White House and Nation Observe National Day of Prayer
Millions of Americans gathered today for the annual National Day of Prayer (NDOP). The NDOP was created in 1952 with a joint resolution by Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman.
The mission of the National Day of Prayer Task Force is to “mobilize prayer in America and to encourage personal repentance and righteousness in the culture.”
More than 43,000 prayer gatherings are estimated to have prayed across the country. Two hundred other countries also joined America in prayer today.
National Prayer Day Chairman Anne Graham Lotz chose this theme: “For Your Great Name’s Sake! Hear us, Forgive us, Heal us!” Anne says, “I think the greatest issue is the moral and spiritual bankruptcy in our nation. The abandonment of godly principles, the abandonment of God’s word that’s the most distressing.”
Prayer is needed daily for the nation and our leaders. Anne makes this appeal to pray for the nation:
Our nation is in turmoil. Why? Could it be because America is losing God’s blessing? His favor? Could our sin be provoking His judgment? Judgment that is not necessarily in the form of a nuclear dirty bomb, or another ISIS attack, or an economic collapse; but a Romans I judgment as God backs out of our national life and turns us over to ourselves.
If God is giving us over to ourselves and removing His blessing, protection, and favor — the solution will not be found in politics or the economy or the military or technology. The solution will be found on our knees as we humble ourselves, pray, seek God’s face, and repent of our sin. Then plead for Him to return to us as we return to Him.
Now is the time to get serious about repentance and prayer.
President Trump Loosens Rules on Political Organizing by Churches
On the eve of the first National Day of Prayer of his presidency, Donald Trump invited his closest evangelical advisors to join him for a private, long-awaited dinner celebration at the White House.
Today at the White House, President Trump signed a controversial religious liberty Executive Order after he and evangelical leaders celebrated the National Day of Prayer. The EO will administratively repeal the Johnson amendment and repeal the Obamacare restrictions on conscience and religious freedom.
The religious freedom executive order includes “anti-Johnson Amendment type” language that would give churches and ministries greater protection. The bill seeks to provide exemptions for religious people and organizations that object to same-sex marriage, premarital sex, abortion, contraception and trans-identity.
This was a big day for evangelicals and social conservatives. Today, the House of Representatives passed legislation by one majority vote to repeal Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood. Their GOP healthcare bill will now be taken up in the Senate, so contact your Senators and let them know how you would like them to vote.
Sources: CBN News, Politico, Times
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