What is the National Day of Prayer?

“It is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation. It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. Our Task Force is a privately funded organization whose purpose it is to encourage participation on the National Day of Prayer.

“The mission of the National Day of Prayer Task Force is to communicate with every individual the need for personal repentance and prayer, mobilizing the Christian community to intercede for America and its leadership in the seven centers of power: Government, Military, Media, Business, Education, Church and Family. The Task Force represents a Judeo-Christian expression of the national observance, based on our understanding that this country was birthed in prayer and in reverence for the God of the Bible.”

The National Day of Prayer is such an amazing event.

It’s very exciting to see the whole country interceding for the needs of the nation simultaneously. I was introduced to prayer at a very early age. We prayed and fasted many times, whether we liked it or not. Today, I thank my parents for instilling the passion and desire for prayer in my life. I mostly appreciate my mother for the fact she never stopped encouraging us to pray.

Now prayer is the center of my life.

What is prayer? Prayer is the way we communicate with God who created us and saved us through Christ to have a relationship with him. God talks to us through His word and the Holy Spirit in us helps us understand his word and apply it to our lives. It’s through prayer that we communicate back to God.

We need to remember that our communication back to God is based on what God has communicated to us through His Word. It’s like a child who can only communicate what the people around him communicate to him.

That’s why it is very important to monitor who is around your child.

It is very important for a Christian to develop a very strong prayer life. In 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Paul says: “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” In Ephesians 6:17-18 Paul said: “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.”

It is through prayer that we can communicate our problems to God.

In Philippians 4:6-7 Paul says: “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” As a result of doing that: “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” 1 Peter 5:6-7 states: “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”

It is very important for Christians to come in agreement as Matthew said so well: “For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them” (Matthew 18:20).

There is so much division in the body of Christ in our community. It is now time to put our pride and differences aside and come together for repentance and prayer for the sake of our generation and the generations to come.

I am so grateful to see so many churches unify to pray for our country on the National Day of Prayer. Let us continue to pursue unity—not only one day a year, but every day. God bless.

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Erick Kalenga is pastor of His Village church in Culpeper.

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