Give Him 15 Daily Prayer


11
Jul 2019

Risking It All for Equality and Justice

“Throughout our history, our country has been made ever greater by citizens who risked it all for equality and justice. 100 years ago this summer, the women’s suffrage movement led Congress to pass the constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote. 

“In 1960, a thirst for justice led African American students to sit down at the Woolworth lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina. It was one of the very first civil rights sit-ins and it started a movement all across our nation.

Clarence Henderson was 18-years-old when he took his place in history. Almost six decades later, he is here tonight in a seat of honor. Clarence, thank you for making this country a much better place for all Americans.  

“In 1963, Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., stood here on these very steps [at the Lincoln Memorial and called on our nation to live out the ‘true meaning of its creed,’ and ‘let freedom ring’ for every citizen all across our land.” (President Donald J, Trump; Salute to America)

“Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth.” (Psalms 67:4; ESV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Thank the Lord that He makes us One through the cross of Jesus. 
  • Declare, “No person or government can take away the equality that God has said is ours through the cross. We are equal as male and female. We are equal, though different races. We are equal despite our economic circumstances. Jesus died for us all just the same!”
  • Say, “The United States of America is a nation where struggles for justice and equality have had good results; not perfect, but in positive strides forward.”
  • Identificationally repent for times Christians limited or even persecuted others, following societal mores, instead of following scripture.
  • Ask the Lord to use His people to refine the atmosphere of  justice and equality in America. We should be the ones raising the standard high!

A prayer you can pray:

Father, You are the Creator of all. Jesus, You are the Savior. Holy Spirit, You are the unifier of Your Body, making us one, even as You are One. No person or government can take away the equality that You said is ours through the cross. We are equal as male and female. We are equal, though different races. We are equal despite our economic circumstances. Jesus, You died for us all just the same! We, Your Church, should be honoring of the equality of men and women, races and classes, more than any other group on earth. Yet, we have so often failed. We have followed generational patterns. We have honored society’s and the institutionalized church’s “rules”, instead of Your Word. We have even used Your Word to justify our prejudices and the limitations of others. Yet, the United States of America is a nation where struggles for justice and equality have had good results; not perfect, but we have managed to make positive strides forward. Father, forgive us and let us get the walls all the way down. Let us love one another with a holy and righteous love, that sets captives free. Jesus, we honor and embrace Your Word as Truth, and we will not defer from it. So, lead us, guide us, and direct us, Holy Spirit, to establish true justice and equality in this nation. We honor those who have gone before us and honor those doing their part now, in Jesus’ Name, amen.

Today’s decree:

We honor those who risked it all for equality and justice in America!


10
Jul 2019

The American Spirit

“A righteous American spirit forged our glorious Constitution.

“Rugged American character led the legendary explorers, Lewis and Clark, on their perilous expedition across an untamed continent.  It drove others to journey West and stake out their claim on the wild frontier.

“Devotion to our founding ideals led American patriots to abolish the evil of slavery, secure civil rights, and expand the blessings of liberty to all Americans. 

“This is the noble purpose that inspired Abraham Lincoln to rededicate our nation to a new birth of freedom, and to resolve that we will always have a government of, by, and for the people. 

“Our quest for greatness unleashed a culture of discovery that led Thomas Edison to imagine his lightbulb, Alexander Graham Bell to create the telephone, the Wright Brothers to look to the sky and see the next great frontier. For Americans, nothing is impossible. 

“Exactly 50 years ago this month, the world watched in awe as Apollo 11 astronauts launched into space with a wake of fire and nerves of steel, and planted our great American flag on the face of the moon.

“Our nation’s creativity and genius lit up the lights of Broadway and the soundstages of Hollywood. It filled the concert halls and airwaves around the world with the sound of jazz, opera, country, rock and roll, and rhythm and blues. It gave birth to the musical, the motion picture, the Western, the World Series, the Super Bowl, the skyscraper, the suspension bridge, the assembly line, and the mighty American automobile. 

“It led our citizens to push the bounds of medicine and science to save the lives of millions.

“Americans always take care of each other. That love and unity held together the first pilgrims, it forged communities on the Great Plains, it inspired Clara Barton to found the Red Cross, and it keeps our nation thriving today.

