This year, millions of Americans will come together on May 7 for the 63rd Annual National Day of Prayer and collectively pray for our nation. The National Day of Prayer observance has occurred annually since 1952, when a joint resolution of the United States Congress was established and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman.
The prayer theme for this year is “Lord, Hear Our Cry.” We see God hearing and acting on prayers for national blessings demonstrated throughout the Bible. In fact, the Apostle Paul encourages us all to pray “for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” (I Timothy 2:2) Paul goes on to say that this is “good and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth.” (v. 3-4 NIV)
America Desperately Needs Prayer
Our nation needs the intervention of God now more than ever. We are engaged in fighting violence and terrorism at home and throughout the world.
We as Christians know that God’s help is our only hope to make it through these dark times. He promised that in 2 Chronicles 7:14:
“If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear them from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (NIV)
Our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln, said in 1862 that America was “the last, best hope of the Earth.” Lincoln was right then and it’s still true today. America is still that “city on a hill” that offers hope to those struggling the world over.
Through God’s grace, we as a nation have been delivered from far more threatening foes than those we face today. We have withstood a Civil War, two world wars and a Great Depression. For all of our existence there have been those who have worked to destroy us. All the while, God protected us.
I firmly believe that America continues to thrive because God is responding to the prayer of His people who live here. That is why we must continue to pray for our nation and her leaders. Together we can transform the world for His glory.
What You Can Do
This year, let’s do whatever we can to be a part of this important day—whether it’s setting some time aside to pray by ourselves, getting together with coworkers to pray during the lunch hour or attending a prayer service at a church—make time to pray for our nation. Remember, it’s not how we pray that’s important…it’s the fact that we take the time to talk with God that makes all the difference.