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National Day of Prayer set in Putnam County on May 2

May. 03, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

I went to church last Sunday and heard a challenging sermon that could easily have been titled, "Pep for Your Step" and that is by Praise, Expectancy and Prayer.

Pastor Greg Laurie, a leader of deep concern and prayer, serves as Honorary Chairman of this year's National Day of Prayer. Shirley Dobson, wife of Dr. James Dobson, founder of "Focus on the Family," serves as the National Chairman. I have met these leaders and value their work of many years.

The 62nd annual National Day of Prayer theme is "Pray for America," appropriate for every day of the year. Here are words from the leaders, "We have an unprecedented opportunity to see the Lord's healing and renewing power made manifest as we call on citizens to humbly come before His throne."

Mary Washington, mother of our first president, said it is time to "Remember that God is our only sure trust." God alone can bring the healing, health and prosperity that is needed for our nation.

The chosen theme for this year emphasizes "The need for individuals, corporately and individually, to place their faith in the unfailing character of their Creator, who is sovereign over all governments, authorities, and men." The theme Scripture chosen this year is from Matthew 12:21, "In His name the nations will put their hope."

When thinking about direction for our nation and all the problems it faces and seems unable to solve, we turn to the writing of the man known for his great wisdom. "One night the Lord appeared to Solomon and told him, 'I have heard your prayer . . .'" Then God said, "If my people will humble themselves and pray, and search for me, and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear them from heaven and forgive their sins and heal their land" (2 Chronicles 7:12, 14, The Living Bible).

We may not remember a time when our nation needed to turn to God in repentance and faith more than it does now.

When we think of what happened only a few days ago in Boston, Texas and in other nations of the world, we know that our nation is tottering on the precipice of destruction. It is time to acknowledge God's dominion over difficult circumstances.

We are confident that millions of people met for prayer for our nation and other nations and will continue to call on God for revival to come to our land. Join with your pastor and the leaders of your church and call the entire congregation to unite in prayer.

National leaders, when we have been on the verge of defeat as we are now, have bravely and without apology called the nation to prayer. History is replete with the times when God has intervened and saved our nation from destruction. We desperately need His intervention now. We may all be a key part in asking God to save us as individuals and as a nation.

Bill Ellis can be reached at P.O. Box 345, Scott Depot, WV 25560; phone 304-757-6089.