Monday, April 7, 2008

May 1st is the 57th Annual National Day of Prayer

The theme for the 57th Annual National Day of Prayer “Prayer! America’s Strength and Shield” – is taken from Psalm 28:7a:
"The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped."

"In his 1863 Proclamation for a National Day of Fasting, Humiliation and Prayer, President Abraham Lincoln said,

“It behooves us, then to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.” In the context of our time, Lincoln’s words have the ring of prophecy – words spoken to his fellows in a time of internal war and personal tragedies, yet words which seem so very appropriate for us today."
If we do not heed the warnings made obvious by our critically ill culture, the illness could be terminal. Time and time again God has judged nations by the character of His people. When His people failed in their faith, their nations fell. America’s believers – broadcasters and brick masons, plumbers and preachers, janitors and judges, editors and educators – must spend time on our faces before Almighty God, repenting of our personal sins as well as our national sins.

Pray for a deepening personal relationship with the Savior; for families in America, including your own; for your workplace, office, home or classroom; for unsaved family, friends and acquaintances, co-workers; for city, county, state and national leaders; and for leaders in the Body of Christ in America and around the world.

Finally, pray for this year’s critical elections. From the White House to the courthouse, pray that Godly men and women will be elected and appointed to public office.

On May 1 find a way to participate in National Day of Prayer and/or Meet at City Hall. There has never been a more critical time nor a greater opportunity for the Body of Christ to be salt and light in our nation."

For church and individual resources and information to promote, participate in or organize a prayer event in your community:

AFA’s 17th Annual Meet at City Hall

National Day of Prayer

Randall Murphree, American Family Association