Thursday, May 03, 2012

National Day Of Prayer--It's Significance

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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.