Day 15: April 21th, 2015: 21 Days of Prayer & Fasting for Marriage & for the U.S. Supreme Court

For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him. Genesis 18:19

Antonin Scalia, Associate Justice, was born in Trenton, New Jersey, March 11, 1936. He married Maureen McCarthy and has nine children: Ann Forrest, Eugene, John Francis, Catherine Elisabeth, Mary Clare, Paul David, Matthew, Christopher James, and Margaret Jane. He received his A.B. from Georgetown University and the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, and his LL.B. from Harvard Law School, and was a Sheldon Fellow of Harvard University from 1960–1961. He was in private practice in Cleveland, Ohio from 1961–1967, a Professor of Law at the University of Virginia from 1967–1971, a Professor of Law at the University of Chicago from 1977–1982, and a Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown University and Stanford University. He was chairman of the American Bar Association’s Section of Administrative Law, 1981–1982, and its Conference of Section Chairmen, 1982–1983. He served the federal government as General Counsel of the Office of Telecommunications Policy from 1971–1972, Chairman of the Administrative Conference of the United States from 1972–1974, and Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel from 1974–1977. He was appointed Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 1982. President Reagan nominated him as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and he took his seat September 26, 1986. (Bios: Official; ScotusBlog; Wiki).

A brilliant scholar, Scalia has expressed his views boldly in word and in print from his career as a student to the present day. A conservative Roman Catholic, he practices his faith religiously. As a Supreme Court Justice, he can be relied upon to take a conservative stand.  Liberals celebrate his jumping sides occasionally, but it only occurs in a few, mostly obscure cases. 

Justice Scalia is a textualist (one who believes laws and the Constitution should not be reinterpreted by judges but applied according to the plain words that are written) and an originalist (one who believes the Constitution means today, precisely what the Founders meant it to mean when they wrote it.) He is highly critical of those who hold to the idea of a “Living Constitution” often referring to the “rule of law.” He believes the Constitution can only be changed by amendment, ratified by ¾ of the states, not by judges choosing to change its meaning by reinterpreting it.

On constitutional questions about life, he has upheld laws restricting abortion and declared that Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided and should be overturned. He voted in favor of protecting Hobby Lobby’s right to maintain its religious conscience and not provide abortifacient contraceptives to its employees. And he dissented in NIFB v. Sebelius, which upheld Obamacare.  On questions of self-defense, he upheld the Second Amendment right of individuals to bear arms, including in his vote to overturn DC’s infamous gun control law, which did nothing to reduce the then highest murder rate in America.  

Regarding marriage, observers feel confident Scalia will uphold the states’ rights to determine marriage standards.  He dissented from the majority in the Lawrence v. Texas (2003),which declared null and void laws forbidding consensual sodomy in all fifty states. He dissented in U.S. v. Windsor, which struck down the federal part of the Defense of Marriage Act. Scalia is a federalist, which means he believes in a federal government with powers limited by the Constitution and highly regards the rights of the individual states to govern in all matters, including marriage laws, except for those limited powers granted to the national government.

  • God, thank you for Justice Scalia, who has been shaped by his faith and who believes that the Constitution and Bill of Rights were intended to protect people of all faiths from an overreaching federal government. (Hebrews 11:6)
  • Thank the Lord for helping this Justice to stand strong for the rule of law and the Constitution and against the liberal winds of cultural change. (1 Cor 3:10-13; 1 Tim 1:8-10)
  • Guide him in hearing and analyzing the arguments on Tuesday, 28th.  Help him ask precisely the right questions that will elicit answers proving our case. May Scalia influence every Justice when they confer after arguments. May the Spirit of God impact his thinking and all of his colleagues and may Scalia’s strength be a support to others to stand on principle. (Eph 6:19-20; Jas 1:8)
  • May Justice Scalia, the father of nine and grandfather of 28, be a champion for children.  May God awaken every Justice to the true cost to children and generations unborn. (Gen 18:19; Matthew 18:6)
  • May every Justice bow their knee before Jesus, the Supreme Judge of the World, to whom they will give account. (Acts 17:31)

Please visit these sites and participate in the events!

Tell your pastor about Stand for Marriage Sunday! Urge him to examine FRC’s special free resources!   

Pray4Marriage.org (Church Bulletin Inserts & more)

March for Marriage, April 25, 2015, Washington, DC

National Day of Prayer, May 7, 2015

Call2Fall, Sunday, June 28, 2015

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Day 14: April 20th, 2015: 21 Days of Prayer & Fasting for Marriage & for the U.S. Supreme Court

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. Romans 12:1

Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice was born in Bronx, New York, on June 25, 1954. She earned a B.A. in 1976 from Princeton University, graduating summa cum laude and receiving the university’s highest academic honor. In 1979, she earned a J.D. from Yale Law School where she served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal. She served as Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office from 1979–1984. She then litigated international commercial matters in New York City at Pavia & Harcourt, where she served as an associate and then partner from 1984–1992. In 1991, President George H.W. Bush nominated her to the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, and she served in that role from 1992–1998. She served as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from 1998–2009. President Barack Obama nominated her as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court on May 26, 2009, and she assumed this role August 8, 2009 (Bios: Official; ScotusBlog; Wiki).

