Iran Fires and Misses

Jan 8, 2020

As you know, Iran's Islamic rulers fired 15 missiles last night at two U.S. military bases in Iraq. Thank God there was no loss of life or injury.

The radical regime's iron-fisted ruler, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, called the missile launches just a "slap in the face"—but some are calling it just a face-saving move by the Iranian dictator. Still, Khamenei, who killed some 1,500 Iranian protesters recently, said "such military actions are not enough."

In response, the president today hit Iran with new crippling sanctions, but stepped back from military action. Iran, he said, appears to be standing down.

But President Trump also declared that, "As long as I am president of the United States, Iran will never be allowed to have a nuclear weapon."

This conflict is anything but over.

That's why I'm urging you to join me in prayer for our president and the nation. We face an evil enemy seething at the death of its cruel arch-terrorist, Qassem Soleimani, a man whose hands were drenched, as the president said, in the blood of American service members.

The tyrants in Tehran are desperate for vengeance. And they are hell-bent to destroy Israel and America. But prayer is powerful as one of the most amazing episodes from U.S. history demonstrates.

I share it below in a stirring excerpt from Liberty Counsel's Patriot's Handbook on Intercessory Prayer for the United States. I think it'll inspire you--and motivate you to pray now. See below. —Mat

Ripped from the pages of history, the account below, which is also featured in Liberty Counsel's Patriot's Handbook on Intercessory Prayer for the United States, shows the difference you and I make when we pray.

Exclusively available from Liberty Counsel, this Patriot's Handbook is yours now for download and in print when you make a gift to defend faith and freedom today!

American colonists took grave alarm in 1746 when news came that France had dispatched a fleet of 70 ships and 8,000 soldiers with orders to take back a fortress New England forces had captured. The French forces were commanded to "lay waste the whole seacoast from Novascotia to Georgia."

"The country was filled with consternation; and every face seemed to gather paleness" when the fleet approached the New England coast, said New England minister Jonathan French. "The streets filled with men, marching for the defense of the sea ports, and the distresses of women and children, trembling for the event, made too deep impressions upon the minds of those who remember these scenes, ever to be erased."

While colonists took measures to defend New England seaports, the Massachusetts governor declared a Fast Day on October 16, 1746. People streamed into churches to plead with God for deliverance from an almost invincible force that would easily crush colonial resistance. Writer Catherine Drinker Bowen offers a lively description of how God answered:

In Boston the Reverend Thomas Prince, from the high pulpit of the Old South Meeting-house, prayed before hundreds. The morning was clear and calm, people had walked to church through sunshine. "Deliver us from our enemy!" the minister implored. "Send Thy tempest, Lord, upon the waters to the eastward! Raise Thy right hand. Scatter the ships of our tormentors and drive them hence. Sink their proud frigates beneath the power of Thy winds!"

He had scarcely pronounced the words when the sun was gone and the morning darkened. All the church was in shadow. A wind shrieked round the walls, sudden, violent, hammering at the windows with a giant hand. No man was in the steeple — afterward the sexton swore it — yet the great bell struck twice, a wild, uneven sound. Thomas Prince paused in his prayer, both arms raised. "We hear Thy voice, O Lord!" he thundered triumphantly. "We hear it! Thy breath is upon the waters to the eastward, even upon the deep. Thy bell tolls for the death of our enemies!" He bowed his head; when he looked up, tears streamed down his face. "Thine be the glory, Lord. Amen and amen!"

It was later learned that bad weather, scurvy, and fever took a withering toll on the French. But despite losing two of the largest frigates, the death of some 2,000 men, and the suicide of Admiral Duc d'Anville, a much-reduced French force sailed on the 13th to punish New England. But on the night of the 16th, the day New England paused to pray, "God sent upon them a more dreadful storm than either of the former, and completed their destruction…. Thus New England stood still, and saw the salvation of God."

It was an unmistakable answer to prayer. "Never did that religion, for which this country was settled, appear more important, nor prayer more prevalent, than on this occasion," declared Rev. French.

Thirty years later, when America fought Great Britain in the struggle for independence, the colonists lifted their eyes in fervent prayer to God again. America's first navy, a fleet of schooners commissioned by George Washington to raid British shipping around Boston, carried a white ensign bearing the words "Appeal to Heaven." Likewise, some colonial regiments hoisted "Appeal to Heaven" banners as they took on the British.

This is the legacy of faith and freedom handed down to you and me as Americans. Yet it’s under assault every day across America. But with the help of friends like you, we’re defending life, faith, freedom and family in the courts of our land.

And with your support, we can prevail. Stand with Liberty Counsel now—and when you give, we’ll be delighted to provide you with your own copy of the Patriot's Handbook on Intercessory Prayer for the United States as a downloadable ebook PDF and in print.

Thank you for your friendship and love for liberty!

With gratitude,

Mat Staver
Founder and Chairman
Liberty Counsel