Who Are You Praying For Today?

Did you hear about the mother and her five-year old son, Kevin, who were going to McDonald’s for lunch.  As they approached the fast food restaurant, there was a serious accident involving several cars.  Wishing to teach her son a lesson about compassion for those who may be injured, and the importance of prayer, she said, “We should pray.” 

From the back seat she heard Kevin fervently pray, “Please, God, don’t let those cars block the entrance to McDonald’s.”

The brutal honesty of a child not only makes us chuckle, but reminds us that as adults we are sometimes guilty of the same attitude. 

Today is the National Day of Prayer.  Who are you praying for?  Yourself?  Your family?  Your prosperity?  The continuance of a country that allows you to live a comfortable life?  

This is the 61st annual observance of the National Day of Prayer.  According to NDP web site a joint resolution by Congress which was signed by President Harry Truman in 1952 declared an annual national day of prayer.  In 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed an amended law that set aside the first Thursday of every May.  Since then every President has signed a proclamation, encouraging Americans to pray on this day.  Last year governors from all 50 states signed similar proclamations. 

It is good that our leaders recognize the power of prayer.  It is in keeping with Paul’s proclamation, “Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.” (1 Tim. 2:1-2)

Our forefathers believed in God and in prayer. The first Day of Prayer was in 1775, when the Continental Congress asked the colonies to pray for wisdom in forming a nation. Calls for national prayer continued throughout history, including President Lincoln’s proclamation of a day of “humiliation, fasting and prayer” in 1863.

In the 2003 proclamation of the national day of prayer President George W. Bush said, “We are a Nation whose people turn to prayer in times of our most heartfelt sorrow and our moments of greatest joy. On this National Day of Prayer… we come together to thank God for our Nation’s many blessings, to acknowledge our need for His wisdom and grace, and to ask Him to continue to watch over our country in the days ahead” 

The Psalmist said, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.”  Sadly, as a nation we have strayed away from God.  While our country has seen perilous times before, it seems we have reached a new low in terms of morals, ethics and honor.  Fiscal irresponsibility.  Moral depravity.  Lack of personal responsibility. And decay of the family unit.  All of these and more are problems that plague our land.

Every day should be a day of prayer for Christians. But today, let’s pray.  For President Obama.  For Congress. For our Judges. For our state and local leaders. Politics and party aside. Let’s humble ourselves and pray.  For revival.  For a restoration of moral values.  For the gospel to touch the hearts of sinners and seekers.  And for each of us to be a reflector of Jesus’ light and love in this sin darkened world.

Who are you praying for today? 

.       —-Ken Weliever, The Preacherman

3 Comments

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3 responses to “Who Are You Praying For Today?

  1. We ought to pray regularly(1Thes. 1:17). Thanks bro’ Ken for this great reminding message.

  2. Ken Green

    Many need to be reminded of our duty to pray for our leaders and show them honor even if we do not agree with their policies or if we believe they are inapt. It is astounding how easily we Bible-thumpers can ignore very plain biblical teaching. Thanks for the post.

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