Did you know today was the national day of prayer? Although a law wasn’t established until 1952 for an annual observance of prayer to take place, our roots of praying as a nation reach as far back as our first President of the United States.
George Washington was recorded as calling for a national day of prayer for a confession of sins and prayer for the protection of heaven over the nation. He recognized the importance of prayer and our nations deep need for it.
Our nation has undergone many changes through the years. We’ve removed organized prayer from school and school functions. We’ve taken the Ten Commandments off of and out of our government buildings. In many ways, we’ve corporately kicked God out of office and told Him we’ll do things on our own. Since then, we’ve seen disasters like Columbine and the Virginia Tech massacre and we ask ourselves “Where is God?”
God is where He’s always been, on the throne; however, we’ve invited Him to leave our schools and public places of office because we thought we could handle things without Him [Psalm 47:8]. Jesus is a gentleman. He will not force Himself on anyone. He stands and knocks waiting to be invited in by those He loves [Revelation 3:20].
It’s time we wake up as a nation, stand as a body of believers and cry out to Jesus. We must take hold of the promise in 2 Chronicles 7:14, “If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
Today, as “one nation under God” let’s humble ourselves and seek His face. Let us turn from our wicked ways, confessing our sins, both individually and corporately, and cry out for the healing of our land. We are in desperate need of our Lord, Jesus Christ. He is ready, willing and able to restore our country. He’s waiting to find out if we are willing to do our part. Will we? Will you?