My heart is grieving but hope remains that as we Christians humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God, seek His face and pray and turn from our wicked ways, He will forgive our sins and heal our land. 2 Chronicles 7:14
The Supreme Court Justices ruled 5-4 that the Constitution’s guarantees of due process and equal protection under the law mean that states cannot ban same-sex marriages. With the ruling, gay marriage will become legal in all 50 states. However, their ruling does not define marriage. Marriage between one man and one women was God’s forever design for human kind. Conservative Chief Justice John Roberts read a summary of his dissent from the bench, the first time he has ever done so in his 10 years on the court. Roberts said although there are strong policy arguments in same-sex marriage, it was not the court’s role to force states to change their marriage laws. “Five lawyers have closed the debate and enacted their own vision of marriage as a matter of constitutional law,” Roberts wrote.
What God has allowed to take place today is heart wrenching. We would have never thought that we would ever hear this during our lifetime here on earth. A cry out to the heavens for repentance of the body of Christ will be our heart’s cry out to God that our families in this nation will not endorse or accept the five Supreme Court Justices spitting in the face of the one and only Jehovah God. We, as the body of Christ have not heeded God’s call to repentance forsaking the ways of the world. We have conformed more to the world standards than Biblical truths. The question I believe God is asking us “Will we continue to go the ways of the world or will we surrender to become true followers of Christ and surrender to His Lordship over our lives.
The prayers of the women in WP have not been in vain over these 17 + years. He has shown us many answers to prayer. He is working in the unseen and He has kept evil away from our doors. We will continue to pray the Prayer Focus that moves society toward the things of God and the Christ-centered future that we will pass on to our children and grandchildren. We will not give up in praying for God to heal our land. Now, more than ever God is calling the body of Christ to a united repentance so deep that we will no longer be like the world.
You can read about it at: http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/us-supreme-court-rules-in-favor-of-gay-marriage-nationwide/ar-AAcaBM5?ocid=se
May God have mercy on us and deliver us as we adhere to and live out the truth of His word. By Joan Courtney, WPI Founder/CEO
God brought the scripture in Hebrews 10:24-25 to my mind this morning as I was reading my morning devotional – “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is a manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” Those two verses contain so much that a person could spend many hours unpacking them. My heart centered on “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves.” That is a phrase in the WPI’s mission statement. We desire for the women who pray in a WPI group to be aware of this aspect of WPI and understand it. The mission statement is: “We, as co-laborers in the body of Christ, commit ourselves to be used of God to redeem a lost world unto Himself as we unite with one heart to pray across denominations, races, and cultures, not forsaking our own assembly.” It continues to say, “By the Spirit of Christ, we will persevere and trust God for the increase of passionate intercessors and the coming end-time harvest of souls.”
Please stay with me as I focus on “not forsaking our own assembly”. WPI desires for the women to adhere to the foundational principle in reference to this statement: The women are to place their church before the ministry of Women’s Prayer International. If they have a meeting at their church at the same time there is a WPI monthly neighborhood group meeting or an annual meeting, they are to attend the meeting at their church. Many times a WPI member has said, “I really don’t want to miss the WPI meeting; but my church is having a meeting, and I need to be faithful to my church.” That is a wonderful thing and God is well pleased when we put our church before a ministry. My prayer is that all the women praying in the WPI groups will understand that truth and follow in obedience.
It is my desire that all members, those new and those not so new, will also know that WPI s priority is to undergird the churches and ministers with prayer at each monthly meeting. Praying for our churches and ministers each month reminds us to keep our Pastors in our prayers till me meet again.
Whether you are a WPI Prayer Member or not, you will be blessed when you put your church before any ministry, in your attendance, tithe and service. Doing that, friends, will surely bless the heart of God. And isn’t that the best blessing we could receive? Joan Courtney, WPI Founder/CEO
Women’s Prayer International was birthed out of the Women’s Prayer Committee for the South Texas Billy Graham Crusade held in San Antonio, Texas, in April 1997. We are a 501C3 nonprofit servant prayer ministry that encourages and equips sisters in the Lord to unite in prayer once a month in their neighborhoods or places of work. Women unite across denominations races and cultures to pray for the transformation of their city and nation for Christ.
Prayer Request Line: (210) 341-PRAY (7729) (English and Spanish)
Our Lord Jesus Christ prayed for His church:
” …that they may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You;
that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You have sent Me.”
Our Prayer Focus topics seek God’s heart on issues that will not only affect the “here and now”, but also the destiny of future generations – with the end result being millions of souls coming to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ before He comes again!