On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court “decided” in a 5-4 split vote that God’s design and purpose for marriage was no longer acceptable. Rather, they decided that our Constitution established the right of same-sex marriage.
By insulting “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God” (from the Declaration of Independence), the high court majority launched our nation onto a now-infamous slippery slope of legal and moral confusion from which the entire country is still staggering, searching to find a plumb line or focal point of reality.
But truth and justice are not dead in the streets, and God’s Word and standards will prevail as His purposes unfold. Intercessors’ faith is renewed by such promises as: Our God is in the heavens; He does all that He pleases (Psalm 115:3), and Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap (Galatians 6:7).
The question is, will His people pray and seek His face for renewal and healing in this day of grace? We believe the answer is a resounding “Yes,” and that the call of the Holy Spirit has already ignited thousands of individuals, prayer groups, homes, and churches with renewed unction to intercede. (See 1 Timothy 2:1-4 for a review of God’s merciful forbearance – God is “not willing that any should perish…” upon the condition that the Church pray for leaders and “…those in authority…”)
These devotionals, drawn from the revealed truth of God’s Word, will review Biblical principles of a godly marriage and elevate our collective perspective to a national level, in which we engage in unified intercession about all of the ramifications of the Supreme Court’s 2015 decision.
The Court’s majority justices who voted for this distortion in the now-infamous Obergefell v. Hodges case did more than display their own arrogance. They launched a complex machine that has unconscionably run over individual Christians, business leaders, religious nonprofit institutions, churches and church leaders, Christian colleges and universities, and now – as a broader consequence, but indirectly related – children’s safety concerning public school bathroom usage, outrageously offensive classroom teaching and sexual exhibits, and ever growing confusion about gender and identity.
Explore how to pray effectively for traditional marriage and godly views of identity with our Special Report Prayer Guide: An Unholy Matrimony. Click the image to download the free resource.
For the next six days, you will receive daily, email devotionals on specific aspects of the marriage covenant. Please participate with us—God’s Word encourages His children to respond in unity, seeking His face and His mercy for the revival of our churches and nation.
If you are not or have not been married, you are not neglected or invisible. You are surely aware of the confused scene before us of the brokenness of family life in America and the radical gender confusion across our nation. Your intercession for marriages in the Church and for our nation is vital.
For Personal Prayer:
1) Ask God to prepare your heart to receive His blessing and direction through this devotional series. Pray that His Word will speak to you with both comfort and challenge.
2) If you know someone who is caught in the bondage of homosexuality, seek God’s help to extend forgiveness, so that you are free to pray for that individual and extend godly love in a non-judgmental witness.
3) If your own marriage is facing or has faced struggles, realize you are not alone. Building a marriage that works smoothly requires work and sacrifice by both spouses. Ask God to prepare your heart for the healing He wants to bring to your home. Renewed hearts produce more people able to pray and worship the Lord in a new dimension of freedom.
For National Intercession:
1) Pray for the majority associate justices in the Obergefell decision by name. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion. He was joined by the court’s four liberal justices: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan. All of these justices still serve on the Supreme Court.
2) In the midst of the present dark picture, remember this: Church history reminds us that it was often in the darkest of nights that God brought forth revival and renewal even at the national level. The only way God’s people can fail is if we stop praying to our faithful God and Father in Jesus’ name.
3) A “senior” intercessor recently confessed to friends of being convicted that it was not right for her to pray for revival or good government simply so her children and grandchildren would have better lives. Instead, she said, she was to pray for such changes for God’s glory. What a challenging thought! Please consider and pray accordingly.
Intercessors for America