The National Day of Prayer (NDP) has great significance for all Americans. It’s a day when those of the Judeo-Christian faith peacefully gather to repent, fast, pray, seek God’s guidance for our leaders, righteousness for our culture and grace for us as a people. It’s a time when we give thanks for the way in which our founding fathers sought the wisdom of God when faced with critical decisions. It’s a time to remind ourselves and our posterity that every president since 1952 has signed a National Day of Prayer Proclamation. It’s a moment when we reflect upon the fact that there have been 143 national calls to prayer, humiliation, fasting and thanksgiving by the president of the United States from 1789 – 2014. It’s a time when state legislators humbly open their sessions with prayer, a constitutional right affirmed and still upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. And it’s a day we acknowledge the words of Thomas Jefferson.
Fasting and prayer are religious exercises; the enjoining them an act of discipline. Every religious society has a right to determine for itself the time for these exercises, and the objects proper for them, according to their own particular tenets; and right can never be safer than in their hands, where the Constitution has deposited it. – Thomas Jefferson, 1808
Although the National Day of Prayer Task Force represents a Judeo Christian expression based upon the understanding that this country was birthed in prayer in reverence for the God of the Bible, the event transcends differences and brings together Americans from many backgrounds. It’s a sacred, solemn day which belongs to all Americans. And on Thursday, May 7th, at state capitols, on the steps of city halls, at county court houses, and in schools, businesses, churches, and homes across America, people will stop their regular activities and gather to reverently pray for a nation in turmoil.
This year’s National Day of Prayer scriptural theme is taken from I Kings 8:28. “Nevertheless, listen to my prayer and my plea, O LORD my God. Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is making to you today.” As King Solomon led his nation in prayer for his people, don’t miss this opportunity to join your voices in supplications and prayers on behalf of our nation. Mrs. Shirley Dobson, NDP chairman, reminds us why the church’s participation is crucial at this point in history.
We have lost many of our freedoms in America because we have been asleep. I feel if we do not become involved and support the annual National Day of Prayer, we could end up forfeiting this freedom, too.
Exercise the constitutional freedoms still afforded citizens of this great nation. Don’t let this opportunity pass. Find an event near you. Then gather your families, friends and neighbors and together, with one voice let your petitions be made known to the LORD God of heaven and earth, beseeching His mercy upon the United States of America for such a time as this.