In just a few days we’ve got the National Day of Prayer in the US (always the first Thursday of May, this year it’s May 4). Each year it’s a chance for people around the US to come together and pray, or at the very least be more intentional about making (extra) time for personal prayers on Thursday. Prayer is something we should do on a regular basis, and more than just the popcorn prayers that some or most of us do when things happen or we’re made aware of needs throughout our days. Prayer is something we do individually and as a faith community.
Prayer is an interesting thing because in some ways you could say it’s irrelevant, because God doesn’t need us to tell Him anything because He knows everything, and He can choose to perform a miracle even if we don’t pray about it. However, throughout the Bible, and especially the New Testament, it’s reminded that God wants us to pray anyway because it’s one of our best opportunities to connect and communicate with Him. God isn’t the type of god to be all about lording over his people, He’s interested in building personal, intimate relationships with each of us. It’s pretty awesome that God wants a personal relationship with you and me in my book.
This year the theme and verse for the National Day of Prayer are:
“For Your Great Name’s Sake! Hear Us… Forgive Us…Heal Us!”
“O Lord, Listen! O Lord, Forgive! O Lord, Hear and Act! For Your Sake, O My God…” Daniel 9:19
Daniel was known for his prayer times, prayer times that got him sent to and saved in the lion’s den. It’s a powerful reminder that even something as simple as praying can have a big impact. If you’re looking for a miracle in your life or the life of someone else, or are ready to really see the world around you change for the better, one of the things you can do is pray more.
If you’re already planning to attend a National Day of Prayer event this Thursday, great! If not, the National Day of Prayer website has lots of events listed from around the country you can join.