Weekly Prayer Update
Marine’s Religious Freedom Case Could Be Precedent-Setting
February 27, 2017

Read this and other attacks on faith from Weekly Prayer Update 2/21-2/27

“A Christian law firm is petitioning the Supreme Court to review the case of a former Marine who was forced out of the military because she refused to take down Bible verses from her work cubicle.” Read more here.

National Prayer Points and Praise Reports

Executive Order Would Protect The Conscience Of Little Sisters Of The Poor

“The Little Sisters of the Poor – because of their faith – have given their lives to care for ill elderly patients. Please CONTACT President Trump and ask him to sign a Religious Freedom Executive Order protecting Little Sisters of the Poor from being forced – in violation of the faith that inspires their service – to offer abortion drugs through their insurance plan. Call (202) 456-1111 and e mail https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact.”

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.  

State Prayer Points and Praise Reports

Religious Liberty Legislation

Continue praying consistently and fervently for the successful passage of legislation that effectively protects our Judeo-Christian heritage and religious liberty.

AR: Supreme Court Keeps Freedom Of Conscience A Priority

“The Arkansas Supreme Court struck down a city’s ordinance that unlawfully added sexual orientation and gender identity. In the unanimous ruling, the court ruled that the City of Fayette violated state law by adding these two categories when state law did not include them…”

CO: Baker Ask Supreme Court To Protect His Freedom Of Expression

“…the Court directed the State of California to respond to a Petition for Certiorari filed by Pacific Justice Institute on behalf of Christian counselors.  Each year, the Supreme Court grants review to about 1% of the thousands of petitions and other requests it receives for review.  When the Court orders an opposing party to file a responsive brief, it does not necessarily mean the Court will ultimately take the case, but the odds increase significantly. The US Supreme Court meets Friday to decide whether it will hear a very important case: Jack Phillips’ Masterpiece Cakeshop case. Jack is a cake artist who runs a family bakery in Lakewood, Colorado. He never expected to be at the Supreme Court, but he brings a potentially nation-shaping question to the high court: should Americans be free to choose which art they will create and which art they won’t create without fear of being unjustly punished by the government?”

MI: Family Meatpacking Business Threatened With Closure For Displaying Faith-Based Resources

“USDA bureaucrats threatened to shut down this company simply because the owner set out an article on a break room table that discussed his Christian belief that marriage is between a man and a woman… But the USDA officials told him to remove his article from the break room or his company would suffer.”

MS: Governor Weighs In On Freedom And Defends Anti-Coercion Law

“Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant argued forcefully in favor of the state’s law protecting Mississippians against government discrimination in a brief filed late Friday with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit. In the brief, Bryant and his attorney team, which includes attorneys with Alliance Defending Freedom, answered arguments against the law levied by those who filed suit to leave citizens without its protections. Bryant filed his opening brief with the 5th Circuit in October of last year…The Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act, HB 1523, protects citizens, public servants, businesses, and religious institutions from government reprisal for operating publicly according to their belief that marriage is reserved for one man and one woman, that sexual activity is intended only for married couples, and that one’s biological sex cannot change. Bryant signed the overwhelmingly popular bill into law in April 2016, but a federal district court granted a request to block it shortly thereafter.”

NC: Legislative Prayer

“The Fourth Circuit issued an order granting a rehearing en banc in Lund v. Rowan County.  In September, a three-judge panel issued a decision upholding the county’s prayer practice, but plaintiffs filed a petition for rehearing, which was granted.  The case is tentatively scheduled for oral argument during January 24-26.  As amici, the brief filed on behalf of the Members of Congress will be refiled with the court at this stage.”

OR: ‘Sweet Cakes By Melissa’ Goes To Court Next Week

“Oregon bakers Aaron and Melissa Klein were penalized $135,000 when they declined to create a custom-designed cake to celebrate a same-sex wedding. Now their legal battle heats up…”

WA: Floral Artist Asks US Supreme Court To Protect Her Freedom

“A Washington floral artist says she will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a decision Thursday by the state’s high court that concluded that the government can force her—and, by extension, other Washingtonians—to create artistic expression and participate in events with which they disagree.”

National Prayer Opportunities

Congressional Prayer Caucus

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 over 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 for them, their families, and staff daily. 

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.

David’s Tent 

Join people from across the nation for 24/7 Worship in Washington DC. They welcome worship teams from every tribe, tongue, nation, denomination, and all 50 U.S. states. Learn more here

Prayer for Religious Freedom Internationally

Middle East: Tortured Missionary Granted Religious Asylum

“A missionary who was jailed and tortured by authorities in two Middle Eastern countries has been granted religious asylum by the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service. “

Prayer for The CPCF, Our Team, and Initiatives

Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation

American Prayer Caucus Network

In God We Trust. Put It Up!

PrayUSA: Government Leaders Calling The Nation To Prayer

Prayer for Others on the Religious Liberty Front

There are many organizations on the front lines that need our prayers.
Alliance Defending Freedom, ACLJ, Becket Fund, Liberty Counsel, Liberty Institute, Family Research Council, The Heritage Foundation, Chaplain Alliance For Religious Liberty and any others that come to mind.

Prayer for Those That Oppose Us

Freedom From Religion Foundation
Secular Coalition for America
Military Religious Freedom Foundation