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It's time for our nation to pray

Posted on May 2, 2021

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Donna Crowe

Donna Crowe

Every year since 1952, the United States has held a National Day of Prayer.

Our country always needs prayer, and perhaps this year it needs prayer more than ever. I need not relate all the problems we’re having these days. I’ll just say that we’re struggling with becoming the “Untied” States of America with all our divisions and disagreements.

Honestly, no matter which people we elect as presidents of the United States, none of them can make everybody happy or solve all our problems. Only God can do that — or in the interim, give us the wisdom and the purified hearts needed to bring people together.

In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve didn’t need to pray like we think of it today. That is, now we pray to a God we cannot directly see or touch. But in the book of Genesis, Adam and Eve heard God as He walked “in the garden in the cool of the day, and (they) hid themselves from the presence of God among the trees of the garden” (3:8).

God even called out to them, asking where they were, although I think He already knew.

Prayer is talking to God, whether or not we can detect Him with our five basic senses. When we pray to Him, He hears and responds, and He promises that one day He will return to take us where He is (John 14:3).

The National Day of Prayer’s theme verse for this year is from 2 Corinthians 3:17: “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” And the prayer theme prays: “Lord, pour out your love, life and liberty.”

In her introduction of this year’s theme, Kathy Branzell offers a prayer that includes the following: “Jesus…fill us, we pray, to be overflowing vessels and examples of your love, life and liberty ... Help me to show compassion and respect to others so that they may hear the gospel and come to know You as Lord ... In Jesus’ name, amen!”

Indeed, amen.

Donna Crowe is minister’s wife. 

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