Sonia Sotomayor is a Roman Catholic, born of Puerto Rican parents in Bronx, NY. She is one of six Catholic members of the Supreme Court, while three are Jewish.  Justice Sotomayor’s faith has influenced her thinking in that she has demonstrated a special concern for the poor and needy. She also has displayed a lenient view toward illegal immigration, having voted to strike down the Arizona law intended to slow down illegal immigration in that state. Additionally, Sotomayor voted in favor of Obamacare, in National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius, agreeing with the Court majority that the imposition of Obamacare upon the American people was constitutional because the Constitution gives Congress the power to tax. Justice Sotomayor’s liberal judicial philosophy has been in close agreement with Justices Breyer, Ginsburg and Kagan, and together they composed the 4 vote liberal block in the Court.

As to Religious Liberty, Justice Sotomayor has not been as sympathetic, joining the minority to vote against opening a town council meeting with prayer in Greece v. Galloway.  She also voted with the minority in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby that the Obama administration scheme to force religious business owners to provide insurance coverage including abortifacient drugs to its employees was constitutional. It seems clear that Sotomayor may not be moved by the constitutional right to religious liberty for Americans with deeply held religious convictions when in conflict with other government interests.

Most importantly for the upcoming marriage case, Justice Sotomayor voted with Justice Kennedy and the liberal block to declare the federal portion of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional in United States v. Windsor.  She apparently agrees with the harsh rhetoric used by Justice Kennedy that the intent of the Congress was to make those who self-identify as homosexuals “second-class” citizens and to deny them (and their children) the “dignity” that same-sex “marriage” would allegedly bring.

Despite biblical teaching, the Catholic Church’s historic teaching against abortion and homosexual behavior, and the current Pope’s pronouncement in favor of marriage and life, Sotomayor has ruled against her faith tradition and teaching in favor of abortifacient drugs, against natural marriage, for special benefits to people based on their sexual choices, and against public expression of religion. There is little reason in the natural realm to believe that she would break from the pack to stand for a state’s right to define marriage as only between a man and a woman. But our job is to pray that she will do precisely that!

  • Pray that the Spirit of God will move upon Justice Sonia Sotomayor, using all of the memories of her Catholic family upbringing to bring biblical conviction upon her regarding life, marriage, and religious freedom. (Dt 8:1-20; 2 Cor 10:3-6)
  • May the Holy Spirit convict her of sin, righteousness and judgment. May she refrain now and for the rest of her tenure as a justice from supporting any law that forces people to do anything the Bible calls sin and that violates their religious conscience. (Mt 3:6-8; Mark 9:42; John 7:24)
  • May she bow before the Lord Jesus now and may He enable her to reverse her unbiblical impact upon public policy and the judiciary. (Matthew 12:36; Romans 14:12)
  • May each of our Supreme Court Justices, if they have not already, come to a saving knowledge of Christ, just as it is written, that in calling us to pray for all who are in authority, God says He wants “all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” (Rom 1:16; 2:9-10; 1 Tim 2:1-8)
  • May God move Justice Sotomayor to vote for each state’s right to reflect the deeply held faith of a majority of its citizens, especially as expressed by their votes to uphold traditional marriage. May she defend each state’s constitutional right to define marriage as between a man and a woman and to uphold that as the standard for recognizing marriages performed elsewhere. (Mt 19:4-6; Act 5:29; 1 Timothy 3:9)

Thank you for praying!

Please visit these sites and participate in the events!

Stand for Marriage Sunday & Resources for Pastors

Pray4Marriage.org (Church Bulletin Inserts & more)

March for Marriage, April 25, 2015, Washington, DC

National Day of Prayer, May 7, 2015

Call2Fall, Sunday, June 28, 2015

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Day 13: April 19th, 2015: 21 Days of Prayer & Fasting for Marriage & for the U.S. Supreme Court

There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. Proverbs 16:25

Dear Praying Friends,

Stephen G. Breyer, Associate Justice was born in San Francisco, California, August 15, 1938. He married Joanna Hare in 1967, and has three children – Chloe, Nell, and Michael. He received an A.B. from Stanford University, a B.A. from Magdalen College, Oxford, and an LL.B. from Harvard Law School. He served as a law clerk to Justice Arthur Goldberg of the Supreme Court of the United States during the 1964 Term, as a Special Assistant to the Assistant U.S. Attorney General for Antitrust, 1965–1967, as an Assistant Special Prosecutor of the Watergate Special Prosecution Force, 1973, as Special Counsel of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, 1974–1975, and as Chief Counsel of the committee, 1979–1980. He was an Assistant Professor, Professor of Law, and Lecturer at Harvard Law School, 1967–1994, a Professor at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, 1977–1980, and a Visiting Professor at the College of Law, Sydney, Australia and at the University of Rome. From 1980–1990, he served as a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and as its Chief Judge, 1990–1994. He also served as a member of the Judicial Conference of the United States, 1990–1994, and of the United States Sentencing Commission, 1985–1989. President Clinton nominated him as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and he took his seat August 3, 1994 (Bios: Official; ScotusBlog; Wiki).

Justice Stephen Breyer was appointed by President Bill Clinton to replace the late Justice Harry Blackmun, who wrote the majority opinion in Roe v. Wade. Breyer has essentially followed in his predecessor’s footsteps, writing the majority opinion for Stenberg v. Carhart, (2000) striking down a Nebraska law that criminalized partial birth abortion. Then in 2007, he dissented when the Partial Abortion Act of 2003 was upheld by a majority of the Court in Gonzales v. Carhart.

