Thursday, May 2, 2013

National Day of Prayer

Today is National Day of Prayers and on this stupendious coccation I want my prayers to be significant. To matter. To not be filled with selfish desires, but to be filled with humility and a borken heart towards others. National Day of Prayer is a time for people of all faiths to pray together in their own way.

How can you celebrate?
There are many ways you can celebrate National Day of Prayer including:: performing songs relating to prayer; community prayer breakfasts or luncheons; daytime prayer walks; and evening worship and prayer services or gatherings. Host a You-Tube event inviting the world to pray with you. Start a Facebook Prayer page. The ideas are endless. Please join  me in prayer today "For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Matthew 18:20

Don't know what to pray for? I have included a few things that our family is praying for that are personal to our hearts.

1. The destruction of the Cast Sytsem
2. The destruction of human slavery
3. The destruction of sex trade
4. The orphans
5. The abadoned
6. The abused: sexually, physcially, emotionally, spiritually
7. The unsaved and lost
8. The saved and lost
9. Homelessness
10. World hunger
11. Abused and neglected animals
12. The addicted
13. Destruction of abortion
14. Those in prison
15. Our leaders
16. The leaders around the world
17. Our military

History of The National Day of Prayer:
In 1775 the Continental Congress allocated a time for prayer in forming a new nation. Over the years, there have been calls for a day of prayer, including from President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. On April 17, 1952, President Harry Truman signed a bill proclaiming the National Day of Prayer into law in the United States. President Reagan amended the law in 1988, designating the first Thursday of May each year as the National Day of Prayer.

The National Prayer Committee was formed in the United States in 1972. It went on to create the National Day of Prayer Task Force, with the intended purpose of coordinating events for the National Day of Prayer.  According to the Legal Information Institute, the President shall issue each year a proclamation designating the first Thursday in May as a National Day of Prayer on which the people of the United States may turn to God in prayer and meditation at churches, in groups, and as individuals.
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