2 Chronicles 7:14 (ESV)
If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
In 1952 President Harry Truman signed a bill into law, making the National Day of Prayer for America an annual event on the first Thursday of May, encouraging millions across our nation to unite together to pray.
We've come a long way since that day. And now, maybe more than ever, our nation needs our continued prayers for God’s healing, help, and peace.
Yet, sometimes it's hard to know where to begin or how to pray. We just know we have a deep ache in our hearts that cries out for God's mercy, and a longing to see him heal our land. And maybe other times we wonder how effective our prayers even are.
But no matter how we feel, we can be confident that God is faithful. He is aware and His Spirit is at work, over all that swirls around us in our nation today. That same power that broke prison chains, raised Lazarus from the dead, and parted the Red Sea, the same power that healed the blind man, and delivered the delirious from demons, that same power is at work still today.
He is the same. Yesterday, today, and forever.
May we stand together as believers, and pray for God to heal our land, and strengthen His people. May we pray for all those in authority. May we pray for God’s miraculous intervening, for blind eyes to be opened, for many to see the power of our Lord as never before.
At this important time in our nation’s history, we can do nothing more important than pray.
Remembering today this powerful truth upon which this nation was founded. We are "One Nation Under God." He is where our real hope is found, not in our leaders, not in our economy, not in the condition of our nation today, or any other day. "...my hope comes from Him."
Dear Lord, You are God of heaven and earth and we honor you today. We come before you praying for our beloved country. We have strayed far from your principles and from your plans for this country. Help us to find our way back to your paths of righteousness. We pray for our leaders. We pray that they will take a serious look at their personal integrity. We pray that they will become dissatisfied with any area, in their personal character, that is in rebellion to you. Inspire them to be men and women of prayer. Inspire them to passionately pray for wisdom. Inspire them to be hungry for your guidance. Inspire them to rise up with godly boldness and determination to be the best leader they are capable of being. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.