Weekly Prayer Update
Supreme Court – 2016 And The Future Of Religious Freedom
December 1, 2016


Read this and other attacks on faith from Weekly Prayer Update 10/24-10/31

“Each instance of one person exercising his or her one vote at the ballot box in 2016 is crucial to the ultimate determination of who will eventually be casting one very pivotal vote on the Supreme Court.” Read more here.

Other National Prayer Points and Praise Reports

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 and Praise Reports

Religious Liberty Legislation

Continue praying consistently and fervently for the successful passage of legislation that effectively protects our Judeo-Christian heritage and religious liberty.

AL: Housecleaning Without A Hearing Isn’t Right

“Judge Moore was suspended without pay after a hearing before the Court of Judiciary, which was set up by the Judicial Inquiry Commission to determine whether Moore told probate judges to defy the Supreme Court ruling legalizing unnatural marriage. He has appealed to the state Supreme Court.”

FL: Mall Changes Directive – Hymns Allowed

“In a memo sent out to area groups who are normally invited to perform seasonal music, the upscale shopping mall leaders have in effect banned any music that could be recognized as “Christian…A spokesperson for the mall has confirmed now that Christmas hymns and carols that are ‘Christian’ in nature are allowed.”

GA: State of Georgia Demands Pastor Hand Over Sermons

“Dr. Eric Walsh was ordered to hand over sermons to the State of Georgia in compliance with their demands. Fulfilling the request would force Dr. Walsh to produce all his previous sermons, sermon notes and transcripts for government review and investigation which is a violation of the sanctity of the church.”

IA: Court Rules Iowa Churches Not Subject To Intrusive Law

“An Iowa church is dismissing its lawsuit against state officials and the city of Des Moines, after a federal judge issued a ruling protecting churches from government censorship and control.”

TX: Victory For Courtroom Prayer

“The controversy began in September 2014 when The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) of Madison, Wisconsin complained about private prayers by chaplains to open Judge Mack’s court sessions. Mack, who serves as county coroner in his capacity as a justice of the peace, established a volunteer chaplaincy program to help citizens in distress due to crises such as deaths of family members.

Alarmingly, the FFRF complaint—which incorrectly alleged that the prayers and the chaplain program were an unconstitutional government endorsement of religion—had touched off an investigation of Judge Mack by the Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct.

The celebration of this legal win comes as public prayer is challenged in other courts, including a recent victory in Rowan County, North Carolina.

Currently the U.S. Supreme Court and both chambers of the U.S. Congress open with prayer. But that hasn’t deterred opponents from challenging the freedom to pray wherever possible in their long game to eliminate it. America will need brave people and legal resources to keep prayer public.”

WA: Court Due To Rule On Case Soon

Barronelle Stutzman’s continuing struggle for religious freedom should be alarming not only to every Christian, but to every American who cherishes freedom. Barronelle is a floral artist … and a grandmother. She is being sued both professionally and personally by the Washington State attorney general and the ACLU. If she loses, they could take everything she owns —  her business, her home, and her life savings. Everything.

National Prayer Opportunities

Congressional Prayer Caucus

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 over 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 for them regularly.

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.

Jefferson Gathering Hosts – COME PRAY WITH ME: A Three-night Prayer Rally for Elections at Upper Senate Park

November 6, 7 & 8 – three nights leading up to the most important presidential election since the Civil War, concerned citizen will be gathering at the Upper Senate Park across Constitution Avenue from the U.S. Capitol to pray for the election and the nation’s future.

Leading the three-night prayer vigil are hosts Pastor Dan and JoAnn Cummins of The Jefferson Gathering Worship Services and led by well-known Christian churches and organizations including the Skyline Wesleyan Church in San Diego, Triumph Church of D.C., Concerned Women for America, Family Research Council, Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation, Somebody Cares International of Houston, Texas, Faith & Action in the Nation’s Capital, and Hombres De Parabra (Men of Their Word) both of Washington, D.C.

LOCATION: UPPER SENATE PARK 200 New Jersey Ave. NW and Constitution Ave. Washington, D.C. 20001

DATES AND TIMES: Sunday, November 6, 6:00pm EST, Monday & Tuesday, November 7 & 8, 7:00pm EST. You may also stream online at www.livestream.com/skylinechurch

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

Prayer for Religious Freedom Internationally

Nicaragua: Prayer Vigil Shut Down In Largely Evangelical Nation

“A Christian human rights group is expressing concern that the Nicaraguan government prevented an evangelical group from holding a public prayer and worship vigil.”

Nigeria Downplaying Boko Haram Target Of Christians

Although the Nigerian government has recorded notable military victories over Boko Haram recently and the Islamic terrorist group has killed more Muslims than Christians to date, there’s a growing concern that Boko Haram’s strategy has shifted once again towards the destruction of Christians in Nigeria.

Prayer for The CPCF, Our Team, and Initiatives

Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation

American Prayer Caucus Network

In God We Trust. Put It Up!

PrayUSA: Government Leaders Calling The Nation To Prayer

Prayer for Others on the Religious Liberty Front

There are many organizations on the front lines that need our prayers.
Alliance Defending Freedom, ACLJ, Becket Fund, Liberty Counsel, Liberty Institute, Family Research Council, The Heritage Foundation, Chaplain Alliance For Religious Liberty and any others that come to mind.

Prayer for Those That Oppose Us

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.