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Day 2 - April 8, 2015: 21 Days of Prayer & Fasting for Marriage & for the U.S. Supreme Court


April 08, 2015

We began this season of prayer and fasting with personal and corporate repentance yesterday. Many believe this effort is useless, that the issue has been decided. They are wrong! Today, let us: 

First, focus on magnifying God, the Lord of Hosts (KJV; Jehovah of Hosts, ASV; Lord of Heaven’s Armies, NLV), for He is with us (meditate on Ps 46). Let us acknowledge Him!

Second, take time to read and build up your faith in Him for spiritual warfare. Read about Jehoshaphat’s victory over the Moabites and Elisha’s asking God “to open his servant’s eyes, that he may see” the Heavenly Armies – “horses and chariots of fire.”  There were more powerful forces with Israel than with the Syrians! Our victory comes from trusting Him!

Third, recognize that we are not alone: 1) There is a host of believers on the ground, among them multiplied thousands of dedicated intercessors and prayer warriors throughout the U.S. and around the world.  Many believers are praying for our cause of preserving natural, biblical marriage in our land and for protecting the freedom of Christians and others both to believe and practice their faith as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. 2) Behind this host on the ground, there is an innumerable host in heaven, eager and ready to respond to our need and our cries at God’s command.

Fourth, accept God’s call to stand firm in the spiritual battle (Eph. 6:13). We wrestle in His strength, not against flesh and blood enemies, but “principalities and powers” in the spiritual realm (Eph 3:10 and 6:12). These are powerful spirits that influence and drive men to do evil (“doctrines of devils”); and where the very idea of same-sex behavior emerged (see Jude 1:3-25). God is our Strength and our Refuge! He has a stake in the emblem of Christ and His church on earth, the holy institution of marriage that He created. He will fight for Christ’s sake and ours, just as he did for Jehoshaphat, Elisha and millions more (See Rev 12:11).  May we emulate the “Heroes of Faith” in Heb 11! All of them kept their eyes on God and believed his promises against all the hosts of hell arrayed against them.  

Finally, focus our prayers on praising, worshiping and magnifying the Lord.  Recognize that He is the Sovereign King over all the earth, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  He is the Supreme Judge of the World, indeed of the Universe. It is He who will win this battle, if not now, at His coming.  We must wrestle, but today we rest in him. Each member of the U.S. Supreme Court, all of them wearing robes that designate their identity as ministers of God’s Justice, must each give an account to Him for their decisions as individuals and as Justices. May they tremble before the Lord!

May we who now pray together across America and around the world fix our eyes upon Him, who is the Lord of Hosts! As we embark upon this critical battle, may we encounter the One Joshua met as he entered Canaan with a commission to possess the land:

And Joshua went to him and said to him, “Are you for us, or for our adversaries?” And he said, “No; but I am the commander of the army of the Lord. Now I have come.” And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped and said to him, “What does my lord say to his servant?” And the commander of the Lord's army said to Joshua, “Take off your sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did so. (Josh. 5:13-15 ESV).

May we, too, remove the shoes from off our feet and worship Him! And as we pray each day for marriage and our Supreme Court Justices, may we begin our prayer with this kind of reverent worship of God!

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

 

Stand for Marriage Resources for Pastors   

Church Bulletin Inserts 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