Thursday, May 4, 2017

national day of prayer

Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.

That one important verse is seen on marquees, is quoted in sermons and is touted in so many places when we talk about the needs of our country and of many other things.  If you read the verses that surround it, there is much, much to learn.

Solomon had just completed the incredible feat of the construction of the temple and the palace.  It was a beautiful landmark that his father so wanted to build, but it was the son now king, Solomon, that brought the temple in to its glory.  God appears to him and reminds Solomon of the deep need of God to know His people and to love them.

Even if all kinds of bad things happen when God’s people come humbly to their God, God will be who He promises to be bringing life, healing and strength.  This is the example of strong people connected to God as well as strong nations.

Psalm 33:12  NASB
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, The people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance.

Our nation and the nations of the world need God.  Today is the “National Day of Prayer” as set forth by our nation.  We are encouraged to pray for our authorities and for God to bless this land.

We need God.  Our families need God.  Our nation needs God.  Today we proclaim that fact.

Spend some time praying today.  There are mostly likely programs or activities in your community today.  In Martinsville there is a special time of pray in many locations including at noon at the old courthouse in Uptown and at 6pm at the New College Institute with a special program all are invited to.

Pray today… for your family, church, your town and county, state, country and the world.  Include leaders of each of those.

Our prayers are important as well.  We spend time doing the things we think are important.  As I have noted before, it is important to stop and pray for those on your mind or the situations that come across your path.  Prayer does make a difference.  Prayer will change you.  Prayer will change others.  Most of all prayer realigns us with our great and might, our gracious and majestic God who loves us so much.

Be people of prayer.  Mark it today, this national day of prayer, by taking extra time to pray!

James 5:16  NLT
Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.

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