|THE NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER – Dwan Rager 30 April, 2014
Since the first call to prayer in 1775, when the Continental Congress asked the colonies to pray for wisdom in forming a nation, the call to prayer has continued through our history, including President Lincoln’s proclamation of a day of “humiliation, fasting and prayer” in 1863. In 1952, a joint resolution by Congress, signed by President Truman, declared an annual national day of prayer. In 1988, the law was amended and signed by President Reagan, permanently setting the day as the first Thursday of every May.
Why Pray for our Nation?
1. First and foremost, we are admonished by God to do so.
I Timothy 2:1,2 First of all , then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving be made for everyone, for kings and all those who are in authority so that “we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.”
– Our founding fathers, who knew the Bible well, understood that part of our responsibility as citizens of this great nation included praying for our leaders and those in authority. They knew that only leaders who humbly came before God, seeking His wisdom, grace and guidance would lead us in such a way that quiet and dignified lives of its citizens would be possible.
2. We pray because our nation is in deep trouble and the answers to our problems do not lie in Washington D.C. or Denver.
– The light from the “Beacon on the Hill” that once shone brightly throughout the world has dimmed and barely flickers at times as a result of our failure to obey God’s command to pray for our nation, our leaders and those in authority over us.
3. We pray because America is in desperate need of spiritual renewal, beginning with each individual.
“If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and forgive their sin and heal their land.” II Chronicles 7:14
– The National Day of Prayer is a call to America to return to God personally and corporately. While involvement in the political process and standing up for our values and principles is good and necessary, that alone cannot address the deepest needs of our country today.
So, join us, if you feel led, this Thursday, May 1st, as we pray for our nation, our leaders and authorities at the local, state and federal levels. Pray for our families, our school systems, the military and for other vital aspects of our society.
Pray that God would awaken us to the deeper needs of our nation and a realization that He alone is our Source of all that we need.
Then, thank Him for America, it’s amazing heritage and the privilege of living in the greatest nation that ever existed in the history of mankind. Thank Him for those throughout our history who have sacrificed much, including their lives, to birth, defend and protect the freedom and liberty we have so enjoyed.
May God Richly Bless You as You Pray!