Pray for America’s Judges
“Pray for all men with all forms of prayers and requests as you intercede with intense passion. And pray for every political leader and representative, so that we would be able to live tranquil, undisturbed lives, as we worship the awe-inspiring God with pure hearts. It is pleasing to our Savior-God to pray for them. He longs for everyone to embrace His life and return to the full knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:1-4 TPT)
When writing the New Testament, Paul makes it clear to us that we are to pray for our leaders, spiritual and governmental. There is no one who needs prayer more than the nine justices who have been appointed by our American Presidents to judge right from wrong and interpret the U.S. Constitution. There are other judges, besides those nine, who have been elected and appointed to these offices in each of our 50 states. They are there to listen, use the wisdom they have gained through study and interpretation of law, and make rulings. Many of these rulings affect each one of us. Therefore, it’s crucial that we pray for them, asking God to speak to and through them.
This is what our good friend Quin Sherrer shares with us:
“There are hundreds of good, honest men and women who serve in our nation as judges—people with integrity who make just decisions. We bless, applaud, and thank them. Sadly, some judges make dangerously wrong ones.
“In 2 Chronicles we read about King Jehoshaphat who wanted good judges. When he returned safely to his house in Jerusalem after a battle, he set judges throughout all the fortified cities of Judah. City by city.
“He told them, ‘Consider carefully what you do, because you are not judging for mere mortals but for the LORD, who is with you whenever you give a verdict. Now let the fear of the LORD be on you. Judge carefully, for with the LORD our God there is no injustice or partiality or bribery.’ (2 Chronicles 19: 6-7 NIV)
“Judeo-Christian beliefs that our early settlers brought with them helped to form the foundation of our system of laws. Later in 1789, the U.S. Supreme Court was ‘ordained and established’ under Article III of the U.S. Constitution. There were six original justices. Today we have nine.
“When there is a vacancy on the Supreme Court, a new justice is appointed by the U.S. President and confirmed by the Senate. He or she holds the office for life or retirement.
“Today we have two court systems in the United States: (1) the Supreme Court and the lower federal courts, and (2) the state courts. Federal judges, who act on some of the most significant issues affecting the American people, have wide authority and discretion in the cases over which they preside. 1
“‘As the Supreme Court is the highest court in the land, all decisions and outcomes are final and a case that goes to the Supreme Court must first pass through several other courts… [It] has the power to investigate, question and overturn cases that were decided in lower courts. [It] can also judge the actions of federal, state, and local governments. If the Supreme Court feels that another area of government is acting unconstitutionally, they may investigate.’ 2
“At the Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C. you will see ‘Equal Justice Under Law’ written above the main entrance. Engraved in stone above the Chief Justice’s seat is a display of the Ten Commandments. When the Marshal announces the beginning of each court session, he ends his speech with, ‘God save the United States and this Honorable court.’ 3
“Thousands of judges across our nation need our prayers. When government agencies attempt to strip away our freedoms, even blatantly acting against our Constitution, we must cry out. And we pray that judges will make just decisions, not unjust ones. That righteousness—not evil—will prevail in our nation.
“We must especially continue to pray for the Supreme Court justices whose final decisions affect so many of us—we, the people—and even the unborn.”
One of our most conservative Supreme Court Justices serving us today is Justice Clarence Thomas. Justice Thomas is 73 and has served us since 1991 when he was appointed to the Court by President George H.W. Bush. This past Friday, Justice Thomas was admitted to a Washington hospital after experiencing flu-like symptoms. He does not have Covid, but was diagnosed with an infection and is being treated with intravenous antibiotics. He is responding to the treatment and hopefully will be discharged soon. 4
Today, let’s pray for Justice Thomas and the other judges who are in positions of leadership and authority.
Pray with me:
Thank You, Lord, that our Founders established three branches of government to ensure there would be a balance of powers. We pray for Supreme Court justices, and for the thousands of judges serving across America in federal, state, county, and municipal courts. May they not be swayed by prejudice, political opinion, or malicious outside influences. Lord, as our courts come into alignment with Your will, also cause needed changes to be established in all levels of our correctional system.
We ask for the salvation of those on the bench who don’t know You, and for Sauls to be transformed to Pauls.
Thank You for awakening believers to pray for these reforms to happen, and to vote accordingly. May all forces of evil in our judicial and correctional systems be abolished, in Jesus’ name, Amen. 5
We decree that a visitation from Yahweh is coming to the judicial branch of our U.S. government.
U.S. Supreme Court Justices:
Chief Justice John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Steven Breyer (has announced retirement but will serve until his replacement is decided), Brett Kavanaugh, Elena Kagan, Clarence Thomas, Sonia Sotomayor, Neil Gorsuch, Amy Coney Barrett.
Today’s post was contributed by Quin Sherrer. You can find out more about Quin here.
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3. William J. Federer, America’s God and Country, (FAME Publishing, 1996), 595.
5. Quin Sherrer and Ruthanne Garlock, Warfare Prayers for Women, (Bloomington, MN: Chosen, 2020), 238.