Supreme Court Nominee
President Trump says he will announce his pick to replace Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on July 9, but inside sources say his decision may come as soon as early this week.
It is widely reported that White House officials are focused on five federal appeals court judges — Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett, Thomas Hardiman, Raymond Kethledge and Amul Thapar.
But on Monday, CBS Newsreported that list is down to two: 53-year-old D.C. Circuit Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh and 46-year-old Chicago Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett.
Once an announcement is made, an exhaustive review of the nominee’s professional and personal history begins. The nominee has to submit a questionnaire for the Senate’s review; it can be thousands of pages long, detailing every case he or she has worked on as a lawyer or judge, along with every public speech, news media interview, published article or even panel discussion. Sometimes it can take weeks to complete.
However, we can be sure that the Lord Himself has already vetted the candidates’ qualifications and looked at their hearts. He has chosen a person, one He has groomed from conception, for His purposes in this hour. He has called a Justice for such a time as this!
Let us, therefore, focus on interceding from heaven’s perspective…We are not praying for a good choice, but for GOD’S CHOICE.
The next Supreme Court appointment will tip the scales of justice since many landmark decisions have been made by a 5-4 vote, including Roe v. Wade. Our Omnipotent Father knows the end from the beginning, all the cases that will come before the High Court in the next half-century, how these decisions will influence God’s divine plan for this nation, impacting the freedom and well-being of our children, our grandchildren, and our great-grandchildren.
Let’s prepare our hearts!
Before we pray and decree God’s will regarding the appointment of the next Supreme Court Justice, it’s important to examine our hearts (Psm. 24:3). With so many opinions regarding the selection of the next Supreme Court Justice as well as other critical issues in government today, we may find ourselves becoming judgmental toward those who have differing views from our own. Remember Jesus’ response to John the Baptist – “blessed is he who is not offended…” (Matt. 11:6). So let’s choose to let go of offenses and to walk in love, especially toward our brothers and sisters in Christ… so that our prayers will be united and go forth unhindered
“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.” (Matt. 18:19)
- Heavenly Father, we lift President Trump before YOU and pray that he will have eyes to see and ears to hear what YOUR choice is regarding this next Supreme Court nominee. We ask YOU to confirm to him the person of YOUR choosing. We pray that President Trump would feel deep peace when he thinks about the person of YOUR choice and deep unrest should he start to waiver from YOUR highest and best (Col. 3:15).
- Give our President wise and godly counsel to help him discern YOUR will in this important decision (Prov. 15:22).
- Lord, we pray that President Trump will resist any temptation to please men rather than to please YOU in this selection process (Gal. 1:10, 1 Thess. 2:4; Prov. 29:25).
- We decree that there is nothing covered that will not be revealed or hidden that will not be made known, regarding those who are being considered to fill this vacancy (Lk. 12:2).
- In Jesus’ Name, we cut off all outside enemy attempts and influences to manipulate, confuse, or confound the President’s hearing from You or his resolve to stand firm in YOUR choice (2 Kgs 6: 8-14).
- Lord, we ask YOU to give the Supreme Court Justice nominee of YOUR choice supernatural favor, wisdom, and protection to navigate through the Senate confirmation hearings and to speedily receive Senate approval (Prov. 3:4; Isa. 41:3).
- We declare, in Jesus’ Name, that this new Supreme Court Justice will be a voice for righteousness and justice—even to changing the landscape of the entire nation toward godliness. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?(Esth. 4:14).
- Emily Cochrane and Michael D. Shear, “Trump SaysHe will announce Supreme Court Pick on July 9,” New York Times, June 29, 2018.
- Matt Vespa, “Trump Has Narrowed His SCOTUS Pick to These Two Candidates,” CBS, July 2, 2018.
- “Trump to name nominee on 9 July,” BBC News, June 30, 2018.
- Philip Rucker and Seung Min Kim, “We have to pick a great one’: Inside Trump’s plan for a new Supreme Court justice,” Washington Post, June 30, 2018.