With his background in administrative law, Justice Breyer can be depended upon to vote the liberal line in most circumstances. He boldly declares his belief in a “Living Constitution,” that the Founders wrote in “broad language” so that it could be interpreted to fit the needs of an evolving nation. In his mind, the Supreme Court’s duty is to interpret the Constitution in light of changing modern circumstances. He outlines his philosophy in his 2010 book, Making Our Democracy Work.

Justice Breyer dissented in Greece v. Galloway when the majority ruled that the City of Greece was not in violation of the Constitution by allowing clergy from various churches and other groups, in rough proportion to their distribution in the population, to open Council meetings with prayer. He also believes the Second Amendment was intended to protect state militias. However, Breyer has voted with conservative colleagues to uphold laws requiring pornographers to restrict access to their online sites to protect minors.  Additionally, he has voted to require TV networks to scramble their signal at times material unfit for children is broadcast.


On homosexual issues, Breyer voted with the majority in Lawrence v. Texas, which overturned all the laws against consensual sodomy.  In U.S. v. Windsor, the decision most pertinent to the same-sex “marriage” case to be heard April 28th, Breyer voted in the majority to strike down provisions in the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as applied to the federal government.

Like Justice Kennedy, it will take an epiphany to turn Justice Stephen Breyer’s heart and mind on this issue.  So we must pray.

  • Pray that God, who changes hearts and minds, will bring conviction to Justice Breyer. As in the rare times he voted with conservatives, sometime with different reasoning than his originalist colleagues, may he be moved to stand for each state’s right to make its own marriage law.
  • Lord, we desperately need an awakening in America. You teach us that we are to pray specifically for those in authority (1 Tim 2:1-2), and that you want “all men to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (v. 2-8). We pray for Justice Breyer and all of the members of the Supreme Court.
  • Move supernaturally upon Justice Breyer and the other members who share his philosophy. Convince them of sin, of righteousness and judgment, which is what you sent the Holy Spirit to do (Jo 16:8).

Thank you for praying!

I encourage you to pray, plan, participate and use the resources offered below:

Stand for Marriage Sunday & Resources for Pastors   

Pray4Marriage.org (Church Bulletin Inserts & more)

March for Marriage, April 25, 2015, Washington, DC

National Day of Prayer, May 7, 2015

Call2Fall, Sunday, June 28, 2015

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Day 12: April 18th, 2015: 21 Days of Prayer & Fasting for Marriage & for the U.S. Supreme Court

Then saith Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me? Knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee? John 19:10

Dear Praying Friends,

The U.S. Supreme Court has extraordinary power in our present government system – more than the Founders ever intended. Justice Anthony Kennedy also has extraordinary power due to his moderate opinions, which place him in the middle between the High Court’ s 4 liberal and 4 conservative justices.  

Anthony M. Kennedy, Associate Justice, was born in Sacramento, California, July 23, 1936. He married Mary Davis and has three children. He received his B.A. from Stanford University and the London School of Economics, and his LL.B. from Harvard Law School. He was in private practice in San Francisco, California from 1961–1963, as well as in Sacramento, California from 1963–1975. From 1965 to 1988, he was a Professor of Constitutional Law at the McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific. He has served in numerous positions during his career, including a member of the California Army National Guard in 1961, the board of the Federal Judicial Center from 1987–1988, and two committees of the Judicial Conference of the United States: the Advisory Panel on Financial Disclosure Reports and Judicial Activities, subsequently renamed the Advisory Committee on Codes of Conduct, from 1979–1987, and the Committee on Pacific Territories from 1979–1990, which he chaired from 1982–1990. He was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in 1975. President Reagan nominated him as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and he took his seat February 18, 1988 (Bios: Official, ScotusBlog, Wiki).

Justice Kennedy’s rulings indicate he is a moderate, but many believe he leans to the right. He has used his “swing vote” to decide many of the courts most important decisions – one way or the other. It is his slightly right leaning ideology that causes people to say the court is growing more conservative, though strong conservatives deny that to be the case. Some call Kennedy and the court increasingly libertarian. But Kennedy often leaves court watchers in suspense, uncertain of the direction he will take.

The most shocking and pertinent example is Kennedy’s harsh judgment of Congress and its enactment of the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996 (DOMA). The bill, which passed by an overwhelming vote of 342–67 in the House and 85–14 in the Senate and was signed into law by President Bill Clinton, properly reflected the view of the American people concerning marriage. But Kennedy, writing for the majority, said:

DOMA seeks to injure the very class New York seeks to protect [homosexuals who were permitted to “marry” in NY]. By doing so it [DOMA] violates basic due process and equal protection principles … DOMA’s unusual deviation …operates to deprive same-sex couples of the benefits and responsibilities that come with the federal recognition of their marriages. This is strong evidence of a law having the purpose and effect of disapproval of that class. The avowed purpose and practical effect of the law … are to impose a disadvantage, a separate status, and so a stigma upon all who enter into same-sex marriages … The history of DOMA’s enactment and its own text demonstrate that interference with the equal dignity of same-sex marriages… was more than an incidental effect … It was its essence… DOMA writes inequality into the entire United States Code… DOMA’s principal effect is to identify a subset of state-sanctioned marriages and make them unequal. The principal purpose is to impose inequality, not for other reasons like governmental efficiency. (see Key excerpts from the DOMA ruling).

