. (EDT) Oct. 2 in St. Louis, MO.
October 2, 9 p.m. Eastern
Vice Presidential Debate
Washington University, St. Louis,
MOForeign and Domestic Policy
Moderator: Gwen Ifill
October 7, 9 p.m. Eastern
Belmont University, Nashville, TN
Foreign and Domestic Policy
Moderator: Tom Brokaw
October 15, 9 p.m. Eastern
Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY
Moderator: Bob Scheiffer
FBI HUNTS AMERICANS TRAINED FOR TERROR
Feds launch dragnet to stop 'October surprise' attack
As Pakistani investigators hunt the terrorists behind the massive Marriott Hotel bombing in Islamabad, FBI agents in the U.S. have begun aggressively hunting for Americans who have recently returned from trips to Pakistan where they may have trained at al-Qaeda camps. Reports say that the bureau is in a race against time to identify Pakistan-trained sleeper cells and disrupt a possible pre-election "October surprise."
Officials say interrogations have revealed that possibly hundreds of American Muslims, many of them of Pakistani descent, have traveled to Pakistan in recent years to train at al-Qaeda and Taliban madrassas and terror camps and have returned to the U.S. to carry out suicide attacks. (WorldNetDaily 9/29/08)
(Reported by: Intercessors for America)
· Thank our God, the MOST HIGH GOD, that He promises to deliver our enemies into our hand as we fast, pray, repent, stand in the gap, and intercede for our nation. CRY OUT FOR MERCY . . . IT IS TIME!
· " . . .blessed be God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand." (Genesis 14:20)
HUMILITY . . . OR HUMILIATION?
[A note received from a friend today]
Sara: For what it's worth, my sense is that we have one week left to choose between humility and humiliation. Yom Kippur is next week. On that day our president must follow the example of David, Hezekiah, Josiah, Ezra, G. Washington, and A. Lincoln in leading the people publicly in prayer, repentance, and humility. It's his last chance to do so. If he doesn't, then we forfeit the opportunity and must endure the humiliation that will bring about the humble, repentant hearts God must have to bring our nation to the fullness of His purposes.
OCTOBER 3: FIRST FRIDAY FAST
Introduction: During the 1970's, a number of prayer ministries joined forces to decree that the first Friday of every month be set aside to fast and to pray for America. The "First Friday Fast" is endorsed by the National Prayer Committee, and observed today by believers all across the nation.The prayer points below have been generated by Intercessors for America. In today's time of national crisis on many fronts, and with an election now just 33 days away, PLEASE STAND IN AGREEMENT WITH THIS MONTH'S DAY OF PRAYER AND FASTING.
[To learn more about the First Friday tradition, go to the website for IFA at: www.ifapray.org]
NATIONAL REPENTANCE- Engage in personal repentance and in identificational repentance and intercession for family, church, and nation. (2 Chron 7:14; Dan 9:3-19; 2 Tim 3:1-5) Intercede for mercy, forgiveness, spiritual awakening, protection, employment for all and prosperity.
NOVEMBER ELECTIONS - On Tuesday, November 4, U.S. voters will elect a President and Vice President, an entire House of Representatives, one third of the Senate, scores of state and local officials, and vote on important marriage and other referenda. Intercede for mercy and good government, and that Christians take the time to examine candidates, positions and issues on the basis of biblical truth, virtue, and character. Intercede that godly local, state, and national pro-life and traditional family candidates be granted resources, campaign workers, objective media exposure this final month, and favor with voters. Intercede that Christians and God-fearing citizens will exercise their privilege, duty, and responsibility to vote.
CHURCH AND CLERGY - This month is clergy appreciation month. Offer thanksgiving for the pastors and leadership serving you in local congregations. (1 Tim 5:17-19) Offer thanksgiving for effective evangelism and new church planting efforts. Intercede for the healing of any broken and strained relationships, and for harmony in your church and among local pastors, ministries, and believers. Intercede for ordained and lay leadership in your local congregation, city, state, and across the nation.
SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD "His dominion is an eternal dominion; His Kingdom endures from generation to generation. He does as He pleases with the powers [armies] of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back his hand." (Dan 4:34-35) Offer thanksgiving that the sovereignty of God is the exercise of His supremacy in and through Jesus Christ. (Col 1:13-20) Pray for a greater awakening unto the Sovereignty of God and Supremacy of Christ in the Church. Affirm the Supremacy of Jesus Christ over the upcoming U.S. national elections and in all U.S. government and national affairs.
SUNDAY: PRAY FOR JERUSALEM
DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM Global intercession is this Sunday, October 5th
On the first Sunday of every October, hundreds of millions of people around the world join together to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. In just a few years, this event has quickly become the largest Israel - focused prayer event in history.
Watch the global broadcast LIVE on GOD TV. For more information, click here.
Join a special prayer teleconference - Last year on the annual Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem, over 700 people dialed-in from 14 nations to a special prayer teleconference line in order to unite in intercession for Israel and all of her people. This year you can be part of the call with intercessors from all over the world through this unique, non-stop, 24-7 hour prayer teleconference on Sunday, October 5th. Use link above for more information