Thursday, May 7, 2009
Today is the National Day of Prayer. I took the afternoon off from my precious students to go to the Court House and pray with like-minded people, people who know that God has promised,
"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."--2 Chronicles 7:14.
Surely our land needs healing, and we gathered together and called on the name of the Lord for just that. After listening to the passionate cry of people's hearts today, I know two things:
1) People still believe that America is a nation "under God." They refuse to accept that we are a nation simply of citizens. They understand that America was founded on Christian principles with the Bible as our moral compass.
2) People still love this country and believe America was ordained by God for His purpose.
Put those two things together and you find people humbly, yet boldly, praying outside their local Court House while lawyers, judges, and the like come in and out, glancing over at the display of dependence on God. You find police officers outside guarding the building while those gathered around hold those same officers up in prayer. You find people crying out to God for America, our president, Congress, the media, and the military--not ashamed to pray in tongues, lift up holy hands, or kneel on the grass before their God. You hear the passion in the voices of those praying and see the fire in their eyes. You feel the desperation in their hearts. You see a young man with his guitar leading the people in song as they join in and sing "How Great is Our God" and "Your Name." And you're one of them--longing for God to sweep in and have His way in this nation. And you know He will. He will.
That was my experience today. It was a joy to stand together with people of faith who are convinced of this year's National Day of Prayer theme: "Prayer...America's Hope."