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Lord, we pray for wisdom for our leaders as they interact with China. We pray for justice, righteousness, freedom, and true peace to prevail.

A “red phone” to China? That caught my attention. CNN reported this week that the Biden administration is examining the idea of an emergency hotline between the White House and Beijing — a direct communication tool to diffuse potential conflicts before they escalate out of control. It’s still just an idea, and apparently not actually raised with China yet. But the fact that such a tool similar to the Washington-Moscow hotline of the Cold War is being discussed is notable. This could be a milestone for intercessors to keep close track of as they pray for our nation and the world.

China has certainly been a major topic of conversation in our capital in recent days. At this week’s International Religious Freedom Summit spearheaded by Ambassador Sam Brownback, leading figures from across the political spectrum called out China for its abuses, particularly oppression and genocide in in the Xinjiang region. For example, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the Uyghur’s in Xinjiang faced “an existential threat from Beijing, which is a challenge to our own conscience.” Pelosi, who along with former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and USAID Administrator Samantha Power were high level additions to the IRF Summit lineup on Monday, was resolute on the need to speak against these abuses.

Pompeo called out the “truly Orwellian concentration camps” in Xinjiang. Communist officials have been persecuting a million Uyghur Muslims and other minorities there for years. And last year the State Department’s annual IRF report revealed that these minorities are victims of “forced disappearance, political indoctrination, torture, physical and psychological abuse, including forced sterilization and sexual abuse, forced labor, and prolonged detention without trial because of their religion and ethnicity.”

“It should strike at the heart of every human being and every American who cares or claims to care about freedom in the world,” declared Pompeo.

Meanwhile, even as the Biden administration’s State Department issued an advisory aimed at using a “whole-of-government effort” to counter what it re-affirmed as genocide and crimes against humanity, former Vice President Mike Pence prepared strong words of his own for an address at the Heritage Foundation. In fact, he suggested China is an even bigger problem for the U.S. than the Soviet Union was.

“The Chinese Communist Party is the greatest threat to our prosperity, security, and values on the face of the earth. China may not yet be an evil empire. But it’s working hard every day to become one,” Pence said.

In the midst of these revelations and strong words in Washington, we should not miss messages coming out of China. Earlier this month, China’s President Xi Jinping delivered a speech in Beijing commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party. Even as he celebrated the CCP and its view of its history, Xi warned against “sanctimonious preaching” from outsiders.

He also added:

We Chinese are a people who uphold justice and are not intimidated by threats of force. As a nation, we have a strong sense of pride and confidence. We have never bullied, oppressed, or subjugated the people of any other country, and we never will. By the same token, we will never allow any foreign force to bully, oppress, or subjugate us. Anyone who would attempt to do so will find themselves on a collision course with a great wall of steel forged by over 1.4 billion Chinese people.

In the midst of oppression, potent words, and even talks of a “red phone,” I can’t help but think that this is a moment in need of intercessory prayer. Our leaders need wisdom and strength as they face these challenges in and from China in real time. And voices of true peace and justice need favor on the other side of the Pacific as well.

 

What is on your heart to pray into this matter today? Please share in the comments.

 

Aaron Mercer is a Contributing Writer with two decades of experience in Washington, D.C.s public policy arena. Picture credit: Canva.

 

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Pauline
July 17, 2021

Never, in my lifetime, have I heard of any U.S. leader wanting, let alone having, a “red phone” to China!! Biden wants to “diffuse potential conflicts before they escalate out of control!” He’s asking China for advice and help with this?? How disturbing is that?? Biden and his administration are clearly out of control! They want to stop anyone who does not agree with their “plan” for America!
Yes, Indeed, intercessors, we have to pray, diligently, regarding this. This is a spiritual battle!! This is pure evil and needs to be stopped BEFORE it gets started!! (although it may have already been started) This should tell everyone all they need to know about the “plans” this administration has for us.
The Word says, “I know the plans I have for you, they are plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” I pray God brings confusion in their camp, and that they turn on one another. I pray that all their plots and plans boomerang on them! What the enemy means for evil, God will turn it for our good.
We must do our part though, wake up, and stand up, and speak out!! Not to speak is to speak! We need to let our Congressmen know this is totally unacceptable, and we are aware of what’s going on. Remember, these people want to be re-elected! We also need to pray against election fraud, because they are trying, hard, to set up a system where elections are rigged and they can’t lose!

