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The Daily Brief - Friday, May 27, 2011
For Zion's sake I will not keep silent, for Jerusalem's sake I will not remain quiet, till her righteousness shines out like the dawn, her salvation like a blazing torch. (Isaiah 62:1)
The Daily Brief
1. Obama's Budget Unanimously Rejected: 97-0 - Politico
The budget proposal released by the White House back in February didn't win a single vote in the Senate on Wednesday -- the final tally was 0-97. Senate Republicans pushed for the vote as a counterpoint to the defeat of Rep. Paul Ryan's budget plan.
- Father, we thank You for the unanimous rejection of this budget which did not address the sin of overspending. We ask for a budget plan that truly addresses the financial problems in the nation and ask that Your Word and wisdom would be used to guide our legislators in implementing such a plan. If the budget plan recently passed in the House of Representatives meets this criteria, we ask that you would prosper it. Father, we also ask that You would prepare the hearts and minds of the people of the USA for the changes that need to be made to return Your nation to financial stability.
- "However there need be no poor people among you, for in the land the LORD your God is giving you, if only you fully obey the LORD your God and are careful to follow all these commands I am giving you today. For the LORD your God will bless you as he has promised, and you will lend to many nations but will borrow from none. You will rule over many nations but none will rule over you." (Deut. 15: 4-6)
2. Some of Joplin's missing turn up safe, alive - AP
As emergency workers in Joplin searched Thursday for more than 230 people listed as missing after a tornado tore through the city, one was sitting on a wooden chair outside the wreckage of her home, cuddling her cat.
- Father, we thank you for watching over these precious ones and sparing their lives. We ask for your mercy and grace for the survivors, and that you would walk through the grief process for those who have lost loved ones. Father, we ask that every one of the survivors (and even the nation) would consider their mortality, and that you would make yourself very real to them. We pray that you would draw them to You by Your Spirit, and assist them in the rebuilding process.
- "No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day." (Jn. 6:44)
3. US to help Israel buy 4 more Iron Dome interceptors - Jerusalem Post
The Pentagon is planning to help Israel buy four more Iron Dome short-range anti-rocket batteries, the head of the Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency said on Wednesday. On April 7, the system successfully intercepted a rocket from Gaza for the first time, followed by at least seven other intercepts, the Israeli military said. Its development was spurred by the 2006 conflict with Hezbollah in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip war against Hamas in 2008 and 2009.
- Father, even though we know that You are the ultimate protector of Israel, our hearts are gladdened and we thank You for this show of financial support to the land You set aside for Your people. We ask that you would bless the ones in positions of authority who approved this support, and ask that their hearts would be increasingly opened to the truth of the perpetrators of war against Israel, and they would be led to increase support to Israel.
- "I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples of the earth will be blessed through you." (Gen. 12:3)
4. Poll: [Only]12% of Israeli Jews consider Obama to be pro-Israel - Jerusalem Post
Obama's attempt to portray himself as pro-Israel in a high-profile speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee on Sunday did not succeed, according to a Smith Research poll sponsored by The Jerusalem Post.
- Father, we thank You for this answer to prayer that the hearers of the AIPAC speech would not be mesmerized by smooth words. Father we ask that You would continue to reveal the truth to all involved, both in Israel and the USA, and every other nation.
- ". . . And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. . ." (Luke 18: 6-8)
5. Haaretz poll: Netanyahu's popularity soaring following Washington trip - Ha'aretz
It's doubtful that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in his wildest, most optimistic dreams, would have dared to imagine when he set off for the United States last week that Israelis would respond to his six-day trip so enthusiastically: According to a new Haaretz poll, they are giving the visit high marks, considering it an overwhelming success.
- Father, we thank You again for answering prayer and we ask that this momentum of favor for Israel and Mr. Netanyahu will continue. We ask that this will spark a desire to learn more about the truth of the history of Palestine and Israel on the part of those who heard his speech, and that their hearts would be turned toward Israel as they learn the truth. Father, we also ask that the knowledge of this truth, will lead people to You, the one, true God.
- "Ask and it will be given unto you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you." (Matt. 7:7)
6. House Approves Boehner's Choice for New Chaplain - CHPP
On Wed., May 25, the House passed H.Res. 278 by voice vote, which stated; "Resolved, That Father Patrick J. Conroy of the State of Oregon, be, and is hereby, chosen Chaplain of the House of Representatives."
- Lift up Father Conroy as he prepares to assume his new role as Chaplain of the 435 members of the House of Representatives. May he be graced with "wisdom from above" as he carries out the task that is now set before him. Amen.
- "Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence." (I Tim. 2:1,2)
7. Obama warns Palestinians against September UN action - ICEJ News
Karadi: 'Israel unprepared for demonstrations US President Barack Obama held a joint press conference with UK Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday in which he said it would be a "mistake" for the Palestinians to pursue their plan of going to the UN to seek a recognition of unilaterally declared statehood in September.
- Pray that Mr. Obama will stick to his words, insisting that the Palestinians not go forward with this plan. The results, if he should recant from this statement, will be disastrous for our nation.
- "I will also gather all nations, And bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; And I will enter into judgment with them there On account of My people, My heritage Israel, Whom they have scattered among the nations; They have also divided up My land." (Joel 3:2)
The Middle East in Focus
This week, for all the headlines cited below, please join us in proclaiming THIS DECREE:
For Zion's Sake. I have posted watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night. You who call on the Lord, give yourselves no rest, and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth (Isaiah 62:6,7))
1. Sha'ath: Unity deal will allow us to 'liberate Palestine' - Jerusalem Post
Nabil Sha'ath on Thursday became the highest ranking Fatah official to visit the Gaza Strip since the signing of the Egyptian-brokered reconciliation agreement between his faction and Hamas in Cairo earlier this month.
