On Thursday, May 2 we celebrate the National Day of Prayer. The National Day of Prayer was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. In 1988, the law was unanimously amended by both the House and the Senate and signed into law by President Ronald Reagan on Thursday, May 5, 1988, designating the first Thursday of May as a day of national prayer. Every president since 1952 has signed a National Day of Prayer proclamation. Learn more by clicking here.
It is a time when individuals, churches, and spiritual leaders in America, humble themselves and unite in prayer seeking God and His will. The theme for this year is taken from the very timely words of Jesus, “Love One Another.” John 13:34 states, “Love one another. Just as I have loved you.”
Of course, we do not need a National Day of Prayer to approach the throne of God. We may come to Him and share what is on our heart anytime and anywhere. There are four things I want to put you in remembrance of regarding prayer and our humble conversations with God.
Harboring sin in your heart will hinder your prayers:
Psalm 66:18-19 (NLT) “If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. But God did listen! He paid attention to my prayer.
All prayer should be offered in faith, believing God for what you ask for:
Matthew 21:22 (NKJV) “And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”
Offer your prayer according to God’s will not your own self-centeredness:
1 John 5:14 (NIV) “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”
It is through Christ that we can even gain entrance into the throne room of God:
John 14:13 (NASB) “Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”
Please consider joining saints around the world in a continual time of intercessory prayer for our nation and world. This is a powerful time of unity, for God will indeed hear our prayers.
Since Mother’s Day is this month, I pray that God will grant all of you mothers (natural or spiritual) wisdom, strength, discernment, unconditional love and an extra measure of grace and mercy as you take care of those entrusted to your care. From one grateful mother to another—be blessed and Happy Mother’s Day!