Wednesday, May 1, 2013
NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER MAY 2, 2013 CHOKING ON CAMELS
“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, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)
Christians, we are the people of God, in Jesus Christ.
American Christians, our nation, The United States of America, is hurting and in need of healing.
The U.S.A. is sick with sin. Our nation is being decimated and destroyed by evils, most of them of our own making. We see it all around us, we see it in the news and social medias: terrorist attacks, major disasters both man-made and natural, mass murders from children in public schools to new born children in abortion mills, the horrific list goes on and on.
But the important thing is that there is healing, and there is hope.
The key to unlock the door to national healing is prayer, the prayers of God’s people, the church, Christians.
It is the people of God who must humble themselves and make sure they are putting God first (Matthew 16:24, 25). When we do that, then we can truly pray and believe that God will answer us as we pray according to His will (1 John 5:14, 15). In faithful prayer, we are seeking God’s face, His presence, acknowledging that He alone is our salvation and our help (Psalm 105:1-4). Then, in the presence of a holy God, we must and we can turn from our wicked ways in faith and repentance (2 Corinthians 7:9, 10).
Now the door is unlocked. God will hear us from heaven, because He is also near to us, with us and in us (Matthew 7:7-11). God will forgive not only our sins but our sin, our very sinfulness (1John 1:8, 9). God will heal our land, as He heals His people, and as His church lives out His commission to us to share with others Christ’s Good News of salvation, being made well, healing and wholeness, through repentance and faith (Matthew 28:18-20).
Christians, as we pray without ceasing (1Thessalonians 5:17), living lives of prayer and living prayerful lives, we will be offering hope and the way to healing for those around us, for our fellow citizens, for the people of our nation.
Thursday, May 2, is National Day of Prayer 2013. There are many ways in which you can participate and get involved that can be found here:
There is a search engine you can use to find a National Day of Prayer event in your area. You can watch or listen to the National Observance on TV or the above website, listen to a Prayer Summit on the radio or the web, or take part in a National Prayer Call. There is also a National Day of Prayer Facebook community.
Look for details on upcoming national prayer initiatives at Commit2Pray.com and look for the first global PrayerCast, LIVE, on October 18th and 19th.
For downloading, there is a free ebook and free small group study guides that can be used long after National Day of Prayer. It is important that we regularly study about prayer.
Most of all, of course, it is most vital that we pray regularly, that we indeed pray without ceasing, making prayer our lifestyle.
Christians, let’s start praying today, pray on the National Day of Prayer, and pray daily for our nation. Commit to pray regularly for these seven centers of influence in our nation: government, military, media, business, education, church and family.
May this be our prayer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7EDGmeP1aA4