Sunday, March 11, 2018

CHPP The Midterm Elections: A Resource Guide to Prayer and Action for the Congressional Elections in 2018

"It is time for the LORD to act, For they have broken Thy law." (Psalm 119:126)

Capitol Hill Prayer Partners
P.O. Box 5152
Herndon, VA 20172-1970

The Midterm Elections:

A Resource Guide to Prayer and Action
for the Congressional Elections in 2018

"Your people will volunteer freely in the day of Your power . . ."
(Psalm 110:3 NAS)

"Your troops will be willing on your day of battle." (Psalm 110:3 NIV)


Introduction . . . "For such a time as this . . ."

"Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance." (Psalm 33:12)

Dear Friends,

Two years ago, we were all engaged in the process of identifying and then supporting or opposing the two candidates who would run to become the President of the United States. That election has come and passed, and the winner now sits in the Oval Office . . .

That same year (2016), there was another election going on -- one that few paid attention to. This was the congressional election -- actually 435 elections in all 50 states for all seats in the House of Representatives, and another 33 seats in the Senate.
While the world was focused on the White House, we at Capitol Hill Prayer Partners were quietly and very intently focused on the congressional races. At that time, we met each week and, week by week, we prayed over every seat in the House and the 33 seats in the Senate that would be on the ballot in November.
Those results are now in, too, and to everyone's rather strong amazement, the Republicans totally took over the House and narrowly won a majority of seats in the Senate, even while God's people here were praying . . .
Now, it is two year's later, and it seems that EVERYONE is now focused on . . . Congress! These midterm elections certainly deserve (once again) our prayerful consideration, and so this year, we who are in prayer on site in the Halls of Congress happily invite all of our 5,000 partners who receive The Daily Brief to join us in earnest, and passionate prayers, beseeching God to raise up another majority in Congress who would seek to do His will, and thereby be a blessing to our people.
Enclosed please find an assortment of materials, designed to do just that: to help you offer informed intercession before His Throne of Grace. We trust that these tools of prayer will be of use for you throughout this coming year as, together, we offer up prayers for every seat in the House and in the Senate . . . for it is written: " . . . it is not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, saith the Lord." (Zechariah 4:)Amen!
Finally, in closing, we must remember that God Himself, Yahweh, our Father, is neither a Republican nor a Democrat. Instead, He died for all, that all might come to Him. As Kingdom intercessors, we stand together on a platform of TRUTH, asking that righteousness would rule in our nation.
In His Amazing Grace . . . WELCOME!

Sara Ballenger, Founder
Capitol Hill Prayer Partners

Resources for Prayer

Resources for Prayer:

Offered by Several National Prayer Ministries

" . . . every joint supplieth . . ." (Eph. 4:16)

We wish to thank the following ministries for their gracious use of the various resource materials, each one linked below: Intercessors for America; Family Research Council; Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation; and PrayerSurgeNow.

God bless you all!

1. The calendar of this year's primary elections, state-by-state.

a) State Primary Elections, by Date- National Conference of State Legislators

(Go Here)

> > > Recommended by Dai Sup Han, Prayersurgenow

b. 2018 Election Calendar and Results - New York Times

(Go here)

> > > Recommended by Summer Ingram, Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation.

2. Overview of this year's election - Family Research Council

This colorful, national map outlines all midterm elections to be held in November this year. These include: House and Senate races, and the races for various gubernatorial offices, as well.

To view this amazing resource for prayer, please go here.

> > > Recommended by: Rev. Pierre Bynum, National Chaplain, Family Research Council.

3. Comparing the Platforms of the Two Major Political Parties - Family Research Council

To view this helpful guide, go here.

4. Voter Registration Guide - Family Research Council

If you are not yet registered to vote in this year's national election, please go here for help!

5. MID-TERM PRAYER GUIDE - Intercessors for America

Highly recommended!

This midterm guide offers a comprehensive look at this year's midterm elections, and how you can be involved in both prayer and in action.

IFA is inviting all of us to become "intercessory activists" in this hour, and this prayer guide will help facilitate this movement!

To access their Mid-Term Prayer Guide,go here.

To access IFA's own website, go here.

> > > Recommended by Dave Kubal, COO, Intercessors for America

Prayer for Voting Machines

Prayer for Voting Machines

Dear Friends,

One thing we can begin to pray about immediately is the selection of which voting machine each state will use to tabulate the vote in this year's election.

