Today is the National Day of Prayer in the United States. How great it is to live in a country where, at least for one day, we stop and recognize that we don’t have all the answers! While it has only been in writing since 1952, the roots of this day go all the way back to George Washington. I want to call out the Church today to make this a day of unity – not just for our brothers and sisters in Christ, but for all people of all faiths.
It is far too easy to allow days like today become divisive and politicized, but the whole point of this observance is to stop and meditate on the fact that there is something out there bigger than us, even bigger than this country we hold so dear. Our freedom has come at a price, and we must never take it for granted. Read the words of our forefathers (taken from the Declaration of Independence).
“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
This National Day of Prayer, let us as a Church and as a nation throw off the chains that are holding us back from living the full life that our Creator wants for us – the full life that Jesus died so that we may receive.