Thursday, May 7, 2009

National Day of Prayer

Today, May 7th, is the 58th Annual National Day of Prayer! I remember when I was in high school gathering around our flag pole before school and saying a prayer! It was pretty cool!

The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation. It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. Our Task Force is a privately funded organization whose purpose is to encourage participation on the National Day of Prayer. It exists to communicate with every individual the need for personal repentance and prayer, to create appropriate materials, and to mobilize the Christian community to intercede for America's leaders and its families.

In accordance with Biblical truth, the National Day of Prayer Task Force seeks to:
*Foster unity within the Christian Church
*Protect America's Constitutional Freedoms to gather, worship, pray and speak freely.
*Publicize and preserve America's Christian heritage
*Encourage and emphasize prayer, regardless of current issues and positions
*Respect all people, regardless of denomination or creed
*Be wise stewards of God's resources and provision
*Glorify the Lord in word and deed

Prayer has always been used in this country for guidance, protection and strength-even before we were a nation or a handful of colonies. The Pilgrims at Plymouth relied on prayer during their first and darkest winter. Our founding fathers also called for prayer during the Constitutional Congress. In their eyes, our recently created nation and freedoms were a direct gift from God. And being a gift from God, there was only one way to insure protection-through prayer.

President Abraham Lincoln knew this well. It was his belief that, "it is the duty of nations as well as men, to owe their dependence upon the overruling power of God." When it came to the fate of the nation, he practiced what he preached.

I wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for Jesus Christ. I would not have been given a second chance at life, if it wasn't for Jesus Christ! His guidance, love, forgiveness is such a blessing, and has truly blessed my life, especially these last 5 years. I couldn't ask for more! I encourage you to join others in prayer today. If you aren't the religious type, I still encourage you to say a prayer for our country, for our economy, for those that are sick, those that are struggling. God works in mysterious ways....and prayers can be answered, even if prayed by the unsaved.