From those brief excerpts, Justice Kennedy seems to display an animus, a hostility toward DOMA with its simple intent to protect the definition and practice of marriage as between a man and a woman, a practice that has been the norm from the beginning of human history, which Scripture says was born in the Garden of Eden.  Unfortunately, federal judges across the country have taken Justice Kennedy’s lead, declaring state constitutional marriage protection amendments unconstitutional.

It is hard to see how Justice Kennedy’s hostility toward DOMA, ensconced in the Windsor ruling, can somehow not be transferred to his thoughts concerning the motives of the states in the case being considered on April 28th. The only hope is that the respect for the states demonstrated in the Windsor ruling will override the hostility toward those who favor natural marriage.

  • Lord, open Justice Kennedy’s eyes to see that he misjudged the Congress of 1996 and that their motive was to protect marriage and not discriminate against anyone.
  • May Justice Kennedy hold fast to his view that the states possess the authority to make marriage policy for their people and may he defend that right even if he is hostile to the idea of not recognizing same-sex “marriage.”
  • Lord, remind Justice Kennedy, who is married, has a family, and is a Roman Catholic, of the holy nature of marriage as between a man and woman. May Kennedy be persuaded by God Himself that marriage is a picture of Christ and his Church, not to be tampered with, and a gift to all people.
  • May God do a thorough work in Justice Kennedy’s mind and heart and may he align himself with his historic faith tradition and the Constitution, rather than the anger manifest in the DOMA ruling.
  • May God have mercy on Kennedy, America and generations yet unborn, by not allowing him to go down the same path of reasoning in this case as he did in the Windsor ruling.   

Let us pray for Justice Kennedy fervently and full of faith!

Thank you for praying!

Stand for Marriage Sunday & Resources for Pastors   

Pray4Marriage.org (Church Bulletin Inserts & more)

March for Marriage, April 25, 2015, Washington, DC

National Day of Prayer, May 7, 2015

Call2Fall, Sunday, June 28, 2015

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Day 11: April 17th, 2015: 21 Days of Prayer & Fasting for Marriage & for the U.S. Supreme Court

My son, fear thou the Lord and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change: For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knoweth the ruin of them both? Pr 24:21-22

Dear Praying Friends,

John G. Roberts, Jr., Chief Justice of the United States

Justice Roberts was born in Buffalo, New York, January 27, 1955. He married Jane Marie Sullivan in 1996 and they have two children – Josephine and Jack. He received an A.B. from Harvard College in 1976 and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1979. He served as a law clerk for Judge Henry J. Friendly of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from 1979–1980 and as a law clerk for then-Associate Justice William H. Rehnquist of the Supreme Court of the United States during the 1980 Term. He was Special Assistant to the Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice from 1981–1982, Associate Counsel to President Ronald Reagan, White House Counsel’s Office from 1982–1986, and Principal Deputy Solicitor General, U.S. Department of Justice from 1989–1993. From 1986–1989 and 1993–2003, he practiced law in Washington, D.C. He was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 2003. President George W. Bush nominated him as Chief Justice of the United States, and he took his seat September 29, 2005 (Bios: Official, ScotusBlog, Wiki). 

Having spent two decades in Washington, DC serving in the Reagan and both Bush administrations, Roberts was appointed by President George W. Bush to fill the Seat of Chief Justice William Rehnquist, who had suddenly passed away. Roberts was considered a staunch conservative, especially on pro-life policy, which he had written during his work for Presidents Reagan and Bush. Under George W. Bush, Roberts had signed a legal brief urging the court to overturn Roe v. Wade. Christians prayed and worked fervently for his confirmation.

When grilled by Senate Democrats as to whether the pro-life memos he wrote represented his own views, he answered that as “a staff lawyer; I didn’t have a position.” He went on to say, “There is nothing in my personal views that would prevent me from fully and faithfully applying that precedent of [Roe v. Wade or] Casey.” Senate Democrats had enough votes to filibuster any nominee, and the confirmation process for any pro-life nominees was like treading a mine field.

Chief Justice Roberts has not strayed far from his conservative history, but he shocked the country by becoming the swing vote to uphold Obamacare, agreeing with the administration that “it was a tax” and thus constitutional because Congress has authority to tax.  This is despite the fact that Obamacare was sold by the President and its Congressional authors as raising no new taxes. So Chief Justice Roberts and the Supreme Court aided and abetted what many in America believe was a massive tax mandate on the American people.

 But Roberts stood firm against overturning any part of the Defense of Marriage Act, which points to a likely constitutional view of the questions the court will hear argued on April 28th.

  • Pray that Chief Justice Roberts will be a Chief Justice on whom we can count to be strong, never “given to change” on natural marriage.
  • May he in no way be swayed by his colleagues who view the Constitution as a “living document,” rather may he remain firm in his stand for the Constitution and for natural marriage just as every justice in history has until recently.
  • Pray that God will give Chief Justice Roberts unusual courage and anointing to lead while remaining a peacemaker among his colleagues on the Court.
  • May the Roberts Court be remembered for holding the line on marriage and preventing catastrophe for America’s families, especially our children! 

Thank you for praying!

