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Pres. Obama says he prays ‘all the time’ for guidance

Praying for Obama

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From Associated Press (AP):

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says he’s gone from praying nightly before going to bed to praying all the time because he has a "lot of stuff" on his plate and needs "guidance all the time."

Obama made the comments in an interview to air Thursday on ABC’s "Nightline."

Obama says he thinks every president has been humbled by the number of issues they have had to deal with. He says he thinks they are quickly cured of the illusion that one person can solve all those problems.

Response: Actually I think that this is the most encouraging thing that I’ve heard him say since he became president. Still think we should be praying for this guy regardless, especially now!           *Top

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Happy Independence Day!

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This is a great time to pray for America and our leaders. Also for the American church and for revival.

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Iranian Christians Need our Prayers

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The Iranian church has been in the midst of a revival in the last 5 years. However, the Ahmadinejad administration has been persecuting Christians lately and the entire community was hoping that the recent vote would bring a new President in Iran and greater freedom. Now that doesn’t seem to be the case regardless of how the vote actually turned out.

The Christians are among those in Iran who do not believe that the recent election results were fairly counted and it is said that some of the younger folk actually participated in some of the street rallies and protests.

Now the Iranian Christians may be in danger of being one of the groups that are singled out and targeted as scapegoats by Pres. Ahmadinejad. We really do need to pray for the Christians that this political upheaval will not bring even greater persecution for their community.            *Top 

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Are ‘Imprecatory Prayers’ for Today?

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NEW YORK (ABP) — “A former Southern Baptist Convention officer who on June 2 called the death of abortion provider George Tiller an answer to prayer said later in the day he is also praying "imprecatory prayer" against President Obama.”

Pastor Wiley Drake of First Southern Baptist Church in Buena Park, California, confirmed in a radio interview with Alan Colmes that he was also praying for the death of the President. Here’s part of the exchange:

"Are you praying for his death?" Colmes asked.

"Yes," Drake replied.

"So you’re praying for the death of the president of the United States?"

"Yes."

Colmes asked Drake if he was concerned that by saying that he might be placed on a Secret Service or FBI watch list, and if he believed it appropriate to talk or pray that way.

"I think it’s appropriate to pray the Word of God," Drake said. "I’m not saying anything. What I am doing is repeating what God is saying, and if that puts me on somebody’s list, then I’ll just have to be on their list."

"You would like for the president of the United States to die?" Colmes asked once more.

"If he does not turn to God and does not turn his life around, I am asking God to enforce imprecatory prayers that are throughout the Scripture that would cause him death, that’s correct."

"I believe the whole Bible, Alan," he explained. "I don’t just preach part of it. I don’t just preach the soft, fuzzy, warm stuff where we’re supposed to be nice to everybody. I preach the whole Bible."

"This whole concept that we’re always to pray little, nice, soft, fluffy, prayers — that we’re not to pray imprecatory prayer — has been something that just, in all honesty, that Southern Baptists have lost, and we need to regain imprecatory prayer," Drake said. "It is in the Bible, and we are proud to say as Southern Baptists that we believe the Book. You’ve got to believe the whole Book, brother, or you don’t believe any of it."

Response: According to Drake, imprecatory prayer — words of judgment in the Psalms prayed back to God – is a practice he said that the American church has lost. My question is this—are ‘imprecatory prayers’ for today? After all some folks are always questioning if gifts are for today, what about this type of prayer? Is this really Christian?  -or- Are Christians called to pray for their enemies like Jesus said? What do you think? Is this really justified or just wrong?

I have been praying for President Obama and other leaders even though I disagree with them. Am I wrong to do that? I don’t think so.

Also, this interview was on a secular radio talk show—what kind of witness do you think this is for unbelievers?     

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It is Time to Remember Israel in Prayer

Jerusalem Old City from Mount of Olives.

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For 61 years there have been 57 countries against 1 in the Middle East. For 61 years the USA has supported Israel through good times and bad, war and peace. Like everything else that is happening in the world both economically and politically everything is in flux right now—all the cards have been thrown up in the air and where they land only God knows for sure. Some are talking about an end-time scenario though I personally believe it is somewhat premature but maybe not.

From everything that I’ve read on the subject, the Obama administration is said to be far more supportive of the 57 Muslims countries than of the 1 Jewish state. The President has solicited the help of the Europeans, particularly the British, to negotiate a new 2 state solution for Palestine and Israel. Problem is, the Europeans are also far more supportive of the Muslims and look upon Israel as “the greatest threat to world peace”.

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is visiting Washington next week and the word is that there will be considerable arm twisting in order to bring the Israelis around to accept a solution that the 57 Muslims countries will support.

The sticking point is Jerusalem and the Palestinian ‘right to return’.

In the secular eyes of the world, it makes total sense to force Israel to accept a solution. However, those who take the Bible serious will have a different view.

Up in the air for the first time is whether the USA will continue to support Israel regardless. It is doubtful that any Israeli administration would give up Jerusalem and a ‘right to return’ would put millions of Palestinians in the midst of Israeli territory—tantamount to the end for a Jewish state called Israel.

It really is time to pray for Israel and for the peace of Jerusalem–for Prime Minister Netanyahu, for President Obama, and for all the blessings and promises of God concerning Israel, Jerusalem, and the Jewish people to be fulfilled. Amen

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