Religious Right Leaders Pray for 'Healing for Those who Struggle with Same-Sex Attraction'
A number of prominent women leaders of the Religious Right have come together for the American Prayer Initiative, which is “designed to help draw ‘we the people’ of this nation back to the One upon whom she was founded.’ The group includes the National Day of Prayer’s Shirley Dobson and Vonette Bright, talk show host Janet Parshall, Liberty Counsel’s Anita Staver, Concerned Women for America’s Penny Nance, Susan B. Anthony List’s Marilyn Musgrave, activist Rebecca Hagelin and Susan Allen, wife of Virginia’s George Allen. The group offers members a specific prayer for every day of each month until Election Day, including prayers condemning homosexuality and the separation of church and state.
One message asks participants to pray for God’s “healing for those who struggle with same-sex attraction” and to “replace unnatural affections”:
We pray for healing and restoration of true manhood and womanhood in America. We ask for Your wisdom and protection against attempts to re-define our very identity as men and women.
We pray for Your design for abundant and fulfilled manhood, womanhood and marriage to gain preeminence in America.
We pray for a full restoration of the image and definition of manhood and womanhood in America.
We petition You, God for Your healing for those who struggle with same-sex attraction. May they come to know Your power, Your mercy and Your love as You replace unnatural affections with ones You Yourself designed.
Another is a prayer to oppose the legalization of same-sex marriage:
We pray that the union of one man and one woman will be embraced by all societies as the sole form of legitimate marriage and the proper basis of family.
We ask that the power of Your hand intervene to transform and heal the hearts of those who would attempt to re-define marriage.
The group also sends a message criticizing the influence of judges and proponents of the separation of church and state:
We ask for leaders, a judicial system and judges who adhere to the original intent of our founding documents and their many connections to Biblical principles.
We pray for a true understanding of justice according to Your Word We pray for Your protection from attempts to redefine justice for political gain.
We ask You to convict, transform and protect those who are out of Your will. We ask You to encourage, strengthen and protect those who honor and follow You.
We ask You for judges who will follow constitutional principles rather than ruling according to pre-chosen outcomes or relying on international law.
We pray that courts will recognize parents’ fundamental rights to the care, custody and control of their children.
We ask for Your guidance for accurate rulings over first amendment issues, and an awareness in our country that the words, “separation of church and state” are found nowhere in any one of our founding documents. We ask for a reversal of rulings which have inaccurately established “separation” as a Constitutional principle.
There is even a prayer against a media looking “to bring our country down by bringing our culture down”:
We ask you, Lord, to open greater and greater opportunities for Your Gospel to flow freely across our airwaves.
We ask, Lord, for You to grant Americans the wisdom to discern truth from deception.
We pray for those in the entertainment industry that they may better serve the families of our country by creating programs and movies that are uplifting in nature and extol positive virtues.
We especially pray Your blessings upon those in media, entertainment, the arts and journalism who are driven by loyalty to You. We ask for favor and acceptance for their work.
We ask You to raise up, equip, and abundantly provide for Your true disciples in the media, the arts, entertainment and journalism.
We pray for honesty in journalism.
We pray for those who would intend to bring our country down by bringing our culture down.
We ask you to foil the plans of those who would bring others down in any form.
We ask for Your transforming power in the lives of those who would divide, deceive and destroy.
Organizations:Concerned Women for America, Liberty Counsel , National Day of Prayer Task Force, Susan B. Anthony List
People:Anita Staver, Vonette Bright, Rebecca Hagelin , Penny Nance, Shirley Dobson, Marilyn Musgrave , George Allen , Janet Parshall
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