Thursday, May 01, 2008
The National Day of Prayer
Then the LORD appeared to Solomon at night and said to him, “I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for Myself as a house of sacrifice. “If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people, and 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 7:12-14).
This passage from 2 Chronicles is often used on the National Day of Prayer, which is today. There are those who dispute this usage, saying it only applied to national Israel at the time it was written. I have no interest in arguing that point at the moment. Regardless of who is right on this, I believe the attitude encouraged in these verses can't help but do our country good -- if we adopt it.
And believe you me, this nation needs prayer. Desperately.