Wednesday, October 10, 2012

40 DAYS OF PRAYER TO CHANGE AMERICA (Day 13: Same-sex Marriage)

40 Days of Prayer to Change America
(Day 13: Same-sex Marriage)
     Same-sex marriage has been one of the hot-button issues around the country throughout the year and heading into the November election. Six of the 50 states in the U.S. have legalized same-sex marriage and gay-rights advocates continue to push for laws to make it legal nationally.
     Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13, along with other Scriptures (e.g. Deut. 23:17, 1 Cor. 6:9-10), clearly state God's position on the issue, which is not open for interpretation. God defines marriage as being between one man and one woman --- period. It's unfortunate that even those within the church claim otherwise, yet believers must stand firm on biblical standards while also walking in love and compassion for those struggling with same-sex attraction. We must also pray in unity for our nation's leaders not to be intimidated by activists trying to redefine the fundamental building block of our society.
  • Pray that Jesus convicts the hearts of those in the homosexual community and helps them escape from that lifestyle --- and that believers will love them into the Kingdom instead of condemning them.
  • Pray that advocates of traditional marriage are able to witness effectively to those advocating same-sex marriage with Jesus' love and kind words.
  • Pray that the hearts of our country's leaders are convicted and that they come to realize that God's Truth must be our standard, not a minority's agenda.
Lord, we repent of our wicked ways as a nation when it comes to distorting Your definition of marriage. Cleanse us from our unrighteousness. Help us as believers to walk in Your love, even when our biblical values oppose others. Forgive us for when we have judged the sinner and not the sin, and give us strength to stand up for Your Truth. In Jesus' Name. Amen.