“From our earliest days, Americans of faith have uplifted our nation.” (President Donald J. Trump; Salute to America)

“Then Moses said to the Israelites, ‘See, the Lord has chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills… He has filled them with skill to do all kinds of work as engravers, designers, embroiderers in blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen, and weavers—all of them skilled workers and designers.’” (Exodus 30:30-31,35; NIV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Thank God for the many societal advancements He has birthed through this nation, which was dedicated to Him.
  • Identificationally repent for the exportation of many demonic influences, such as drugs, pornography, and sex trafficking, that have also come from the U.S.A.
  • Pray for men and women to know the Lord and dedicate to Him the gifts and talents He gave them, for the betterment of humanity.
  • Ask God to open up the eyes of the Church to see that our gifts and talents are not just for inside the walls of our church buildings!
  • Pray for Believers in an arena of influence that you are familiar with – government, the arts, the military, law, medicine, finance, sports, etc. 
  • Now, intercede for the salvation of the lost in that area, so that their gifts can glorify God!

A prayer you can pray:

God, You have made America great! Throughout our history, You have blessed us with creativity, innovation, and advancement, above other nations. I believe this is because our nation was dedicated to You over and over again by our Founding Fathers and other leaders since. Men and women have dedicated their lives, their gifts, their talents, and their fortunes to You and Your purposes. Even those who don’t know You have found great insight and revelation from our shores, which have benefited the whole earth. Thank You! Forgive us where we have innovated and exported heinous, unspeakable things. Remove that blight from us. We arrest those demonic forces of darkness working from our land! Deliver us, Lord. Send revival and clean us up! Glorify Yourself in Your Church. Remove any blinders or limitations Christians place on themselves to believe their gifts and talents are for inside the walls of ministries and churches. How ridiculous! What a great plan the enemy has in that lie! May the fullness of who You have created Your Church to be manifest in this country now! Increase! Increase! Increase! Let the evangelists go to work in their areas of influence and bring the lost into the Kingdom, so Your Kingdom can advance in every area of society, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Today’s decree:

Americans of faith will continue, as they always have, to uplift our nation!


09
Jul 2019

When Courage is in the Foundation

As the delegates debated the Declaration in Philadelphia, Washington’s army watched from Manhattan as a massive British invading fleet loomed dangerously across New York harbor. The British had come to crush the revolution in its infancy. Washington’s message to his troops laid bare the stakes.  He wrote: ‘The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under God, on the courage and conduct of this army…We have, therefore, to resolve to conquer or die.’

“Days later, General Washington ordered the Declaration read aloud to the troops. The assembled soldiers just joined an excited crowd running down Broadway. They toppled a statue of King George and melted it into bullets for battle. The faraway King would soon learn a timeless lesson about the people of this majestic land: Americans love our freedom and no one will ever take it away from us. 

“That same American spirit that emboldened our founders has kept us strong throughout our history. To this day, that spirit runs through the veins of every American patriot. It lives on in each and every one of you here today. It is the spirit of daring and defiance, excellence and adventure, courage and confidence, loyalty and love that built this country into the most exceptional nation in the history of the world, and our nation is stronger today than it ever was before.” (President Donald J. Trump; Salute to America)

“Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6; ESV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Major change requires great faith, courage and boldness. Ask God to grace His patriots of today with great courage.
  • Courage carries change through to completion. Ask God to fill the Church with supernatural courage, and grace them to lead and inspire others to finish the race.
  • Courage must partner with unity to effect societal change. “And five of you shall chase one hundred, and one hundred of you shall put ten thousands to flight.” (Leviticus 26:8a; JUB) Intercede for greater unity in the Body of Christ. Pray for an understanding that this is not just about salvation, but about the routing of demonic forces over land and nations.
  • Press in for the courage you need to face the battles in your life without doubt or unbelief.

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, we honor those amazing men and women who paid such a cost for the establishment of the United States of America. It was a nation founded to honor God above any earthly King or ruler. Those establishing it had to have great courage; a courage they attributed as coming from You. They knew they couldn’t stop halfway through, or any part of the way through. They had to keep fighting once they started, no matter the cost, until the enemy was entirely routed and surrendered. They had the courage to do this because they were convinced it was Your Will. They counted the cost and knew it would be great, but if You were with them, they knew they would ultimately win. They had to work together. They knew that anything less than total unity could not get the job done. Any division in the ranks would mean the whole thing could fall apart. Where there is unity, You give us supernatural authority, blessing, favor, and results. God, make the Church one, even as You are one. Move us from choosing political platforms to choosing Biblical platforms. And, wherever we are dealing with doubt and unbelief, forgive us! We can’t win battles when we are not sure You will come through for us. We ask these things in Jesus’ mighty Name. Amen.

