Thursday, May 2, 2013, is the National Day of Prayer for believers around the nation. This year's observance is called "Pray for America." The emphasis is designed to engage, equip and encourage folks. Local ministerial groups across the nation are scheduled to meet for prayer services on this day, joining together to lift up our nation in a very direct, spiritual manner. In addition, Christians around the world will join in prayer for their leaders and nations.
It's a time devoted to praying intentionally for seven "centers of influence" in our daily lives. These include government, the church, the military, our families, education, the media, and businesses.
The Apostle Paul said to his young protégé, Pastor Timothy, "I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercessions and thanksgiving be made for everyone -- for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness." (I Timothy 2:12)
I think most would agree that our nation could use more than a little prayer, and that true believers should be always -- not just one day each year -- interceding for our leaders. I read recently where a national organization is petitioning the military to bring charges of sedition and treason against anyone who shares their faith with another while on active duty. This would include chaplains. I think the petition itself borders on treason at worst, and at least smacks of lunacy.
I am sure there are folks who would disagree with me. That's their right.
And that's the point. We take sides; we set one group against the other; we point fingers and shout "you are wrong" -- all the while forgetting that when one's freedoms and liberties are infringed, it's not long until everyone faces such loss.
So -- while others are busy telling the government to charge and prosecute people of faith (mostly Christians) with treason and sedition, those same people of faith are busy praying for the folks squawking about "freedom from religion."
Yep ... I'd say it's pretty clear that we need to be praying, and as earnestly as possible.