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Father God, You miraculously intervened to prevent harm. We pray now that justice would be served.
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When the Supreme Court agreed to hear the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision on abortion, I knew that the Lord wanted IFA to become involved. This case out of Mississippi seemed different from many others that had gone before.

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I believe we were inspired by the Holy Spirit to submit an amicus (friend of the court) brief that included a prayer people could sign. I thought it would be incredible for our prayers to be part of the Supreme Court record in the case. We connected with Christian attorneys who had been praying and waiting for an organization courageous enough to submit a brief outlining how the Supreme Court’s abortion decisions over these 50 years had set our nation up for judgment. Since that lined up with Scripture and they liked our idea about the prayer, we filed this unique brief together.

The next step was a prayer initiative: daily prayer for the justices, for the lawyers on both sides, and for the justices’ clerks. For months, intercessors prayed for the justices and the lawyers by name. There were many, many prayer initiatives by many organizations. But I don’t know of any others that prayed for the justices’ clerks by name.

Oral arguments took place on Dec. 1, 2021, and the nation waited for the decision, expecting an announcement in June. On May 2, 2022, something happened that was utterly unprecedented: The draft opinion was leaked to the press. The opinion outlined the overturning of Roe v. Wade. We don’t know who leaked it, but we know now that it was someone from inside the court. Was it a clerk? How was that person impacted by our prayers? We know it’s no coincidence that we had been covering these people in prayer. And those prayers became even more important.

The public response to the leak was extreme. On one side were those who have long fought and prayed for life and against the legally incorrect Roe decision. On the other side were abortion activists, people who were confused, and people who were enraged. Justice Alito has said publicly many times that he believes the leak put the lives of those justices in the decision’s majority at risk. And since it was not yet a finalized decision, the death of any one of those justices could have changed the result.

Protests erupted outside the homes of all the justices in the majority. Despite state laws that should have been enforced, the protesters carried explicit signs, shouted, and wrote horrible things in chalk on the sidewalks and streets of the neighborhoods where the justices lived. No Supreme Court justices or their families had ever experienced this kind of pressure or these sorts of fear tactics at their homes. Even worse, three of these justices had young children at home.

The leak of the Dobbs draft opinion, and the nation’s response to it, impressed once again upon intercessors nationwide the urgency of persistent prayers for protection, especially for those five justices who supported the overturn of Roe. The answer to these prayers was dramatic.

Nicholas Roske was very angry about the possibility of abortion laws changing. He was also upset about the May 24, 2022, school massacre in Uvalde, Texas, and fretful over the possible loosening of gun control in a case the Supreme Court would be ruling on. 

Roske decided to act on his obsessions. 

He purchased a Glock 17 pistol and packed it up along with some ammunition, two gun magazines, a speed loader, a tactical knife, pepper spray, zip ties, and some tools: a nail punch, a hammer, a screwdriver, and a crowbar. 

Armed with these, Roske flew from California to Washington, D.C., his intent being to assassinate Justice Brett Kavanaugh. 

Roske was upset about a school shooting and brooding over the possibility of relaxed gun control — and yet he purchased a gun so that he could himself go out and murder a man. Clearly, he was incited and motivated by the world (incendiary rhetoric broadcast all over the internet and the media), by sin, and by Satan.

On June 8, 2022, Roske got out of a taxi in front of Kavanaugh’s house. He spotted some U.S. marshals by the house and proceeded down the street. Then he texted his sister and phoned 911. He told the operator that he was having suicidal thoughts, that he had a gun, and that he planned to kill the justice. 

Miraculously, Roske was soon apprehended by local police without incident. Later investigation revealed that Roske had sent this message on Discord: “I am shooting for 3” — indicating that assassinating two other justices may have been part of his plan. It seems this man was being demonically led to first kill Kavanaugh, perhaps other justices, and then himself. It must have been divine intervention that stopped Roske at the last minute.