The two articles below give us cause for alarm on this' vital issue. Please read this information carefully, and join us in offering the prayer that follows.

1. Fear, confusion over integrity of U.S. election systems at all-time high ahead of midterms - Washington Times

With U.S. intelligence chiefs warning that Russian operatives are already mobilizing to mar the November midterms, fear and confusion over the integrity of the nation's election systems are running at an all-time high. Although some bellwether special elections have been held in recent months, the primary votes in Texas and Illinois this month kick off the official contests that will determine the balance of power in Congress and in statehouses across the nation.

State and federal officials readily acknowledge that the shadows that hung over the 2016 vote have not cleared, including Kremlin-directed disinformation efforts, abuse of social media and attempts to hack state electoral systems. Democrats say the Trump administration has not taken the threat seriously enough, while Republicans point the finger at the Obama White House for failing to act in 2016. Technology specialists fault the Department of Homeland Security and social media companies for failing to get a handle on the threat.

Federal intelligence officials have made clear in recent days that the threat is still active. Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats and National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers have issued stark warnings in Capitol Hill testimony. The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence announced that it would issue monthly reports on vulnerabilities in the U.S. election system as November approaches, focusing in part on the vulnerabilities of individual campaigns to covert foreign meddling. (Read more)

2. Election alarm: Remote-access software found on popular voting machines - WorldNetDaily

Despite alleged Russian hacking of the 2016 presidential election, no evidence has been produced showing Moscow's hackers - or anyone else - being able to remotely access and change votes on any of the 350,000 electronic voting machines used in the U.S. Americans have largely accepted that the machines are safe from hackers because they've repeatedly been told the devices are "air-gapped" - isolated from all unsecured networks, including the internet.

That is untrue, according to a New York Times Magazine investigation last month that described Election Systems & Software, the largest manufacturer of voting machines, selling hardware with election-management systems pre-installed with remote-access software. The company also is said to have encouraged past purchasers to install the software on machines that did not currently have it so ES&S technicians could do troubleshooting and maintenance without having to be onsite.

"The American public has been repeatedly assured that voting machines are not connected to the internet, and thus, cannot be remotely compromised by hackers," Wyden wrote in the letter to ES&S. "The default installation or subsequent use of remote-access software on sensitive election systems runs contrary to cybersecurity best practices and needlessly exposes our election infrastructure to cyberattacks."

Wyden, a senior member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, questioned ES&S officials last year about the company's cyber security practices, but it was less than forthcoming. "ES&S did not answer Wyden's questions about whether the company follows basic cybersecurity best practices," a spokesman for the senator's office told Gizmodo. (Read more)

- Father, we rebuke all plans of the enemy over these midterm elections. We cover every voting machine with the Blood of Jesus, and command every plan to negate those votes to fall to the ground. We build a hedge of fire, the Consuming fire of the Lord, around all of the voting in these elections and say NO to any interference. In Your Mighty Name, amen!

- "For our God is a consuming fire." (Hebrews 12:29)

- "For behold, your enemies, O Lord, for behold, Your enemies shall perish; all the workers of iniquity shall be scattered." (Psalm 92:9)

Texas Has Already Voted!

Texas Has Already Voted!

[Note: If the turnout in the State of Texas is any indicator, this could be a good year for the party that is in power now, to remain in power. May it be so, Lord . . . may it be so!]

"Blessed is the man You choose, And cause to approach You, That he may dwell in Your courts." (Psalm 65:4)

1. Voters Stampede to Record Turnout in Texas - Family Research Council

If yesterday was the starting gun on the midterm elections, then Texas was a fitting place to start. After weeks of insisting they could be competitive in one of the reddest states in America, even Democrats knew that the real proof would be in the primary pudding. By night's end, they'd proved one thing: their base's enthusiasm is real. Just not enough to deliver the upset Democrats were hoping for.

. . . If Republicans wondered just how fiercely their base opposes this gender free-for-all, the results of precinct proposition #6 certainly let them know. A near-unanimous number -- 90 percent -- approved of the resolution: "Texas should protect the privacy and safety of women and children in spaces such as bathrooms, locker rooms, and showers in all Texas schools and government buildings." In case you're unfamiliar with how Texas's precinct resolutions work, they aren't binding -- but they are incredibly important in setting policy priorities in things like the state party platform.

