September 19, 2020 | IFA Staff
As justices near retirement age, speculation abounds as to when and under which administration they will step down, or even pass away. One justice has been like the cat with nine lives–Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Diagnosed and treated for cancer 4 times, hospitalized multiple times for pneumonia, falls and other undisclosed illnesses, Ginsburg held on to her seat perhaps longer than most people expected. She has died at age 87. Now her seat is vacant.
Incidentally, Ginsburg died and left this vacancy on Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year—a day of new beginnings. Is this a new beginning for the Supreme Court and perhaps a turning point for our nation?
In preparation for an open seat that may occur at any time, a faithful group of believers have been interceding regularly for the seats that could be vacated. Seeking God, claiming those seats for God’s chosen judges, is the focus of this small dedicated group of intercessors. Called to intercede particularly for the Supreme Court, these lawyers, leaders, and intercessors are well-informed on the happenings of the Court and its processes and the potential candidates who may be put forth by the nominating Administration. (Some of them even have the stature and standing to speak into the process of suggesting and vetting potential SCOTUS candidates.) But, most of all, they have the God-given burden and willingness to obey—regularly praying as the Lord has led.
Meeting via conference call, and occasional on-site prayer at the Supreme Court grounds, this group has been praying in earnest for God’s direction for the Court for nearly 3 years. Certainly, there are other pockets of people who have had the burden to pray for the Supreme Court, the vacancies, and potential nominations. God puts similar calls on the hearts of intercessors across the nation. It is comforting to know that this moment has been well-prayed for in advance. Let’s join them in the work and word that God gave them—to pray for a Deborah to fill the vacant seat. Pray for a God-fearing, brave, and just judge who will uphold and defend the Constitution, as well as God’s wisdom and values.
The battle has begun publicly. But the preparation has been happening behind the scenes for years. Thank God for these faithful and persistent intercessors who have been laying the groundwork of intercession for our participation in prayer today. God is so good. He gives us a burden to intercede–we don’t always know the timing of when He will use those prayers for His purposes. Let’s pray that God would be pleased and glorified by this next justice. Senate Majority Leader McConnell said in his statement that there WILL be a nomination brought forth and a quick vote. Pray about this entire process.