Reflections on the National Day of Prayer

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2nd Chronicles 15:3. Now for a long time Israel has been without the true God, and without a teaching priest, and without law. Has America become the Israel of 2nd Chronicles?

Ronald Reagan, the 40th president of the United States (1981-1989), spoke to a prayer breakfast in Dallas, TX in August 1984 and stated:

We establish no religion in this country, nor will we ever. We command no worship. We mandate no belief. But we poison our society when we remove its theological underpinnings. We court corruption when we leave it bereft of belief. All are free to believe or not believe; all are free to practice a faith or not. But those who believe must be free to speak of and act on their belief, to apply moral teaching to public questions.

Ronald ReaganWithout God, there is no virtue, because there’s no prompting of the conscience. Without God, we’re mired in the material, that flat world that tells us only what the senses perceive. Without God, there is a coarsening of the society. And without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure. If we ever forget that we’re one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.

The Holy Bible tells us of Israel’s “Watchmen on the Wall” sounding the alarm of danger. In those days, if the people responded favorably, they were protected. Often the people rejected the watchmen and prophets and Israel suffered greatly.

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In our nation, the watchmen have been sounding the trumpet for years. As the trumpets grow louder and louder, the people turn further away, rejecting the alarm. The people are in grave danger.

In 2010, Franklin Graham, son of Billy Graham, was deemed too controversial and uninvited from the National Day of Prayer at the Pentagon. This was at the time that Franklin Graham was the Honorary Chairman of the National Day of Prayer Task Force. Franklin offends many Christians, Muslims, and Jews due to his strict views on Christianity and his comments that Islam is evil.

Just five years later, much of society (including Christians), corporate America, and the Federal Government have openly endorsed the homosexual and transgender lifestyles as acceptable and normal. In 37 states and our nation’s capitol, men can marry men and women can marry women by order of the courts. Children decide what sex they are based upon how they feel about themselves, not how God created them.

Since 2010 our national debt has increased by about five trillion dollars and our national defense programs grow weaker by the year. The evil Islam that Graham spoke of in 2010 has a chokehold on the Middle East and now has deep roots in the United States. Another five million babies have been aborted in America for the sake of choice.

Shall I go on? You’ve seen it all. Do you hear the watchmen’s trumpet? Have you responded? The Church has failed. Pastors have not shepherded their flocks and their flocks run loose. Parents don’t raise their children, the government does – or the TV, videos, games, and internet. Children aren’t taught; they’re indoctrinated.

What state will our formerly Christian nation be in on the next National Day of Prayer? Or in 2020? The outlook is not good.

The only course of action is for our nation to fall on its knees – not just on May 7th – but every day, and pray for God to heal our land. Our nation must turn away from its wicked ways; the people must repent and stand up and speak up for righteousness. Christ’s Church must once again become our nation’s cornerstone. Pastors must shepherd their flocks and lead them back to Christ.

2nd Chronicles 7:14 If my people, who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

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