National Day of Prayer: A Declaration of Dependence
For nearly seventy years, America has observed a National Day of Prayer. It is a day for the nation that 245 years ago declared its independence from Great Britain to declare its dependence on God. The increasingly traumatic and complex problems afflicting our country make it clear that our need for God has only increased rather than diminished over the centuries. Therefore we pray.
We normally highlight a variety of inter-church events to encourage participation in this worthy occasion, but I have not heard of any this year, most likely due to the coronavirus. As a result, the date sort of snuck up on me this year and I am disappointed I did not say anything about it last weekend in the worship services. But I will say something now!
This Thursday, May 6, is the National Day of Prayer. Providentially, we just recently restarted our Prayer Gatherings on Thursday nights at 7pm, so I am happy to say yes, we will indeed be praying for our nation this Thursday night at 7pm. I have been urging everyone in our church family to join us for prayer at least once a month and many have begun to do so. This week would be a particularly appropriate time to start. We meet in the sanctuary and we pray for just a little over an hour. All are welcome.
“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” (1 Timothy 2:1–2)