Read this and other attacks on faith from Weekly Prayer Update 9/5-9/11
“During National Days of Prayer and Remembrance, our Nation recalls the nearly 3,000 innocent people murdered on September 11, 2001. As we reflect on our sorrow and our grief, we come together to pray for those who lost loved ones. As a Nation, we pray that the love of God and the comfort of knowing that those who perished are forever remembered brings them peace and gives them courage.” Read more.
“For decades, the Board of Commissioners in Jackson County, Michigan, has opened its sessions with an invocation done by rotating county commissioners – an arrangement challenged in 2013 by atheists, but then upheld this week by the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. In a similar ruling in 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Township of Greece, New York, which called on volunteer pastors to open government meetings with prayer.”
“Hurricane Harvey is now history – but the devastation that resulted from the storm is not, especially in Texas and Louisiana. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is on hand and doing a good job helping victims, but attorney Daniel Blomberg of Becket tells OneNewsNow the federal agency is crossing off the list some victims that it shouldn’t.”While other types of private non-profit organizations are allowed to apply for disaster relief grants from FEMA to help deal with the devastation they’ve suffered, churches are categorically barred simply because they are religious,” he shares. “That’s wrong and it’s unconstitutional – particularly under the Supreme Court’s decision this summer in the Trinity Lutheran case.”
President Trump on Friday evening voiced his support for Texas churches receiving disaster relief money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) following Hurricane Harvey. “Churches in Texas should be entitled to reimbursement from FEMA Relief Funds for helping victims of Hurricane Harvey (just like others),” Trump wrote on Twitter.
“A judicial confirmation hearing this week stoked fears among conservatives that it is becoming acceptable on the American left to voice intensely anti-Christian sentiments.”
“In another power grab by the Chinese Communist government, it has just announced that it is banning children from attending church – prohibiting youth from not only participating in religious activities, but from joining any Christian groups whatsoever.”
Religious Liberty Legislation
Continue praying consistently and fervently for the successful passage of legislation that effectively protects our Judeo-Christian heritage and religious liberty. Also, pray that bills and resolutions that undermine our First Amendment Rights will be unsuccessful.
“The California Department of Managed Health Care is forcing churches to pay for elective abortions in their health insurance plans. Its mandate forces all insurance plans to cover all abortions. The state doesn’t force churches to pay for contraceptive coverage but nonetheless requires them to pay for elective abortion coverage.”
First Liberty Institute is applauding a ruling in favor of invocations before government meetings. The victory—in which First Liberty represented commissioners of Jackson County, Michigan—comes from a court that is one level below the U.S. Supreme Court.
“A prominent professing atheist organization has expressed its skepticism after a Missouri city recently sold a section of land surrounding an 80-year-old cross display to a private foundation in an effort to assuage the organization’s concerns about government endorsement of Christianity.”
“After first being told by a court they could pray based on their faith – and then being told they couldn’t – commissioners in Rowan County, North Carolina, are considering whether to take their case to the Supreme Court…Rowan County commissioners have 90 days in which to decide whether to appeal the case to the U.S. Supreme Court. The case is Lund v. Rowan County.” Contact the Commissioners to let them know you stand with their right to pray in a public setting, and encourage them to appeal the case to the United States Supreme Court.”
Congressional Prayer: Each week Congress is in session, members of Congressional Prayer Caucus meet before votes to pray in Room 219 of the U.S. Capitol. Learn more.
There are nearly 100 Members of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, a bipartisan and bicameral caucus, that is spearheading a strategic movement of national, state and local leaders and citizens who are working together to promote prayer, protect religious freedom and restore, upgrade and popularize America’s founding spirit and the principles related to faith and morality that shaped this Great Republic. Please commit to praying daily for them, their families, and staff.
“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” 1 Tim. 2, Psalm 91
Include: Judicial Branch, Legislative Branch, Executive Branch, Military, Faith Leaders, First Responders, Etc.
In 2015, government leaders spearheaded an effort to call America back to God and prayer. Be part of the Movement — If you are a government leader, church or organization, you can add your name to the list of leaders who are committed to this Call to Prayer for America. Churches and Organizations can contact CPCF to be added to the list. Government Leaders will be automatically added when you sign the Proclamation (document or online). Sign the Proclamation or host a PrayUSA Sunday.
Sign up here to join the CPCF Prayer Team! Upon joining you will receive insider prayer requests about once a month, and invitations to weekly prayer calls.
There are many organizations on the front lines that need our prayers.
National Legal Foundation, Alliance Defending Freedom, ACLJ, Becket Law, Liberty Counsel, First Liberty, Family Research Council, The Heritage Foundation, Chaplain Alliance For Religious Liberty and any others that come to mind.
For more information about this prayer initiative, contact Summer Ingram, National Director of Prayer and Mobilization for the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation.