The "fiscal cliff" debate in Washington has been cast as a choice between runaway Democratic spending and draconian Republican cuts, but no matter who wins the argument, both parties' tax plans add to the deficit - by a minimum of $4.3 trillion through 2022, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.
Republicans, who want to extend almost all of the George W. Bush-era tax cuts beyond their Jan. 1 expiration date and want to continue to delay the full alternative minimum tax, would deepen the deficit by $250 billion next year and $5.3 trillion over a decade, according to the CBO.
Pray for a clear understanding of the national debt and its ramifications in resolving the distribution of tax dollars in this next fiscal year's budget planning. Pray that wisdom and sound counsel will prevail in the congressional budget hearings to come. Pray that Senate and House leaders will come to a beneficial understanding of how to best tackle this most important issue.
"And he said also unto his disciples, There was a certain rich man, which had a steward; and the same was accused unto him that he had wasted his goods." (Luke 16:1)
"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning." (James 1:17)
ISRAEL, GAZA, AND THE MISSILES!
Intercessors for America participated in a conference call on Tuesday along with many other organizations that are standing with Israel in her time of need for prayer. Noam Katz, Minister for Public Diplomacy at the Embassy of Israel updated Christian leadership throughout the United States on the ongoing military operation in Gaza, and expressed his appreciation for the steadfast friendship of the American Christian Community.
Pray for wisdom for the Israeli leaders in this HAMAS led endeavor to inflict damage upon Israel and its citizens. Pray that a peaceful solution will be reached and that Gaza will peacefully give up the missiles that they are using against innocent Israeli citizens. Pray for the protection of all innocent life in the region. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and all areas in the Middle East.
"Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: 'May those who love you be secure.'" (Psalm 122:6)
Hawaii Democrat Tulsi Gabbard scored a first as the first Hindu elected to Congress, while another Hawaii Democrat, Rep. Mazie Hirono, became the first Buddhist elected to the Senate. California Democrat Ami Bera became the only Unitarian Universalist member of Congress after winning his recount against Republican Rep. Daniel E. Lungren.
Pray that the worship and recognition of strange gods would not gain further footholds in our nation's congressional leadership. Pray for righteous leadership to prevail in all decisions of government and especially in the coming 113th Congress.
"You shall not go after other gods, the gods of the peoples who are all around you (for the LORD your God is a jealous God among you), lest the anger of the LORD your God be aroused against you and destroy you from the face of the earth." (Deuteronomy 6:14)
"Shall a man make gods unto himself, and they are no gods?" (Jeremiah 16:20)
Pray that this nation will be delivered from the unrighteous hands of the pro-abortion advocates. Pray for justice to be delivered into the hands on the righteous who stand against the murder of innocent life by pro-abortion groups like Planned Parenthood.
"For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother's womb... Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be." (Psalm 139:13, 16)
The Freedom From Religion Foundation, which advocates total separation of church and state, filed the lawsuit Wednesday (Nov. 14) in U.S. District Court in Western Wisconsin, where the 19,000-member organization is based.
Pray for continued liberty and freedom of speech for all churches as set forth in the U.S. Constitution. Pray that the truth regarding freedom of expression in the church be amplified. Pray that the nation will understand that the IRS does not have the authority to subjugate the church for freedom of speech issues.
"And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." (John 8:32)
"...Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them." (Ephesians 4:29)