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Prayer and Fasting for Marriage
Rev. Pierre Bynum
By: Rev. Pierre Bynum
In Scripture God is called the Shepherd of
Today, as we pray for the institution of Marriage and for the Supreme Court who will rule on a case that will either affirm marriage as Christ affirmed it, as a lifelong covenant union between a man and a woman -- or they will depart from 6000 years of Judeo-Christian Scriptures, religion, history and tradition, and redefine it as something altogether something else. The long term fallout of such departure would mean devastation to future generations of children for whom God intended permanent marriages to be the building block of families who would be the building block of society. He designed marriage perfectly and when it is honored, practiced and treated as it ought, it is the most beautiful thing in the world.
Today, we must pray for pastors across America, the men God gave as gifts, Shepherds to watch out for our souls, not just the particular souls in their local church, but the souls in our communities, our states and our nation and in some measure, the nations. His ministry, like that of his Master, Christ, is to shepherd the sheep: to watch over them, to care for them, and to protect them from dangerous predators, and to lay down his life for them, if need be.
I know a man who has lived in
Today, we are at another crossroads. Marriage is under threat. We are all responsible. But the pastors have a unique responsibility for this institution because of the unique role in it, both as ministerial official over it and as Shepherd of the flocks of God.
The Pastor and Marriage - Many states require minister to have a license in
order to officiate over a marriage. Many have obtained them, had to attest that
the married the couple and get the marriage certificate returned to the
Courthouse. Every pastor in
Dearly beloved: We have come together in the presence of God to witness and
bless the joining together of this man and this woman in Holy Matrimony. The
bond and covenant of marriage was established by God in creation, and our Lord
Jesus Christ adorned this manner of life by his presence and first miracle at a
wedding in Cana of
The union of husband and wife in heart, body, and mind isintended by God for their mutual joy; for the help and comfort given one another in prosperity and adversity; and, when it is God's will, for the procreation of children and their nurture in the knowledge and love of the Lord. Therefore marriage is not to be entered into unadvisedly or lightly, but reverently, deliberately, and in accordance with the purposes for which it was instituted by God.
Into this holy union come this man and this woman now come to be joined. If any of you can show just cause why they may not lawfully bemarried, speak now; or else for ever hold your peace.
Then, after prayers, the vows, the preaching of the word and other ceremonial components, the pastor says, Now that this man and this woman have given themselves to each other by solemn vows, with the joining of hands and the giving and receiving of a ring, I now pronounce that they are husband and wife, in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, andof the Holy Spirit.
Those whom God has joined together let no one put asunder.
These final words come from Jesus's instructions to the Pharisees who were arguing over marriage Mt 19:4-6:
And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
Pray for our pastors today: that they will rise to the occasion of this critical hour:
1) That they will pray themselves, as they have never prayed before in their lives. That they will cry out to God for this covenantal, organic institution that God implanted into the fabric of mankind in the Garden.
2) Pray that they will call their churches to prayer during these final weeks and lead them into aggressive but solemn prayer.
3) Pray that they will preach on prayer and marriage and lead their congregations into crying out to God for His mercy that our Supreme Court will not dare to touch that which God created and anointed. That the fear of God will come upon each Justice.
4) Pray that churches all over
5) Pray that they will not stand idly by but take action to make their elected leaders know that they expect them to take action if this ruling goes the wrong way. Remember the Religious Freedom Reformation Act that was passed by Congress in 1993, was to correct a wrongful Supreme Court decision that had led to the government abuse of citizen religious conscience. This is far bigger and if the Supreme Court does not rule aright men of God must lead the way to resist it.
6) May they lead their people to pray over each Justice, that God will move upon each one to persuade him or her to think and vote aright
7) Pray for your own pastor and pray for pastors across
8) Prayer that denominational leaders, pastors of pastors will arise, lead with urgency and call those whom they serve to likewise arise to the emergency we face, calling them to do what is written here. Many, many pastors have remained aloof form the cultural battles of our day but these are not just "cultural" battles, they are moral and spiritual battle for the soul of our nation that if they are not won on the knees of pastors and their people -- we will enter into a dark night of the soul, the likes of which we have never imagined.
Let us cry out to God!
Rev. Pierre Bynum
Chaplain & National Prayer Director
Family Research Council
801 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001