National Day of Prayer is “an annual day of observance held on the first Thursday of May, designated by the United States Congress, when people are asked ‘to turn to God in prayer and meditation.’ Each year since its inception, the president has signed a proclamation, encouraging all Americans to pray on this day. The modern law formalizing its annual observance was enacted in 1952.” -wikipedia
The Christian Post live NDP blog provided up to the minute summaries of the schedule of events at the National Day of Prayer National Observance held in the Cannon Building in Washington D.C. Ambassador Steve Matenje of Malawi opened with prayer, followed by numerous speakers and performers who spoke about issues which affect Americans today. Prayers were offered for the placement of righteous judges, members of congress, the White House and the President, military troops, and for all people.
As the summaries continued, a heavy sorrow settled in my heart.
Does God approve of the direction our country has taken? God is practically evicted from the United States, unrecognized by government and heckled and jeered at by extremist non-believers. Pat Boone rightly said, “the wall of separation of church and state is being misused to advance secularism.” Boone further described “early historical events when America’s founding fathers embraced religious practice. Benjamin Franklin called for a daily sermon before Congress began deliberations. John Jay, a member of the Supreme Court, said that Christians were preferred for government positions.”
The days of George Washington kneeling in the snow to pray before Valley Forge seem like days of legend, even myth, compared to the faith of our leaders today.
And yet … we believers unite to pray. Only God can lift my sorrow. Only Jesus can provide the peace that surpasses understanding.
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association published the following 6 Keys to Powerful Prayer in its Decision Magazine. As you pray for our leaders, our country and all people, remember that prayer is not just intended for one day, but for every moment of every day (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
God bless you. God bless us all.
Prayer is a privilege. God gave us the privilege of prayer. It is a time of communicating with our Creator. What a privilege it is to bring our petitions before the throne of God.
Prayer is the expression of a relationship. As Christians, we have a relationship with God. In order for a relationship to flourish, it must be nurtured.
Prayer is active. Jesus did nothing apart from the Father. First He prayed. Then He acted. Christ knew that He was always doing His Father’s will: “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”(1)
Prayer is yielding to God’s will. Be willing to yield to God, for His plan is always perfect.
Prayer is edifying. “Edify” means to instruct or to improve spiritually. We are brought closer to God through prevailing prayer, and God’s unlimited power is released through our prayers.
Prayer is real. Why pray when God already knows what we are going to pray? In John 16:24 we read, “Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.”(2)
God knows us intimately: “The very hairs of your head are all numbered,”(3) and He wants to give the best to us, His children. May it be our desire to make prayer a priority in our lives.
(1) Matthew 3:17, NKJV. (2) John 16:24, NIV. (3) Luke 12:7, KJV.