Prayer vs. Shame
Pray for Congress
September 24, 2007
Arise, cry aloud in the night At the beginning of the night watches;
Pour out your heart like water Before the presence of the Lord;
Lift up your hands to Him For the life of your little ones
With fiscal year 2007 wrapping up for the federal government, there are several financial matters before Congress this week that need our prayers.
Without having passed any of its appropriations (spending) bills into law, Congress must pass and the president must sign a continuing resolution in order to continue fiscal year 2007 spending levels into fiscal year 2008.
Right on the heels of this, the federal government is literally expected to run out of money. Thus, before that happens, the Senate is going to vote on raising the debt limit to just under $10 trillion dollars. The Senate, Lord willing, will not pass this bill by unanimous consent because Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma will not let them. Praise the Lord for lone voices of fiscal sanity in Congress!
Since the House automatically deemed the debt limit increase passed, it can turn its attention to passing a Senate-passed bill that will literally put families making $80,000 a year into poverty. It will not do this by taking money away, but by raising the threshold of what defines "poverty" in America.
If this doesn't make you begin to wonder what politicians mean when they refer to "the poor," then may we gently suggest it is time to rouse yourself, your friends, and your pastor? Our leaders are very good salespeople and very poor policymakers. There is no future for a country that sells its next generation to foreign debt holders.
A few are awake and see the direction we are headed; they are trying to fix things through shame. However, we know that the Lord will help the nation that calls on him.
The greatest threats to America this very day are not physical weapons, but financial resources. If we don't tear down our own financial high places, they will be painfully taken from us.
So when the captains of the chariots saw Jehoshaphat, they said, "It is the king of Israel," and they turned aside to fight against him. But Jehoshaphat cried out, and the LORD helped him, and God diverted them from him (2 Chronicles 18:31).
- Pray that our leaders (in government and leaders in the media) would see and understand our financial war today. Pray that our leaders would cry out to the Lord so that the Lord would divert them from us today.
Better is a little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble with it (Proverbs 15).
The king's heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord;he turns it wherever he will (Proverbs 21:1).
Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation. When his breath departs, he returns to the earth; on that very day his plans perish (Psalm 146:3-4).
House This Week
The difference judges make: Partial Birth Abortion Ban Upheld!
- Pray for confirmation of the President's judicial nominees.
And I will make justice the measuring line, And righteousness the level; Then hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, And the waters shall overflow the secret place (Isaiah 28:17).
Upcoming Events - 2007 Calendars: House (In), Senate (In)
Majority Leader Speeches: House, Senate (an indicator of the upcoming Legislative Program)
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Political Calendars: NBC News, ABC News, CQPolitics.com 2007
- September 30 - Fiscal Year 2007 ends
- October 1 - Fiscal Year 2008 begins
- October 1 - Supreme Court 2007 term begins
- October 8 - Columbus Day
- October 26 - House target adjournment date (6th work period ends)
- November 16 - Senate target adjournment date
The mind of man plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps (Proverbs 16:9).