May 5, 2011, marks the 60th National Day of Prayer observance in the United States.
Since its inception, millions have gathered together to humbly seek God in prayer. A community prayer meeting will be held tonight at the Ross Aragon Community Center at 7 p.m. The meeting is to include a time of worship and prayer in which multiple churches, and Christians of all ages, can join together to ask for God’s hand to touch our world.
“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” (http://nationaldayofprayer.org/about/history/).
The strength of our nation is not in human ingenuity or will power alone, but in genuine humility and reliance on God. “In God we trust,” is the motto of our founding fathers and is stamped on our money. I pray we would truly live by this motto, not just engraved in copper and silver, but engraved in our hearts and lived out in our lives. Our world needs Jesus Christ’s intervention like never before and we know that when we pray, He will answer: “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14). This year’s National Day of Prayer theme is “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”, may we as American’s rediscover our place of refuge and strength in the shadow of the Almighty.
For more information please visit the National Day of Prayer website at www.nationaldayofprayer.org.