Weekly Prayer Update
Good News – Update On Congressman Scalise 
July 31, 2017

Read this and other attacks on faith from Weekly Prayer Update 7/24-7/31

Congressman Scalise has been released from the hospital! Thank you for praying for complete healing.  Read more here.

National Prayer Points 

PTC: Holding Out Hope For The Family 

“The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) should have all its leadership positions filled soon following Senate confirmation hearings next week – and the Parents Television Council hopes the result will be an agency that advocates for the family.”

Undeniable: The Survey Of Hostility To Religion In America 

For anyone who thinks religious discrimination is non-existent in America, the attorneys at First Liberty Institute have a different story. First Liberty announced the release of Undeniable: The Survey of Hostility to Religion in America (2016). It is available online here, free of charge.  

International Prayer Points

Iraq: Human Rights Activists Applauding Tillerson

“Human rights activists are applauding Secretary of State Tillerson for using the term genocide for the first time to describe the Islamic State’s mass slaughter of Christians, Yazidis and other religious minorities in Iraq.”

Myanmar: Pastors Facing Prison For Helping Journalist

“Two Kachin Baptist pastors who helped a journalist to photograph a Catholic church bombed by Myanmar’s army face up to eight years in prison, reports the US-based Baptist Standard.”

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.

MN: Filmmakers Challenge Law On Basis Of Protecting Freedom Of Conscience

“Christian owners of a wedding filmmaking company have filed a lawsuit against Minnesota commissioner of human rights and attorney general to challenge state laws that compel them to produce videos of same-sex marriages against their religious beliefs.”

MN: Policy Forces All Religious Displays Be Removed

“The city of Belle Plaine, Minnesota, ended months of debate Monday by eliminating a free speech zone at Veterans Memorial Park, blocking a proposed satanic monument and forcing other religious displays to be removed.”

NC: Commissioners Still Deciding Whether To Appeal Case 

“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.

OH: FFRF Outraged That School Teaches A Unit On ‘Biogenesis’

From FFRF site: The Freedom From Religion Foundation is outraged that a unit on creationism is being taught at an online Ohio public charter school based out of Akron.

TN: Knoxville Police To Remove Sign With Bible Verse

“A biblical passage that has long been displayed at a Tennessee city’s police headquarters will be moved following a complaint from an organization that advocates for the separation of church and state.”

TN: Mayor Defies Atheists’ Group’s Demands

“After receiving a complaint letter from a prominent atheist group, the mayor of a Tennessee county says he has no plans to remove a Bible verse inscription from his county’s courthouse and hopes instead to add an additional verse to the building’s walls.”

WI: School Agrees To Turn Off Faith-Based Radio

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has convinced a Wisconsin school district to turn off a Christian broadcasting station on a school bus.

From FFRF site: “Early in spring, FFRF sent a letter to the Stevens Point Area Public School District due to concerns over a bus driver who was incessantly playing devotional Christian music on a bus taking students to P.J. Jacobs Junior High School.”

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. 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.

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!

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.

Prayer for Others on the Religious Liberty Front

There are many organizations on the front lines that need our prayers.
Alliance Defending FreedomACLJBecket LawLiberty CounselFirst LibertyFamily Research CouncilThe Heritage FoundationChaplain Alliance For Religious Liberty and any others that come to mind.

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.