May 3, 2012

National Day of Prayer

Today, many Americans will celebrate the National Day of Prayer. It is a time for people of all faiths to pray together in their own way. May we honor prayer by practicing it!

A scripture verse that is fitting to attend to prayer is Genesis 14:18-20.

“And King Melchizedek of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was priest of God Most High. Melchizedek blessed Abram and said,

‘Blessed be Abram by God Most High,
maker of heaven and earth;
and blessed be God Most High,
who has delivered your enemies into your hand!’

And Abram gave him one tenth of everything.”

I heard that a church in Georgia once published a rather long prayer list. They thought it would be helpful to identify the reason for each person being on the list. In this way, people could pray for specific needs and problems, rather than praying in vague generalities. There were all the usual things: hospitalized, bereaved and facing surgery.

But beside the name of one man was written “pain in the neck.” Most churches have a member or two who deserves such a description, but few put it in print! And it does seem sometimes that only prayer can cure that affliction. Prayer is a powerful spiritual weapon against the forces of evil. Pray today for Arlington, for our church and for our nation. Prayer is our best and brightest hope.

Prayer makes us a part of the solution rather that part of the problem—and we are usually one or the other.

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