PLEASE … include these people in your prayers today. If we bombard heaven, things can change!
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.”
We 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.
For nearly five years, Melissa and Aaron Klein’s world has been turned upside down. In 2013, the owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa bakery in Gresham, Oregon, made the decision to decline to make a cake for a lesbian wedding. Since then, they have endured fines, endless time in the courtroom and even harassment for standing up for their Christian values.
On Thursday, the Kleins and First Liberty Institute filed an appeal with the Oregon Supreme Court in a case that not only has major implications for the Kleins, but also for religious freedom for individuals everywhere. The Kleins have been forced to pay a $135,000 fine and have seen their bakery subsequently closed. They also have been harassed on social media with messages wishing “your children get sick and die” to death threats of someone “sneaking in their back door with a gun drawn to take you out of this world.”
What a tragedy this is. It’s disheartening to know that people can’t simply agree to disagree in this great country of ours. The reasons don’t matter, and therefore I implore you to join me in prayer for those involved:
“Dear Lord and Heavenly Father, we come to you knowing that you are all-knowing, all-powerful, and full of mercy and grace toward us when we fail to do your will. We pray today that you miraculously and supernaturally intervene in this case that has been taken to the Oregon Supreme Court, a case that has been emotionally and financially draining in the lives of Melissa and Aaron Klein and their family. They need you, and they need you to intervene right now. They’re tired, and they don’t want to fight anymore. But I pray that they put their complete trust in you knowing that they have done the right thing and that they will be rewarded for it. Bless them financially, lift them up emotionally and give them strength to see this thing through. The enemy is defeated, we know that, but give the Kleins the strength to proclaim it. We ask that you transform hearts. Transform the hearts of the couple that sued them and sear their hearts and let them see the damage that has been done. Let them see your glory and open their hearts and eyes to Jesus, the only thing they will ever need. Bless the hearts of the judges involved in the case and help them to have mercy and grace on both parties. Again, let your glory be brought to light in this case and let everyone know, without a doubt, who is on the Throne. We praise you and thank you for lovingkindness and tender mercies every day. In the name of Jesus we pray, Amen!”
“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (Heb. 4:16).
“And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast” (1 Pet. 5:10)