Read this and other attacks on faith from Weekly Prayer Update 9/18-9/25
“For over 25 years, See You at the Pole has been about one simple act—prayer. SYATP is still about students uniting themselves in prayer before God interceding for their generation.” Read more.
National Prayer Points
‘Undeniable’ – Updated Religious Liberty Report
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
“The United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Thursday supporting Iraq in prosecuting members of ISIS/Daesh for crimes committed against religious minorities in the region. The terrorist organization has been perpetrating acts of genocide against Christians, Yazidis, and other religious minorities.”
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.
AL: Freedom From Religion Foundation Ends Prayer Over Loudspeaker
From FFRF site: “On Aug. 25, Smiths Station High School broadcast a prayer over the loudspeaker prior to the first football game of the season and right after the national anthem.”
AR: Atheist Group Objects To Act 911
“An atheist group has threatened the Bentonville Public School District to not comply with Arkansas Act 911, a new law enacted which provides for the display of the National Motto, “In God We Trust,” in public schools as a patriotic and historic display. Liberty Counsel has offered pro bono counsel and defense for the school district. The American Atheists, founded by the late Madalyn Murray O’Hair, has issued a letter to over 260 superintendents across the state, claiming that the display is unconstitutional and threatening to file suit in federal court if the school district complies with the new law. CPCF took action.
“…the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit blocked an attempt to prevent Chabad of Irvine from practicing a historic Jewish ritual….Just two days after the Ninth Circuit ruled in favor of the Orthodox Jewish community, activists filed APRL v. City of Los Angeles in federal court, seeking to force the cities of Los Angeles and Irvine to prevent Orthodox Jews from participating in the kaporos ritual, while claiming the right to place individual kaporos participants under “private persons arrest” if the police will not.”
“Many parents were upset to learn that their Cedartown Middle Schoolers were part of a discussion on Greek mythology that included a poem portraying God as a ‘mythical creature like a unicorn.’ ‘Parents should seize upon the opportunity to begin Bible clubs in that school district, and also other ministry opportunities, as well as have the district adopt school board policies that are very much in the parents’ liking in a faith-friendly community,’ Brad Dacus of the Pacific Justice Institute suggests.”
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.”
Governor Bevin calls September 24-30 ‘Global Week of Student Prayer’, highlighted by ‘See You At the Pole’ events on the fourth Wednesday.
“Boston has a policy allowing organizations to raise a flag next to the American flag on the city council plaza and bring in speakers. Liberty Counsel founder and president Mat Staver says the city permits varied groups to do so. ‘[It has ranged] from flags representing the Chinese Progressive Association to the Boston Pride – and even a transgender pink-and-blue flag has been raised as part of this public forum,’ he describes. ‘But in this case, they said no to the Christian flag.'”
“Christian adoption agencies, which place vulnerable children in loving homes, have become a new foe for activists and now they’re going to court in Michigan to shut them down.”
“…a district court in Minnesota ruled against our clients Carl and Angel Larsen, dismissing their lawsuit challenging a state law that would force them to create films that portray a message that contradicts their faith.”
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.