More Democrats voted in the senatorial and gubernatorial primaries than the last decade and a half, but Republicans still turned out more. "More than 1.5 million people voted Tuesday in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate won by Senator Ted Cruz," the New York Post points out. "That beats the previous record of 1.48 million in 2010, during former President Barack Obama's first term." If conservatives want to hang on to the progress President Trump is making, they'll have to keep this up. Otherwise, the next two years of GOP promises -- defunding Planned Parenthood, confirming judges, protecting religious liberty, defending privacy -- are all down the drain. (Read more)

2. There Won't Be Any Blue Wave in Texas in 2018 - Education News

That "Wave" still looks pretty darn Red in Texas. - Hey, remember all that talk over the last couple of weeks about a "Blue Wave" supposedly coming to Texas, as a supposed "record" number of Democrat voters turned out during the early voting period for the primary elections that took place on Tuesday?

. . . Per the Texas Secretary of State's official election returns, Democrat turnout was just 6.79% overall, despite the record number of early votes. As is always the case with Texas Democrats, they just don't show up to cast votes in person on Election Day.

Meanwhile, GOP turnout was 10.10%, and the total votes cast in statewide races for Republicans out-paced the vote totals for Democrats by roughly 1.5 million to 1.0 million.

If those ratios hold firm come November, they translate to basically the same 60/40 GOP advantage in statewide races that the Republicans have won every four years since 1994. In other words, there won't be any "blue wave" coming to Texas, or anywhere else for that matter, come November. But hey, you can't blame the fake news media for giving it the old college try - that's what they think they're in business to do.

God Bless Texas. (Read more)

Big Election on Tuesday in Pennsylvania

Big Election on Tuesday in Pennsylvania

> > > This election will be held this Tuesday, March 13th.

1. The stakes are sky high in the Pennsylvania special election - The Hill

With two days to go, the fight for Pennsylvania's 18th congressional district is a toss-up. Polls released last week show contradictory outcomes, but peg the leader's margin as a tissue-thin three points. Democrat Conor Lamb and Republican Rick Saccone are racing toward a Tuesday finish uncertain of the order of finish. Who actually wins will likely hinge on turnout and headlines.

Make no mistake, the closeness of the race is tied to Donald Trump's double-digit slide in a district that he convincingly won less than two years earlier. Against this backdrop, a Lamb win will signal that if the Democrats can win there then they can win almost anywhere. As ex-Vice President Joe Biden put it, "I promise ya, if Lamb wins you're going to see a half-dozen Republicans say, 'I'm not running again.'" Whether that actually happens remains to be seen. (Read more)

2. President Trump Campaigns For Rick Saccone In Western Pennsylvania - RealClearPolitics

President Donald Trump visited Western Pennsylvania for a rally Saturday night, where he lent a hand to a Republican congressional candidate.

Trump is supporting state Rep. Rick Saccone, who's in a tight race against Democrat Conor Lamb for a vacant U.S. House seat in the state's 18th Congressional District. The special election is Tuesday. (Read more, including videos of this speech, here.)

A Look at the Senate

Red Wave: Poll Shows Five Senate Democrats In Serious Trouble
Polls done in 10 states show very bad news for at least five Senate Democrats up for re-election in 2018, according to Axios. In November, a total of 33 Senators are up for re-election. The good news for Republicans, is that 23 of those are Democrats. The better news for Republicans is that 10 of those 23 Democrats hail from states won by President Trump in 2016.
Axios and Survey Monkey polled all ten of those states and found that at least five Democrats are in real trouble:

Montana: Sen. Jon Tester loses to his unnamed Republican challenger 42 percent to 55 percent.

West Virginia: Sen. Joe Manchin loses to his unnamed Republican challenger 43 percent to 52 percent.

Missouri: Sen. Claire McCaskill loses to Republican challenger Josh Hawley 44 percent to 52 percent.

Indiana: Sen. Joe Donnelly loses to his unnamed Republican challenger 45 percent to 51 percent.

North Dakota: Sen. Heidi Heitkamp loses to her unnamed Republican challenger 47 percent to 49 percent.

Moreover, in all five of those states, President Trump's job approval rating is in better shape than the Democrat's: MT: 58 percent; WV: 65 percent; MO: 55 percent; IN: 53 percent; ND: 60 percent.
With nearly eight months and a million more news cycles between now and Election Day, a lot can happen, but as of now that Big Blue Wave is not aimed at the U.S. Senate.
(Source: Breitbart) Go here to read more.


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