Thursday, May 03, 2012

National Day Of Prayer--It's Significance

Today is the National Day of Prayer.

The significance of this day cannot be over stated. The National Day of Prayer web site says this about prayer:

"The National Day of Prayer is a vital part of our heritage. Since the first call to prayer in 1775, when the Continental Congress asked the colonies to pray for wisdom in forming a nation, the call to prayer has continued through our history, including President Lincoln’s proclamation of a day of “humiliation, fasting, and prayer” in 1863. In 1952, a joint resolution by Congress, signed by President Truman, declared an annual, national day of prayer. In 1988, the law was amended and signed by President Reagan, permanently setting the day as the first Thursday of every May. Each year, the president signs a proclamation, encouraging all Americans to pray on this day. Last year, all 50 state governors plus the governors of several U.S. territories signed similar proclamations."

America, as we have known it and I believe as God would have it to be, truly hangs in the balance at this time in history.

I encourage you, if possible, to find a place to join others of like mind and spirit for prayer today. If this is not possible, take a private moment and pray for our nation and for one another.

I have linked the official National Day of Prayer web site above. There is a great deal of information about both prayer and prayer events today.

I tried to find a comprehensive list of prayer events in Washington State but was unable to find one. I'm certain you can find information in your local area regardless of what state you live in.

In my search, I found an article from Yakima, the place of my birth, that after outlining all the prayer activities, concluded by quoting one of the leaders as saying, "I think our city may be the most prayed over city in the State of Washington."

I hope that can be said of every town and city across America. May God bless America as we acknowledge Him as Lord of all.

Be Prayerful. Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Active. Be Blessed.

14 comments:

  1. If God already knows everything, he knows what we want, he knows what HE wants, and he already knows how it's going to turn out - why do we have to beg?

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    1. It's not a question of begging, it's an acknowledgement of from whom our blessings flow. God desires to bless those who seek to be close to Him, one way we do this is by prayer, another is thru worship, another is thru preaching the gospel, another is thru obedience. We have a hard time comprehending the infinite because we are finite. Why pray? Because God asks us to and that's good enough for me. We are called to walk by faith, not by sight. Some things we won't understand until we see Him on the other side.

      Craig in Lacey

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    2. It just seems self indulgent and pointless if he already knows what he's going to do.

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    3. Ah, there's the rub. It is self-indulgent if all you pray for is a new Benz, million dollar house and misfortune for those you don't like or those who don't like you. God does answer prayer. He's answered mine many times, sometimes yes, sometimes no and sometimes wait, that's the one we have the most trouble with. He desires to bless His children according to His will, which doesn't always match ours. He does change His mind, keep praying diligently, you'll see.

      Craig in Lacey

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    4. I'm meant that it's self indulgent on HIS part to ask you to pray because he already knows what you want and what the future is. It's already been decided in his mind if he's omniscient.

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    5. Of course He knows what you want and what the future holds. As you said He wouldn't be omniscient if He didn't. The future is not written in stone as it were. The Bible is full of instances where God answered the prayers of those with a humble and thankful heart, because it is His nature to reveal Himself to those who love Him. Again, sometimes the answer is no, yes or wait. Jesus, who is one with the Father prayed that the cup would pass from Him, even though He knew it wouldn't. Good thing too, our sins can be forgiven because Jesus also prayed 'not my will but yours be done'. It may sound self-indulgent of God, but any being who can create the infinite beauty of our material universe in such exquisite detail and instill in us, His highest creation the ability to have faith, to hope, and to love is worthy of respect and worship and yes, our love and prayers.

      Craig in Lacey

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    6. If he knows exactly what the future holds and what he's going to do - how is it not predestined or written in stone? You could argue that he knows that you will pray and he will grant it. It's still predestined. If you believe in omniscience, you have to believe that the outcome is already determined.

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    7. If nothing can be changed, why do anything? Why breathe, you're going to die anyway? God already predestined that right? You keep trying to breathe even though you know one day you won't. Why work? God has already predestined the fate of your kids, you don't need to worry about it, right?

      You confuse Soveriegn will with permissive will. God ordained that certain things will happen. He also gave man free will, to obey or disobey. How we respond to God's gift of grace thru faith determines our eternal destiny. See, some things can change.

      As for prayer, yes, God knows the thoughts and intents of our hearts. It is His good pleasure to give good things to His children. Of course He knows whether its to be granted or not, but if you don't ask.....

      You know whether you would grant a request of your kids, depending on what it was or whether it was safe or good for them. They still have to ask, the answer may be yes, no or wait. God is no different.

      Craig in Lacey

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    8. "If nothing can be changed, why do anything?"

      Because I don't believe there's a god.

      "You know whether you would grant a request of your kids"

      If I know what they want, I don't make them beg.

      If god already knows the outcome right now, then it can't be changed, because that would be a different outcome from what he knows. That's not omniscience.

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    9. Who said you had to beg? Your kids still have to ask. So do you and I. If you say no to your kids, does that stop them from asking repeatedly, in the hope that you will relent? Of course not.

      You've revealed the crux of the matter, you're an atheist, which is your right. I think your heart is seeking though =).

      Sovereign will and permissive will, look them up.

      Peace

      Craig in Lacey

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    10. I take it from your non-answers that you can't defend the very basic and logical position that omniscience and free will are mutually exclusive. That's the difficulty I have with the religion, it just never stands up to scrutiny. The crux of the matter is not that I'm atheist, it's that I'm capable of skeptical analysis, which has resulted in becoming an atheist.

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    11. Actually they're not mutually exclusive. Take the beginning of Scripture for instance. God presented Adam and Eve with a choice(free will), yet knew they would disobey and eat the forbidden fruit(omniscience). Did He make them eat it? No. Could He have removed the temptation of Satan? Sure, but that would have nullified free will. God wants us to choose Him. He said "I set before you life or death, blessings or cursings, choose life". Does He know what we will choose? Of course, He's omniscient. Will He force us to make one decision over the other? No, because love for Him can't be forced. (free will)

      I understand your skepticism, I wasn't always a Christian, I ran as far and fast away from religion as I could, because I saw what men did with it. I eventually began to skeptically analyze the secular one (Darwin), too many holes. The only one that stood the test was Christ. I claim no special knowledge or ability to understand the Bible, only this, Christ came to save sinners, of which I am the worst.

      It was skeptical analysis that resulted in my becoming a Christian. I can defend my faith quite well by the Spirit that lives within me. That same power is available to all who call Jesus Lord and Savior.

      You will seek him and find him when you seek him with all of your heart.

      Blessings

      Craig in Lacey

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    12. OK, let's use your example. Since God always has been, he has always known that he would create Eve and that she would eat the fruit.

      He always knew that. Always, as in eternity going backwards.

      How would it have been possible for Eve to exercise her free will and change her mind at the last second and not bite the apple? Couldn't have happened because it was already pre-determined that she wouldn't or God would have been wrong.

      Since she couldn't have possibly done anything other than bite the apple, she didn't really have had free will at all. If she could have changed her mind, God would have been wrong, therefore not omniscient. It can't be both ways.

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  2. Praying for unity, Our president and other elected officials, praying for peace, Thanking God for his blessings on this country and pray for our hearts to be open to the Love of God and in their lives . We have a Mighty King in Jesus.

    Mick

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