Read this and other attacks on faith from Weekly Prayer Update 3/19/18 to 3/26/18
“The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Seapower Subcommittee said on Wednesday that the United States Navy’s decision to deny the application from a ‘secular humanist’ for its chaplain corp was the appropriate decision for a post that is designed to support the religious needs of members.”
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Prayer and Action
Living our faith means it impacts everything we do. Paul encourages unceasing prayer, and James makes a strong point that faith without works is dead. Have you considered how to positively impact your sphere of influence with the values and care that are derived from faith?
National Prayer Points
Catholic Charities Battles to Serve Children and Adoptive Parents
“Across the country, local offices of Catholic Charities are similarly fighting in the courts, legislatures and public arena to preserve their adoption services against new legal pressures to close their doors because they abide by Catholic doctrine, which teaches marriage is the permanent, loving union of a man and a woman open to raising children.”
21-Day Fast For Healing Of Our Nation
You are invited to join at 21-day Daniel fast for healing of our nation, legislative breakthroughs, a reformation of the judicial and education systems, and much more.
Each week we will focus on two new prayer points. We encourage you to add your own prayer points, and journal the requests and answers.
1. Organizations to quickly develop and implement an effective strategy to positively impact the Education System.
2. People of faith across America to unite around the common mission of ensuring that Faith, God, Prayer, the Bible and its teachings, continue to have a place in shaping America’s future, to promote freedom and increase civility.
Problematic Anti-Religious Freedom Bills Springing Up Across The Nation
Big Cases To Watch At The Supreme Court In 2018
1. Decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop
“The justices heard oral arguments in Jack Phillips’ right-of-conscience case on December 5. The day after oral arguments, the justices met in their closed session, voted on the case, and assigned an author to write a majority decision. We don’t know how the justices voted or who is writing the majority decision. The justices will announce their decision sometime before the end of the term in late June. This will be one of the most-watched cases of the term.
2. Will the Supreme Court grant review in the Rowan County legislative prayer case?
The county board of Rowan County, North Carolina, varied the practice of prayer by rotating through the members of the board. The American Civil Liberties Union challenged this practice, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit initially upheld the practice, but on further review the full court agreed with the ACLU, 10-5, that the practice violated the Establishment Clause.
But in a second case, last September the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 9-6, upheld the practice of county board members praying to open a meeting. The losing parties have asked the Supreme Court to hear this case, which is made more likely because of the split with the Fourth Circuit. CPCF filed an amicus brief supporting the board in the Sixth Circuit.
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
Turkey: Pastor Could Be Jailed For Life
“After holding American pastor Andrew Brunson in jail for nearly a year and a half without charges, the Turkish court is now looking to keep him in prison for what could be the rest of his life, equating his evangelism to terrorism.”
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. View a model school policy on invocations before games here.
CA: Cafe Faces Eviction Over Inspirational Music And Decor
“Last October, the cafe’s religious music and inspirational decor triggered microaggressions among local atheists. A complaint was filed with the San Bernardino County Department of Real Estate Services, the cafe’s landlord. A few weeks later the Magnos were notified that their location was going to be put up for public bid status. ‘We were encouraged to include in our proposal for bid, that we would not play our religious music or have any religious decorations,’ Mr. Magno told me.”
DC: Religious Ads Banned In The District
“The Archdiocese of Washington is heading to U.S. District Court, after being denied the use of ad space to display religious messages.”
IA: FFRF Upset About Senate Invocations
From FFRF: “The Freedom From Religion Foundation has sent a letter to the Iowa Senate strongly objecting to its invocation practice…”
MA: Bill Attempts To Strip Businesses From First Amendment Protections
“House Bill 767, introduced by Rep. Michael Day, is attempting to strip businesses and corporations, and thus their owners, from First Amendment protection…
“What Rep. Day’s bill would say is that if Jack Phillips were in Massachusetts and this law were passed, he wouldn’t even have his day in court, (because) it says that people of faith always lose,’ Beckwith warns. ‘And not only do they lose if they try and use their faith as a defense against discrimination claims,” Beckwith continues, ‘this law would pierce the corporate veil. So not only would they possibly lose their business, they could lose their homes in the lawsuits and the penalties and fines that come with them.'”
OH: FFRF Asks For Removal Of Prayer Plaques From Memorial
From FFRF Site: “A concerned community member in Evendale (near Cincinnati) contacted FFRF to report that in May 2017, the village spent more than $388,000 to rebuild its Veterans, Police and Fire Memorial. Part of the memorial contains seven plaques prominently displayed upon separate gray-stone pillars. Each of these plaques features an exclusively Christian prayer, with five ending “through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”
National Prayer Opportunities
Prayer for the American Prayer Caucus Network, 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.
The American Prayer Caucus Network is a nationwide network of nearly 1,000 federal and state elected leaders who are standing for faith and impacting the culture. Please join us in 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.
The Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation
The Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation, a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization created to support government leaders who wish to partner prayer with legislative and citizen action to protect our Judeo-Christian heritage and religious freedom. Please pray for the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation team, our State Directors, legal team, Board of Directors, web developers, technical team, production team, design and graphics team, CPCF intercessors and donors.
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.