Stand for Marriage Sunday & Resources for Pastors   

Pray4Marriage.org (Church Bulletin Inserts & more)

March for Marriage, April 25, 2015, Washington, DC

National Day of Prayer, May 7, 2015

Call2Fall, Sunday, June 28, 2015

 

 

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Day 10: April 16th, 2015: 21 Days of Prayer & Fasting for Marriage

Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right. Pr 20:11

Elena Kagan, Associate Justice, was born in New York, New York, on April 28, 1960.  She received an A.B. from Princeton in 1981, an M. Phil. from Oxford in 1983, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1986. She clerked for Judge Abner Mikva of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit from 1986-1987 and for Justice Thurgood Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court during the 1987 Term. After briefly practicing law at a Washington, D.C. law firm, she became a law professor, first at the University of Chicago Law School and later at Harvard Law School.  She also served for four years in the Clinton Administration, as Associate Counsel to the President and then as Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy.  Between 2003 and 2009, she served as the Dean of Harvard Law School.  In 2009, President Obama nominated her as the Solicitor General of the United States.  A year later, the President nominated her as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court on May 10, 2010.  She took her seat on August 7, 2010 (Bios: Official, ScotusBlog, Wiki).

Associate Justice Elena Kagan, who is single and has never married, is the 4th woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. She is the only Justice on the Court that has never served as a judge. FRC Action opposed Ms. Kagan’s confirmation because of her strong support for abortion and homosexual causes. The liberal Slate magazine calls her “the most influential liberal on the Court” and predicts that she will lead the Supreme Court in coming years.

Like Justice Ginsburg, Kagan has distinguished herself and her support for same sex “marriage” by performing her first same-sex “wedding” last year.  Given her track record, it seems unlikely that Justice Kagan would rule any differently than her actions have demonstrated in the past – apart from divine persuasion.

  • Please pray that God will bring His persuasion to bear on Justice Kagan’s thinking.
  • We pray for her, and all of the members of the Court, that God will influence her thinking, perhaps even by reading the writings of former Justices who saw the principals of truth and righteousness as key to the proper interpretation of the Constitution and that God and not man established the immutable standard of right and wrong.
  • Pray that this champion of liberals, who apparently sees the court as a means of imposing her ideology upon our nation, will moderate.
  • Pray, too, that she will not be a negative influence on the reasoning of her colleagues on the Court in this matter.
  • Pray for a miracle that Justice Kagan will uphold the freedom of each state to define marriage as a union between one man and one woman and reject any 50 state mandate with regard to marriage!

Thank you for praying!

I encourage you to pray, plan, participate and use the resources offered below:

Stand for Marriage Sunday & Resources for Pastors   

Pray4Marriage.org (Church Bulletin Inserts & more)

March for Marriage, April 25, 2015, Washington, DC

National Day of Prayer, May 7, 2015

Call2Fall, Sunday, June 28, 2015

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Prayer Targets: Judgment or Mercy; Stand for Marriage Sunday

And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it? Joel 2:11 

The prophetic Scripture in Joel is used in a popular Christian song as if talking about the Church marching forward in victory. But it is actually speaking of God’s judgments and the thoroughness with which they will be measured out. The picture is of darkness and gloom.

But in the midst of it all, the prophet cries:

The day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?

Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: and rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil. Who knoweth if he will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him; even a meat offering and a drink offering unto the LORD your God?

Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly: Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet. Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O LORD, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God?

Then will the LORD be jealous for his land, and pity his people. Yea, the LORD will answer and say unto his people, Behold, I will send you corn, and wine, and oil, and ye shall be satisfied therewith: and I will no more make you a reproach among the heathen. (Joel 2:10-19).

When God sends judgment to a land, His people are not exempted. They, too, are disciplined by those judgments. Yet God always calls them back via the promises in 2 Chronicles 7:14: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” Joel conveys a bright hope to those who respond in repentance:

And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you… And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed… And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions… And whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call. (Joel 2:25-32)

America is in the midst of judgment even now, and the church is enduring discipline. It could grow much worse.  Yet if we truly, seriously embrace God’s call to consecration, outlined in 2 Chronicles 7:14 and Joel 2, God may be pleased to display His glory in the Church and in our nation again.

Right now the focus of prayer must be the U.S. Supreme Court, the oral argument on April 28th, their deliberations thereafter, and their ruling, probably to be delivered in late June, possibly after Call2Fall. I pray that your church is signed up to participate, and if not, that you will urge your pastors to consider doing so. If not, your prayer group or family can participate.

Urgent Stand for Marriage - On April 28, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for and against redefining marriage in America. Though marriage between a man and a woman has existed since the beginning and is the cornerstone of ordered society, the time-honored institution is in serious trouble. Before federal judges began to overturn marriage laws, 30 states had protected natural marriage in their Constitutions. Now the High Court is poised to decide for us all. Urge your pastor to join us in standing for marriage by leading your Church to take five simple Action Steps during the days leading up to April 28.

If there was ever a time for the Church of our Lord Jesus Christ to pray fervently and speak up boldly for marriage, family and freedom, it is now. What can we do? Click here for a “Stand for Marriage” game plan with five simple action steps that you and your church can do to make a difference.

Here’s a preview:

  • Action Step 1: Fast and Pray for the Court and our Country, April 7-28.
  • Action Step 2: Speak Out through Social Media and your local Newspaper.
  • Action Step 3: Join the March for Marriage in DC on Saturday, April 25.
  • Action Step 4: Host a Stand for Marriage Sunday: Religious Freedom at Risk, April 26 and show the video.
  • Action Step 5: Host a ##FreetoBelieve Gathering, featuring One Generation Away, between now and the end of June.

