Friday, April 30, 2010

National Day of Prayer

Have you prayed today? :-) Next Thursday is the National Day of Prayer, which has erroneously been declared "unconstitutional" by one of our Federal judges. We have been called out to shine the light of Jesus in a dark world, for such a time as this. Do you feel it as much as I do?

Here is some of what Jim Daly of Focus on the Family had to say about it:
Judge Crabb's ruling is now rightly under appeal. I am optimistic. But for perspective regarding the way forward, believers might look to a wonderful lesson in the New Testament's Book of Acts. There, in Chapter 4, we read of two men, Peter and John, who were arrested and imprisoned for talking openly about Jesus. They were later released. When they returned to their people and explained their plight, their group did a curious and counter-cultural thing. They didn't gripe or grumble; they prayed for their captives and asked for courage to keep the faith and stay on message:

...consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. Stretch out your hand to heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.

I believe we have reached a time and place where we are called to do likewise. I am encouraged, actually, to think that Judge Crabb's decision seems poised to do what years of free expression has not - awakened a sleeping Christian people, many of whom (though not all) have taken so many of our freedoms for granted for so long.

Now is the time for Christians, like those of the early church, to be strong and confident, not bitter or embattled.

Now is the time for believers to be bold but humble, courageous but compassionate.

Amen and Amen!

1 comment:

Kathleen L. Maher said...

Thank you for posting this, Melanie. This is an important day for us as people of faith, and deserves our voice in prayer and in public defense. What is happening to Franklin Graham, for example, is reprehensible. The man is one of the finest examples of humble and integral leadership, and he is being raked over the coals for speaking up against Islam's historically poor treatment of women. This Thursday I will be praying for him and for true fair and balanced media. God help this country. We have such a responsibility as Christian writers in this day and age.