Today’s decree:

God’s Church will be strong and courageous and not stop interceding until we solidify a future of America that honors God!


08
Jul 2019

The Extraordinary Story of America

“We gather in the joy of freedom and remember that all share a truly extraordinary heritage. Together, we are part of one of the greatest stories ever told – the story of America. It is the epic tale of a great nation, whose people have risked everything for what they know is right, and what they know is true. It is the chronicle of brave citizens who never give up on the dream of a better and brighter future, and, it is the saga of thirteen separate colonies that united to form the most just and virtuous republic ever conceived.  

“243 years ago, our Founding Fathers pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to declare independence and defend our God-given rights. Thomas Jefferson wrote the words that forever changed the course of humanity, ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.’

“With a single sheet of parchment and 56 signatures, America began the greatest political journey in human history.” (President Donald J. Trump, July 4, 2019)

“Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11; NLT)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Thank the Lord for this incredible nation, the United States of America!
  • Thank Him for the bravery of the Founding Fathers!
  • Thank Him for the wisdom He gave those founders.
  • Thank Him for His plan that has unfolded for 243 years.
  • Intercede for this great nation to continue to choose God and His ways. 
  • Pray that the Lord continues to lead our leaders into the right course, even if they do not know Him.
  • Declare, “Let these words from the Declaration of Independence forever continue to be true in America, ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.’”

A prayer you can pray:

God, we thank You for this incredible and unique nation, the United States of America! What a privilege it is to live here! Let us not take our freedom for granted. It was forged with great costs to our Founding Fathers, who sought You on their knees. You granted them Your wisdom and You gave them Your words. Therefore, it has been a lasting form of government for 243 years to this point. May it last many hundreds of years more. It can, with Your hand of mercy upon it! Some of the Founders did not even know You, yet You bonded them together and led them to find Your way forward. Lord, keep doing that today. Speak to those who don’t even know they are hearing Your Holy Spirit. For the sake of America, keep speaking and leading our leaders. We are always in a Divine tension, pulled a little to the left and right, but, ultimately, we go the right way. You are caring for people here and around the world from these shores. You are sending missionaries in droves from this land. We are not perfect, but the freedom we enjoy is a strong catalyst for the expansion of Your Gospel in the earth. It is nothing less than a miracle for this to have gone on so long. We are so grateful, Jesus. Thank You, thank You, thank You! Amen.

Today’s decree:

‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.’


07
Jul 2019

Reaching Our Destination as a Nation

“A small story about a big ship and a refugee and a sailor. It was back in the early ‘80s, at the height of the ‘boat people’, and a sailor was hard at work on the Carrier, Midway which was patrolling the South China Sea. The sailor, like most American servicemen, was young, smart, and fiercely observant. The crew spied on the horizon a leaky little boat. Crammed inside were refugees from Indo-China, hoping to get to America. The Midway sent a small launch to bring them to the ship to safety. As the refugees made their way through the choppy seas, one spied the sailor on deck and stood up and called out to him. He yelled, ‘Hello, American sailor. Hello, freedom man.’ It was a small moment with a big meaning. It was a moment the sailor wrote in a letter, because he couldn’t get it out of his mind. When I saw it, neither could I. Because, that’s what it meant to be an American in the 1980s. We stood for freedom. I know we always have, but in the past few years, it seems the world, and even we, ourselves, have rediscovered it. We have held together through some stormy seas. In the end, together, we’re reaching our destination.” (President Ronald Reagan) 

“Creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay.” (Romans 8:21; NLT)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Thank God for the freedom we enjoy as Americans!
  • Worship Him any way you feel like it! Shout, clap, dance, read His Word out loud, or sit and meditate deeply on one specific scripture. Praise His Holy Name, for He is worthy to be praised for what He has done!
  • Consider how free we Americans are. Ponder the immigration issues we have. Stir up compassion for those trying to get to American and experience the freedom they hear we have.
  • Intercede for the immigrants. Say, “Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me.” 
  • As you pray those words from the Statue of Liberty inscription, you are literally asking God to send a harvest of souls into this nation. Cry out for them.

