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Apr. 29, 2013 @ 09:45 PM

Join in National Day of Prayer

One day each year, the first Thursday of May, has been set aside as a time that our U.S. Congress would like us to pray for our country. Every year, the governors of every state and many mayors across our country make special proclamations encouraging the citizens of the state to pray for our country. This prayer is based on the personal conviction that any American may have in the area of prayer.

Many Christians in this country will gather in large and small groups and have done so for over 60 years to ask God's favor and intervention in the affairs of our nation. The prayers focus primarily on seven groups that have significant influence in our society. They are government, church, military, family, education, media and business.

We encourage you to join with others on this National Day of Prayer and begin to develop a stronger habit of praying for our leaders and all people. It is always easier and more "natural" to criticize and complain. Why not experiment and start more of your conversations with an attitude of compassion and ask for God to give special help to those people and groups who influence and lead us? So many things happen when we pray that otherwise go undone.

In the Christian Scriptures, followers of Jesus are told that one of their first responsibilities and priority as a believer is -- "I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone -- for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God..." 1Timothy 2:1-3.

Thanks for your prayer efforts to bring better health to our country.

Dave Calvert

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