This year I am torn more than ever regarding the National Day of Prayer. I know it is a huge nationwide event that brings out people and congregations in droves to events all over the nation. I strongly encourage people and congregations to gather publically and pray for their friends, their families, their communities, and our nation and its leaders. However, isn’t that what the body of Christ is supposed to do anyway? And do it daily?
I am torn because some view the National Day of Prayer as the only day to engage in prayer. Prayer is one of the most valuable assets that the body of Christ has today. If that is true then shouldn’t the body of Christ be gathering together, even across denominational lines, to pray for people, communities, and our nation…regularly?
Don’t get me wrong, I am all for praying together and in public. I am just all for it more than just one day a year. Why aren’t there monthly or quarterly prayer events going on across our nation on a regular basis? Why is it usually when tragedy strikes that we see a call to prayer? Why does it have to take a Tsunami, an earthquake, or a questionable action by a civil servant, or a city in mourning to bring the body of Christ together to pray? I am not trying to be cynical, but perhaps if we held more prayer events than protests or more prayer events other than to pray against a politician all of our cities and our nation would be in better place.
As I write this, yes, I am trying and have tried to coordinate cross-denominational prayer events for the National Day of Prayer (for those who are wondering if I practice what I preach, lol). And yes, I am aware that multiple congregations are already engaged in doing regular prayer events with their congregations and with other congregations across denominational lines. But God help us, literally, if we ever get to a point where we feel like we are praying too much. This year we are trying to add the following to our local prayer events and if possible perhaps you and your congregation can do the same if it is not being done already:
-Quarterly or regularly scheduled cross denominational pray events
-Public prayer events and prayer walks
That being said, what are you praying for and who will you be praying with for the National Day of Prayer on Thursday May 7th of this year?