Friday, April 23, 2010

National Day of Prayer

I find the discussion surrounding the National Day of Prayer interesting. Is our country to be saved, brought back to its central purpose, made to be moral and ethically correct, if we have this ceremonial ritual every year? Based on a casual observance over the last 10 years or so, it doesn’t seem to have helped. Much like repeating the Lord’s Prayer when I was in school. The kids that had bad behavior still had bad behavior and the bullies were still bullies. Nothing changed because us students went through this morning ritual in school.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I do thinking observing the National Day of Prayer is a good thing and saying (not repeating) the Lord’s prayer is also a good thing, but having the president declare a particular day as a Day of Prayer? I always found the practice more in the realm of “civil religion” than a “mountain moving faith” practice … and what we need as a nation is some mountain moving. Don’t you agree?

Then comes a e-mail. I had seen it before. The subject line was ONE MINUTE EACH NIGHT.

During WWII, there was an advisor to Churchill who organized a group of people who dropped what they were doing every night at a prescribed hour for one minute to collectively pray for the safety of England, its people and peace. This had an amazing effect as bombing stopped.

There is now a group of people organizing the same thing here in America.

If you would like to participate: each evening at 9:00 PM Eastern Time 8:00 PM Central, 7:00 PM Mountain, 6:00 PM Pacific), stop whatever you are doing and spend one minute praying for the up-coming election, and for the revival of Christianity in this great country.

Someone said if people really understood the full extent of the power we have available through prayer, we might be speechless. Our prayers are the most powerful asset we have.

The e-mail ends with my sentiments: Thank You. Please pass this on to anyone who you think will want to join us.

Maybe, just maybe if we all took this message seriously and truly practiced the ONE MINUTE EACH NIGHT we would have our National Day of Prayer … and mountains would move … people would change … I would change!

Quote for today: “More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of.” Baron Alfred Tennyson

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