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Feb 3 – Pray the Court will Limit its Own Power and Refuse to Rule where it has No Authority, Keeping Power in the Hands of the People and of the States!

by Pray As One

“For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king; he will save us.” (Isaiah 33:22; KJV)
I will worship… and praise thy name for thy loving-kindness and for thy truth:
for thou hast magnified thy Word above all thy name.”
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Psalm 138:2; KJV)

As we close this section of prayer for the first 100 Days of the Trump Presidency, focused on the Supreme Court, there is one overarching theme to all we have examined and prayed over. In Samuel Rutherford’s day, the debate was, is the King the Law, or the Law King to which the King is a subject? Today we must ask, are our Judges the Constitution and Law or are they subject to the Constitution and Law? Some of our judges act as if they are the law. The Late Justice Anthony Scalia summed it up in his dissent to the Supreme Court’s infamous 2015 ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, which dared to redefine marriage:

I write separately to call attention to this Court’s threat to American democracy … Today’s decree says that my Ruler, and the Ruler of 320 million Americans coast-to-coast, is a majority of the nine lawyers on the Supreme Court … This practice of constitutional revision by an unelected committee of nine, always accompanied (as it is today) by extravagant praise of liberty, robs the People of the most important liberty they asserted in the Declaration of Independence and won in the Revolution of 1776: the freedom to govern themselves.

The U.S. Supreme Court has become untethered from the Constitution and exercised authority that it does not have like abolishing prayer, bible reading, and the display of the Ten Commandments in our schools.  The Court has legalized unlimited abortion, same-sex marriage, seizure of property for commercial use, and much, much more.

The U.S. Supreme Court and our Federal District and Circuit Courts of Appeal are now packed with judges who believe in a living, breathing Constitution that can be interpreted so as to change with the times. As morals in culture change, so do the moral standards by which some Judges interpret the Constitution. If a judge believes strongly in an issue about which the Constitution does not speak, he can “discover penumbras” (i.e., shadows) in the Constitution or draw his authority from thin air.

This has gone way too far for the American people and if it is not changed by our new President, by choosing judges to serve at every level who believe in judicial restraint, originalism and who believe, as did the aforementioned Justice Joseph Story and many others, that there is a higher law and a Higher Judge than themselves, our Republic, our experiment in self-rule, will be over (Is 40:8)

The behavior of the lawless crowd who on the evening of the inauguration vandalized Washington, threw rocks, bottles and feces at law enforcement officers, swearing that they will continue until Donald Trump has been brought down; the lawlessness of President Barack Obama in circumventing Congress to legislate via executive order; the  lawlessness of the Supreme Court, which gave us Obergefell and same sex marriage, poking the creator in the eye and bringing judgment upon us all forebodes a very dark day, if these people ever get in power again.

President Donald Trump has an opportunity; a narrow window to use his authority to appoint up to four new Justices to the U.S. Supreme Court, 103 federal judges as soon as he can properly vet them, and to establish a Department of Justice and dozens of law enforcement agencies that can model fidelity to the constitution and the rule of law. He has promised to do just that. But it will not happen without the prayers and support of Gods people – not just routine daily prayers, but both a grasping of the horns of the altar in repentant prayer for our national sins and aggressive spiritual war, using the authority God has given us to tear down the spiritual strongholds that have gripped our judicial system for a long time.  But there is hope if we pray and use the authority God has given us in His Word, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)  Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; and having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when [our] obedience is fulfilled” (2 Cor 10:3-18).

Prayer Points:

Ask God to Move mightily to overhaul our judicial system. Even as many believe our new President is responding to the Spirit of God, he has gathered a great many believers around him who are ministering Christ constantly, may he and each member of our Supreme Court be moved by the Holy Spirit to draw near to Him who is our King.

May our President choose men and women who hold to the Constitution, originalism and Judicial restraint, but who also hold to our Creator, the Supreme Judge of the World, our Savior and only King. May they revere His word, which He has magnified above His Name.