2. Ashton goes against US and Israel on Hamas - EU Observer
EU foreign relations chief Catherine Ashton has indicated the bloc is willing to work with the new Palestinian unity government despite US and Israeli opposition.
3. Israeli music powers Arab revolutions - ICEJ News
Gadaffi to propose cease-fire
Recent unrest in Syria has led to a very unexpected development, with the leaders of protest groups opposed to the regime of President Bashar Assad asking Israeli singer Amir Benayoun to record three songs which have become symbols of the movement.
4. Iran nuclear chief dismisses "fabricated documents" - ICEJ News
Iran's nuclear chief, Fereidoun Abbasi, dismissed on Wednesday the latest report by the International Atomic Energy Agency which included evidence that Iran is illegally working to develop nuclear weapons, saying it was based on "fabricated documents" based on false information provided by a "few arrogant countries" - a phrase authorities in Iran often use to refer to the United States, the UK and Israel. "The agency remains concerned about the possible existence in Iran of past or current undisclosed nuclear related activities involving military related organisations including activities related to the development of a nuclear payload for a missile," the report said.
5. Chinese Admiral visits Israel - ICEJ News
Chinese naval commander Adm. Wu Shengli of the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) was in Israel on Wednesday for a meeting with his Israeli counterpart, Rear Adm. Eliezer Marom and Defense Minister Ehud Barak. The Ministry of Defense did not disclose the purpose or agenda for the meetings but Israel has quietly lobbied Beijing to reduce its diplomatic and economic support for Arab countries hostile to the Jewish State, as well as sought areas of common interest for cooperation. Military issues and weapons sale have been part of that effort, although sales of most Israeli weapons to China are subject to a US veto.
6. Egyptian Nazi Party launched in Cairo - ICEJ News
The Egyptian newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm reported on Wednesday that an Egyptian Nazi Party is being formed and plans to run candidates in upcoming elections with "a contemporary frame of reference." The chief of the new political party, Emad Abdel Sattar, boasted that the party would unite disparate parts of Egyptian society and that he already had many supporters among the Egyptian military. Meanwhile, the official MENA news agency announced on Thursday that starting this coming Saturday, the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and the Hamas ruled Gaza Strip would be opened from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily except on Fridays and official holidays. It said the decision came as "part of Egyptian efforts to end divisions among Palestinians and to finalize their reconciliation."
The Daily Jot
The Blessing in sitting at the feet of the Lord
We at The Daily Jot have been hitting it pretty hard about the need for the great Christian masses in the United States to stand up for what is right and take back our nation. This is not about Dominion Theology or Kingdom Now or Name It, Claim It. Its about common sense and hearing and obeying the Lord. Throughout the Bible are examples of how kings of Israel and Judea either did well or did evil in the sight of the Lord. And no matter how one tries to cut it, the people of those nations were greatly affected by the king's actions. I find it interesting that many contemporary Christians just do not believe that leaders can determine the level of misery a society suffers. And by doing the Lord's will, we can change that.
Somehow they see it in terms of "God being in control" or "this is the way it has to be" if the prophecies of Revelation are to play out. They use these as excuses to stand by and watch the world around us literally and figuratively go to hell. And, believe me, I know that God is in control. But I also know that while we cannot stop the march of prophecy, we can determine our place in it. To me, there is too much emphasis in the church these days on self improvement and self indulgence. The Lord wants us to have a personal relationship with Him. It really has nothing to do with trying to be all that you can be, or establishing the kingdom of heaven here on earth. It's not about you, or me. It's about our Lord.
Remember the story of Martha and Mary. Luke 10:38-42: "Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? Bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her."
Those who know their scriptures understand that we are to hear and obey God, and in that there is peace and fulfillment. As James wrote in 2:17,18, "Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man say, Thou has faith, and I have works: show me thy faith without thy works, and I will show you my faith by my works." The point can be made that because of what the Lord did for us, and does for us, then we desire in our heart to do his will. This really has nothing to do with our own self centered desires, and whether God wants us to be all we can be. It has to do with us being what God wants us to be. And we know this by reading the scriptures, praying and seeking his will in our lives. Blessings to you!
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
Honoring Our Troops
Watch as Oliver North honors our troops in this moving testimony.
Honoring Memorial Day
The National Day of Prayer Task Force would like to encourage you to set aside time this weekend to honor those brave individuals who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving the cause of freedom.
To learn more about this tribute, go here.
Capitol Hill Prayer Partners will stand down on Monday, May 30th, in honor of Memorial Day. Our next alert will be released on Tuesday, May 31st.
A Special Prayer Request
. . . For the Victims of This Week's Tornadoes
Many Americans have been in mourning over the loss of family, friends, loved ones and property as tornadoes have devastated much of the Midwestern states from Minnesota through Alabama. These storms have only accumulated in force since April 27, when 173 tornadoes touched down on a single day - a record according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). On Sunday, May 22, Joplin, MO, was nearly erased from the map when a tornado destroyed the town leaving more than 130 people dead.
The National Day of Prayer Task Force urges you to take time to pray for the families and communities that have been devastated by these natural disasters. May the Almighty's light of mercy and compassion shine down and bring restoration to them all.