PRAY FIRST NETWORK UPDATES

Last American Military Plane Leaves Kabul

Mission is complete, General McKenzie announced Monday. In a Pentagon briefing Monday afternoon, General Frank McKenzie stated, “I’m here to announce the completion of our mission …
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Supreme Court Ends Eviction Moratorium

Reinforces judgment rendered in June. On Thursday, the Supreme Court issued a ruling blocking the moratorium on evictions the president’s administration had attempted to extend as …
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FRONT LINE HEALTH UPDATES

Pfizer Seeks FDA Approval for Shots for Children 5 to 11

28 million children could soon be eligible for vaccination.  On Thursday, Pfizer formally requested approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to begin administering COVID-19 vaccines to children aged 5 to 11 years old. If approved it would be the first such vaccine available for children. About 28 million children in the United States would be eligible for the vaccine if it is approved by the FDA.  According to research conducted by Pfizer last month, children would only need to take one-third of an adult dose of their vaccine. Acting FDA Commissioner Dr. Janet Woodcock said that a meeting was scheduled for the end of this month to “conduct a comprehensive evaluation of clinical trial data submitted in support of the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine used in a younger pediatric population.” For officials of the FDA …
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J&J Seeks FDA Approval for Booster Shots

Claims second shot increases protection 13 percentage points. On Tuesday, Johnson & Johnson requested the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to approve additional use of its COVID-19 vaccine for booster shots. The authorization would be for adults who are 18 years or older who previously received the company’s one-shot vaccine. The FDA recently approved the use of Pfizer’s vaccine for booster shots for those at-risk of the virus. Recent data from J&J has shown that its vaccine is effective against COVID-19 for at least five months after vaccination, and with an 81% effectiveness against being hospitalized if contracting the disease. Company data also showed that receiving a booster shot either two or six months after the first dose increased protection to 94%. For officials of the FDA as they study the efficacy of treatments. For Secretary Becerra to seek God’s …
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School Board Association Asks for Federal Investigation

CRT curriculum and mask mandates draw protesters to board meetings nationwide. Last week, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) requested federal assistance and an investigation as parents have protested policy decisions before school boards across the country. The mostly volunteer-run school board meetings have experienced confrontations with parents who disagree with the implementation of certain programs or policies, such as mask mandates and the teaching of Critical Race Theory (CRT). The NSBA stated in their request to President Biden that they support freedom of speech and want to hear from their communities. They then asked for “the expertise and resources of the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Secret Service, and its National Threat Assessment Center regarding the level of risk to public schoolchildren, educators, board members, and facilities/campuses” …
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New Pill “Gamechanger” Against COVID

Cuts hospitalizations and deaths in half.  Pharmaceutical company Merck says new data on Molnupiravir shows a reduced risk of hospitalization or death by up to 50 percent in clinical trials.  The company CEO said, “You can take it home and it will significantly reduce the risk that you either ultimately are hospitalized or more importantly that you would ever face the unfortunate outcome of death.”  The breakthrough anti-viral treatment would be given as a series of pills within five days of testing positive for COVID. It is believed to also be effective against the Delta, Gamma, and Wu variants.  Through 29 days of trials, no deaths were reported in patients who received the drug compared to 8 deaths in patients who got the placebo.  Merck will ask the FDA for emergency use authorization.  Meanwhile, the numbers show hospital admissions for COVID are down by …
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Education Secretary Minimizes Parents’ Decisions

Not the “primary stakeholders” in children’s education.  In testimony before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said that parents of school-aged children should not act as the “primary stakeholders” in education decisions.  Asked by Senator Mike Braun of Tennessee about parental decisions in education and whether parents should indeed be “primary stakeholders,” Secretary Cardona said that parents are “important stakeholders” but that educators have a role to play in programming decisions. He would not concede that parents should be the main decision makers in education.  In the Virginia race for governor, candidate Terry McAuliffe has been criticized for similar comments. McAuliffe said that parents should not dictate what curriculum is being taught to their children in schools. His opponent in the close contest, Glenn Youngkin said, “I believe parents should be in charge of their kids’ education.”  Secretary Cardona …
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Consumer Confidence Hits Seven Month Low

Commerce Department issues report on inflation-adjusted spending. The Department of Commerce released a report that reflects U.S. consumer confidence dropping for the third straight month in a row, reaching its lowest point in seven months. Concerns over higher prices and the Delta variant of COVID-19 have affected American optimism, according to the Conference Board. Views of present and short-term business conditions outlook also faded as consumers are less optimistic about their future income and job prospects. A study by the University of Michigan showed consumer sentiment edging up in early September but remained close to a near-decade low. Their report said high prices drove the declines from buying conditions for durable goods such as appliances and automobiles. For officials in the Commerce Department as they assess the state of the economy. For the Federal Reserve and federal economists as strategies …
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Education Secretary Supports Vaccine Mandates

