Read this and other attacks on faith from Weekly Prayer Update 12/19 to 12/27
“President Donald J. Trump Asks Ben Carson to Say Grace, a Christmas Prayer for the Nation 2017 after his first year in Office starts to wind down, and as Plans for 2018 are made.” Watch here.
National Prayer Points
“The Affordable Care Act (aka, ObamaCare) forced free coverage of contraception and abortion-causing drugs, but the Trump administration changed that to allow exemptions for individuals who have a religious or moral objection.
According to Randall Wenger, chief counsel for Pennsylvania Family Institute, a lawsuit was filed by Pennsylvania’s attorney general on behalf of the state, and U.S. Federal Judge Wendy Beetlestone, an Obama appointee to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, has overturned the Trump rule, thereby reinstating terms of ObamaCare.”
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
“ISIS claimed responsibility for its first major attack on Christians in Pakistan, where 400 worshippers were gathered at Bethel Memorial Methodist Church.”
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.
“More than three years after it occurred, the termination of Atlanta’s fire chief has been ruled unconstitutional.”
“A University of Minnesota official denies that the document titled, ‘Religious Diversity and the Holidays,’ represents a policy of the school, stating instead that it was an ‘ill-advised” memo from “one individual that was not distributed broadly.’ The University has clarified and distanced itself from this holiday memo.”
“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.”
“Tennessee town reverses course after prohibiting Paul Johnson from peaceably reading Bible aloud in public during a town festival.”
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. 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.
“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.
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