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This Thursday, May 7th, is the National Day of Prayer. There are all kinds of worthy prayer initiatives surrounding this important day, but the most well known are the rallies and events sponsored by the National Day of Prayer Task Force, headed up this year by Shirley Dobson and Beth Moore.
Truly, this year’s prayer event is one of the most important, following right on the heels of President Obama’s First 100 Days – 100 days filled with appointments and legislation in direct opposition to the very tenants upon which our country was founded. Perhaps our biggest prayer should be that our current president would recognize the state of our country and its need for God, like his predecessor, Abraham Lincoln, who, through this proclamation, founded the National Day of Prayer (and fasting).
This week, let’s join together as never before by focusing on the following scripture from Jeremiah, and praying the excerpt below from Lincoln’s proclamation, for our President and our country.
the weeping and pleading of Israel’s people.
For they have chosen crooked paths
and have forgotten the Lord their God.
“My wayward children,” says the Lord,
“come back to me, and I will heal your wayward hearts.”
“Yes, we’re coming,” the people reply, “for you are the Lord our God.”
Jeremiah 3:21-22 NLT
“We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten [You] God. We have forgotten [Your] gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own.
Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to [You] God that made us!
It behooves us then, to humble ourselves before [You] the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.”
Believing You will change one heart for many, we pray in the MIGHTY, LIFE-GIVING NAME OF JESUS CHRIST, Amen.
Praying for a change of heart all around, mine and the President’s and the world and her complacency.
Joining with you this week.
Melinda,Thank-u so much for your prayers.right now I just feel numb and in shock I guess.I know God will be with me through it all.No matter what happens He is still on the thrown,and what an awsom God he is.Blessings, Faye
Praying that America changes its mine and heart…
That was a powerful post and video. I am going to pray that God will change my heart toward our President so that I am better able to pray that God will change our President’s heart.
Praying in Texas and Love you!!
Praying for change Melinda and trusting Gods’ hand in changing it!
thank you for your faithfulness girl!
so true! Praying for our nation, our leaders, for change – for repentance.
April in CO
I don’t think I knew that Pres. Lincoln founded the National Day of Prayer. Very interesting. Maybe since Pres. Obama has been so influenced by Pres. Lincoln, the Nat’l Day of Prayer will impact him in a special way. Praying…
Still praying in Oregon.
Wonderful post…the written word and the video are so powerful. So full of something so simple, yet so moving–prayer!
thanks for the link to Proclamation-Calling for A Day of Fasting and Prayer. Again thank you so much for helping us stay committed and unified in prayer.
Praying for change and trusting God in everything.
Mary in Alabama
Absolutely praying. Walking with you sweet friend.
I’m devoting my blog posts every day this week to prayer for our nation. Please check in with me on Thurs. to join us.
Praying with you!
Praying for revival and a change of heart in our president.
Our nation’s needs have never been more concerning to me. I’m with you, sister!
Praying His will be done. We all know how this story ends. If He has it designed to use this ungodly mess to further His kingdom, so be it. I don’t have to like it, of course.
I’ll also be praying that if it’s His will to change change the direction this government is heading and bring others to saving faith that way, I’m all for that! And I’d like it.
Meanwhile, the important thing is that we do unite in prayer before the throne of grace.
Thank you for this post, Melinda!
Hey Melinda! Found your blog through LPM and had to share my excitement that I got to see Beth Moore in Lancaster yesterday as she was our keynote speaker for NDP. I even got to say hi to her for two nanoseconds! It was a beautiful prayer service and amazing to be there with so many brothers and sisters in Christ.
Thanks for sharing the video. Blessings to you!
I miss you!! This was so good and speaks so many truths about our incredible opportunity for relationship and in fact PARTNERSHIP, with our creator. We all know that WE NEED GOD but so little do we realize that GOD NEEDS US to accomplish His Kingdom work on Earth!
My love to you,
Still praying, Melinda.
I enjoyed your wise perspective on the fullfillment that comes to us when we do sacrifice for our children. I belive our country would be in a diferent place had that happened for all of those women who have had abortions over the years.
I’m glad you got to spend Mother’s day weekend with your mothers. What a special gift God had for you!