May He choose Justices and Judges who are fully equipped, ready as stewards to be faithful to their oath and calling to the very end, rightly dividing the Words of the Constitution and the Word of God as it pertains to men, the law, and nations.

As God brings revival to our land may it come from the bottom up and the top down! May it break out in every sphere of culture and especially civil government which impacts every segment and subset of society. May the day come when we, like ancient Judah, come with fruits of repentance, as one man in solemn assembly to truly dedicate our nation back wholly to Him! (see Solemn Assembly – Richard Owen Roberts)

By, Pierre Bynum
Family Research Council

See FRC’s Issue Analysis: “Filling Justice Scalia’s Serat and Beyond.” By, Attorney Travis Weber and Dr. Chris Gacek.

 

Children’s Version:

Feb 3 – Pray the Court will Limit its Own Power and Refuse to Rule where it has No Authority, Keeping Power in the Hands of the People and of the States!

“For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king; he will save us.” (Isaiah 33:22:NIV)

Discuss with your children a simple, basic definition of the US Constitution. Though the Constitution was written many years ago, there are many intelligent people today who feel they can change its ideas to fit in more with our modern times. Help your children to recognize that their safety lies in whether or not laws that are made, thoughts that are thought and words that are spoken, honor the living and timeless word of God. Our danger lies in changing our laws to suit the ever-changing words and desires of man.

Help your children to make a diagram to show this principle. At the top of the diagram should be God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We may have a President who we respect and a flag which we honor, but the Lord is our Judge, our ultimate lawgiver and our King! His word is to be our plumb line and the standard by which all our actions and motives will be measured.

Under the Lord on their poster, your children can write “America”. Under that have them make 7 – 9 boxes. In each box have them write the title, or draw a picture to illustrate the different spheres of culture and society, such as: government, education, business, media, medicine, science & technology, religion, family, media and so on.

At the bottom of their poster have the children write their prayers as well as the Scriptures they are praying from.

Help your children to understand that no matter how smart or experienced any person is, they have great need of the higher wisdom of God, who at one and the same time, sees every aspect of every problem. He understands every nuance and facet of every situation. He correctly interprets the thoughts, needs, motives and desires of every human heart.

So first of all stand with your children. Lift up your hands to heaven and worship this amazing Creator God and Father in whom we live and move and have our being. Thank Him that his mercies are new every morning and His love is unfailing. Thank Him for the gift of salvation. Thank our Lord Jesus for going to the cross on our behalf. Thank God for grace to repent and turn to Him. Thank Him for His love for America and its peoples. Thank the Lord that He has not left us alone. Thank Him for the gift of prayer; that we can join with Him in the real center of government because we are seated with Jesus in heavenly places.

Then pray intercessory prayers, which the children can write on their posters, prayers such as:

– Give our President understanding of Almighty God as our Creator, Savior and Judge of the world, as His ultimate authority.
– Help our President to choose men and women who have this same understanding.
– Help our President to choose Judges who have this same understanding.
– Give our leaders divine understanding; meaning understanding given from God, as to how to understand and interpret the words of our Constitution in ways that are pleasing to Him.
– Pray again for revival to break out in our land.
– Pray for the gift of a spirit of prayer to fall upon every Christian denomination and local church.
– Pray for revival to impact every sphere of culture. Have your children sprinkle gold glitter or stick small golden stickers, or draw golden drops to represent God’s presence onto the spheres they’ve drawn on their poster. The gold is a simple, pictorial illustration of what they are believing for.
– Pray for the coming of the day when our nation is dedicated back to God!
– Exercise faith and declare together as a family that the kingdom of God is coming! Commit to short, child-friendly times of prayer on a regular basis.
– Sing once again, the amazing verses from 2Chr 7:14, verbally declaring your belief that our God is a God who answers prayer!

“if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14; NIV)

Finally adore the Lord as the God who hears AND answers prayer.

Modifications by Lelonnie Hibberd, an educator from thedanielacademy.com, a Kansas City school with strong ties to the global prayer movement.