For Stand for Marriage Sunday: Religious Freedom at Risk on April 26, we have prepared a Church Bulletin Insert on marriage to distribute as well as a video we encourage you to show your church before having a time of prayer for the courts and our country. Click here to visit the resource page, which will also feature FREE Marriage Sermon Starters.

Click here for more details. It is time for our voices to be heard in the Courts of Heaven and the Courts of Public Opinion! We have put together these resources so that your church can join in. If you are a pastor, please hear this urgent cry and lead your church to join us. If you are a layperson, talk to your pastor and any other pastors whom you know and with whom you have a good relationship. If your church does not participate you can use these resources for your prayer group, small group or family. I cannot express adequately how important it is for us to cry out to God during these 13 days left, and for the period after the oral arguments, during which the Justices will be deliberating.

I know a constitutional lawyer who felt assured that the Court planned to rule in his favor, but somewhere along the way they changed their minds. It was a terrible shock when their ruling was announced. So we cannot presume that their minds are made up, as most suppose they are, nor that God cannot change their hearts. The polls show that a strong majority of Americans believe that the states should not have same-sex “marriage” imposed upon them by the Supreme Court (read the Poll and its results HERE). May God grant us grace and mercy!

Please plan to participate in the National Day of Prayer, May 7, 2015, and Call2Fall, Sunday, June 28, 2015. Also, please check out Pray4Marriage.org. As always, thank you for praying!

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Day #9: April 15th, 2015: 21 Days of Prayer & Fasting for Marriage & for the U.S. Supreme Court

A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh. Luke 6:45

I am beginning our daily prayer with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg because she has been the most vocal proponent of same-sex “marriage” among the Supreme Court Justices.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice, was born in Brooklyn, New York on March 15, 1933. She married Martin D. Ginsburg in 1954, and has a daughter, Jane, and a son, James. She received her B.A. from Cornell University, attended Harvard Law School, and received her LL.B. from Columbia Law School. She served as a law clerk to the Honorable Edmund L. Palmieri, Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, from 1959-1961. From 1961-1963, she was a research associate and then associate director of the Columbia Law School Project on International Procedure. She was a Professor of Law at Rutgers University School of Law from 1963-1972, and Columbia Law School from 1972-1980, and a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in Stanford, California from 1977-1978. In 1971, she was instrumental in launching the Women’s Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union, and served as the ACLU’s General Counsel from 1973-1980, and on the National Board of Directors from 1974-1980. She was appointed a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 1980. President Clinton nominated her as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and she took her seat August 10, 1993 (Bios: Official, ScotusBlog, WikiPedia)

Again, Justice Ginsburg has been the most outspoken of any of the Justices on the debate, having said she believes America is ready for same-sex marriage and that a decision will be made before the Court goes home in June.  In 2013, Ginsburg and retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor performed a same sex wedding inside the U.S. Supreme Court Building. As a result, many conservative leaders have called for her to recuse herself from this case (Read Questioning Ginsburg’s Personal Judgment).

Regarding Roe v. Wade, the decision that imposed the legalization of abortion upon all 50 states, Ginsburg has agreed with hundreds of scholars on both sides of the political spectrum to say, Roe “I believe, would have been more acceptable as a judicial decision if it had not gone beyond a ruling on the extreme statute before the Court. … Heavy-handed judicial intervention was difficult to justify and appears to have provoked, not resolved, conflict.” 

  • Pray that the Lord will refresh Justice Ginsburg’s memory regarding Roe v. Wade and the division it has caused across America, even 42 years later.
  • May God visit her to realize that what she has said about America being “ready” for same-sex “marriage” is not a reality and that the majority of Americans (61%) are opposed to the Court imposing it on us by judicial fiat.
  • Pray that Justice Ginsburg will recognize that her open advocacy, her performance of a same-sex “marriages,” and her indiscretion before the case is considered, disqualify her from ruling on this case. May she recuse herself!

Thank you for praying!

I encourage you to pray, plan, participate and use the resources offered below:

Stand for Marriage Sunday & Resources for Pastors   

Pray4Marriage.org (Church Bulletin Inserts & more)

March for Marriage, April 25, 2015, Washington, DC

National Day of Prayer, May 7, 2015

Call2Fall, Sunday, June 28, 2015

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Day 8: April 14, 2015: 21 Days of Prayer & Fasting for Marriage

But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. Matthew 18:6

Today we consider those lost in the public debate about homosexual “marriage” – the children. Unique threats impact the wellbeing of children in homosexual “marriages,” which by their nature, are unnatural arrangements. Because those who choose to engage in same-sex behavior cannot naturally reproduce, they either must win legal custody of children from a former heterosexual spouse or acquire children by adoption, artificial insemination, or other novel methods. 

Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the majority opinion against the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in United States v Windsor (2013):

“It humiliates tens of thousands of children now being raised by same-sex couples. The law in question makes it even more difficult for the children to understand the integrity and closeness of their own family and its concord with other families in their community and in their daily lives” (see Key Excerpts).

