Today was the “National Day of Prayer”. It became an official day on the calendar in 1952 after being signed into law by President Truman, but it wasn’t until 1988 when President Reagan signed a bill that made the first Thursday in May the official day of prayer. That also was the time when key Christian leaders took over leadership of the event and made it a major emphasis for the church. The National Day of Prayer is based on 2 Chronicles 7:14
“If My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
A group of about 20 people from Jefferson Baptist Church, Talbot Community Church, Jefferson Evangelical Church, and The Abundant life Center gathered together today at the Abundant Life Center and prayed for our country. It was a very powerful time and I believe without a doubt that significant victories were won over the kingdom of darkness that wants to control our land and turn it into an evil country. God blesses unity and there was very good and obvious unity between 4 different churches today.
I believe that nothing as powerful as prayer is more neglected by the church today. It is very hard to get people to gather together and pray in spite of the super promises in the Bible toward us if we just took some time and interceded to God on behalf of our country and it’s leaders.
We don’t pray because we have little faith that it will make any difference. We don’t pray because we are so self absorbed in our own life that we refuse to take time away from our stuff to pray. We don’t pray because the devil is very strong, fears prayer, and works diligently to keep us from praying by planting all kinds of negative thoughts in our head about the activity of corporate prayer.