A Day to Pray Together
We have both a biblical and national history of calls to prayer. For example, Queen Esther asked all Jews to fast and pray for her for three days before she made her appearance before the king to plead for their lives (Esther 4:16). Another example – on July 20, 1775, the colonists observed a day of fasting and prayer when Congress issued a proclamation, which brought forth a call for a day of fasting and prayer each spring, and a day of thanksgiving and praise each fall.
“If two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”
─ Matthew 18:19-20 ESV
In 1952, during the Korean War, Billy Graham said, “What a thrilling, glorious thing it would be to see the leaders of our country today kneeling before Almighty God in prayer. What a thrill would sweep this country. What renewed hope and courage would grip the Americans at this hour of peril.” In response to Graham’s challenge, members of the House and Senate introduced a joint resolution for an annual National Day of Prayer, with hope for our nation to turn to God in agreement in prayer. On April 17, 1952, President Harry S. Truman signed a bill into law so that each subsequent president must declare a National Day of Prayer on a date he chooses.
Discover the power of agreement when you gather to pray.
Jesus’ words in the verses above calls us to pray together in agreement. He clearly points out the power that comes when two or more agree in faith. And throughout history God’s response to His people coming together in prayer is evident. He saved the Jews from death when they came together in prayer (Esther 8).
Imagine the power believers across this nation have when they come together to pray. What can God accomplish through you, and others who come alongside you, declaring God’s truth at work in our nation? Will you join others today?
Today’s One Thing
Get with a few friends today and pray together for our nation, your state, church and community. If you can’t get together in person, dial them up on a video chat or call them.