A prayer you can pray:

God, thank You for this country called, The United States of America. We are a land of freedom. We are free, because You established our course, and, largely, Christian men and women have followed Your plans and purposes forward in history. We don’t often think about what You have given us. Then, a story, like the one shared by President Reagan, comes along. As we read the words, it hits us, “We are the most free nation on the earth!” You did that! You gave us this foundation of freedom! Let us not waste it! Certainly, let us share it with those who are able to make it to our shores. If they are persecuted, impoverished, begging to be free, and willing to share their gifts and talents with us, then we embrace them. We will be a better nation for it. Lord, bring the immigrants. Bring those huddled masses, yearning to be free. Bring the harvest of souls from the nations to our shores. Strengthen who we are—America, the melting pot, a beautiful tapestry of freedom, a symbol of freedom in the earth. In the name of Jesus, amen.

Today’s decree:

Because of Christ as our foundation, America stands as an example of freedom for the whole world to see!

1 Excerpted from President Ronald Reagan’s Farewell to the Nation, January 11, 1989.


06
Jul 2019

Sacred Duty

“Every headstone at Arlington (National Cemetery) tells a story. ‘These are the tales of heroes’, I thought as I put the toe of my combat boot against the white marble. I pulled a miniature American flag out of my assault pack and I pushed it three inches into the ground with my heel. I stepped aside to inspect it, making sure it met the precise standard we had briefed to our troops that day – vertical and perpendicular to the headstone. Satisfied, I moved to the next headstone to keep up with my soldiers. Having started this row, I now had to complete it. One soldier per row was our rule. Otherwise, other boot sizes might disrupt the perfect symmetry of the headstones to the flags. 

“I planted flag after flag, as did the soldiers in the rows around me. Bending over to plant those flags, from eye level to the lettering on the marble stones, stories continued with each one—distinguished service cross, silver star, bronze star, purple heart. America’s wars marched by – Iraq, Afghanistan, Viet Nam, Korea, World War II, World War I. Some soldiers died in their old age. Others were still teenagers. Crosses, Stars of David, Crescents and Stars, every religion, every race, every age, and every region of America was represented in these fields of stone.” (Senator Tom Cotton, R-AR)

“Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.” (Romans 12:9-10; ESV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • We struggle to understand honor. Consider the definitions here.
  • In Greek, the word for honor is “time” (say, tee-may). It means “to value”. It can bestow value. It is shown to one who has risen by rank or state of office. It is reverence, and entails deference. It is dignity, esteem of the highest degree, or something precious. Stop and think about all that for a minute in light of honoring those who have fought for, and even given their lives for our freedom.
  • Pray for veterans today, especially if you know them. Pray for their families.
  • Find a way to honor a former soldier, living or gone. 
  • Tell a veteran, “Thank you for your service.” Try to make time to visit with them and hear their story, before the only place to find it is on the marker of their grave. Ask if you can pray with them. Maybe lead them to Jesus, if they have not already found Him.

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, there are those in our society that we should honor. Soldiers are some of those. Regardless of their background or choices they may have made in life, if they have served our society to keep us free, then we can take a minute to show honor to them. We should esteem them and consider their many sacrifices as precious. Let us take a few minutes and look at what honor means, in English and in Your Word. We want to show honor well, and with a complete understanding, Your Holy Spirit can go to work. We should tell them so! We should take a minute and find out what their story is, praying for them if they will allow us the honor. Holy Spirit, lead them to Jesus, the One to whom belongs the highest honor. Let us be an instrument of Your love and honor. We can put flags at headstones, but how much better to offer honor to the living, retired soldier? Marry compassion and honor in our hearts for our veterans, in Jesus name. Amen.

Today’s decree:

May the Church make it our sacred duty to honor our veterans wherever we find them!

1 Excerpted from Senator Tom Cotton’s speech, “Sacred Duty: A Soldier’s Tour at Arlington National Cemetery”, given at Hillsdale College 4/18/19.


05
Jul 2019

President Trump is Honoring God and His People

Today, we are sharing some comments by President Trump at the Faith and Freedom Coalition 2019 Conference.

“It’s wonderful to be back here with so many friends, and patriots, pastors, rabbis, and a record number of students. Thank you all for the tireless work that your steadfast support and your daily prayers just — it’s incredible what it’s done.  And just keep them coming. Very important. Keep them coming.

