Happy National Day of Prayer!
I actually didn’t know this holiday existed until recently. But I am glad I know about it now! I also learned that the National Day of Prayer is always the first Thursday of May because of Public Law 100-307, which requires the President to do so, to declare the first Thursday of May the National Day of Prayer. I love it. Apparently, there are also themes for this day and according to nationaldayofprayer.org, this year’s theme, taken from Daniel 9:19, is For Your Great Name’s Sake! Hear Us… Forgive Us… Heal Us!
Some people forget the United States of America was built on the principles in the Bible. Right now, the nation of America is going through a lot of changes-good and bad-and the least Americans can do is pray for their country.
Just like voting was a right that was fought for, so was being able to have the freedom of religion and with that, the freedom to pray wherever and whenever.
Don’t know what to pray for? Here are some suggestions:
Pray for the new president.
Pray for the veterans who gave and who give up their lives for the protection of every American.
Pray for the families of these veterans, who have to deal with their loved one being away months at a time.
Pray for every government official.
Pray that God’s name will be exalted.
Pray that more people will come to know God as their Lord and Savior.
Pray for missionaries.
Pray that you display the love of Christ to everyone you meet.
Pray for strength.
Pray for the unrest that is in the Middle East.
Pray for your enemies.
Pray for the pastors, ministers, and evangelists who are preaching the Gospel.
Pray for the healing of the sick.
Pray for the homeless.
Pray for the orphans.
Pray for your community.
Pray for widows and widowers.
Pray for an abundant life.
Pray for peace.
Just pray. Say something. Don’t be silent.
1 John 5:14-15 tells us, “Now this in the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we known that He hears us, whatever we ask, we known that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.” God hears us.
Prayers also aren’t something you do just when you want something. “Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms,” James 5:13. God cares about and wants to hear about everything that goes on in our life, the good and the bad.
Christians, we are the hope in the world, in this nation. Let us take a stand today and be bold, come to God with boldness. Fight on your knees, not with your fists. But also remember that praying is not just something done today, but that should be done often.
I am sure there are things I missed on my list of things to pray for, but I am very grateful that America has this holiday, the National Day of Prayer. I am proud to be an American.