“Please explain how all of your activities, including the prayer meetings held outside of Planned Parenthood, are considered educational?” – Internal Revenue Service
“Please explain in detail the activities at these prayer meetings. Also, please provide the percentage of time your organization spends on prayer groups as compared with the other activities of the organization.” – Internal Revenue Service
How often do your members pray? What is the nature of your prayers? The IRS posed these and other questions to certain tea party and religious groups who were seeking tax-exempt status. After the delays, the intimidation and the Stasi-like interrogation; many of the organizations just gave up.
I haven’t been able to sleep since I heard this testimony because I’m not sure that the IRS ever got an answer. How heartbreaking it is to think that the solid citizens over at the Internal Revenue have not had the opportunity to scrutinize a good Christian prayer.
Dear Mr. President and to Whom It May Concern at the Internal Revenue Service:
Unlike the Muslim standard of prayer (five times a day) that you are probably more familiar with, Christians are encouraged to “pray without ceasing” – that pretty much means all the time.
At meals, at funerals, before tests, at graduations, at football games; Christians are prone to pray behind the wheel, at the side of the bed, when Kate Upton comes on TV, when our children aren’t home yet and when our government becomes a more dreaded enemy than the Islamo-fascists who seek to destroy Western Civilization. As a matter of fact, Scripture even encourages us to pray for our enemies and political leaders. Was that redundant? So here goes:
“Dear Heavenly Father, we humbly come before you today and bow the knee in gratitude to your forbearance of a nation that has forsaken you. We implore your forgiveness for our hardened heart, for the love of many has waxed cold.
We pray for those who are in positions of influence, Father, that they turn away from “the Prince of this world” and repent of their evil ways. With a penitent heart may they seek your forgiveness and follow your wisdom.
May America experience another Great Awakening and once again become that nation that best reflects the Glory of your divine institutions.
Father, May the light of your love, expressed in the person and work of your son, soften their hardened hearts and may they seek your so great salvation, trusting in the shed blood of the lamb.
May they be more desirous that their name is found in the Lamb’s book than in the history book and may this once great nation be restored to that place of hope, which the whole world has looked to as a beacon of liberty and prosperity.
Father, raise up a new generation of American heroes who will not be bought by mammon or sold for security. Arm them with a fiery righteousness that does not cower in the fetal position when culture bids them “Kiss the ring!”
May they stand for sexual purity, and cleave unto righteousness. May they reject sexual anarchy and abhor that which is evil. May this brave generation speak in behalf of the unborn and the silent American Holocaust.
Let brave, sacrificial souls stand in contrast to authoritarian power lust and the legal plunder of the tyrannical ruling class. May the joyful Christian warrior retreat no more but boldly enter the battle that rages against the family.
Father, rouse those foolish, dim souls who swear an oath of fealty on your Word only to trample the very documents they avow to uphold. Trouble their sleep so that their emaciated conscience cries out in their night terrors, for better is it to lose a night of slumber than to have one’s cursed soul cast into outer darkness.