“We’re in an interesting time in our country’s history and we’re doing great.  It’s very fragile. You know, it’s one vote. It’s one Justice. It’s one little thing and it can all change.  You have to be very hard, very vigilant. You have to go out and vote. November 3rd is a big date next year. Mark it down. 

“But I want to thank you for your voice, your time, and your energy.  And to knock on doors and make calls and educate voters and mobilize your fellow Americans, because, with your help, we will soon once again win a historic victory for life, for family, for faith, and for freedom.

“After just two and a half years, our country is soaring, our communities are thriving, our economy is booming perhaps like never before.  We may have the greatest economy in the history of our country. And we are once again defending and promoting our great American values.  

“We are fighting for all Americans and we are embracing the faith community.  We are embracing it like it hasn’t been embraced in many, many years. You know that. We’re greatly uplifting our nation.  When I asked for your support in 2016, Americans of faith were under assault. But the shameful attempt to suppress religious believers ended the day I took the oath of office. And now, by the way, because of what we did with respect to the Johnson Amendment — you know what I’m talking about — our leaders, like all of the people that have been so supportive — our pastors, our ministers, our priests, our rabbis — all of our religious leaders — we’re allowed to speak again.  We’re allowed to talk without having to lose your tax exemption, your tax status, and being punished for speaking. And the people that we most want to hear, our great clergy, is now able to speak without fear of retribution.

“We’re cherishing our nation’s religious heritage once again.  My administration has taken historic action to protect religious liberty. We are protecting the conscience rights of doctors, and nurses, and teachers, and groups like the Little Sisters of the Poor.  We’re with them. 

“We’re preserving our country’s vital tradition of faith-based adoption.  And we are proudly defending the sanctity of life.

“And this could all change very quickly.  Just remember. We’ve done things that nobody thought possible.  We’ve done things that are so good and so righteous and also so fragile.  The wrong person in office — in this office, right here — can change it very quickly.  

“We’re building a society that values the limitless potential of every person.  And we’re strengthening the bonds that tie us together in the wondrous tapestry of creation. 

“With your help, our nation will prosper in the fullness of faith and the glory of liberty.  Our families will be strong. Our children will be free. Our country will be safe. And America will forever remain one proud nation, under God.

“Together, with the love, the prayers, and devotion of everyone in this room, and the millions and millions of patriots all across our land, we will make America great again for all Americans — greater than ever before.

“Above all else, we know this: In America, we don’t worship government; we worship God.

“Thank you, God bless you, and God bless America.” (President Donald J. Trump)

“Blessed is the people whose God is the Lord; the people whom he has chosen for his own inheritance.” (Psalm 33:12; JUB)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Pray for President Trump today. 
  • As you read the excerpts from his speech above, please pray through each item of national concern that he mentions. The tide is turning in many areas of our government and society, but we cannot be complacent. We must press in until the enemy is entirely pushed back. 
  • There is much more to pray for than this. If you click on the links in the introduction of the comments and below, you will see many other national matters for prayer.

Today’s decree:

A nation is blessed whose God is the Lord!

Read the entire Speech here.


04
Jul 2019

Independence Day 2019

“Melania and I truly appreciate and celebrate America’s independence with those who courageously defend our country — the men, women and families of the United States military. It is because of you that well over 300 million American citizens can live in freedom. 

“America is proud of all of the brave men and women who serve in every branch of our great military. We have outstanding representatives of each service, each branch. They’re with us today. We have Army. We have Navy. We have Air Force. We have Marines. We have the Coast Guard. 

“Each of you here today represents that rare combination of patriotism, virtue, and courage that our citizens have always — and I mean always — admired and that our enemies have always feared. At this moment, your brothers and sisters in arms are posted around the globe, fighting our enemies and standing watch to protect our nation. They’re fighting for us. We are thanking them, praying for them, and saluting them for their selfless sacrifice.

“There could be no greater privilege than to serve as your Commander-in-Chief. I pledge my unwavering support for you, for your families, and your missions. I will always have your back. I will always, under all circumstances — you’ll be coming back here, and I will always have your back.

“You’re part of a new, and a truly great generation. Two days ago I spoke with Lieutenant Colonel Dick Cole, who served as the co-pilot of the lead B-25 bomber pilot — and piloted by Lieutenant Colonel Jimmy Doolittle during the daring 1942 raid, after the attack on Pearl Harbor.  Lieutenant Colonel Cole and the rest of the Doolittle Raiders launched their aircraft into the sky knowing that they would not have enough fuel to return to friendly territory. That’s not a good feeling. That’s a lot of courage.

