Jesus said in Matthew 5:44 to “love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.”
Today and every day going forward we will pray for those in the news and for those who need the love of Jesus in their hearts. If there is anyone you feel compelled to pray for in this blog, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This week, the Oregon Court of appeals ordered the owners of Sweet Bakeries by Melissa—Aaron and Melissa Klein—to pay fines of $135,000 for refusing to bake a cake to celebrate a lesbian couple’s same-sex wedding.
Because the Kleins refused to violate their values and principles (a right guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution no matter what any court says), they were forced to shut down their bakery, thus killing their American dream of owning and thriving in a business they loved. In essence, Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer, the plaintiffs in the case, were responsible for helping to kill that dream because they couldn’t (or wouldn’t) find someone else to bake the cake for them. So:
“Lord Jesus, we turn to you in intercession on behalf of Aaron and Melissa Klein. They are disheartened by this ruling from man, a ruling that has taken away their business and put them into debt for the fines they have incurred. Lord, we ask that you lift up the Kleins and encourage them, let them put their trust in you and your word, especially Romans 8:28 that says, “We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Let them see that you will never leave them nor forsake them, and help them supernaturally raise the money to pay off this outlandish and unlawful fine that has been levied against them. Help them to realize their dream by taking them in a direction they never believed they would go. Prosper them and lift them up.
“And we pray for Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer, that they not see this as a “revenge-filled victory” in their lives and justification. Let them see your glory instead and turn their hearts so that they may know your love instead of the selfishness of the world. Turn their hearts so that your light will shine through them and let them see that you are the only thing they need in their lives. We also pray for the Oregon judges in the courts. Let them know how You want things done and how you want them to make their decisions. Let them see the nature of their ways and that those are not your ways. Touch the heart of each judge and we pray for their salvation, in Jesus’ name. Amen.”