By Roger Byrd
“First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all those who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good, and it pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth.”
1 Tim 2:1-4
As the Bible says, we ought always to pray for our nation and those leading the world’s nations. These things should be in our hearts and our prayers regularly. However, once a year, we have a rare opportunity given by our presidents and government to come together in prayer; The National Day of Prayer.
The first Thursday in May is coming up very soon, and you have the opportunity to plan or join a special event in your city that would encourage your whole community to gather and pray for all elected officials and every person. May 5, 2022, is just around the corner, and I encourage you to jump in and make it count. Don’t miss this one.
Search your city or county, find a local event, or ask your church to open its doors to those who wish to come, and welcome your community to join in prayer on this National Day of Prayer.
I am amazed at the number of churches and pastors who allow this day to roll by without a mention or encouragement to participate. Perhaps there is a disagreement with some who might be present or a theological reason not to pray together. But, if you desire to see your church be part of a spiritual awakening in our state or country, it all begins with prayer and God’s work. Indeed, we can leave the differences in His capable hands.
It is vital for your neighbors to view your church as a participating part of your city. A church willing to love and pray for local leaders; a church ready to lift the community concerns to God; a church eager to share the gospel and pray for others.
This National Day of Prayer is prayer and culture coming together as part of the work of Christ through your church. Be a church filled with praying Christians whose hearts are ready to love your neighbors and whose hands are willing to prove it. Show your city how much you love by serving them and sharing the gospel.
See you at the gathering.