“Our servicemen and women are preserving the legacy of courage and selfless service that they inherited from Lieutenant Colonel Dick Cole and so many others.

“May God bless you all.  May God bless our military.  May God bless forever the United States of America.

Happy Fourth of July.” (President Donald J. Trump)

“Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.” (1 Peter 2:16; ESV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Thank God for a president who loves, blesses, encourages, and prays for those he oversees as Commander-in-Chief. 
  • Pray for men and women in active military service to our country.
  • Intercede for their families, who also pay a price, as they move from place to place, and go long periods of time without seeing their loved one on active duty.
  • Pray for our veterans. Thank the Lord for their service to America in our daily battle to maintain the freedom we enjoy.
  • Ask the Lord to provide better services and access to care for our wounded warriors. Say, “Rise up, brave ones who will advocate and care for the physical, mental and emotional needs of our soldiers!”

A prayer you can pray:

God, bless America! On this Independence Day, bless this great land that we love. Bless President Trump, who clearly loves the country he has dedicated this season of his life to serve. Bless him for his support and encouragement of those who serve in our armed forces. We also support our soldiers. We are so thankful for those who give so much, so we can celebrate Independence Day with our families year after year for over 200 years. God, bless the families of our military members, also. They move frequently, never able to put down roots. They may live far from family and friends. They have to live long periods of time without their service member at home. Military life can be hard at times. Grant them a special grace to find Jesus and the comfort of a church family wherever they go in the world. Minister to those wounded, Father, in body, soul, or mind. Heal them and let them know Your compassion. Raise up those who can care for them and advocate for them. “Rise up, brave ones who will advocate and care for the physical, mental and emotional needs of our soldiers!” These men and women of our armed forces, and our veterans, deserve the best of the best care. They have given so much for us!  Thank you, Jesus, for this day set apart to celebrate America’s birthday! Amen.

Today’s decree:

We bless those brave men and women in the U.S. military who have fought, and work daily, to keep us free!


03
Jul 2019

The Simple, Black Robe

“The black robe was not the custom of the nation at its beginning. At the start, judges, including federal judges, including the first justices of the Supreme Court, wore colored robes. They would wear red robes, trimmed in ermine in the custom of British judges. Some of them wore robes in the colors of the academic institutions from which they had graduated. But, John Marshall, who was not our first Chief Justice, but was the foundational, and probably the greatest of the Chief Justices, changed that tradition. At his investiture, he showed up wearing a simple, black robe. Soon thereafter, his brethren, the other members of the Court, followed suit, and today all federal judges wear a simple, black robe.

“So, why do I think that’s important? Why do I feel that is an appropriate symbol of the impersonality of the law? The focus should not be who is deciding a case. The focus shouldn’t be on the judge. The judge shouldn’t be drawing attention to herself or himself. The focus should be on the law. The black robe does not express individuality. A judge should not be deciding cases based on her individual preferences. A black robe symbolizes that all judges share a dedication to the rule of law; that we are engaged in a common enterprise of applying the law, and doing our best job at it. Justice should not turn on what judge you get. It should turn on what the law requires.  

“You might be saying to yourselves, ‘Well, that’s all well and good, but judges are human. Human beings have preferences. Human beings have commitments. How could human beings ever separate out what their personal preferences are from what the law requires?’ I insist that that is possible. It is something that every judge must be vigilant about, but it is possible. That is the nature of the job, and that is the judicial duty.” (Judge Amy Coney Barrett) 

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Pray for impartiality for all of the judges in the United States, from the federal to the municipal level. 
  • Come against impure motives, jadedness, contempt, and complacency. Some of them are tired and they have heard it all. Pray for the salvation of those who need Him.
  • Ask God for righteous judges. Ask the Lord to remove those who are unjust or would take a bribe, or would otherwise operate in unrighteous ways against the people that come before them.
  • Intercede for judges to view cases through the eyes of both the party they are considering ruling for, and the party they are considering ruling against, so they are sure their biases, sympathies, and opinions are not in the forefront of their ruling. (Judge Amy Coney Barrett)

A prayer you can pray:

