“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13).
“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” (2 Corinthians 3:17)
Our God-given right to freely worship Jesus was at the heart of the inception of our nation. Our Founders escaped England’s religious persecution. They prized religious freedom so much, they included it in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of a religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Thomas Jefferson stated that freedom of religion is “the most inalienable and sacred of all human rights.”
Under the International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA) of 1998, the President of the United States annually reviews all the countries in the world to determine if any engage in or tolerate violations of religious freedom. This includes “torture, prolonged detention without charges, forced disappearance, and other flagrant denials of life, liberty, or security of persons.” Currently, twelve nations are on the “Countries of Particular Concern” list, while four others made the “Special Watch List” for such violations.
Whether directly or indirectly, censorship of free speech is often the first attempt to suppress “disagreeable” information, along with undermining election integrity, which goes against the very premise of the IRFA. Consider many wars were fought for our freedom. Yet today, we see elected officials and representatives flagrantly restrict conservative and religious viewpoints through social media platforms and voter suppression. This assault to our freedoms constrains our expressions of worship, threaten biblical-conviction, and interferes with the sharing the Gospel.
Call to Action: Religious freedom doesn’t disappear in a day but is taken little by little until it is gone. We cannot let this happen on our watch! What can we do and how can we pray?
• We can use our voices to our elected officials, making them aware of any suppression we may be experiencing, and encouraging them to be vigilant about protect religious freedom.
• VOTE! When legislators weaponize the government against believers, it’s time to vote for new representatives to replace them.
• Pray for courage to fill the hearts of people who can make a difference, including whistleblowers to come forward, exposing corruption.
• Donate to organizations that are affecting real change and supporting God- honoring issues and candidates.
• Ask the Lord for discernment in all matters, while allowing His Word to strengthen your faith— God CAN move mountains!
Prayer: Father God, we praise Your holy name today! We pour our hearts out to You, not only for the great country You have given us but for the people in it, including those who are lost and influenced by the enemy. We pray today, Lord, that You will move in the hearts of our elected officials and people in positions of power, to protect and fight for the religious freedom we hold so dear.
We pray there will be a rushing wind of change on both sides of the House of Congress, every branch of our military, and in every courthouse, government building, and schoolhouse in this country. May sparks of revival catch like wildfire. May the light of You, Lord, burn so bright that any residing evil will flee and run away in Jesus’ name. We plead the blood of Jesus for our country. We know that Daniel 2:21 says YOU control the course of world events. YOU remove kings and appoint kings. YOU give wisdom to the wise, and knowledge to the scholars. Hear our prayers… know our hearts.
Your Presence is with us. We have faith in You, and believe positive change is coming. We know You are working all things together for good, for those who love You and are called according to Your purpose. We thank you, Lord, for being so good to us. In the mighty name of Jesus, we pray. Amen!
Final Thought: “There is no judgment against anyone who believes in Him. But anyone who does not believe in Him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son” (John 3:18). Government will never determine our salvation in Christ!
The Most Sacred Right of All
The Strongest Faith in the Deepest Pain
“For she said, ‘If I touch even His garments, I will be made well’” (Mark 5:28).
Walking Confidently in His Light
“For once, you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So, live as people of light!” (Ephesians 5:8).
On the Solid Rock, We Stand
“He alone is my Rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken” (Psalm 62:6).
Battling Anxiety: A Christian Perspective
“Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad” (Proverbs 12:25).
Let the Peace of Christ Rule
“Let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one Body, you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful” (Colossians 3:15).
Surrounded by The Father
“The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth” (Psalm 145:18).
God Uses Imperfect People in Extraordinary Ways
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10).
Turning Your Mess into a Message
“Come and hear, all you who fear God; let me tell you what He has done for me” (Psalm 66:16).
Encouragement and Prayer for New Graduates
Graduation is such an exciting moment! While it’s the end of a significant chapter, it’s the beginning of many new ones forward! Taking time to celebrate this milestone is important. While there may be some uncertainty about next steps, God’s Word provides direction for the road ahead. God cares about the details of every life and wants to lead each graduate to their purpose in Christ. When we seek His face and lean into Him, He promises to be with us in every step of the journey (Matthew 6:33).