Why make such a big deal? Those asking that are ignoring the human spirit.
Underestimating the capacity for sin in the human heart.
There’s something that happens in all of us, no matter where we are, when we acknowledge God.
Praising Him surpasses our need for self-exaltation.
It allows us to acknowledge moral absolutes. Prayer contains and restrains wickedness. It causes us to treat one another properly.
It keeps us from stealing, lying, cheating—all those wicked things that plague humanity.
Why would we not want prayer in the classroom, in the home, in the church—everywhere for that matter?
It’s past time to pray for our nation, our leaders, our marriages, our families!
In 2nd Chronicles 7:14 God says: “If my people will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
Note it says, “my people.” God isn’t calling the world to humble itself, but “my people”—the church.
We’re told to humble ourselves, which means we must realize God is God and we’re not.
God says, “seek my face.” Focused—like a laser—on Him.
We in the church must not tolerate wicked ways in our own lives.
Otherwise, the world has every right to call us hypocrites.
God’s message here to the church is powerful:
“I will hear, I will forgive and I will heal.”
It doesn’t get any clearer than that!
Sin is the number one thing that keeps us from experiencing the fullness of what we long for, and for what God longs for. There’s another name for sin . It’s simply self-centeredness.
So what do we do about it?
What’s the first step?
For starters—identify sin for what it is.
Be honest before God.
Forget the rationalization, the excuses, the justification for your actions or your wrong thoughts.
Confess it! That word confess is pretty simple.
It means to get in agreement with God.
Agreement about what you’re doing wrong.
Then renounce it. Ask help from others. Be involved in accountability with God, accountability with your spouse.
Then allow God to give you a vision of what life would be without your sin having the control it does.
That’s exactly what a Planned Parenthood counselor in an Arizona affiliate told one of the alleged victims and her mother at an abortion consultation, after the minor had been raped.
And as is almost always the case, the rapist allegedly committed additional offenses against four other young girls before he was apprehended, and charged with 27 counts of sexual assault and abuse.
Alliance Defending Freedom filed a complaint with the Arizona Department of Health Services asking the agency to investigate the Planned Parenthood facility for failing to report the rape, which state law requires.
I’m grateful ADF is doing everything possible to ensure other young woman are not being told by Planned Parenthood counselors that sexual assault isn’t “worth the hassle” to report!
In an Iowa lawsuit pursued by Alliance Defending Freedom, a former director of Planned Parenthood, is claiming their Iowa affiliate submitted false, fraudulent, and ineligible claims for reimbursements to Medicaid–including billing for abortion-related services, clearly in violation of Federal law.
The fact is, Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys have been involved in several lawsuits having to do with Planned Parenthood secrecy and alleged fraud.
Earlier this year, ADF submitted an updated report to Congress on the abuse of tax payer money by Planned Parenthood and its affiliates.
My point is. . .
Planned Parenthood repeatedly demonstrates it cares more about protecting its own bottom line than it does about protecting the women it purports to serve! It’s been their pattern across the country.
Recently Alliance Defending Freedom sent a letter to a North Carolina school district, correcting misleading information from Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
The AU letter urged the school to disregard a new state law protecting the freedom of school employees to participate in student-led religious activities outside of school hours.
The information was simply inaccurate. But it did reflect their ongoing agenda to cleanse all things religious from the public square!
The ADF letter encouraged the school district not to “cave” to the demands of the Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
As a teacher, the Constitution is the only “permission slip” you need to participate in religious activity before and after hours.