2010 Day of Prayer Banner

Did you realize that a Federal judge is trying to declare the National Day of Prayer unconstitutional?  I was quoted in an article in today’s Arizona Republic about this issue.  Click here to read that article.  Let me know what you think!  Because to me it’s simple – The whole reason the amendment granting “Freedom of Religion” is in the Constitution is because our founding fathers EXPECTED us to pray!  By allowing (even encouraging) prayer, the government isn’t telling you HOW to pray, or even that you MUST pray.  In fact, I feel very strongly that this is exactly the KIND of Freedom that our Constitution protects and therefore needs to be encouraged and safeguarded.

The National Day of Prayer is a vital part of our heritage. Since the first call to prayer in 1775, when the Continental Congress asked the colonies to pray for wisdom in forming a nation, the call to prayer has continued through our history, including President Lincoln’s proclamation of a day of “humiliation, fasting, and prayer” in 1863. In 1952, a joint resolution by Congress, signed by President Truman, declared an annual, national day of prayer. In 1988, the law was amended and signed by President Reagan, permanently setting the day as the first Thursday of every May. Each year, the president signs a proclamation, encouraging all Americans to pray on this day.

The theme for this year’s Day of Prayer is “Prayer for Such a Time as This” and is based on the verse from Nahum 1:7 which states: “The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him.”  Clearly this is a time where we as a nation need to be seeking the strength and wisdom of the Lord.

On the day of prayer (and every day), it’s suggested that you pray for:

  1. Federal Government
  2. State Government
  3. Local Government
  4. Military
  5. Media
  6. Business
  7. Education
  8. Church
  9. Family

You can click here for an online prayer guide to help you pray for these areas!

I hope that you’re planning on praying this Thursday for our government, elected officials, civil servants, teachers and all those who hold positions of leadership in our great nation!  It’s a good time to EXERCISE your freedom … AND at the same time invite God’s Power, Protection and Provision into our families, community and nation – it’s win-win!

May God bless you as you pray, and May God Bless America!

PA