Day 22 - Pray for Religious Freedom
Pastor Reginald Walker
WORD OF FAITH CHRISTIAN VENTER VICKSBURG, MS
Thank you for joining us in this 30 days of prayer campaign. I have been given the responsibility of exhorting you in praying for religious freedom. As I recognized, we have brothers and sisters praying with us all across the globe. This is a prevalent issue, not just for those of you who are living in areas of intense persecution, but for those of us within America’s borders as well. Yes, here in the United States where the First Amendment of our Constitution reads, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof or abridging the freedom of speech.” We as Christians see more and more of our religious freedoms eroded every day. Prayer has been removed from schools. The 10 Commandments have been removed from federal court houses. The VA has removed crosses from the hospital chapels. And a high school valedictorian was asked to remove all references to Jesus from her speech. Due to the courage of her conviction, she had her mic turned off mid speech. There seems to be a growing tolerance for everything except Christians.
At the time of this recording, there is a pastor being held in India. His crime - being a Christian. Word of Faith Christian Center Vicksburg erected a church in India last year and I was there for its dedication. That very well could have been me. We are joining together in this 30 days of prayer because we believe that God answers prayer. Well, as a babe in Christ some 35 years ago, one of the first things that I learned from my Bishop was when praying to find Scripture to support that which you are believing God for. In second Thessalonians 3, in verse 1 it reads – the Apostle Paul wrote, “Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you.” God wants His Word glorified and to have free course. In the Amplified translation of Jeremiah 1:12 it says He watches over His Word to perform it. Prayer may not be the only thing that we need to do to obtain or even maintain our religious freedoms but it is a good place to start.