We don’t always know what effect our prayers are having. In this instance, there may have been further plans for evil that were stopped by the power of prayer. We do know that this particular plan for harm was inexplicably thwarted by a supernatural intervention of God. 

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Ann Lee
May 27, 2024

I am really thankful for Gods intervention but I am praying for the hate and the violence to stop.

Ann NMN Shaw
May 26, 2024

Praise God for taking action to protect the Justices.

In Jesus’s name Amen

George Leaf
May 26, 2024

Father God, wonder and might you are. Faithful beyond understanding to the purpose of all your mighty creation. There is no small detail, tiny or great problem that is missed or overlooked in your gaze. We honor you, lift your name on high. We delight in being about the issues of your heart, for you alone care for all. Their souls, and all that afflicts them. May our prayers bring you comfort, warmth, and joy that like minded souls pray upon the earth. Amen

May 25, 2024

Father in Heaven, we have clear and convincing evidence that you want to work through us by sincere and consistent prayer. This prayer is the responsibility of every Christian. Imagine what our lives could be like if we didn’t take prayer sincerely and conscientiously!! Daily prayer is an essential part of a strong effective Christian life as we know through experience. Prayer is an honor given to us by God Almighty. The Lord has trusted us with the responsibility of prayer…there’s no other being with this assignment. Dare we neglect prayer and suffer the consequences? Once you see the Lord answering your prayer you will never be the same. The joy is incredible, as is the motivation to pray again. Glory to God !!

Ron Deere
May 25, 2024

We have no knowledge of most of the ways that the Lord protects His people’s leaders. This is one example, but there was the example of one of our presidents “happening” to rock back in his chair right before the assassin’s bullet. We DO know that the Lord righteously intervenes in human history. Praise the Lord that He does.

May 25, 2024

Praise God for our partners in prayer that this very sick man was apprehended and that this trend will stop. Thank you Lord for your protection of your peoe.

May 25, 2024


Darlene Estlow
May 25, 2024

I remember when this happened and how God foiled this attempt to kill Justice Kavanaugh! It was indeed miraculous, an encouragement to continue to pray for change in our land. God doesn’t work as fast as we sometimes wish he would, but he is working on a level we we don’t see! We pray he would continue to do that! We praise his name.

Brian lynch
May 25, 2024

Thank you, Dave, for reminding us about how God moves in our nation to protect His children from harm.. Please, keep all intercessors in an attitude of sensitivity to the issues that we need to be praying over. Thank You for the gift of intercession, and that you have chosen us for this ministry for such a time as this.

Deborah Ryder
May 25, 2024

Alertness to oress through to pray, even though the attacks not to are increasing.
The tactics of our enemies to keep us from praying is real,.

CHRIST in us is greater than he that is in the world.

Prayer is a Powerful weapon! Strongholds come down, in Jesus’ name!

Margaret Main
May 25, 2024

Thank you for this article, giving the details about that attempted assassination. We may never know what effect our prayers are having. This is a reminder that we MUST PRAY as Holy Spirit directs. Lord, help us to be sensitive to Your promptings!

May 25, 2024

Human life is sacred. Clearly some don’t think so. Is it surprising that someone who believes killing someone in the womb also believes killing a supreme court justice is also fine.

May 25, 2024

Thank you My Dear Savior for continued divine intervention. I adore you. You are worthy to be praised. We are grateful that you inhabit the praises of your people. Keep working in us and on us to perfect your will. We pray your will over our nation and our lives because we know your will for us is ALWAYS good. We thank you for your faithfulness to us and to your word which is a light unto our paths. You are an AWESOME God!!

May 25, 2024

Awesome Awesome example of intercession!!! This event could have had tragic results had not believers with courage been armored up and on the battlefield that day !!! Remember Guys, Satan does his best to distract and discourage…
Pray Pray Pray !!!!!

May 25, 2024

Very interesting. God works in mysterious ways. I thank God Our Justices are protected.
Murder is never a solution. Protect and cherish and nourish human life is USA is for.


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