In his song “We Didn’t Start the Fire”, Billy Joel sings in rapid fire rhythm a list of history changing events and famous people. The song prompts my mind that as time passes, so is the quickening of the Lord’s return. However, with so many “news breaking” events that are coming to pass, it is daunting when you try to put it all into perspective. If you are like me, when it comes to praying for growing troubles that are plaguing our nation and the world, you can find yourself overwhelmed and left with a mind racing in the same frenzied pace as Billy Joel’s song and grappling with where to begin, just how to pray and even the direction with which to pray. I’m always thankful for the Scripture that reminds me that when I do not know how to pray, the Holy Spirit will intercede on my behalf. However, as a body of believers, we cannot allow that sense of being overwhelmed stop us and we must pray and pray a lot. Thankfully, there is a day set apart for us to come together and pray for the matters that burden our hearts. Together we will pray for our community, our national leaders, the course of our country, and our world. On Thursday, May 7th our nation has set time aside to dedicate to this very important task. Frankly it is more than a task, it is a mandate by God, and He reinforces us when we come together and pray. In Matthew 18: 19-20 it says 19 “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Also, instead of complaining about what is wrong with our country, we as believers need to follow God’s direction in 2 Chronicles 7 where it reminds us, “14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” When we come together as a community to join our hearts and minds with this common goal, we are encouraged by the Lord and become more aware of the needs of the people who are suffering and in need and how to more effectively pray for them.
This year’s theme is “Lord hear our cry”, based on 1 Kings 8:28. If you are seeking a place to cry out for our nation on this day that is set apart for us to exercise our religious freedom, you are invited to The Bridge Ministry’s 3rd Annual National Day of Prayer luncheon being held at 11:30 am on May 7, 2015 at 535 Brick Church Park Drive, Nashville. You can join in to pray for our nation, our community and for the homeless and hungry of Nashville. To attend or if you wish to be a table sponsor, please contact Dawn Murphy 615-855-2611 or email@example.com.