Letter: Join in for day of prayer

April 28, 2014 

Join in for day of prayer

“One Voice United in prayer” is the theme for the 63rd National Day of Prayer on May 1.

I am deeply grateful that our nation was founded on a strong belief in prayer. The men who established this nation relied on God and His Word.

David Barton writes, concerning Benjamin Franklin, “About five weeks into the Constitutional Convention of 1787 when they were attempting to draft the U.S. Constitution, their efforts were a signal failure. As things were beginning to break up and delegates return home to their states, Franklin challenged them, ‘I therefore beg leave to move that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and the blessings on our deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business.’

Barton continues: “After five weeks of failure, following the recess and time of prayer, they reconvened and in only ten weeks produced the document that has become the longest on-going constitution in the history of the world. Franklin definitely saw a difference after the recess and prayer.”

Abraham Lincoln proclaimed that our nation should set apart a day for national prayer.

The National Day of Prayer was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. In 1988, the law was amended and signed by President Reagan, permanently setting the day as the first Thursday in May.

One of the greatest promises in God’s word is full of hope: “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked way, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14.

On May 1, thousands of people around the nation will be praying. Please join us as we humble our hearts, bow our heads and lift our voices to intercede for this great nation.

Lou Ardrey

Fort Mill

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