Thursday, May 03, 2007

Who Will You Pray To, Pray For, And When?


Today in the United States of America.

In the United States of America, today is the National Day of Prayer.

What does that mean here in a country where we have taken prayer out of our learning institutions, our schools? What does a "National" Day of Prayer mean to us as a country? What does it mean to you?

As I have been thinking about and preparing for today, I had some interesting thoughts. Or at least they are interesting to me.

Is this just a 'church' thing? No! There is a long, rich history to our National Day of Prayer that goes all the way back to the first Continental Congress. Our founding leaders and the leaders that followed have always known that our country needs to pray and be prayed for.

And, being that we are in a country that has 'Freedom of Religion', how is this day viewed by praying members of non-Christian faiths? Do they take time on this National Day of Prayer to pray to their 'gods'? Or do they just ignore this annual event established and confirmed by our Congress? Can we as followers of our Loving Lord use this day in a positive way to be an example to those who do not follow the one true God?

Also, when we as Christians participate in the National Day of Prayer, do we 'get' the word DAY? Do we pray all DAY long? Or do we even participate at all? Or do we only participate if we find an 'event' at a local church to go to? I wonder what effect we would have on the world if we 'prayed without ceasing' today as we go through our daily routine, all DAY?

What will you pray for? Who will you pray for? I challenge you to pray for everyone you come in contact with today. Let me help you understand who that includes: You wake up to the radio blaring in your ear...pray for all those at that radio station, you turn on the TV to catch the morning news...pray for the entire news crew. Pray for them to come to know the Lord if they don't already and pray for them to share His love with their coworkers if they do. Pray for strength for them. Then when you get in your car and you are blessed to listen to a Christian station on your way to work (like 90.9 KCBI) pray for the morning crew (I'll be praying for Bill, Terri, and Sharon). When you pass by the school crossing guards that make your drive to work even longer, thank God for their faithful service to our children. When the other guy is in such a big hurry he cuts you off, pray for his safety. When you enter your building at work, pray for the security guard or receptionist. Pray for you co-workers, the servers and cooks at the diner you go to for lunch, the gas station attendant when you fill-up on the way home, the evening news crew, the coaches and parents at little league, the actors on your favorite nighttime dramas (especially pray for those actors to come to know the Lord!)...I think you get the idea.

So today on the National Day of Prayer in the USA, who will you be praying to? Will you take time to pray to the one true God? Who will you be praying for? Will you pray for all you come in contact with? And when will you be praying? Will you pray without least for today?

2 Chronicles 7:14 (Amplified Bible) If My people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves, pray, seek, crave, and require of necessity My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.


Connie Barris said...

so funny that I forgot today was Nat'l prayer day but I woke up praying for everyone...

Pray without ceasing.....


Linda said...

I wish I had read this post at the beginning of my day!