What follows is a seven-day prayer calendar starting Tuesday, August 28, and ending on Tuesday, Sept. 4, the first day of hearings. We pray this is helpful to you and gets us in the proper mindset for the spiritual battle ahead.
I want to urge you to make this part of your daily devotion during next week (Aug. 28-Sept.4). Justice is a spiritual matter. Jesus actually called it one of the “weightier matters of the law” (see Matthew 23:23). A quick word search on my Bible software rendered 125 verses using the Hebrew word for “justice.” There are forces working tirelessly to pervert justice who see Judge Kavanaugh as a real threat to their schemes. Let us stand united in prayer asking God, above all, that His will be done.
Taking the approach laid out in Philippians 4:6-7, we are laying out “prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let[ting] [our] requests be made known to God.”
Tuesday, August 28, 2018 – Pray for Justice in America
Prayer: Holy Father, we do not seek to be trivial but thorough. We depend on You for everything we have. We praise Your name for the very air we breathe. And we lay at Your feet the preservation of justice and righteousness in our land.
Supplication: Help us thirst for justice and remember its true meaning. Forgive us for perverting it and seeking our own prideful ways, instead of what is truly good and true.
Thanksgiving: We thank You for Your mercy and grace towards us.
Request: Help Judge (and future-Justice) Kavanaugh to not grow cynical in the application and preservation of justice, but to depend on You more and more when the tasks and pressures associated with the position You’ve bestowed on him become increasingly harder.
Wednesday, August 29, 2018 – Pray for the President and His Team
Prayer: Oh Lord, Our God, we live in tumultuous times. And for such a time, You have selected President Donald J. Trump to lead our nation. We pray Your protection over him and his family and over his team. We pray Your wisdom and guidance will prevail over all other counsel in every office in the White House.
Supplication: Help the president to grow in the knowledge of You. Help him to trust in You and not to lean on his own understanding.
Thanksgiving: We thank You for giving him wisdom in selecting judges. We are so thankful to see people who seek to preserve religious liberty and justice appointed.
Request: Believing that Judge Kavanaugh is just such a judge, we ask You to guide his nomination every step of the way. Let not those who hate justice prevail in their schemes to stop him. May Your people rejoice, seeing Your hand involved throughout it all.
Thursday, August 30, 2018 – Pray for the U.S. Supreme Court
Prayer: Precious Lord, we lift up the U.S. Supreme Court before You today. We pray that Your justice will be the scent that guides the appetites of every Supreme Court justice.
Supplication: Stir the hearts of every one of them toward You: Chief Justice John Roberts, Associate Justices Clarence Thomas, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Samuel Alito, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, and Neil Gorsuch, and, of course, future-Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Thanksgiving: We thank You for recent decisions guarding our religious liberties (may the trend continue!).
Request: Guard the justices and their families against the dark seductions that come along with the incredible power of the positions they hold.
Friday, August 31, 2018 – Pray for Judge Kavanaugh and His Family
Prayer: Our Father in heaven, we lift up Judge Brett Kavanaugh and his family to You. Only You can prepare a man for a humanly impossible task, and that is precisely what Judge Kavanaugh faces.
Supplication: Protect him and his family. Give them patience and grace as they face unkindness and outright slander. Let the vicious attacks of the enemy not touch their hearts and minds. Let them not grow weary through it all.
Thanksgiving: We thank You for preparing him for this moment. We thank You for this merciful opportunity to see a man committed to justice and truth appointed to the nation’s highest court.
Request: Give him words of wisdom, clarity of mind, humility and grace as he gets ready for the hearings.
Saturday, September 1, 2018 – Pray for the Media
Prayer: Oh Lord, help us to climb out of this awful pit we are in where so many of us cannot see the truth. Indeed, many do not want to see it. We pray specifically today for the members of our national media.
Supplication: Give them courage and curiosity. Give them a thirst for truth and justice. Send more of your people to shine a light in this important area.
Thanksgiving: We thank You for Your mercy towards our land for so many years. We thank You for our freedoms. We thank you for the freedom of the press.
Request: Help us to learn from our past mistakes, to respond to Your discipline, and to seek after all that is good and true and beautiful. Help the media, as it covers this nomination, to present truth and to reject the manipulations from those seeking personal gain from distorting Judge Kavanaugh’s record.
Sunday, September 2, 2018 – Pray for the Judiciary Committee
Prayer: On this, Your day, we bless Your name, oh God. May Your will be done on Earth as in Heaven. We pray Your will over what is happening next week: the hearings of Judge Kavanaugh.
Supplication: Help all the senators and their teams as they prepare to tackle this important task. We ask that it be conducted with grace and dignity, with respect and compassion.
Thanksgiving: In faith, we stand confident that You are in control and will frustrate the enemy’s plans at every turn.
Request: We pray for miracles in the lives of all involved, that they may see Your hand at play throughout this process. We pray specifically for the members of the Judiciary Committee: Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein of California, Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware, Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, Sen. Mike Crapo of Idaho, Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina, Sen. Kamala Harris of California, and Sen. John Neely Kennedy of Louisiana.
Monday, September 3, 2018 – Pray for the U.S. Senate
Prayer: God and Father, we pray for our elected officials, especially for our senators, as they consider the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. Give them a heart and passion for truth and justice.
Supplication: Guard their hearts and minds against the schemes of those who seek to pervert justice and truth. Give them the courage to rise above partisan politics.
Thanksgiving: We thank You for the freedoms we have enjoyed for so many years. We thank you for these senators who are to represent “we the people.” Guide them in this difficult task.
Request: Help senators to think clearly and justly on this nomination. Help them to concentrate on Judge Kavanaugh and his record, instead of the outside forces pressuring them to act for other personal interests.
Tuesday, September 4, 2018 – the Hearings
Prayer: You, oh God, are our help and confidence. We pray Your blessings on the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh.
Supplication: May the schemes of the enemy be derailed. May truth and justice reign.
Thanksgiving: We thank You for Your involvement and care for us. Who are we that You are mindful of us?
Request: Help us to be engaged and to support truth and justice through prayer and action as we help to get Justice Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. We do so, believing he is a man who fears You and will try to be an impartial guardian of justice. May he do so with humility and honor, always remembering that it is truth that sets us free.
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