Impeachment Trial Begins
As you read today’s devotional, remember, as the Ekklesia, we can control the atmosphere and decree the way forward for our president and our nation. We must decree the things God wants and believe that His will for America in this hour will come to pass.
Last Thursday, the U. S. House of Representatives sent 2 Articles of Impeachment to the Senate for trial. Chief Justice John Roberts, who will preside over the trial, was sworn in, as were all of the U. S. Senators. They will serve as the jury in the trials.
President Trump is being accused of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress for pressuring Ukraine to investigate his political rivals and blocking the House from further investigating the scandal. The vote in the House was telling. It was solidly a partisan vote. 100% of Republicans voted against the Articles. They were joined by a few Democrats. The rest of the Democrats voted for the Articles, giving them the votes needed to pass them.
Today, they will pick up the trial in earnest, beginning with a vote on the rules that will govern the trial. That is likely to be contentious between the two major parties, especially where it comes to the calling of witnesses and the timing of the vote on the impeachment articles. Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi , and other prominent Democrats in the House have been trying hard to control the process in the Senate. However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is having none of it. He has outlined a firm boundary between the duties of the House to investigate, and the duties of the Senate to try the matter.
The House managers, or prosecutors, will be House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.), Rep. Jason Crow (D-Colo.) and Rep. Sylvia Garcia (D-Texas).
“No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from Me,” says the Lord.” (Isaiah 54:17; NKJV)
Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:
- This is a somber day. Consider fasting and praying.
- Decree over the proceedings today, “But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.” (Amos 5:24; ESV)
- Pray that President Trump will seek the Lord for His wisdom, His teaching in righteousness, and that he may walk in God’s truth. (Psalm 86:11). Pray that he will come to know the rest of God and let God fight his battles. (Exodus 14:14)
- Declare Isaiah 54:17 above over President Trump.
- Proclaim over every Senator and person involved in the process today: “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you, but to do justice, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8; NASB)
A prayer you can pray:
Father, we humble ourselves before Your great and mighty Name today. We come to You in the name of Jesus. We are grieving over the state of our nation’s government. Never have we seen such animosity and division. There is so much hatred, and from that hatred there is a determination from some to remove President Trump from office whatever it takes. We honor the U. S. Constitution and ask that the Constitution will be followed and justice will be sought. Let the fear of the Lord fall in that Senate Chamber. Fall on each one present and let even the hardest of hearts understand the weight of these circumstances and of this moment in history. Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.
This is not a time for jesting and laughing at a duly elected President’s expense. The nation is watching and the nation will act next November according to what they see and perceive. We pray that You would also guard the president’s words and actions, not just his opposition’s. May President Trump come to know You better in this moment. May he learn to trust in You completely, letting You fight his battles for him. He must find a way to walk in self-control, trusting You and the advisers You have given him, so that You may say over him, “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from Me.” We proclaim Your Word over every Senator and House Manager, “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you, but to do justice, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” We declare these things in accordance with Your Word, Jesus, precious Word of God, amen.
Let the fear of the Lord be upon the impeachment trial for President Donald J. Trump.