He asks states to “make sure it happens.” Miguel Cardona, Secretary of Education, voiced his support for mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for eligible schoolchildren saying the FDA’s full approval of inoculations for certain adolescents should clear the way for state officials to implement plans to begin vaccinations. “Not only do I support it, but I’m encouraging states to come up with a plan to make sure it happens,” he said, during a multi-state tour of schools and childcare facilities. “I would like governors who hold those decisions to make those decisions now that [vaccines] are FDA approved.” The education secretary added, “Governors should work with their school officials and with their health officials to roll-out requirements, especially in areas that are high-spread and where students might be at risk for going back to remote learning or hybrid learning as a …
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CDC Expands Covid Booster Shot Eligibility List

Includes the elderly, the immunocompromised, and healthcare workers. Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced their endorsement of booster shots for not only Americans over the age of 65, but also for health care workers aged 18 to 64 years that regularly work around those who are infected. The CDC advisers panel had only recommended booster shots for the elderly, but Directory Rochelle Walensky expanded the list to include health care workers. “As CDC Director, it is my job to recognize where our actions can have the greatest impact,” Director Walensky said in a statement late Thursday night. “At CDC, we are tasked with analyzing complex, often imperfect data to make concrete recommendations that optimize health. In a pandemic, even with uncertainty, we must take actions that we anticipate will do the greatest good.” For Director …
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LATEST PRAY FIRST UPDATES

Consumer Confidence Hits Seven Month Low

Commerce Department issues report on inflation-adjusted spending. The Department of Commerce released a report that reflects U.S. consumer confidence dropping for the third straight month …
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BE ENCOURAGED AS YOU PRAY

Hupomone

How strong is your hupomone today? Faith can be born from trials and difficult times.
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Un-Troubled

How should you feel in the face of uncertainty? John 14:1 – Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. Have you ever shared how you were feeling with someone and all they said to you was “Stop feeling that way?” Isn’t that just beyond irritating? How are you supposed to simply stop feeling a certain way, especially without help to know how? In John 14, Jesus had just said some things that deeply troubled his disciples. One of them was a traitor, all of them were going to deny Him, and He was going to be leaving them that night. Is it any wonder that they would feel troubled at this news? And yet, Jesus goes on to tell them not to feel troubled in John 14:1! Thankfully, he didn’t stop there, though. …
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Arise!

Psalm 74:22 – Arise, O God, defend your cause; remember how the foolish scoff at you all the day! Have you found yourself getting angry or frustrated at all that is going on in the country right now? Are there days you just miss “normalcy” and how things used to be so much you think you could scream? Did you know that it’s ok to tell God about those feelings of anger? Although the Israelites never faced a global pandemic in the Bible, they still faced their fair share of hardships. Perhaps one of the most devastating was the destruction of their place of worship by another nation. Psalm 74 was written as a prayer of great sorrow over this. In this psalm, the psalmist spends the majority of telling God what happened. He describes the destruction they saw, …
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Praying During Crisis

health and prayer updates

DAILY FEATURE: 2-minute national update and prayer.
Heard coast to coast on the Pray First Radio Network in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Melanie Stansbury, Representative for New Mexico

    Melanie Stansbury, Senator from Michigan


    • Born – January 1979 in Farmington, New Mexico
    • Education – B.A., Saint Mary’s College of California, M.M.S., Cornell University
    • Military Service – None
    • Profession – Ecology instructor, consultant; politician
    • Political Experience – New Mexico House of Representatives
    • In office since – June 2021
    • Family – Undisclosed
    • Religious Affiliation – Undisclosed
  • Debbie Stabenow, Senator from Michigan

    Debbie Stabenow, Senator from Michigan


    • Born – April 1950 in Gladwin, Michigan
    • Education – B.A., M.S.W., Michigan State University
    • Military Service – None
    • Profession – Politician
    • Political Experience – Michigan House of Representatives, Michigan Senate, U.S. House of Representatives
    • In office since – 2001
    • Family – Divorced from Dennis, 2 children; Divorced from Tom Athans
    • Religious Affiliation – Methodist
  • Robert Menendez, Senator from New Jersey

    Robert Menendez, Senator from New Jersey


    • Born – January 1954 in New York City
    • Education – B.A., Saint Peter’s University; J.D., Rutgers University
    • Military Service – None
    • Profession – Lawyer
    • Political Experience – Mayor of Union City, New Jersey General Assembly, New Jersey Senate, U.S. House of Representatives
    • In office since – 2006
    • Family – Divorced from Jane Jacobsen, 2 children; Married to Nadine Arslanian
    • Religious Affiliation – Catholic
  • Deb Fischer, Senator from Nebraska

    Deb Fischer, Senator from Nebraska


    • Born – March 1951 in Lincoln, Nebraska
    • Education – B.S., University of Nebraska at Lincoln
    • Military Service – None
    • Profession – Rancher
    • Political Experience – Nebraska Legislature
    • In office since – 2013
    • Family – Married to Bruce, 3 children
    • Religious Affiliation – Presbyterian
  • Sherrod Brown, Senator from Ohio

