National Day of Prayer 2018

Author: Loyd Jenkins

“On this National Day of Prayer, we join together to offer gratitude for our many blessings and to acknowledge our need for divine wisdom, guidance, and protection. Prayer, by which we affirm our dependence on God, has long been fundamental to our pursuit of freedom, peace, unity, and prosperity. Prayer sustains us and brings us comfort, hope, peace, and strength. Therefore, we must cherish our spiritual foundation and uphold our legacy of faith.

Prayer has been a source of guidance, strength, and wisdom since the founding of our Republic.”

–Proclamation By the President of The United States of America, Donald J. Trump
What a powerful thing is prayer!
To come together with friends and family, co-workers and associates, and even with people whom we don’t know, to bond together with bowed heads and closed eyes and unify in word and deed—this act of prayer.

With His spoken word, God formed the universe and everything that exists, all things we see, all things beyond our sight, things known and unknown. And God has given us that same form of power in spoken words that we know as prayer. Ironically, He has even warned us about what we speak and how powerful our tongues can be.

What a unifying thing is prayer!
We come together despite our politics, our race, and our gender—to be in one accord to petition our God who provides and cares for us, to bless our nation and leaders for the glory of His name. This year’s theme is based upon Ephesians 4:3 “Making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”
What a beautiful thing is prayer!
It is not the eloquence of speech that makes prayer beautiful, but the simplistic nature of the heart speaking out in humility with words that bring blessing to another soul, that gives thanks to our God in recognition of all we have, and praises His name with sweet adoration.

It truly was a blessing for International Aid to observe and participate in today’s National Day of Prayer. We pray for God’s blessing and guidance for our nation and leaders, and that we all can be restored to a place of peace, ever uplifting our brothers and sisters who share in this great land that God has blessed us with. May God receive all the glory!

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