This Thursday May 02, 2013 we, as a nation, will observe our annual National Day of Prayer, and the timing couldn’t be more appropriate.
The National Day of Prayer is part of our American heritage and has some very deep roots – dating as far back to early 1775, when the Continental Congress “allocated a time for prayer in forming our new nation.” Keeping with the newly formed tradition was Abraham Lincoln, who in 1863 called for a day of prayer; then in 1952, President Harry Truman signed a bill proclaiming the National Day of Prayer into law, which President Reagan amended in 1988, designating the first Thursday in May as a National Day of Prayer.
National Day of Prayer “calls on all people of different faiths in the United States to pray for the nation and its leaders.” With all the violence, hatred, wars and bombings all over the world, and again, right here in our own country, we need prayer in our lives more now than ever.
The late Dr. McGee once said, “Prayer is the greatest neglected resource we have; it’s a power that we simply are not using today.” As a nation we will pray together on this one day, but how much greater and effective could our prayers be if everyone decided to begin praying everyday?
Matthew 18:19-20 says: “Amen, I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything for which they are to pray, it shall be granted to them by my heavenly Father. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am in the midst of them.”