DAY 14 | States: MS & MO
DAILY TOPIC: Our Pursuit of Happiness
Prayer for Israel
Prayer for National Government Officials
State Focus: Mississippi and Missouri
PRAYER FOR OUR PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS
Lord, give Americans the desire to realize happiness through the pursuit of virtue. We ask You to lead Americans away from the futility of chasing after false gods. O God, we ask for freedom from addiction for our people. We pray for an end to materialism in our nation. We ask for Your forgiveness for our foolish longings for more things rather than longing for You. Thank You for giving us a hunger that only You can satisfy. Father, we sense that our right to pursue happiness and our own destiny is diminishing in America. We ask You to move on behalf of Your people, O God. Author of life and rights, we trust You to impress upon those in power their sacred duty before You to protect our rights — given not by men, but by You.
You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore (Psalm 16:11).
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 more conservative, constitutional Christians on the Supreme Court that would assure a majority; to see the following decisions overturned…
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 Mississippi and Missouri and their leaders.
WE DECLARE THE 1890 PREAMBLE OF THE CONSTITUTION OF MISSISSIPPI:
“We, the people of Mississippi in convention assembled, grateful to Almighty God, and invoking His blessing on our work, do ordain and establish this Constitution.” (20th State admitted to the Union on December 10th, 1817)
Phil Bryant [R]
MISSISSIPPI ATTORNEY GENERAL
Jim Hood [D]
Cindy Hyde-Smith [R]
Roger Wicker [R]
WE DECLARE THE 1845 PREAMBLE OF THE CONSTITUTION OF MISSOURI:
“We, the people of Missouri, with profound reverence for the Supreme Ruler of the Universe, and grateful for His goodness, doestablish this Constitution for the better government of the state.” (24th State admitted to the Union on August 10th, 1821)
Mike Parson [R]
MISSOURI ATTORNEY GENERAL
Josh Hawley [R]
Roy Blunt [R]
Josh Hawley [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.