Father, give us judges like Chief Justice John Marshall, who understood the importance of justice. Human lives are weighed in the balance of courtrooms across the nation on a daily basis. How often is justice served up in the “color” of that judges’ philosophy or political persuasion? How often does a case go all the way to the Supreme Court, and justices there rule according to their own mindset, passion, or public opinion. We say, “Enough!”  We want righteous judges! Save souls, heal hearts and minds, but give us righteous judges. Jesus, You are the one that changes the hearts of men. Holy Spirit, draw lost judges in every courtroom in the land to the Judge of the whole earth. We ask for a harvest of souls in our judiciary system. We are done with judges who rule according to their biases and political persuasions. Give them a revelation of that simple, black robe they wear—a symbol that says they are not there to make a name for themselves, but to uphold the rule of law. Remove those that will not humble themselves. Raise up those who understand the symbolism of their simple, black robe and are able to honestly consider all sides. Let them put themselves aside and judge with righteous judgement. Thank you, Jesus. Amen.

Today’s decree:

Give us righteous judges as at the first, Lord!

1 Excerpted from a speech Judge Amy Coney Barrett presented at Hillsdale College in May 2019.


02
Jul 2019

Judicial Obligation of Duty in the Face of Private Preferences

“I want to share John Adams impression of the British soldiers who had been involved in the Boston Massacre. The Boston Massacre happened in 1770. At that point, tensions between British colonists and the Crown were high. British soldiers were stationed in Boston. The Bostonians would taunt the soldiers stationed there. That escalated to mobs forming, more taunting, then violence. It ended with the British soldiers firing into the crowd and killing five people. The soldiers were charged with murder and public pressure was that they be lynched. They could not find counsel to represent the soldiers, until John Adams stepped up. He was a patriot and could not have had a lot of sympathy for the British soldiers. However, he believed that it was vital that the British soldiers received a fair trial. He believed that the American cause for self-government would be harmed if Boston justice was not truly just. So, he agreed to represent the soldiers. He was reviled by many Bostonians for doing so. He faced intense public pressure for his decision to represent the enemy. 

“Here is what Adams, himself, had to say about it, ‘I have devoted myself to endless labor and anxiety, if not to infamy and to death, and that for nothing, except what was and ought to be, all in all, a sense of duty.’ John Adams put aside personal preferences. He stood up to public pressure, and he did his duty. Moreover, he did it to the best of his ability. He didn’t do his grudging, minimal best. He did his absolute best. The captain was acquitted, and most of the soldiers were. Those who were not, escaped the death penalty. 

“John Adams did this as a lawyer, adhering to duty in the face of a contrary personal or political preference. A judge is even more so obligated. A judge is obligated to apply the law as it is, and not as they wish it would be. They are obliged to follow the law, even when personal preferences cut the other way, or when they will receive great public criticism for doing so.” (Judge Amy Coney Barrett)

“Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.” (Isaiah 1:17; ESV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Intercede for the 9 current Supreme Court Justices.
  • Say, “Our justices will judge with righteous judgement, within the boundaries of the U.S. Constitution. They will judge within the rule of law, and not according to their preference or political persuasion or to avoid public criticism.”
  • Pray regarding religious freedom, “So, what does this all mean? If God has determined to stand with us, tell me, who then could ever stand against us?” (Romans 8:31; TPT)
  • Decree the 1st Amendment to the U. S. Constitution, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”
  • Declare these words from the U.S. Declaration of Independence regarding life, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are LIFE, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

A prayer you can pray:

Lord and Judge of the whole earth, may the nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court feel the weight of the obligation of their office. We say they will judge with righteous judgement, within the boundaries of the U.S. Constitution. They will judge within the rule of law, and not according to their preference or political persuasion or to avoid public criticism. Like our founding father, John Adams, they will understand the impact of justice upon those that come before them seeking justice. Decisions based on anything other than the rule of law can destroy the lives of those seeking it. Father, those decisions can be very hard to make emotionally. We are sure John Adams struggled with this. They can be very unpopular, but that is why we have a constitution to guide us. More and more frequently, religious liberty cases are coming to the Court. More and more often, preborn life issues are winding their way to the Supreme Court. Our Constitution protects those precious lives and our liberty as Believers. God, help these men and women to stay true to their office and fulfill their obligation to the U.S. Constitution. Let them not deviate into emotion and any need for affirmation. Thank you, Jesus, amen.

Today’s decree:

The 9 justices of the U.S. Supreme Court will apply the law as it is and not as they wish it would be!

1 Excerpted from a speech Judge Amy Coney Barrett presented at Hillsdale College in May 2019.


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