Pray for the Courts

Praying God's Word over all people within the court system

Kathleen’s Faith Walk Post – Part Two

Kathleen’s Faith Walk Walking by Faith in Jesus Christ, spreading the Good News WHY Pray for the Courts? -Part 2- Posted on June 28, 2016 by Kathleen Daphne was standing in the hall of the local courthouse holding her Bible.  She was wearing her  Pray for the Courts  badge when a man came up.   “Are…

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Kathleen’s Faith Walk Post

Kathleen’s Faith Walk Walking by Faith in Jesus Christ, spreading the Good News Pray for the Courts – Part 1 Posted on June 25, 2016 by Kathleen A courthouse can be a place of horrific emotion and stress. There is an attorney in our community whose staff members pray daily for their firm’s clients. That…

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Once Upon a Time . . .

On the third floor of our courthouse, in a wide and bustling waiting room, there lay two little round cherubs. She, the older, with fringy blonde bangs skittering across darker eyelashes. He, the little; a willing student. Both Round and Rounder. Round faces. Round fingers holding round crayons. Laying on round bellies. Round sausage legs…

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WHY Pray for the Courts?

-Part 2-
Posted on by Kathleen
Daphne was standing in the hall of the local courthouse holding her Bible.  She was wearing her  Pray for the Courts  badge when a man came up.   “Are you here to pray that God will rain down fire from heaven and burn this place to the ground?” She replied, “Not at all.  This is the best system on the planet.  It may be flawed, and whenever human beings are involved, it will be flawed.  May I explain to you why we pray?” “Go ahead” he nodded. She said, “Our judges, attorneys, judicial staff, mediators, case workers, bailiffs, security officers, even the maintenance crews–are  steeped in every kind of brokenness daily.  They are surrounded by evil, wickedness, lies, broken people, broken contracts, broken hearts, broken friendships and broken relationships.  They wonder about it.  They lose sleep over it.  It inhabits their thoughts day and night.  This is where all these workers live every day. “We can criticize them for becoming a little jaded. But perhaps they could use prayer for protection from the evil they’re surrounded by and have to investigate and outline in their arguments. “Even the court reporters sitting in courtrooms, must listen to everything said. They have to go back over what they type and edit it.  If it’s something like sexual abuse or child abuse and they have to go back and correct it and re-read it, imagine the impact. Court reporters need prayer to record and process in a healthy way, what they are being exposed to daily. “Shame on us for calling them to do that job, and never providing prayer support while they are surrounded with the evil we don’t want to deal with.   We need to pray for the jurors and bailiffs.  We need to pray blessings over them, that they have everything they need to accomplish their job:  good, supportive friendships within their departments, integrity, release from the things that some use to help them deal with the ugliness–such as alcohol, sleeplessness, drugs or an affair. “They need to know someone is coming into their courtroom and not looking to criticize them.  Someone is coming to pray God’s favor over them, so they are fully equipped to do their job with excellence, integrity, with physical health, spiritual health and emotional health.” His response,  “Thank you.  I’m glad you’re here.” Copied with permission and for more information:  http://www.kathleensfaithwalk.com/prayer-works/why-pray-for-the-courts/    
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Kathleen's Faith Walk Walking by Faith in Jesus Christ, spreading the Good News

