Join Us In Week of Prayer for Marriage

By Richard Land
Mar 25, 2013

Dear Friends:

The sacred institution of marriage has reached an hour of great need for prayer. In less than 24 hours, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider the high-stakes issue of same-sex “marriage.”

On Tuesday, the court will hear oral arguments on Proposition 8, California’s 2008 voter-approved amendment defining marriage as one man and one woman in the state’s constitution. On Wednesday, the court will consider the section of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that defines one-man, one-woman marriage for federal purposes.

The future of marriage hangs in the balance. The court’s decisions in these cases, expected in June, could reshape marriage as we know it and God designed it. In a worst-case scenario, the justices could impose same-sex “marriage” across all 50 states.

That’s why I urge you to make the court’s proceedings on marriage a matter of utmost prayer this week.

Last week, we invited you to join us in A Call to a Week of Prayer for Marriage. I hope you have already begun praying with us. To help guide you in your prayer time, we have created a simple prayer guide for each of the next seven days, beginning today. I hope you will download this guide as well as encourage your friends and fellow church members to do the same by forwarding it to them.

As an additional prayer component, I encourage you to be in prayer for the thousands of traditional marriage supporters expected in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday for a March for Marriage. Crowds will gather on the National Mall at 8:30 a.m., with a march to the Supreme Court set to begin at 9:30 a.m. followed by a rally on the Mall at 11:00 a.m. If you live in the Washington area and your work schedule permits, I encourage you to make plans to join thousands of others for the marriage march. While I realize you may not be able to make it to the nation’s capital on Tuesday, all of us can join the marchers in prayer.

For More Information:
A Call to a Week of Prayer for Marriage — with Prayer Guide
The Supreme Court and Same-Sex Marriage — Part 1
The Supreme Court and Same-Sex Marriage — Part 2
March for Marriage

Thank you for praying with us that our Supreme Court justices will honor God by honoring marriage as He designed it. May God bless you as you stand for His sacred institution of marriage.

In His Service,

Dr. Richard Land
President
The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission
Southern Baptist Convention

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