Sunday, December 13, 2009

CHPP Daily Brief - December 13, 2009

In This Issue
• Crisis on the Senate Floor
• Choose Life or Death
• Hinge of History
• Shift Public Policy
• Stonewall for Life
• Register Now for FRC Webcast

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

A Message from Lou Engle
Crisis on the Senate Floor

Join TheCall to Conscience for a three day Esther fast, December 13th - December 15th 2009, petitioning God for a shift in public policy.

National Healthcare System

Recently, I sent an E-Blast with Tony Perkins, President of Family Research Council, calling the nation to join an urgent national webcast prayer convocation to ask God to restrain federally funded abortion in the healthcare system. On that E-Blast I wrote:

On Friday, December 4th, I was awakened early in the morning with a burden to pray, as I considered the consequences of abortion being mainstreamed into the national healthcare system if the senate healthcare bill is passed as it is right now.

I turned to 1 Chronicles 21 where the destroying angel had come to the threshing floor of Ornan. God, in his heart of mercy, restrained the angel of death, saying, "Enough! Restrain your hand." The angel of death still hovered between heaven and earth with its sword drawn. Even with God's restraint, the verdict was still in the balance as to whether or not the death march would continue. An earth being, namely David, had to agree with God's restraint through repentance, paying the full price, and offering up the atoning blood. When David went up to the threshing floor in repentance and erected the altar and offered the sacrifice, God heeded the prayers and the angel of death sheathed its sword.

The Threshing Floor

I believe we have come to the high water mark of the pro- abortion movement in America. At the same time, the nation is shifting dramatically pro-life. The angel of abortion and this plague of death has come to the Senate threshing floor and I believe that God is seeking to restrain it now, but intercessors on the earth must agree with him. But, at this critical moment, a last ditch plot has been hatched to forever seal abortion into the life and soul of our nation.

Choose Life or Death

Possibly in the next week the Senate will "choose life or death" as Senator Sam Brownback proclaimed on the Senate floor during the abortion debate. If this Bill is passed as is, abortion will proliferate in America because of its availability and low costs. Much of the pro-life efforts since 1973 and many of the legal victories restraining abortion will basically be annulled or turned back. There will be no recovery from this defeat until a major Senate shift takes place and 60 votes are garnered to reverse this legislation. This could take decades or may never take place in our lifetime. In the mean time, blood guilt is heaped up and the lives of babies and mothers are killed and shattered.

Demanding a Miracle

Brothers and sisters, I don't know if we can comprehend the urgency and the implications of this moment. Many of our lives may not be immediately affected and therefore we can carry on as usual and be lulled into a false peace. It is only the oppressed and those about to die that demand a miracle. Maybe it is time we think generationally and not selfishly, and take responsibility for the life and times we have been thrust into.

Hinge of History

When the angel of death was at the doorstep of the Jews in Persia, Esther was brought to a defining moment in her life. She could choose silence and self- preservation or risk everything to be the hinge of history. The moment was so desperate that she called the whole Jewish nation to a no food and no water three day fast. Only imminent death creates such desperation. I actually feel we are at such a moment now.

Call for Desperate Prayer

The last thing that I want to do is to call people to fast again. We get weary of these things. But, as I talked to my wife today I said, "I would hate to have been given a position of influence to call for desperate prayer, and not do it, because its Christmas time and its not expedient." The spirit of Herod is lurking again at the time of the birth of Jesus.

Shift Public Policy

Therefore, we are calling for a three-day fast in whatever small sphere we have. These three days will be prior to the national webcast prayer convocation with FRCAction. To whose ever hearts are stirred, fast these three days as the Lord leads and dare to believe the God of Esther can give some Senators sleepless nights and shift this public policy of death in such a time as this.

Stonewall for Life

Pray that Senator Ben Nelson will stand like a stonewall for life. Pray for a "Democratic coalition for life" to stand firm. Pray for the influence of the Kingdom over Blanche Lincoln, Joe Lieberman, Susan Collins, and Olympia Snow. Lift up the victory of the cross over this whole Senate decision. Let us believe that the angel of death will sheath its sword in this moment in American history.

Lou Engle
President, The Call to Conscience

Register Now for FRC Webcast

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