Today Is The National Day of Prayer!
On this very day some 64 years ago in 1952, President Harry Truman signed a bill into law, making the National Day of Prayer an annual event, encouraging millions across our nation to unite together to pray.
As the political climate heats up rapidly, we find ourselves in an age of political spite and animosity. We have all fallen into the trap of cursing our nation’s leaders and bashing them publicly and privately with little to no remorse, myself especially included. We often find ourselves defending our own beliefs and/or party by vehemently disparaging the candidate we oppose.
I just recently found myself cheering loudly as I watched Senator Ted Cruz drop out of the race. Granted, I’ve disliked him since 2013 when he read Dr. Seuses ‘Green Eggs And Ham’ on the senate floor for five hours in a filibuster against Obamacare. However, at the end of the day, I know my actions of taking joy during his low moment of public defeat is contrary to a righteous stance and I can admit that.
Lately, our attitudes and actions towards those in a position of authority over us are directly opposed to God’s plan regarding our view of our nation’s leaders, whether they be politicians, judges or police officers. We can all learn to bite our tongue when it comes to spewing anger and hate towards our leaders.
(I know I could surely learn a thing or two…)
Our nation is in a time of turmoil and division.
“…from the earliest days of our history our people have been accustomed to turn to Almighty God for help and guidance,” said President Harry Truman when signing the bill into law, making today the National Day of Prayer. He continued, “…in times of national crisis when we are striving to strengthen the foundations of peace and security we stand in special need of divine support.”
These words are a testament of our nation’s moral foundation and compass. We can use today, a day of national unity, to strengthen our country through the power of prayer and faith.
The bible states in Matthew 18:20, “For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.” (NLT)
I believe these words to be true. There is power in prayer and unity in prayer. With a day like today, a National Day of Prayer, we can come together as a nation with one voice to call upon God’s glory for our nation. I invite you to join me in prayer today;
“Father in heaven,
we come to you in prayer, more than one voice, to thank you for your blessings over our great nation. You have blessed us with riches, education, freedom, medicine and so much more. We truly are a blessed nation due to your glory, grace and mercy. We pray that you strengthen the leaders you have chosen to govern our great nation. Whether we agree with their political positions or not, we pray that you strengthen their leadership abilities. We pray that your grant them the wisdom required to lead our nation victoriously. Empower our leaders to govern our nation and our people fairly and justly. We pray for the forgiveness of our nation’s blasphemous nature and disregard for Holy principals. We pray for the forgiveness of our own personal contributions to the collective sin of our nation. As we pray for the strength and wisdom of our leaders, we also pray for the strength and wisdom of ourselves. Guide us on our path to righteousness and illuminate our steps. Lead us all away from temptation while giving us the power to resist deception and the wisdom to know when we are being deceived. Protect our nation and our families. Allow us to grow our nation into a powerful force that will develop and help other nations. Hear our collective voice on this National Day of Prayer. Touch each and every one of us individually in our personal lives and continue to bless us. In Jesus Christ name, we pray. Amen.”
I hope you’ve joined in this prayer for our nation and ourselves. It is important that we keep God in the forefront of our daily lives and allow Him to guide us. If you have never had a personal relationship with the Lord or if it’s just been a while and you feel you’ve gone astray a bit – It’s okay, we’ve all been there. Consider dedicating or rededicating your life to God. It’s never too late to start… Become born again without sin by simply surrendering yourself to the Lord through prayer and accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior.
Feel free to pray this prayer to become born again with a clean slate as a sin-free person.
I confess that I am a sinner. I’ve lived a life apart from you for some time. I seek your forgiveness and I believe that your son, Jesus Christ, died on the cross so that I may be granted the forgiveness I seek. I accept your forgiveness by accepting your son, Jesus Christ, as my personal Lord and Savior from this point forward. I will turn away from my sin and live a life of obedience to you and your word. Thank you for washing my soul clean and giving me a brand new sin-free start, Lord. I thank you in Jesus Christ’s name. Amen.”
If you’ve decided to pray that prayer, you’ve just been born again in the eyes of the Lord and are a clean spirit and a newborn child. Congratulations! Your new life has just begun.
God bless you all and feel free to reach out to me with any prayer requests!
Just for the record, I’m just another 20-something-year-old who struggles with sin also and is trying to navigate life – not a holier-than-thou bible thumper. I hope I didn’t scare anyone away thinking I am a crazy person, but hey, God’s love can’t exactly be contained… And when you’ve been blessed to be the founder of an incredible media outlet like DHN-TV, you use it to speak to the masses. With love.
— Ricky Diaz