Weekly Prayer Update
Senator Lankford Applauds Supreme Court Trinity Lutheran Ruling
June 26, 2017

Read this and other attacks on faith from Weekly Prayer Update 6/19-6/26

Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today applauded the Supreme Court 7-2 ruling, in favor of Trinity Lutheran Church and religious freedom, that the state of Missouri was wrong to exclude Trinity Lutheran Church from a program intended to help nonprofits improve the playground at its preschool and daycare center. In April 2016, Senator Lankford joined colleagues in the House and Senate to submit an amicus brief in this case in support of Trinity Lutheran Church.”  Read more here.

National Prayer Points

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Freedom of Conscience Case

“When the government ordered Jack, a cake artist, to help celebrate acts that violate his faith or face severe punishment, he courageously stood up to protect his freedom of conscience. The U.S. Supreme Court has now agreed to hear Jack’s case. The outcome will impact all of us.”

Update on Congressman Scalise and Matt Mika

Great news! Congressman Scalise’s condition has been upgraded from critical to fair. Also, Matt Mika has been released from the hospital. Thanks for keeping them and their families in prayer. 

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

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.

FL: Judge Rules To Tear Down Cross, But There Is Hope

“Based on appeals court precedent, federal Judge Roger Vinson reluctantly ruled last week that the 34-foot cross, located in a public park and maintained by the city, is unconstitutional. Pensacola attorney Nixon Daniel, who represented the city, says even though Judge Vinson gave the city 30 days to tear it down, there is still hope for the cross.”

MS: Victory! Court Ruling Protects Citizens From Government Coercion

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously that the Mississippi “Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act” or HB 1523 will be allowed to go into effect. Governor Phil Bryant signed the bill into law early last year; however, the Circuit Court declared the Mississippi law unconstitutional. After a long legal battle, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of protecting the rights of conscience for Mississippians. We congratulate Alliance Defending Freedom on the win! As Governor Bryant and the Mississippi Legislature intended, this law ensures all individuals, and business owners, are protected from government coercion.

WI: Battle Over Crosses Ensues

“The atheist Freedom From Religion Foundation has sent a letter to Oconomowoc, Wisconsin – located about 30 miles west of Milwaukee – complaining it is violating the Constitution with the two signs that display the message: ‘The Churches of Oconomowoc Welcome You.'”

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

National Day of Repentance – July 2nd

Rep. Doug Lamborn (CO-5) is introducing a bill in Congress that will call our nation to a day of national repentance. This Bill, H.Res. 376, calls for a “National Day of Reflection and Repentance” on July 2, 2017. H.Res. 376 has been submitted to the House Oversight and Government Reform committee, and is co-sponsored by Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-8). 

Answer the Call2Fall – July 2nd

The Family Research Council is calling for 40,000 churches to join in a corporate act of humility, repentance, and desperate prayer on our knees before the Lord. Learn more by clicking the link above.

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

Awaken the Dawn – October 6-9th

Groups are calling the nation to the National Mall to pray and worship in Washington DC on October 6-9, 2017. 

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. 
Alliance 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