Supreme Court: Points for Prayer
We’re right on the verge of celebrating Independence Day. There’s much to be thankful to God for in the ways He has blessed us in our 242-year history as a nation. Perhaps one of the greatest blessings that we have as a nation (not as an individual believer—for us as believers, the greatest blessing is definitely the gift of salvation!), is that in our US Constitution there is a Bill of Rights. We see even now in some of our allies in the Western Democracies how their governments are beginning to repress Christian concepts and freedom of speech. For example, see the days-old decision of the Canadian Supreme Court to reject Trinity Western Law School from being accredited in Canada because it holds to a biblical sexual ethic for its students (https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2018/ june/canada-supreme-court-rejects-trinity-western-law-school.html)
As I write this today, Justice Anthony Kennedy has announced that he will be stepping down from his position on the Supreme Court. Knowing how important some Supreme Court rulings have been in some of the larger moral issues in our society (e.g., homosexual marriage and abortion), we as Christians should be deeply in prayer for our governing authorities (1 Timothy 2:1-2) as they prepare to bring in a new Supreme Court justice, especially keeping in mind the purpose for these prayers that Paul brings out at the end of 1 Timothy 2:2: “that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.”
We have already seen how some different court rulings have impacted some of our brothers and sisters in Christ as they have sought to live “godly . . . in every way.” They have definitely not been able to “lead a peaceful and quiet life” as they have faced lawsuits that would bankrupt them.
Following are some possible prayer points as we follow the biblical exhortation “that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions” (1 Timothy 2:1-2a).
1. That God would grant President Trump wisdom in nominating the next Supreme Court justice.
2. That God would move in President Trump’s thinking to nominate someone who ultimately would look to God’s moral law as the ultimate standard of right and wrong.
3. That God would move in President Trump’s thinking to nominate someone who would seek to uphold the original intent of the Constitution.
4. That God would move in President Trump’s thinking to nominate someone who would have very strong character and be able to firmly hold to right positions (before God and in line with the Constitution) despite massive criticism or pushback or attempts to corrupt or manipulate them.
5. That God would grant the Senate Judiciary Committee wisdom on whether to approve or disapprove nominees.
6. That if approved by the Committee, God would grant the full Senate wisdom on whether to approve or disapprove nominees.
7. That God would grant us through this process a Supreme Court Justice who would think in terms of God’s revealed will, would have God’s wisdom, and would be concerned for upholding our Constitution and truly standing for justice in our nation.
Praying with you for God’s grace to us as a nation in providing us with a good Supreme Court Justice!
—Pastor Scott Hecht