Restoring Religious Freedom Sunday

Religious freedom is being challenged again. The Birdville School District is currently being sued by the Appignani Humanist Legal Center that seeks to prevent students from their first amendment right of praying before school board meetings. The suit, filed on behalf of a former student, states that by starting meetings out with prayer, a message is sent to people of no religious faith that they are not welcome. Students are given an opportunity for a moment of “Student Expression” where they can pray, sing, or recite a poem at the beginning of each school board meeting. In addition, the lawsuit alleges that Birdville School District is a repeat offender of religious freedom.

Religious freedom is an important issue for contemporary Americans and the first amendment is being bombarded by those who wish to silence religious expression. We live in a day when people wish to scrub the public square clean of any religious values or religious speech. In an attempt to be tolerant of all, we have elevated atheism to a vaunted position within the public square. Numerous efforts throughout our nation seek to vacuum any scrap of religious expression from the public view. Again, religious freedom is an important and vital issue for our nation and it is constantly challenged.

We need to pray for our school board, the superintendent’s office, and our school district as they seek to defend the first amendment rights of students to pray. I am grateful for our leadership and for their desire to defend our students’ freedoms of religious expression. Please take time to write, call, or personally tell these men and women of your appreciation for their courageous stance.

And join with me this Sunday with special guest, Kelly Shackleford, speaks on Restoring Religious Liberty. Evangelical Christians need to be reminded that Daniel opened up the windows to his home to pray even when it was illegal (Daniel 6:10). This is our Daniel moment to show courage in the face of opposition. Those who are atheists should not be bullied but Christians should neither retreat into our respective corners of society.

Note: Kelly Shackleford is a frequent guest on national TV news and talk show programs including The O’Reilly Factor, Fox and Friends, Hannity, Good Morning America, NBC’s Today Show, CNN, and MSNBC. He also has been featured in the National Law Journal, Associated Press, The New York Times, The Washington Times, The Washington Post, and The L.A. Times, among many others. Kelly will be speaking at 8, 9:30, and 11 a.m. at our North Richland Hills campus and at 11 am via video at Cross Church. 

Prayer Resources – From the Archives

Over the past year or so, I have written a lot to encourage believers to pray. Here’s a helpful summary of Prayer Resources from the Archives. Simply click on the links below for more information about your chosen topic.

How to Pray for Your Pastors

How to Pray for Your Wife

How to Pray for Your Children

Why Should You Fast and Pray?

How Can I Pray for People to Experience Christ?

Does God Change His Mind When I Pray?

Should You Pray for Physical Healing?

The Need to Pray for Spiritual Awakening

Programming Note: I future plans to write on how to prayer for husbands.

Nine Things to Pray for Your Children

No matter their ages, Christian parents love praying for their children. Here are nine ways you can ask the Lord to bless your children and each of the nine ways are connected to Scripture. May God bless your home.

1. Pray for Your Children to Receive Jesus Christ for Salvation: “Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God” (John 3:18).

2. Pray for Your Children to be Hungry for God’s Word: “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4).

3. Pray for Your Children’s Character:  “Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, 2 to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people” (Titus 3:1-2).

4. Pray for Your Children to Possess a Loving Heart: If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing” (1 Corinthians 13:3).

5. Pray for Your Children’s Future Spouse: “Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14).

 6. Pray for Your Children’s Passion for Evangelism: “How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?” (Romans 10:14).

 7. Pray Your Children are Free from Greed: “As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life” (1 Timothy 6:17-19).

8. Pray for Your Children’s Sexual Purity: “For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God” (Ephesians 5:5).

9 . Pray for Your Children’s Passion for God:  “O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you;  my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.(Psalm 63:1).