Urgent: 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting For Marriage, and the U.S. Supreme Court

Tuesday, April 7th until Tuesday, April 28th

FRC President Tony Perkins is asking believers everywhere to pray and fast from April 7th till April 28th that God will intervene to guide our Supreme Court to protect, not destroy, natural marriage as the legal standard for our nation. He urges that we “pray up to the day of battle and go into that day with strength; praising God for the victory!”

The Jews in Babylon responded to Queen Esther’s appeal to fast and pray both for her and for their brethren – the Jewish exiles throughout Babylon – condemned to death by order of the King. God heard their cries, the Kings order was reversed; the Jewish people were saved, have survived to this day and now have a reestablished nation of their own. God will hear us as we cry out to Him for our nation that our leaders will not take America down a road toward certain destruction by presumptuously believing they have been given power, especially under the guise of U.S. Constitution, to redefine and thus remake the institution of marriage and to invent a right to same-sex marriage.

Daily Theme – We will post a theme for prayer each of the 21 days on the Call2Fall Blog beginning Tuesday, April 7. Use it as Prayer Points in your own ALL-OUT PRAYER. We will pray for the attorneys, the hearings, and the hearts of our Supreme Court Justices; that they will be softened and moved by God to rule aright in this monumental case (Est 4:11-16; Pr 21:1; 22:28; Is 10:1 ff; 1Th 5:17).

How to Fast – Please pray about precisely how you should conduct your fast (Read Dr. Bill Bright’s online pamphlet 7 Basic Steps to Successful Fasting and Prayer which outlines how safely to fast, various kinds of fasts and unique health considerations). Some will pray daily at what would normally be mealtimes, others will fast only one or two meals each days, some will abstain from solid food and drink water only for the entire 21 days, others will drink juices and liquids. If you are uncertain about your health, talk to your doctor. Spiritually, fasting humbles us and amplifies the focus and effectiveness of our prayers. Jesus said “whenever you fast,” not “if.” He thus expected us to fast periodically (Mt 6:16-18). After a few days of fasting many lose their hunger and can function in their regular activities for weeks. But prayer “without ceasing,” believing God’s promises to hear and answer our faith-filled prayers, and exercising extraordinary faith for God to work wonders, is the purpose of this fast.

The Cases before the Supreme Court – On Tuesday the 28th, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments over four cases. The outcome of those cases could affirm natural marriage as it has been defined for 6000 years, recorded in the Biblical history of creation, reaffirmed by the words of Christ in Matthew, and practice by the vast majority of mankind in every country by every major religion throughout history (see Gen 1:27; 2:20-24; Matthew 19:4-6).

But the Obama administration has moved forward to push same sex marriage in and through executive orders and federal government regulations, and has argued for it before the Supreme Court – prevailing to overturn the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act in 2013. The swing vote in that decision came from Justice Anthony Kennedy, who in his written opinion said that the act wrote inequality into federal law and violated the Fifth Amendment’s protection of equal liberty. This signaled a novel new view, radically different from Congress in 1996, the common sense of most people throughout the world, the laws of Scripture, and the practice of mankind throughout world history, and the laws of nature. That ruling signaled a very real chance that the Supreme Court, ls it did with abortion in 1973, could issue a sweeping ruling that would declared same-sex marriage a constitutional right under the U.S. Constitution for the entire country, regardless of whether the people of a state with otherwise. 31 States have passed constitutional amendments defining marriage as between a man and woman. But federal judges have struck down all laws and amendments defining marriage as between a man and a woman, declaring them unconstitutional under the U.S. Constitution. Many believe the High Court will follow their lead and strike down the laws and amendments in all 50 states. God Forbid!

The Court will hear arguments over:

DeBoer v. Snyder – Questions: 1) Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex? 2) Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-state?

Tanco v. Haslam – Questions: 1) Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex? 2) Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-state?

Obergefell v. Hodges – Questions: 1) Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex? 2) Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-state?

Bourke v. Beshear– Questions: 1) Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex? 2) Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-state?

Thank you for joining with thousands across our nation, humbly to appeal to the Supreme Judge of the Universe. May God hear our prayers and answer them speedily!

May hundreds of thousands, even millions, join us in prayer and fasting for the members of the Supreme Court; that God will move a strong majority of the Justices to reaffirm natural marriage and reject the idea of inventing any right to same-sex “marriage” in the Constitution! (2 Sam 23:3; Ps 110:3; Pr 21:1; Dan 9:3-19; Mt 17:21; Lk 2:37; Rev 12:11)

Call2Fall – Please don’t forget to mark your calendar and plan to join churches, prayer groups and families across America in the annual Call2Fall, June 28th. Take time in your church to pray for America on the last Sunday before Independence Day, before we celebrate!

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