Thursday, May 1, 2008

National Day of Prayer

National Day of Prayer was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. It is observed on the first Thursday of May every year and is set aside to pray for our nation. No better time to pray for our nation than now. More information and ideas for prayer can be found at this site - ndptf.org.
I want to focus on prayer itself and HOW to pray. It is something I struggle with as a Christian and I'm sure others do too. Prayer is communication with God. It can be as easy as having a conversation with God. But don't just tell him what you want and what is wrong, remember to praise him. Remember also to be still and LISTEN. That is probably the most difficult part for me. A true conversation involves both and listening is as important as talking.
We should pray everywhere (1 Timothy 2:8) but the best place to pray is where we can be alone with God (Matthew 6:6). We should always ask forgiveness for sins and iniquities in our heart hinders our prayers. James 4:3, Matthew 5: 22, 24. When we ask for something, we should ask in faith and believe our prayers will be answered. (James 1: 6,7).
The best example of how to pray was given by Jesus our Lord and Savior. Matthew 6:9-13. Our Father, which art in Heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done in earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
It's all in there. Repentance, making your heart right (as we forgive our debtors), asking for your needs (daily bread) and praise. Remember to say a prayer today, and every day, wherever you are, for our nation.

Oddly enough, I got this in an email today. John Wayne talks about values and prayer.

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