December 6, 2017
Praying for Justice Kennedy
Yesterday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the Colorado case in which a baker, Jack Phillips, turned down a request to provide a wedding cake for a gay couple in 2012. Mr. Phillips is a Christian who also chooses not to bake Halloween cakes and cakes for other occasions he does not religiously agree with. The refusal prompted the filing of a discrimination suit against Phillips by David Mullins and Charlie Craig. The justices appeared divided in their statements right along politically ideological lines. The swing vote in the middle appears to be Justice Kennedy. He questioned both the possibility of discrimination against homosexuals and Colorado state laws that could be biased against religion.1
“Mankind will say, ‘Surely there is a reward for the righteous; surely there is a God who judges on earth.’” (Psalm 58:11; NLT)
Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:
- Ask God to grant Jack Phillips and his attorneys grace and strength to stand in confidence before the throne of grace. Pray Psalm 58:11 over Jack Phillips, who is standing up for his convictions as a Believer in Jesus.
- Pray that the Supreme Court Justices will rule according to the U.S. Constitution, instead of along political lines.
- Fervently intercede for Justice Kennedy, especially, as he deliberates his decision. Pray that God will grant him wisdom to know the right thing to do.
A prayer you can pray:
Father, I pray for Jack Phillips. He is a Christian who has decided that he would rather not participate in lifestyle decisions that he believes the Bible opposes. Should the Justices rule against him, this case may significantly limit religious freedom going forward. Speak to the Justices, especially Justice Kennedy, and grant them wisdom to filter their opinions through our Constitution and not their own opinions. Our Court was to be non-political, but its decisions often fall along those lines. Intervene, Judge of the whole earth and Judge over our nation. Amen.
God will intervene in the Phillips case and grant His justice and our freedom of religion.
1 Lawrence Hurley, “Pivotal Justice Kennedy poses tough questions in gay wedding case.” Reuters, December 5, 2017. 12/5/17.