    Sherrod Brown, Senator from Ohio


    • Born – November 1952 in Mansfield, Ohio
    • Education – B.A., Yale University; M.A. and M.P.A., Ohio State University
    • Military Service – None
    • Profession – Politician
    • Political Experience – Ohio House of Representatives, Secretary of State of Ohio, U.S. House of Representatives
    • In office since – 2017
    • Family – Divorced from Larke, 2 children; Married to Connie, 2 stepchildren
    • Religious Affiliation – Lutheran

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Pray The Vote

Praying for the nation as we count-down to election day 2020

  • Melanie Stansbury, Representative for New Mexico

    Melanie Stansbury, Senator from Michigan


    • Born – January 1979 in Farmington, New Mexico
    • Education – B.A., Saint Mary’s College of California, M.M.S., Cornell University
    • Military Service – None
    • Profession – Ecology instructor, consultant; politician
    • Political Experience – New Mexico House of Representatives
    • In office since – June 2021
    • Family – Undisclosed
    • Religious Affiliation – Undisclosed
  • Debbie Stabenow, Senator from Michigan

    Debbie Stabenow, Senator from Michigan


    • Born – April 1950 in Gladwin, Michigan
    • Education – B.A., M.S.W., Michigan State University
    • Military Service – None
    • Profession – Politician
    • Political Experience – Michigan House of Representatives, Michigan Senate, U.S. House of Representatives
    • In office since – 2001
    • Family – Divorced from Dennis, 2 children; Divorced from Tom Athans
    • Religious Affiliation – Methodist
  • Robert Menendez, Senator from New Jersey

    Robert Menendez, Senator from New Jersey


    • Born – January 1954 in New York City
    • Education – B.A., Saint Peter’s University; J.D., Rutgers University
    • Military Service – None
    • Profession – Lawyer
    • Political Experience – Mayor of Union City, New Jersey General Assembly, New Jersey Senate, U.S. House of Representatives
    • In office since – 2006
    • Family – Divorced from Jane Jacobsen, 2 children; Married to Nadine Arslanian
    • Religious Affiliation – Catholic
  • Deb Fischer, Senator from Nebraska

    Deb Fischer, Senator from Nebraska


    • Born – March 1951 in Lincoln, Nebraska
    • Education – B.S., University of Nebraska at Lincoln
    • Military Service – None
    • Profession – Rancher
    • Political Experience – Nebraska Legislature
    • In office since – 2013
    • Family – Married to Bruce, 3 children
    • Religious Affiliation – Presbyterian

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Two minutes of prayerful consideration of the questions that arise in our daily lives.
  • Melanie Stansbury, Representative for New Mexico

    Melanie Stansbury, Senator from Michigan


    • Born – January 1979 in Farmington, New Mexico
    • Education – B.A., Saint Mary’s College of California, M.M.S., Cornell University
    • Military Service – None
    • Profession – Ecology instructor, consultant; politician
    • Political Experience – New Mexico House of Representatives
    • In office since – June 2021
    • Family – Undisclosed
    • Religious Affiliation – Undisclosed
  • Debbie Stabenow, Senator from Michigan

    Debbie Stabenow, Senator from Michigan


    • Born – April 1950 in Gladwin, Michigan
    • Education – B.A., M.S.W., Michigan State University
    • Military Service – None
    • Profession – Politician
    • Political Experience – Michigan House of Representatives, Michigan Senate, U.S. House of Representatives
    • In office since – 2001
    • Family – Divorced from Dennis, 2 children; Divorced from Tom Athans
    • Religious Affiliation – Methodist
  • Robert Menendez, Senator from New Jersey

    Robert Menendez, Senator from New Jersey


    • Born – January 1954 in New York City
    • Education – B.A., Saint Peter’s University; J.D., Rutgers University
    • Military Service – None
    • Profession – Lawyer
    • Political Experience – Mayor of Union City, New Jersey General Assembly, New Jersey Senate, U.S. House of Representatives
    • In office since – 2006
    • Family – Divorced from Jane Jacobsen, 2 children; Married to Nadine Arslanian
    • Religious Affiliation – Catholic
  • Deb Fischer, Senator from Nebraska

    Deb Fischer, Senator from Nebraska


    • Born – March 1951 in Lincoln, Nebraska
    • Education – B.S., University of Nebraska at Lincoln
    • Military Service – None
    • Profession – Rancher
    • Political Experience – Nebraska Legislature
    • In office since – 2013
    • Family – Married to Bruce, 3 children
    • Religious Affiliation – Presbyterian
  • Sherrod Brown, Senator from Ohio

    Sherrod Brown, Senator from Ohio


    • Born – November 1952 in Mansfield, Ohio
    • Education – B.A., Yale University; M.A. and M.P.A., Ohio State University
    • Military Service – None
    • Profession – Politician
    • Political Experience – Ohio House of Representatives, Secretary of State of Ohio, U.S. House of Representatives
    • In office since – 2017
    • Family – Divorced from Larke, 2 children; Married to Connie, 2 stepchildren
    • Religious Affiliation – Lutheran

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The Pray First Network is a portfolio of tools, platforms, and resources designed to create an active prayer lifestyle. The Presidential Prayer Team believes it is vitally important to pray first before making major decisions about our lives and our country, with the goal of helping people understand the will of God through prayer.

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