National Day of Prayer, May 3rd
By Julie Hasling
“Pray for rulers and for all who have authority so that we can have quiet and peaceful lives full of worship and respect for God. This is good, and it pleases God our Savior…” 1 Timothy 2:3-4 (NCV).
You want to know what really pleases the Lord? It’s written right here, to “pray for rulers and for all who have authority.” On Thursday, May 3rd, we all can do just that!
The National Day of Prayer was created and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman in 1952. This annual observance has great significance for us as a nation as it enables us to recall and to teach the way in which our founding fathers sought the wisdom of God when faced with critical decisions. It stands as a call for us to humbly come before God, seeking His guidance for our leaders and His grace upon us as a people. (nationaldayofprayer.org)
The theme for this year’s prayer vigil will be “Pray for America—UNITY,” based upon Ephesians 4:3 which challenges us to mobilize unified public prayer for America, “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace” (NIV) – Dr. Ronnie Floyd, President, National Day of Prayer Task Force.
With the escalation of violence and corruption in our nation, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the magnitude of it all. And yet God insists that we pray for our government officials. He assures us that it is never a vain effort—He fully intends to move in the hearts of those at the helm of this country. Proverbs 21:1 (NCV) tells us that the Lord can, “…control a king’s mind as he controls a river; he can direct it as he pleases.” This is why it’s critical to pray over our leader’s hearts and minds—to ensure we are being steered into a place of safety and peace.
So, let’s join faith-filled hands with others in our community and pray sincerely and fervently for our local, state, and national leaders so that as scripture says, “we can have quiet and peaceful lives.”