Religious leaders across America are calling on Christians to wrap the nation in prayer during two major events over the next two weeks. For a fourth year, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has declared a Fortnight for Freedom to run from June 21 through July 4 “to pray for the intention of preserving and promoting religious freedom.” Halfway through the Fortnight for Freedom, Christians across the country will join in the 2015 Call2Fall on June 28 to humbly kneel in focused “repentant prayer for God to reshape our lives and renew our land.”
Fortnight for Freedom: This year’s Fortnight for Freedom will focus on the “freedom to bear witness” to the truth of the Gospel. Participants are urged to spend the next two weeks engaged in enhanced “prayer and penance for life, marriage and religious liberty in our country,” including a pledge to fast on Fridays. As the USCCB Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty points out in their Statement on Religious Liberty, “Religious liberty is not only about our ability to go to Mass on Sunday or pray the Rosary at home. It is about whether we can make our contribution to the common good of all Americans. Can we do the good works our faith calls us to do, without having to compromise that very same faith?” The Fortnight provides a focused time for “prayer, education and peaceful public action to protect our religious freedom with respect to the gift of life, marriage, conscience rights, as well as its application to immigration, adoption and health care and humanitarian concerns.”
Call2Fall: Since 2009, more than 2.3 million individuals and churches have participated in the Call2Fall, which is sponsored by Family Research Council, the National Day of Prayer Task Force, and Awakening America. The 2015 Call2Fall Declaration comes from 2 Chronicles 7:14, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” Participants are encouraged to set aside at least three to five minutes at a specific time on Sunday, June 28 to kneel in humble prayer.
Both events have national websites replete with resources for churches, pastors, and individual participants, including background information, preparation materials, prayers, articles, videos, and more.