(borrowed from 1 minute a day Instant Inspiration for the Busy Life)
It shall come to pass that before they call, I will answer; And while they are still speaking, I will hear. Isaiah 65:24
For 188 years, the Indiana state legislature began each session with payer. but a 2005 ruling by a federal judge declared that no prayers could be offered that made overt Christian references. In response, the legislature complied with a "pre-approved prayer" and sought to have the decision overturned. Less than two years later, an appeals did overturn the ban on using Jesus' name.
One judge remarked, "This victory reminds us and our legislators that we should never surrender one of our most valuable rights..."
The Bible confirms that legislative ruling - God invites us to pray to Him in Jesus' name any time and from any place. He also promises that those who seek Him will find him. No circumstance or judicial ruling can separate God from His people.
Dear God, Thank You for reminding us that no one can control our relationship with You. No matter whether public prayer is denied us, private prayer in our hearts can never be taken away. Amen.