Prayer Reminders From Your Worship Commission

May

"Fasting and prayer are religious exercises; the enjoining them an act of discipline . Every religious society has a right to determine for itself the time for these exercises and the objects proper for them, according to their own particular tenets; and right can never be safer than in their hands, where the Constitution has deposited it." Thomas Jefferson 1808

The National Day of Prayer is Thursday, May 4, 2017. It is a day when people all over America will stop what they're doing and take time to pray for their country. Many will join groups of other Christians in public places, knowing there is strength in unity and enjoying the fellowship of praying together with others. But anyone can pray (and everyone should pray!) wherever they are.

We can start by praying for our leaders in Washington . Our President and Vice President , our senators and representatives , our Supreme Court Justices, in other words all three branches of our government, all need our prayers. Whatever our political •leanings, we can all agree that our leaders all need God's wisdom in all decision making. We can never go wrong by praying for God's will.

The same holds true for state and local governments. They also need our prayer support.

America is not an isolated nation. The interactions with other countries around the world are critical, as we have certainly seen in recent weeks. We must not forget to pray for our diplomats, those charged with every sort of negotiation between the United States and other nations . Such negotiations may involve our military, important trade agreements, enforcement of international law, cooperation in securing world peace, or many other matters. AJJ must be handled with tact and diplomacy. In every case God's wisdom and guidance can make a difference.

Actually, the need for prayer for America is endless. One day can never be enough. But the calling of a special day across the whole nation is a wonderful opportunity to join in prayer with so many others who believe as we do. It's a unique opportunity for Christian patriotism , for standing together before the Lord in a common cause. Whether we join a group or pray alone, our prayers will matter. Prayers are never wasted. God hears them all and He will answer!

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