Day 1: 21 Days of Prayer & Fasting
In 2008, Californians voted for a second time to keep marriage in their state as “between one man and one woman.” In 2013 the U.S. Supreme Court nullified the will of the California people. In 2007, FRC President Tony Perkins warned:
We appear to be entering a difficult time in the history of our nation with no clear light shining in the distance … the spiritual battle for the future of this nation has intensified in the last six months beyond what many of us ever envisioned in such a short period of time. We are witnessing a rising tide of evil in our nation that threatens the very foundations of our Republic…
If we are to succeed in defending faith, family and freedom, let alone advancing these core ideals in this nation, we need the Lord to raise up a standard and drive back this flood of evil that seeks to take the lives of the unborn, redefine marriage and family out of existence and restrict, if not remove our freedom to live out our Christian faith. While we wrestle with the political, what we really face is spiritual at its core (Read or listen to Is 59:14-19 on Bible Gateway).
What Tony said in 2007 should be obvious to every American Christian in 2015. During the next few months the U.S Supreme Court, could rule again, on four same-sex marriage cases, and declare same sex marriage a constitutional right in all 50 states. We all share guilt for having arrived at this place. Our only real hope is God!
As we pray and fast for the next 21 days, asking God to raise up His standard to protect and preserve marriage in our land, we must begin by confession, repentance and cleansing, if our appeal to heaven is to be heard.
With humility and repentance, may we confess our personal and collective sins before God!
- Any and all personal sin that could hinder our prayers (Is 59:2);
- Our failure rightly to revere the institution God exalts in Scripture as a picture of Christ and His Bride, the Church, to be united with Him in Holy Matrimony for eternity (Eph 5:32);
- Our individual and collective failure rightly to revere His sacred marriage covenant with which mankind has been blessed for 6000 years, the profound gift and privilege of marital love, commitment and communion, and the opportunity to share with our Creator the joy of bringing children into the world to love, nurture and raise to love Him and others (Mal 2:13-16; Eph 6:4).
- Our active and passive failures to be salt and light in America through the way we live out our own marriages (Mt 5:13);
- Our individual and collective failure to be witnesses for Him, faithfully sharing with our countrymen the gospel of Christ; which, had we done, we’d not be in this place (Acts 1:8).
- Our own role in allowing the diminishment of marriage in our nation during our lifetimes, whether by our sins of commission or omission (Lk 11:42);
- Our failure to act to be sure our own churches hold to a biblical standard for marriage (1 Timothy 3:15; 2 Tim 4:1-4);
- Our failure as believers to defend marriage, countering the coordinated effort by homosexuals to advance an agenda to redefine marriage in society, by boldly speaking the truth in love (Pr 24:8; 1 Tim 6:11-12;)
- Our failure as citizens to stand up to politicians, and elected officials who have overstepped their authority to impose special homosexual rights, including marriage upon the American people (Pr 28:4).
Let us confess all these things and more, and repent before the Lord. And may God grant us forgiveness and cleansing (2 Chr 7:14).
Whatever the Supreme Court may rule, may we consecrate our lives firmly to stand for Christ over this fundamental foundation of Christian faith, and arise to be that Standard the Lord promised to raise up in this hour! We must be prepared to stand, at whatever cost, on this matter (Ps 11:3). If this foundation is removed from American public life, everything related to God and his moral and spiritual truth and authority, including his laws (Ten Commandments) and the gospel will be under vicious assault for the remainder of our lives. We must fight for the sake of our children and grandchildren (see the Manhattan Declaration; Christian Leaders Prepare)
Let us resolve, at the outset of this fast, that whatever the Supreme Court rules, we will arise and be that Standard the Lord promised to raise up in this evil hour. If the Supreme Court rules wrongly, the fight for everything relating to faith in God, His moral and spiritual laws, and the very gospel will be under accelerated assault for the rest of our lives. We must fight for the sake of our children and grandchildren, should the Lord tarry! (Neh 4:14; 6:9). Let us spend ourselves before Him to prevail in prayer (Lk 18:1-8; Jas 5:16-18)!