DAY 2 | States: AZ & AR
DAILY TOPIC: Humility
Prayer for Israel
Prayer for National Government Officials
State Focus: Arizona and Arkansas
PRAYER FOR HUMILITY
As we humble ourselves in prayer, and seek You and turn from our wicked ways, we thank You for Your promise to hear, to forgive and to heal our land. In the spirit of humility, we ask You to open the hearts of Americans and draw us to seek You and Your purposes above all else. We humbly ask You to remove our fabrications of who you are, and for You to reveal Yourself to us. Almighty God, create in us hearts to please You and bring You honor. We pray that we Americans will honor You in speech, and resist abuses of Your name. Father, we bow before You, aware of how far we have strayed from You in this nation. In humility, I repent for any way in which I have contributed to the decline. Forgive our sin, Lord, and heal our land.
When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom (Proverbs 11:2).
PRAYER FOR ISRAEL
Lord, we pray for the peace and prosperity of Jerusalem, the Biblical capital of Israel, and ask for an end to the violence and suffering. We pray for justice, and Your sovereign righteousness over Israel. We pray for mercy and Your Kingdom to rule over the land. Please protect the soldiers and civilians from bloodshed. Give wisdom to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Knesset (The legislature of Israel). May Israel remain strong, not dividing the land You gave as an inheritance to Your chosen people. May the United States continue to fully support Israel, the nation that gave us salvation through Jesus Christ.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, may they prosper that love thee (Psalm 122:6).
PRAYER FOR NATIONAL GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
Lord God, we ask for Your blessing and wisdom on the lives of these leaders in our nation.
President Donald Trump
Vice-President Mike Pence
THE PRESIDENT’S CABINET
Secretary of Agriculture: Sonny Perdue
Secretary of Commerce: Wilbur Ross
Secretary of Labor: Alexander Acosta
Secretary of Health and Human Services: Alex Azar
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development: Ben Carson
Chief Justice John Roberts
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Lord, we pray for three conservative, constitutional Christians on the Supreme Court that would assure a majority; to see the following decisions overturned…
1947: EVERSON V. BOARD OF EDUCATION
"Wall of Separation" Between church and state
(RULING: Ruled as Constitutional allocating taxpayer funds (to bus children) to religious schools because it did not breach the "wall of separation”: between church and state. Decision held that the establishment clause of the First Amendment applied to state, local and federal government. Bottom Line: Distributing public funds to parents to cover the cost of busing their children to religious schools did not breach the wall. And, finally, it was this ruling that established the vernacular ‘wall of separation’ which set the precedent for the next two Supreme Court decisions removing prayer and bible reading from our schools.)
1962: ENGEL V. VITALE
Removed prayer from public education
(RULING: Unconstitutional for state officials to compose an official school prayer and encourage its recitation in public schools. PLAINTIFF: Steven Engel, New York parent / DEFENDANT: William Vitale, the school board president)
1963: ABINGTON SCHOOL DISTRICT V. SCHEMPP
Removed the Bible from public education
(RULING: Declared school-sponsored Bible reading in public schools in the United States to be unconstitutional. PLAINTIFF: Edward Lewis Schempp and family / DEFENDANT: Abington School District)
1973: ROE V. WADE:
Allowed Unrestricted Access to Abortion
(RULING: Unduly restrictive state regulation of abortion is unconstitutional. PLAINTIFF: Norma McCorvey, aka Jane Roe / DEFENDANT: Henry Wade, district attorney of Dallas County, TX, where Roe resided)
2003: LAWRENCE V. TEXAS:
Struck down the sodomy law, thus legalizing same-sex sexual activity in every U.S. state and territory
(RULING: The “Homosexual Conduct” law [prohibiting sodomy] was unconstitutional and violated the Fourteenth Amendment’s Due Process Clause that protects a substantive right to personal liberty in intimate decisions)
2015: OBERGEFELL V. HODGES:
Legalized same-sex marriage nationwide
(RULING: The Constitution guarantees a nationwide right to same-sex marriage. State bans on same-sex marriage and on recognizing same-sex marriages duly performed in other jurisdictions are unconstitutional under the due process and equal protection clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. PLAINTIFF: Jim Obergefell, a same-sex widower / DEFENDANT: Richard Hodges, Ohio’s health director)
TODAY’S STATE FOCUS
We direct our prayers to the states of Arizona and Arkansas and their leaders.
WE DECLARE THE 1911 PREAMBLE OF THE CONSTITUTION OF ARIZONA:
“We, the people of the State of Arizona, grateful to Almighty God for our liberties, do ordain this Constitution.” (48th State admitted to the Union on February 14th, 1912)
Doug Ducey [R]
ARIZONA ATTORNEY GENERAL
Mark Brnovich [R]
Krysten Sinema [D]
WE DECLARE THE 1874 PREAMBLE OF THE CONSTITUTION OF ARKANSAS:
“We, the people of the State of Arkansas, grateful to Almighty God for the privilege of choosing our own form of government…” (25th State admitted to the Union on June 15th 1836)
Asa Hutchinson [R]
ARKANSAS ATTORNEY GENERAL
Leslie Rutledge [R]
Tom Cotton [R]
John Boozman [R]
We ask that You turn their hearts towards You, Lord. We ask that You soften their hearts, Lord, to recognize and receive truth. Lord, we ask that You grant them the understanding and knowledge that come from the fear of You. We ask that You grant them wisdom and discernment, Lord, and that You make them bold to do what is right in Your sight. Lord, we ask that You direct their hearts to do Your will. In Jesus’ name, Amen.