Read this and other attacks on faith from Weekly Prayer Update 12/27/17 to 1/3/18
“A husband-and-wife baking team must pay a $135,000 fine for declining to make a cake for the wedding of two women, Oregon’s second-highest court has ruled.” Read more here.
Other National Prayer Points
Appeals Court Rules Bakers Must Pay $135,000 For Not Making Wedding Cake
“A husband-and-wife baking team must pay a $135,000 fine for declining to make a cake for the wedding of two women, Oregon’s second-highest court has ruled.”
Supreme Court Ruling On Masterpiece Cakeshop Due Early Spring
The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a high profile case involving Masterpiece Cakeshop last month. Specifically, the justices considered whether the state of Colorado can force Jack Phillips, a Christian baker, to create a custom cake that incorporates a message that violates his deeply held religious beliefs.
First Liberty created a cumulative compilation of recent documented instances of hostility toward free religious exercise. It is often cited by lawmakers, educators, opinion leaders, and the media.
International Prayer Points
China: Government Assaults Elderly, Vandalizes Churches
“In another sign of the crackdown taking place against Christians in China, government officials used what is being described as ‘thug-like behavior’ to confiscate church property.”
Kenya: Christians Need Prayer, Protection
“A close call at a church in Kenya has Christians there concerned about their safety.”
State Prayer Points
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 CPCF legal team has researched best practices legislation and provided talking points on various religious freedom topics to assist legislators. Download their Report here.
AL: Freedom From Religion Foundation Upset Over Governor’s Social Media Post
“The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey to remove from her official Facebook page a Christmas post that includes ‘unconstitutional religious endorsements.'”
NC: Legislative Prayer Could Be Going To The Supreme Court – Again
“Rowan County in North Carolina asks the Supreme Court to uphold its policy pertaining to praying before public meetings and to clear up conflicting rulings on legislator-led prayer in lower courts. ADF attorneys are co-counsel in this case.”
National Prayer Opportunities
Prayer for the Congressional Prayer Caucus, Their Families, and Staff
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. There are nearly 100 Members of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, an official bipartisan and bicameral caucus of the U.S. Congress. Please commit to praying daily for them, their families, and staff.
Pray for our President and all Those in Authority
“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.
PrayUSA – Government Leaders Calling The Nation to Prayer
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.
Join the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation Prayer Team!
Email me to join the CPCF Prayer Team! Commit to praying for the Members and families of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, The American Prayer Caucus Network, and the CPCFoundation.
Prayer for Anti-Faith Groups
Freedom From Religion Foundation
Secular Coalition for America
Military Religious Freedom Foundation
For more information about this prayer initiative, contact Summer Ingram, National Director of Prayer and Mobilization for the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation.