An announcement in our church’s Sunday bulletin reminded us that Thursday, May 1, is the National Day of Prayer, and invited us members to spend a few minutes or more in prayer, together, at church.
That seemed like a welcome oasis in a busy week. I went straight home and put it on my calendar, and started making a mental list of all the prayers I might send up to God. But in learning more about National Day of Prayer, I found that it’s not just about setting aside a day to spend in prayer, but a day designated for Americans to specifically pray for the leaders of our nations and communities. What a beautiful idea.
Regardless of our political views, the people who are leading our country and cities hold positions of power right now, and therefore shape and influence our lives. Whether they received my vote or not, I still want them to do what’s right for us citizens. I love the reminder to pray for our leaders, for their wisdom, knowledge and courage; to send them spiritual support in their decision making — decisions which influence me and my family.
Further digging revealed that the National Day of Prayer was officially put into action with legislation in 1952, but that this tradition can be traced back to 1775 when the Continental Congress issued a proclamation to set aside a National Day of Prayer.
This year’s theme is “One Voice, United in Prayer,” with Romans 15:6 as the selected scripture: “so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Hoping you all can find a little time in your day to keep our nation and its leaders in your prayers tomorrow. I’m hoping the National Day of Prayer will be a reminder to me to keep our leaders in my prayers often.
“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone — for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” — 1 Timothy 2: 1-2