National Day of Prayer

Today is the National Day of Prayer.  In 1775 the Continental Congress asked the colonies to pray for wisdom in forming a nation and in 1863 President Lincoln proclaimed a day of “humiliation, fasting and prayer”.  Then in 1952, Congress and President Truman declared an annual National Day of Prayer, making it the first Thursday in May each year. Today across this great country, people will gather in places of government, churches, and other public venues to pray together in unity of spirit.

What a privilege it is that we have the freedom to pray in public places! We have the freedom to join together with people of all walks of life and approach the throne room with confidence in the Lord’s love for us and His desire for us to walk together in unity. (Ps. 133:1) We cannot take it for granted that we get to pray, lay our requests before the Lord, and wait with expectation and anticipation that the God of the universe will act on our behalf.  

I had a friend who needed help the other day, but she lives across town. I apologized for not being able to get to her immediately and assured her I would pray. She texted back and said that’s what she really needed anyway. My physical presence would have lifted her spirits temporarily but when I prayed and God came on the scene, it would change her whole situation.

We cannot forget the privilege and the power of prayer! It moves the hand of God in our lives. So today, take some extra time to join with your brothers and sisters across this nation and pray.  We need it so desperately. I have included the link to the National Day of Prayer guide below. It might be helpful to have a direction in prayer today. James 5:16 says, the “prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective!” Whether you join a public group or pray the Spirit in from your prayer closet, you can be powerful and effective in the Kingdom of God today and everyday. Come, Holy Spirit, come!

Becky Ross
Primary Education Principal
Logos Preparatory Academy

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