Read this and other attacks on faith from Weekly Prayer Update 9/25-10/2
“More than 50 people have been killed and more than 400 injured in the shooting, which began late Sunday night, police said. The suspected gunman was killed following what has now become the deadliest mass shooting in US history.” Read more.
National Prayer Points
“…House Majority Whip Steve Scalise returned to work and delivered a moving speech saying “he has a renewed faith and understanding that the power of prayer is not something you can underestimate.” You watch the full speech here.”
“The Supreme Court will reconvene on the first Monday in October for its new term. It has not yet filled its oral argument calendar for the term, so it will continue for the next five months or so to grant review for cases that will be heard after the new year through the end of April.” Click to learn more about key cases that could be added to the calendar.
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
“Gina Goh with International Christian Concern says they are happy to hear about the rescue – and that the priest appeared to be in good health and high spirits – but at the same time they know that about 40-50 other hostages still need to be freed.”
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.
“A historic cross that has stood in a Pensacola park since World War II should not be torn down, the City of Pensacola told a federal appeals court. The cross is one of more than 170 displays in the city’s many public parks, but four people sued the city in 2016 claiming that the cross is “offensive.” A federal judge ordered that the monument must be removed, but the city has now appealed.” CPCF took action.
From FFRF site: “A concerned community member contacted FFRF to report that the email signature of Sarah Mullins, an executive secretary in the Fayette County School Corporation, on her school district email address included the New Testament quote and citation: ‘Hope anchors the soul. Hebrews 6:19.”
“The police chief of a small Oklahoma town has taken action in hopes of satisfying the American Civil Liberties Union. Threatening a lawsuit, the ACLU issued a letter to Mayor Rosa Jackson in Mounds, demanding that the local police department refrain from posting Bible verses to social media.”
“A federal judge has ordered a Pennsylvania county to remove the cross from its seal, saying it violated the Constitution. Lehigh Valley County, which is about 40 miles north of Philadelphia, will have to redesign its seal after U.S. District Judge Edward Smith ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), an organization that promotes separation of church and state and which filed the lawsuit against the county, according to The Morning Call.”
“Cheerleaders will be able to once again raise banners proclaiming God’s Word at football games in Kountze, Texas.”
“Attorneys for First Liberty Institute today filed a petition on behalf of their client, football coach Joe Kennedy, requesting an en banc rehearing of Coach Kennedy’s case by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. If granted, eleven active Ninth Circuit judges—including the chief judge—would hear Coach Kennedy’s case and issue a decision.”
National Prayer Opportunities
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.
Prayer for Anti-Faith Groups
For more information about this prayer initiative, contact Summer Ingram, National Director of Prayer and Mobilization for the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation.