Prayer for the Supreme Court

“But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!” Amos 5:24

The Supreme Court is the highest of several federal courts where cases and appeals are brought before federal judges. There are also thirteen federal courts of appeals. Instead of being elected, members of the judicial branch are appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate. The main duty of the judicial branch is to interpret the Constitution as it applies to the laws of the nation. For instance, if Congress were to pass a law prohibiting religious freedom, the Supreme Court would be where Americans could challenge the constitutional nature of that law. It is crucial to keep the judicial branch in our prayer – that our judges will use ethical and moral standards to interpret America’s Constitution as it applies to our modern laws and not substitute their own political opinions for the applicable law.

Lord, it is Your will that our land have judges who are filled with wisdom and integrity, who know Your laws and seek Your face in every decision that comes before them. I pray that You will give our president the wisdom to nominate righteous men and women to interpret the laws of our nation. I especially pray that You will keep out those judges who are opposed to Your laws and will apply their own moral or political bias to the cases that would come before them. As the Ten Commandments are engraved on the doors to the Supreme Court, may Your laws rule in the hearts of our judges and the laws of the land. Amen.

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