Kennedy apparently believes the word “marriage” would somehow dignify homosexual “families,” but did not say how or why. He was suggesting that legalizing homosexual “marriage,” like waving a magic wand, would turn these unnatural arrangements into “families” akin to those with a father and mother. The broadening of this ruling to mandate all states would mean more homosexual adoptions and more closing of Catholic and Protestant adoption agencies that cannot for religious conscience place children in same-sex homes. Fewer children will be adopted into stable homes with both a mother and a father. More children will be put at risk in troubled same-sex homes.

Six people raised in homosexual households have submitted amicus briefs, including two women, Heather Barwick and Katy Faust, whose stories I have been privileged to hear in person. Their briefagainstsame-sex “marriage,” now before the Court, can be found HERE. They try to maintain anonymity for their own families and the people in their stories, to protect them from the kind of recrimination, rage and retribution that has become the norm from homosexual activists against anyone who openly opposes same-sex “marriage.” Katy wrote two open letters to Justice Kennedy. Here are excerpts from her first letter.  Her second letter answers criticisms from homosexual activists who attempted to neutralize her points.  

I write because I am one of many children with gay parents who believe we should protect marriage. I believe you were right when, during the Proposition 8 deliberations, you said “the voice of those children [of same-sex parents] is important.” I’d like to explain why I think redefining marriage would actually serve to strip these children of their most fundamental rights… This debate, at its core, is about one thing… It’s about children.

The definition of marriage should have nothing to do with lessening emotional suffering within the homosexual community…  Nor is this issue primarily about the florist, the baker, or the candlestick-maker, though the very real impact on those private citizens is well-publicized. The Supreme Court has no business involving itself in romance or interpersonal relationships…

Government Should Promote the Well-being of Children – Congress was spot on in 1996 when it passed the Defense of Marriage Act, stating: civil society has an interest in maintaining and protecting the institution of heterosexual marriage because it has a deep and abiding interest in encouraging responsible procreation and child-rearing. Simply put, government has an interest in marriage because it has an interest in children.

There is no difference between the value and worth of heterosexual and homosexual persons. We all deserve equal protection and opportunity in academe, housing, employment, and medical care, because we are all humans created in the image of God. However, when it comes to procreation and child-rearing, same-sex couples and opposite-sex couples are wholly unequal and should be treated differently for the sake of the children.

When two adults who cannot procreate want to raise children together, where do those babies come from? Each child is conceived by a mother and a father to whom that child has a natural right. When a child is placed in a same-sex-headed household, she will miss out on at least one critical parental relationship and a vital dual-gender influence. The nature of the adults’ union guarantees this. Whether by adoption, divorce, or third-party reproduction, the adults in this scenario satisfy their heart’s desires, while the child bears the most significant cost: missing out on one or more of her biological parents.

Making policy that intentionally deprives children of their fundamental rights is something that we should not endorse, incentivize, or promote.

The Voices of the Children – When you emphasized how important the voices of children with gay parents are, you probably anticipated a different response. You might have expected that the children of same-sex unions would have nothing but glowing things to say about how their family is “just like everyone else’s.” Perhaps you expected them to tell you that the only scar on their otherwise idyllic life is that their two moms or two dads could not be legally married. If the children of these unions were all happy and well-adjusted, it would make it easier for you to deliver the feel-good ruling that would be so popular.

I identify with the instinct of those children to be protective of their gay parent… I remember how many times I repeated my speech: “I’m so happy that my parents got divorced so that I could know all of you wonderful women… I cringe when I think of it now, because it was a lie… Now that I am a parent, I see clearly the beautiful differences my husband and I bring to our family… I see the wholeness and health that my children receive because they have both of their parents living with and loving them. I see how important the role of their father is and how irreplaceable I am as their mother. We play complementary roles in their lives, and neither of us is disposable…

If it is undisputed social science that children suffer greatly when they are abandoned by their biological parents, when their parents divorce, when one parent dies, or when they are donor-conceived, then how can it be possible that they are miraculously turning out “even better!” when raised in same-sex-headed households? … The more likely explanation is that researchers are feeling the same pressure as the rest of us feel to prove that they love their gay friends.

Children Have the Right to Be Loved by Their Mother and Father… The government’s interest in marriage is about the children that only male-female relationships can produce. Redefining marriage redefines parenthood. It moves us well beyond our “live and let live” philosophy into the land where our society promotes a family structure where children will always suffer loss… Justice Kennedy, I have long admired your consistency when ruling on the well-being of children… It is your sworn duty to uphold that protection for the most vulnerable among us. The bonds with one’s natural parents deserve to be protected. Do not fall prey to the false narrative that adult feelings should trump children’s rights…

But I fear that, in the case before you, we are at the mercy of loud, organized, well-funded adults who have nearly everyone in this country running scared.