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Darlene Estlow
July 17, 2021

Father, we are not to feel in fear but to pray and trust you. May we continue in prayer for China and your people there, and others who are suffering there. Draw them to you. Continue to reveal what we should pray for that you may do your work.

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Karen Secrest
July 17, 2021

I find my prayers for 20,000 children who are suffering the exact kind of persecution from issues not addressed along our borders, whether it be from the Canadian north or extreme south of the Rio Grande River, to be the same. Where are the Brownback’s to address our own SWAMP?

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Denise
July 17, 2021

Father God,

You are the History maker! You direct all things in accordance to Your plan. As I study Your Word and it’s prophetic truths, I see that neither China nor the US are major players in the end times. I pray that is because of the Rapture of the Church. Many believers may disagree and that is ok. This is not a salvation issue. However, the prophecies of the Old Testament and Jesus’ first coming all came to pass literally and accurately. Based on the validity of Your Word, we can trust the His second coming will also be literal and as accurate as the first. Help us to keep our eyes fixed on You. Grant us wisdom and make us ready as we share the gospel with urgency and love. You are returning soon, keep us free from deception sensitive to Your Holy Spirit. Matt 24:4-8 “Then Jesus replied to them; Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, saying, and I am Messiah, and they will deceive many. You are going to hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, because these things must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. And these events are the beginning of birth pains.” All these things are now happening in convergence with the return of Israel as the Jewish State. Everything is corresponding to Your perfect plan. Ready Your Church! Give us eyes to see and ears to hear and hearts that desire obedience. Let us glorify Your Name in all we do! Maranatha, Lord Jesus…come quickly! In Your Name we pray!

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Beverly Patterson
July 17, 2021

Father God we are crying out for the oppression of the people in China, Lord you are their deliverer and I pray for Christians to stand against the evil which wants to rule the world, let’s stand together in Jesus name 🙏

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Carol
July 17, 2021

I have no confidence in the competency level of the current president to protect America from foreign enemies. He has put the United States into much debt and danger from our enemies by consorting with them. He is sending a citizen “strike force” (nazi Germany?) out to American homes concerning your own “PRIVATE” medical vaccine information, yet ignoring both China and Russia. I believe the China red phone would be used against Biden’s opposition. (Ordinary Americans!) He has made himself a friend of America’s enemies! (One is China! Another is Russia!) Who is behind the scenes in America pulling Biden’s strings? I don’t believe he is making his own foreign or domestic affairs decisions. Yes, we should pray psalm 37 AND psalm 35 daily for ours, and America’s protection against all of our enemies, both foreign and domestic! We thank YOU FATHER GOD for striving with them that strive with us and FIGHTING AGAINST THEM THAT FIGHT AGAINST US. In Exodus 15:3 FATHER we are reminded that “the LORD is a man of war, the LORD is HIS Name!” Thank YOU for sending YOUR warriors to fight this battle for us! Exodus 14:13-14 says “And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD….!” 14-“the LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace!” FATHER GOD, we submit this current administration and all of our enemies to YOU and we thank YOU for deliverance in JESUS MIGHTY Name! Amen!

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Judith
July 17, 2021

Father, Your arm is not too short!! Draw the leaders of all nations to faith in Christ Jesus. Oh that they would seek Your Kingdom first rather than build their own.
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulders, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and of peace there will be no end…Isaiah 9: 6-7a
Father, May Your Kingdom come and Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Find us steadfast in every way. Forgiveness of sin is found in Christ Jesus alone, thank You when we confess, You bring forgiveness. Let our sins be on a short list that You can use us here and now for the glory of Your name! Thank You for the encouragement that Nancy Pelosi was among this group speaking out against the treatment of the Uyghur people group. You are our unstoppable God! All glory and honor and praise belongs to You. In the name of Jesus, Amen

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