Pray for the Courts – Part 1 Posted on June 25, 2016 by Kathleen A courthouse can be a place of horrific emotion and stress. There is an attorney in our community whose staff members pray daily for their firm’s clients. That attorney began to dream of a company of prayer warriors deployed daily in the courthouse to pray over every aspect of all court proceedings. Daphne is one of those who comes to pray. Many people are distraught by their court situation and when she begins to pray, often tears begin to flow. Most will experience inner strength and a sense of peace. She may simply stand in the hall holding her Bible. One lady asked, “Is that your Bible? Will you pray for me?” Another time she was reading her Bible when a man came up and started telling her his problems. “May I pray with you?” As she began to pray, the man suddenly broke down in tears. She has learned to carry a packet of tissues to share. Daphne wears her “Pray for the Courts” badge and slowly walks up and down the halls with her Bible. When she sits with her Bible open, she often writes out an encouraging Bible verse or one of the Psalms on the back of her “Pray for the Courts” cards. She might have the opportunity to interact with a person and say, “I just wrote out this Psalm from God’s Word. I’m asking God to put it in the right hands. I want to give you something tangible.” Sometimes she sits in the courtroom with her Bible open and asks God to show her how to pray for the judge. She may even write a letter of blessing to a judge–sharing qualities she’s observed that make that judge a blessing to the community. What about you? Have you ever considered spending time praying in your local courthouse? Would you? My prayer for you this day: The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26   Copied with permission and for more information: http://www.kathleensfaithwalk.com/jail-county-juvenile-facility/pray-for-the-courts/: [post_title] => Kathleen's Faith Walk Post [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => kathleens-faith-walk-post [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-06-30 23:22:30 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-06-30 23:22:30 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://prayforthecourts.com/?p=116 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [2] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 113 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2015-12-01 02:52:43 [post_date_gmt] => 2015-12-01 02:52:43 [post_content] => On the third floor of our courthouse, in a wide and bustling waiting room, there lay two little round cherubs. She, the older, with fringy blonde bangs skittering across darker eyelashes. He, the little; a willing student. Both Round and Rounder. Round faces. Round fingers holding round crayons. Laying on round bellies. Round sausage legs kicking up behind them. Round feet in round shoes tapping a quiet cadence on round bums. They were sharing a coloring book on the floor. The wiser instructing Round giving careful direction as to color choices and the value of staying within the lines. Then, the student Rounder with a tongue that would not stay within the confines of such a concentrated face. If only this was the completeness. Exchanging the zoom lens for the wider angle reveals two steel-toed shoes; sentries standing post on either side of the teacher cherub. A perfectly creased uniform stretched upward, complete with a bullet-proof vest pressed inside a bailiff's shirt. No roundness here. No soft fringyness; only starched lines, wide, straight shoulders, hard handcuffs, a gun, some unknowns, no crayons. His arms looked to be at rest on his belt, but his squared, rigid shoulders did not. A warrior standing guard. Stoic, until one widens the lens one more time, and turns on the sound. There were two. One supposed to be a mother. Another presumed to be a grandmother. There were war cries; screachings, screamings, indictments, accusations; all the pointed and sharpened weapons of war intended for the father of the roundnesses, but raining down, piercing through the soft rounds laying on their bellies beneath. This is just one story on one day. Brief moments before the Warrior Bailiff spoke in low serious tones and became a Peace Keeper too. The spectators in attendance may have clucked their tongues or rolled their eyes. They had time for little else because each was sharpening weapons for their own wars; more carefully orchestrated wars. Maybe they would even be called 'civilized'. In the years since this day of the little Rounds and the Warrior Peace Officer, I've wondered, 'what ever happened to the little Rounds'? I was even drawn to tears as I have wondered about how they would be forced to process such days. I did not wonder about the Warrior - because this was all just a part of his job, right? Was it because he was an adult, trained to serve and protect - and to do it with calm integrity? So, I'll wonder now. I'll wonder if Bailiffs who stand guard over little Rounds come home to their own little Rounds who just got sent to 'time-out' because they spread their crayons all over the new carpet. Did he remember to stop by the cleaners to pick up another starched uniform for tomorrow? Is there a lawn to mow or a garbage disposal to unstick? Science projects to finish? Bills to pay? Is there a vestige of adrenaline causing unseen tremors in his marrow? How long do Warrior Peace Officers need to process the piercing of little Rounds? Will he have that time before tomorrow? GOD only knows. So, we pray GOD will stand guard over all of him. Over all of THEM.       [post_title] => Once Upon a Time . . . [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => once-upon-a-time [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2015-12-01 02:52:43 [post_modified_gmt] => 2015-12-01 02:52:43 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://prayforthecourts.com/?p=113 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) )