This Month's Prayer Focus
Prayer for the safety and wellbeing of the Supreme Court justices, clerks, and staff, and their families. Prayer also for courage and resolve for the justices to issue a final decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey.
On May 2, it was reported that a version of the Supreme Court’s draft opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization had been leaked to the press. According to the reports, an unprecedented leak at the Court revealed that at least five justices were poised to overturn Roe v. Wade and send the question of abortion back to the states and Congress.
The reaction to the leak was swift and strident. An hour after the leak, thousands of angry protestors descended on the Court. In the two weeks since this initial protest, hundreds of demonstrations have been held across the country, pro-life organizations have been vandalized, dozens of churches have been threatened, and worship services have been disrupted.
Additionally, since the leak, abortion supporters have protested outside the private residences of Supreme Court justices. In response to these demonstrations, the governors of Maryland and Virginia wrote a joint letter to the Department of Justice urging the federal government to provide additional security resources. Moreover, the United States Senate unanimously passed a bill on May 9 to provide security to the immediate family members of Supreme Court justices (the bill is pending before the House).
Unfortunately, many of the demonstrations and protests around the country have been violent, and given the heightened security risks to the justices, clerks, staff, and their families, we need to pray for their safety. As Christians, we know that evil is real, and we must commit to praying for justice and righteousness to prevail.
Courage is needed
Abortion is one of the most contentious issues in America. It should come as no surprise that people have responded strongly to the possibility that Roe and Casey may be overturned. As Christians observing the unfolding events, we must pray that the justices will not be influenced by the outside pressure or public scrutiny. We must pray that they have courage and resolve to stay the course and overturn Roe. Evidently, based on the leaked draft opinion written by Justice Alito, there were at least five justices in February ready to overturn Roe and Casey. Pray for resolve among the justices in the majority.
Get Others Involved
Pick one idea from the list to do this month, or come up with your own!
Pray for this month’s intentions with others around the country during the monthly Pray for Dobbs prayer call on Thursday, May 26 at 8 PM EDT. (Call-in: 667-770-1244 / Participant code: 3318631#)
Get Involved. Pregnancy help organizations are located throughout the country. Find a pregnancy help organization in your local community by visiting the websites of Heartbeat International, CareNet, or Birthright International. Contact a center in your area and ask how you can get involved.
Donate. Pregnancy resource centers are always in need of material supplies and volunteers. Support them financially or donate your time and talents. Consider organizing a fundraiser to benefit your local pregnancy resource center or sponsor a collections drive at your church. (Your local pregnancy resource centers can provide you with a list of their most needed items like diapers, formula, or baby clothes.)
Spread the word! Many people are unaware of the broad range of services and support that pregnancy resource centers offer. Find your local pregnancy center and share what you learn with your church and social networks.