Six adult children of gay parents are willing to stand against the bluster of the gay lobby and submit amicus briefs for your consideration in this case. I ask that you please read them. We are just the tip of the iceberg of children currently being raised in gay households. When they come of age, many will wonder why the separation from one parent who desperately mattered to them was celebrated as a “triumph of civil rights,” and they will turn to this generation for an answer (see entire letter, andthe second on ThePublicDiscourse.com)

  • God, please intervene to protect the children who are forced to grow up in same-sex households, apart from the true nurture and admonition of the Lord and with a distorted view of God, the Bible and the family. Have mercy upon those who are already in such circumstances (Gen 18:19; Dt 11:16-21; Jn 21:15; Eph 6:4).
  • Preserve, protect and save these and yet unborn children who will be and already are being adopted into these unnatural households (Is 59:21; Mt 19:14; Jn 10:8-15).
  • Protect all of our children and grandchildren, some who are already being taught in public schools that homosexual behavior is normal and even virtuous, that same-sex “marriage” is equivalent in value to natural marriage (Is 59:2-5; Jeremiah 9:3-6; Rom 1:22-32).
  • Please intervene to stop the rush toward laws that give people special rights and benefits because of their unnatural sexual practices and perceived identity in rebellion to the way You created them as male or female. Stop the madness of fines and lawsuits against God fearing people who object because of their biblical beliefs, all of which will accelerate and multiply if the Supreme Court does not uphold natural marriage and all of which will impact children disproportionately! (Isaiah 59:15; Luke 18:1-8; Jude 1: all).
  • Cause each member of the Court to take this matter deeply into his or her heart, and to stand up for natural marriage for the sake of the children even if they cannot see all the other reasons that they should (Mt 18:5-6; 2 Sam 23:3).
  • Bend, too, the mindset of too many Americans who are willing to consent to all of this. And send another great awakening that will draw millions of men and women, boys and girls to Christ – across America and beyond (2 Chr 7:14; Mt 18:5-6; Rom 1:32; Acts 2:37-39; 1 Cor 6:9-11).

 Thank you for Praying!

 I encourage you to pray, plan, participate and use the resources offered below:

 Stand for Marriage Resources for Pastors   

Church Bulletin Inserts and more from our friends at Pray4Marriage.org

March for Marriage, April 25, 2015, Washington, DC

National Day of Prayer, May 7, 2015

Call2Fall, Sunday, June 28, 2015

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Day 7: April 13, 2015: 21 Days of Prayer & Fasting for Marriage

He that pleadeth his cause first seemeth just; but his neighbor cometh and searcheth him out.

Pr 18:17 (ASV)

The media seemed filled with glee when 300 veteran Republican lawmakers filed an amicus brief with the US Supreme Court in favor of same-sex “marriage.” Amicus briefs or “friend of the court briefs,” are legal briefs submitted by individuals, organizations, businesses, states, even the federal government – anyone who has an interest in a case before the court and hope what they have to say will influence the court. These technical briefs reference relevant case law supportive of the position of the group or individual submitting the brief.

FRC’s amicus brief can be found HERE. A summary can be found HERE. We argued in our brief:

  1. The reservation of marriage to opposite-sex couples does not interfere with the fundamental right to marry protected by the due process clause;
  2. The reservation of marriage to opposite-sex couples does not discriminate on the basis of sex in violation of the equal protection clause;
  3. The reservation of marriage to opposite-sex couples does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation in violation of the equal protection clause

The entire brief, which is submitted in the customary legal format expected by the court, will be a lot of legalese to most. But it will be worth your time to give you an idea of how to pray over these briefs. You can pray for and against the impact of the briefs supporting the two different sides. Over a hundred and eighty briefs have been submitted, about 80 in favor of same-sex “marriage,” about 50 against.

One of them explains how the Judgment of God will come upon our nation if the justices rule the wrong way. Unless the Spirit of God opens their eyes, some of the Justices may see these as odd. One newspaper called the briefs everything from profound to whacky. Most of the mainstream press, of course, leans toward same-sex “marriage.”

While the aforementioned 300 veteran Republican lawmakers and officials submitted a brief in support of same-sex “marriage,” a group of Republican Party leaders who shaped the Republican platform at the 2012 Republican National Convention Committee have filed an amicus brief asking the Court to consider the benefits of natural marriage, arguing that the states have an important interest in protecting and promoting traditional marriage and family as the foundation of a free society. They are circulating a petition among Republicans to show that Republican voters support traditional marriage.

See all of the posted amicus briefs submitted from both sides HERE and HERE.

Please join us in crying out to God:

  • Lord, we know that the Justices will read very few of these amicus briefs directly, rather they will read a few, based upon the recommendations of their staffs. Please send your Holy Spirit to guide each of the staff lawyers, clerks and assistants. May they be moved profoundly by the briefs supporting marriage.  May they highlight for their bosses the most salient and compelling pro-marriage arguments.
  • May the Justices read all of the best pro-marriage briefs for themselves, and may the Lord burn the principles of the most compelling arguments deeply into the Justice’s minds and spirits. May they be so compelling as to change the minds of those bent toward same-sex “marriage.”
  • Lord move upon the mainstream media to read some of the compelling pro-marriage arguments and may they take a right turn in their reporting, giving time to these arguments. May the American public be moved, more and more, to support God-ordained marriage between a man and a woman, one of His most wonderful gifts to humankind.  

In February, FRC commissioned a poll to find out just what the general public really believes regarding this issue. Due to the way questions were worded in previous polls, we believed the results of many to be skewed. It appears that most Americans want natural marriage to be honored and freedom protected for those who do not agree with same-sex “marriage” (read the poll and its results HERE).

God bless you, and thank you for praying!

I encourage you to pray, plan, participate and use the resources offered below:

Stand for Marriage Resources for Pastors   

Pray4Marriage.org  (Church Bulletin Inserts & more)

March for Marriage, April 25, 2015, Washington, DC

National Day of Prayer, May 7, 2015

Call2Fall, Sunday, June 28, 2015

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