Decades ago, there seemed to be no hope for the pro-life movement, yet thanks to the persistence of some pro-life leaders and development of technologies that show "the reality of the beautiful human life of the child in the womb," the tide is turning toward pro-life, Princeton University law professor Robert P. George told about 2,000 attendees Friday at a conference of Students for Life of America.
This article calls for both praise to God and ongoing intercession. Regarding the annual March for Life in Washington, DC, readers should know that for political reasons, U.S. Park police no longer estimate crowd size during an event on or near the Mall. But no matter how much the liberal press tries to ignore the impact of the March, the sheer force of nearly 500,000 people from all parts of the country could not be denied, even by pro-abortion protesters. Give thanks for the young adults (known as the "millennials") who are taking a stand for Life. Pray that their numbers increase!
"Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!" (Isa. 5:20-21)
The president and Prime Minister Narendra Modi said they reached an "understanding" on liability of U.S. companies in the event of a nuclear accident, and on U.S. insistence of tracking nuclear materials - issues that had prevented American companies from building reactors in India since an initial breakthrough agreement in 2006.
As intercessors, we are committed to pray for President Obama and other government leaders. Pray for the president's safety while traveling. Pray for divine wisdom to be given as he positions our government on the international scene. Pray for congressional leaders who must interpret his commitments and filter our nation's responsibilities through constitutional requirements.
"But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy." (Jas. 3:17)
Graham appeared on WNCN News to discuss his recent comments on Duke University's decision to end its policy on having an Islamic call to prayer at the campus' Christian chapel.
He also stated that the U.S. is a nation 'built on Christian principles and that Americans need to embrace those principles.
Give thanks for Franklin Graham's courage to speak out, first about Duke University's focus on Islamic calls to prayer from its Christian chapel. (The practice was very quickly stopped, no doubt through public opinion plus Christians' prayers.) Pray that God will continue to raise up Christians with "prophetic stature" whose collective voices will defend our faith with biblical authority. Our Scripture choice represents what a godly, prophetic voice will trumpet to the nation.
"Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes.Cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, rebuke the oppressor; defend the fatherless, plead for the widow. 'Come now, and let us reason together,' says the Lord, 'though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.'" (Isa. 1:16-18)
The proposal, mentioned briefly in his State of the Union address, will be described in greater detail in his budget in the coming weeks. The effort is likely to receive support from members of both parties, lawmakers said.
"This is an incredible area of promise," said Senator Bill Cassidy, Republican of Louisiana and a gastroenterologist. "There will be bipartisan support."
Certain diseases have continued to resist medical research for a cure, such as cystic fibrosis, ALS (or "Lou Gehrig's Disease), and, of course, the ever-threatening puzzle of cancer. Personalized or specific medicine could bring a breakthrough in several areas. Pray for divine wisdom for research teams. Pray also that the search for new cures will not succumb to political manipulation.
"[That] hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge." (Col. 2:2-3)
The current agreement under consideration by world powers and Iran, Ambassador Ron Dermer said on Sunday night, would leave Iran a "threshold nuclear power"- an outcome Israel cannot, and will not, accept.
"The prime minister's visit to Washington is intended for one purpose, and one purpose only," Dermer told an audience in Florida: "To speak up while there is still time to speak up. To speak up when there is still time to make a difference."
Give thanks for Speaker Boehner's invitation and for Prime Minister Netanyahu's acceptance to speak to a joint session of the U.S. Congress next month. Pray for Mr. Netanyahu's safety and for a favorable outcome, despite negative comments from a White House spokesman about "protocol." The international level of anti-Semitism is rising, including in the U.S., where President Obama appears to be favoring Iran's persistent march toward nuclear arms. Our Scripture speaks of a future day, after Israel turns to the Lord, having recognized Jesus as Messiah.
"'Comfort, yes, comfort My people!' says your God. Speak comfort to Jerusalem, and cry out to her, that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned...'" (Isa. 40:1-2)