Weekly Prayer Update
Senator Lankford Applauds State Department International Religious Freedom Report 
August 22, 2017

Read this and other attacks on faith from Weekly Prayer Update 8/14-8/21

Senator James Lankford, co-chair of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, made the following statement on the release of the State Department’s International Religious Freedom Report. Please remember to pray for those who are being persecuted for their faith around the world.

“I applaud Secretary Rex Tillerson’s remarks on the release of today’s State Department International Religious Freedom Report. It is vitally important that our top diplomat clearly and unequivocally proclaim that religious freedom is a core American value and a universal human right. Sadly, many countries, including China, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, and Russia, and many others, continue to oppress, imprison, torture, and persecute religious minority communities. Turkey continues to unjustly imprison Dr. Andrew Brunson without charges, and I appreciate Secretary Tillerson reminding the world of this. It is important for America to be clear about the human rights abuses happening around the world, as well as the genocide being committed by ISIS against Yazidis, Christians, and Shia Muslims. With an Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom nominated, and hopefully soon to be confirmed, and an administration that is firmly committed to human rights, we can make a difference around the world.” Read more here.

National Prayer Points 

Freedom Of Conscience Is In The Best Interest Of All

“Everyone seems fine with cake designers not being compelled to design pro-Trump cakes and fashion designers refusing to create dresses for Melania Trump. But when Colorado cake designer Jack Phillips decided that he and his cake shop could not create a cake celebrating a same-sex marriage in 2012, the hammer came down hard culturally and legally.”

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


Iran: Minority Religious Groups Suffer

“The Iranian government continues to persecute religious minorities, including groups supposedly given special recognition by the country’s constitution: Jews, Christians, and Zoroastrians. According to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom’s (USCIRF) annual report for 2017, Iran’s government ‘engaged in systematic, ongoing, and egregious violations of religious freedom, including prolonged detention, torture, and executions based primarily or entirely upon the religion of the accused.'”

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.

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.”

NM: Freedom From Religion Foundation Complains About Mural

From FFRF site: “A large mural painted inside the Freshman Academy of the Clovis Municipal School District in Clovis, N.M., depicted a dove and an anchor along with a biblical quote, ‘Hope anchors the soul — Hebrews 6:19.’ The mural had been painted by a former art teacher at the academy. FFRF had received a complaint about the ..mural from a local resident.”

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. 
National Legal FoundationAlliance 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.