It’s the National Day of Prayer ( yes, these days just keep on coming!). You would be surprised to find out that almost every day is some sort of observance. First instance, today is also Nurses Day, No Homework Day, No Diet Day, National Day of Reason, National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, and Joseph Bracket Day ( A Mainer who wrote the song Simple Gifts – one of my all time favorite songs).
But any way, back to Prayer Day. It is the National Day of Prayer, and despite the constant emails and Facebook postings that Barry O canceled it, it’s still happening. It’s good to take a day and pray especially for the country. There are lots of challenges we face as a people, and I think that its good to take those to God.
Its also good to take your personal challenges there. I mean check out 1 Peter 5:6-8 ( it is also a good verse for Joseph Bracket day, since it speaks of humility)
6Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
8Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you. Prayer is not just some ritual done to appease our own spirituality, we do it because He wants to hear it. Did you ever think about that. The Creator of the Universe wants to hear about your anxieties, because He cares about you!
That’s sort of the crux of this whole “I’ll follow Jesus” thing isn’t it. He cares about you and wants you to follow him and to talk with him and to share with him. Its nice to be wanted isn’t it!
So enjoy the Day of Prayer and remember “‘Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free!”