Thursday, May 6, 2010

National Day of Prayer

The majority of people, in this world, seem to think that this word is getting better everyday and soon will be a lot better place to live. They feel this way because of may things such as great advances in the medical field that allows you to live longer and the great advances in all parts of our life. They say look at all I have what more could I want! They remind me of the person who had so much that he had to tear down his barns and build bigger ones to accommodate all his belongings. Everything is great and going good.

Not according to the Master of our lives. He told us, over two thousand years ago, in the scriptures, “As the days of Noah were, so shall the coming of man be” (Matthew 24:37) We can see two very important statements by the Lord here. The first is, He is coming again, and the second it will be just like it was in the days of Noah when He does come. How was it in the days of Noah? The Bible plainly tells us, in easy to read language, that the world was very corrupt and filled with violence. The world today is very corrupt and filled with violence. It becomes worse everyday and no matter how much this world advances in technology these two evils are still filling our world today at an alarming rate.

The things that our Lord calls sin are now excepted and called “personal life styles” homosexuality and abortion tops that list. God is being taking out of everything. The Bible and prayer has been taken out of of our schools and court rooms so that we may be politically correct. We now have a president that has said we are no longer a Christian Nation when everything about our country was founded on Christianity. By just looking at what is going on around us we can see that the coming of the Lord is close at hand. God is left out of just about everything. As Christians we must ever draw close to our Lord and Savior because he is coming soon. The rapture of the church should always be on our minds.

As The Lord's children we can rest assured we know who holds tomorrow and we know who holds our hand. Even so come Lord Jesus! Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. (James 5:16) While all Christians know and believe that the Lord's return is eminent we must continue in our work for him and continue in Prayer, because as we all know prayer changes things.
Throughout the United States today believers are gathering for the National Day of Prayer. Since the founding of the country there have been 135 national calls to prayer, humiliation, fasting and thanksgiving issued by the President of the United States. These presidents knew that there was someone that was higher than them and they knew were their help come from. It came from the Lord! We must pray for our president. He has chosen to not hold an official ceremony (for the second year in a row so as to "not offend anybody"). The merits and issues surrounding that decision, breaking with years of tradition can be debated by people all they want, but the one that we must not offend is our Lord and Savor. The National Day of Prayer was established by Harry S Truman in 1952 and Ronald Reagan in 1988 as an annual observance "for people of all faiths" and is run every year by the National Day of Prayer Task Force.The National Day of Prayer was ruled unconstitutional yesterday, although it is being stayed on appeal, the decision will not affect the 2010 Day. This just goes to show how far this nation has turned from God. From the founding days of our country there was a national prayer day. See National Prayer Day . Our country today is following on the heels of that great city Nineveh, that according to the Bible, could not discern between their left of right hand. The people of Nineveh fasted and prayed and the Lord spared Nineveh. As a nation and as individuals we should be in constant prayer for our nation.
Prayer needs to be a huge part of our lives. We need to recognize that our spirit needs prayer like our body needs food! This country needs the prayers of God's people. Charles Spurgeon once said, “We cannot all argue, but we can all pray; we cannot all be leaders, but we can all be pleaders; we cannot all be mighty in rhetoric, but we can all be prevalent in prayer." How true that is.
We must all be committed to spending more time in prayer everyday! Don't allow Satan to rob your time to pray because it’s in prayer that we tap into God’s unlimited power that makes demons tremble, we can change the course of our country,

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