National Day of Prayer

May 2, 2013 by

National Day of Prayer

Should there be a national day of prayer?

Again this year the question has been posed by the secular media, atheistic organizations, and even some governmental leaders, Should there be a National Day of Prayer?” And yet for the 62nd consecutive year, our nation has answered with a resounding “Yes!” by the very observation of this day!

There are those still trying to protest what is a freedom and privilege we still enjoy in America. However, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, which describes itself as “the nation’s largest association of free-thinkers with more than 19,000 members,” (what a sad number to be the “largest” group who “think” like that) took out a full-page ad in The Washington Post on Thursday headlined “God & Government A Dangerous Mix.” The ad quotes a federal district court decision that found the National Day of Prayer an unconstitutional establishment of religion. But they fail to mention this decision was later vacated!

And so, the “beat goes on!” No law can stop the prayers of those who know their God! When faced with controversy and persecution, history has proven that Christians rise to the occasion and are actually motivated to prayer and action in the face of opposition!

The National Day of Prayer for the United States of America was first officially recognized in 1952 by a joint resolution of the U.S. Congress, and signed into law by President Harry Truman. Since that year, every president has signed a National Day of Prayer proclamation, recognizing the 1st Thursday in May for the purpose of prayer. (Yes, in case you wonder: President Obama has signed this same resolution for the past 5-years!)

The 2013 National Day of Prayer is a call for believers to “Pray for America,” taken from the words of Martha Washington – honoring today as a day to “Remember that God is Our Only Sure Trust.”  This year’s official scripture is Matthew 12:21, which reads:  “In His name the nations will put their hope.”

This morning in Branson, Missouri, (population 10,000) we had a record attendance of just over 700 for the 6:45 a.m. Ozark Mountain Prayer Breakfast. As we met, I thought of the thousands of meetings like this being held all over our nation today! Hundreds of thousands of people praying – all across America – in “one accord” – that put “our hope” in the Name of Jesus!

God’s Word is forever true, and as we not only “pray” but turn around and do things His Way – then – He will restore our nation! (2Chronicles.7:14).

Time after time, history records the fate of nations that forsook the Lord. However those who founded our nation and her laws understood the importance of honoring God and besought His guidance and blessings for the United States of America! Today, we stand together with them and declare: “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord!” (Psalm.33:12).

Should there be a National Day of Prayer? The answer: Yes! But so much more!”

My challenge to you today – Live the Outrageous Life – in such a way that the Power of Christ in you changes your sphere of influence.  Let’s pray then put “feet to our prayers” as the 1st century disciples did: “And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked in them, and confirmed the word by the signs that followed” (Mark.16:20). ~ Shelia Hart Artt

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” (Psalm.33:12)
Sheila Hart Artt is an author, speaker, and Pastor of Crossroads International Revival Center. Pastor Shelia both ministers locally in Branson, Missouri and travels globally sharing the dynamic message of Living the Life of Outrageous Grace!

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