Thursday, May 7, 2015

National Day of Prayer 2015

heading south on Highway 67 toward Pikes Peak

Today is the National Day of Prayer and do we need it! Sin, lawlessness, and brutality abound and are getting more serious and closer to home all the time. 

I am reminded of the Old Testament days when the children of Israel (God's chosen people) were given repeated warnings by prophets like Isaiah and Jeremiah to return to true holy living or the enemy would come in like a flood and viciously make them captives transported to a faraway place. Signs of impending danger were ignored.

We have seen that happen in recent months.

I am also reminded of an even earlier time when people were living in deliberate rebellion, completely ignoring the reality of God their Creator and His design for them. Noah was building an ark and preaching to his neighbors about disaster on its way. But they continued to live  they desired, making fun of this prophet of doom. 

In both examples, history tells us that judgment fell sure and harsh. 

I'm pretty sure that most of those who have any interest in reading my blog will, like me, take time out today to pray for our nation, to ask for mercy and help to return to Biblical standards once again. 

At times it seems that my prayers are so puny and ineffective. In reality, I think my feelings of hopelessness are just a sign of the times, an indication of how big the problems are.  

But our God hears us; He knows our hearts and how much we want to be able to see His power at work to bring about justice and holiness once again. There is power in prayer. Let's be sure to join many other Christ-followers today to pray for our nation, both in private and public venues, if at all possible.

A Prayer for the Nation
(from the pamphlet pictured above, 
2015 National Prayer  by Dr. Jack Graham)

Heavenly Father,
We come to You in the Name that is above every name-
Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.
Our hearts cry out to You.

Knowing that You are a prayer-answering, faithful God--
the One we trust in times like these--
we ask that You renew our spirits,
revive our churches, and heal our land.

We repent of our sins and ask for Your grace and
power to save us. Hear our cry, oh God,
and pour out Your Spirit upon us that we 
may walk in obedience to Your Word.

We are desperate for Your tender mercies.
We are broken and humbled before You.

Forgive us, and in the power of Your great love,
lift us up to live in Your righteousness.

We pray for our beloved nation. May we repent
and return to You and be a light to the nations.
And we pray for our leaders and ask that 
You give them wisdom and faith to follow You.

Preserve and protect us,
for You are our refuge and only hope.

Deliver us from all fears except to fear You,
and may we courageously stand in 
the Truth that sets us free.

We pray with expectant faith and grateful hearts.

In Jesus' name, our Savior.


1 comment:

  1. I was blessed to be invited to our Mayor's Prayer Breakfast this morning, and we prayed and got to listen to a great speaker. It was a wonderful way to start my day!! I like the prayer you shared. Perhaps if we pray it every day, things will begin to turn around for us.