In a town near us but not our own, our pastor gathered with others from around the area yesterday to lead an interdenominational service for the 64th annual National Day of Prayer.
Kids played on the hill behind the gazebo. Musicians led us in praise. Pastors, civic leaders, a businessman, and a student led us in focused prayers. Attendees gathered in groups to pray together.
“Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence this day.” – 1 Kings 8:28, this year’s theme verse
We prayed for our nation, that it might turn from sin, division, and anger and find healing in Christ. We prayed for our leaders, that they might bless our nation and its people through godly decisions.
We prayed for local churches, that they would be unified in Christ and better share His love with their communities.
We prayed for the paramedics, firefighters, and police officers, that they would be protected from physical and spiritual harm. We prayed for healing in the communities that have struggled with losses and controversies.
We prayed for local businesses, that they would be run ably and ethically, that they would prosper and thereby bless their workers and customers.
“…if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” – 2 Chronicles 7:14
We prayed for local schools, students, and teachers, that they would learn and grow together and be safe from addictions to drugs, alcohol, or pornography.
We prayed for the poor and marginalized, that they would be seen even in the midst of prosperity and beauty, and seen as God’s beloved children. We prayed that they would be well and safe and that God would show us ways to help.
We prayed for the members of every armed service, past and present, that they be safe and whole and know their neighbors appreciate their service.
We prayed in responsorial unison, led by a pastor and reading from our program, experiencing a timeless tradition of unity and humility. We prayed confession and repentance. We prayed for forgiveness. We prayed for the guidance and strength to live more righteously and rightly.
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” – Philippians 4:6
We prayed the Lord’s Prayer, just as Jesus told us to. Just as people did all around our country.
Lord, hear our cry.