Thursday, May 06, 2010

Today is National Day of Prayer

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The National Day of Prayer was established by Congress in 1952. Although a federal judge in Wisconsin has ruled the National Day of Prayer to be unconstitutional, millions of Americans will be gathering in tens of thousands of locations for prayer today.

I am including a link to the official web site of National Day of Prayer ( From there you can access prayer conference calls, local events, nationwide and specific teachings on prayer.

The image of George Washington, our first president, kneeling in prayer at Valley Forge, is a symbol of his own personal faith in God through Jesus Christ and that of a new nation born out of a desire for freedom which was based on Judeo-Christian beliefs and values.

Many of our presidents have followed Washington in prayer to God, recognizing their own personal need for strength and Divine guidance as they lead this great country.

To know the man George Washington, is to know his prayers. Here's one of them from his journal:

George Washington's Prayer Journal -- Sunday Morning Prayer:

Almighty God, and most merciful father, who didst command the children of Israel to offer a daily sacrifice to thee, that thereby they might glorify and praise thee for thy protection both night and day, receive, O Lord, my morning sacrifice which I now offer up to thee; I yield thee humble and hearty thanks that thou has preserved me from the danger of the night past, and brought me to the light of the day, and the comforts thereof, a day which is consecrated to thine own service and for thine own honor. Let my heart, therefore, Gracious God, be so affected with the glory and majesty of it, that I may not do mine own works, but wait on thee, and discharge those weighty duties thou requirest of me, and since thou art a God of pure eyes, and wilt be sanctified in all who draw near unto thee, who doest not regard the sacrifice of fools, nor hear sinners who tread in thy courts, pardon, I beseech thee, my sins, remove them from thy presence, as far as the east is from the west, and accept of me for the merits of thy son Jesus Christ, that when I come into thy temple, and compass thine altar, my prayers may come before thee as incense; and as thou wouldst hear me calling upon thee in my prayers, so give me grace to hear thee calling on me in thy word, that it may be wisdom, righteousness, reconciliation and peace to the saving of the soul in the day of the Lord Jesus. Grant that I may hear it with reverence, receive it with meekness, mingle it with faith, and that it may accomplish in me, Gracious God, the good work for which thou has sent it. Bless my family, kindred, friends and country, be our God & guide this day and for ever for his sake, who lay down in the Grave and arose again for us, Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

From William J. Johnson, George Washington

May the Lord bless you and keep you in your going out and your coming in. May His face shine upon you and your family, may His strength be yours. May He forgive our sins and heal our land, in Christ's name. Amen.

God bless you.

Gary Randall
Faith and Freedom

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