We Must Pray for Judges as Well as Outcomes
Jim DalyJim Daly is president and chief executive officer of Focus on the Family, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping families thrive.
- 2012 Jun 08
Posted by Jim_Daly Jun 7, 2012
But I wonder if instead of just praying for the outcome of the case, we should be spending more time praying for the justices who are making the decision.
Like many of you, I find it intriguing to follow the Supreme Court, especially during this time of year. Over the course of the next four weeks, Chief Justice Roberts' court will be wrapping up the year and issuing rulings on a variety of cases, including the all-important one on the Affordable Health Care Act. This case impacts the life of every American and threatens to undermine our religious liberties if it’s upheld in its current form.
But in thinking about the many looming decisions before the Court, it has struck me just how much pressure many of these justices are under these days. Liberal or conservative, they’re human beings. They are brilliant and accomplished men and women, of course, but they’re still prone to feeling the stresses and strains of their responsibilities. They are not one-dimensional.
If the promotion and preservation of God’s justice and wisdom is what we ultimately want the court to uphold, then it would behoove us to pray that the judges of the courts would strive to see things from God’s point of view.
In other words, God will grant wisdom and understanding to those who seek Him.
Let’s never underestimate the power of prayer and how God can move hearts in these days. If the Lord can give a dream to Pilate’s wife, He can work in the hearts and minds of judges today.
Please join me in praying for all who serve within our justice system but especially the following nine members of the United States Supreme Court:
Chief Justice John G. Roberts
Associate Justice Antonin Scalia
Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy
Associate Justice Clarence Thomas
Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Associate Justice Stephen G. Breyer
Associate Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr.
Associate Justice Sonja Sotomayor
Associate Justice Elena Kagan
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