Today is the National Day of Prayer 2010 in the United States. Prayer is seen by many around the world as a poweful force in making possibilities happen and in calling the Divine will from materializing into the physical world.
The National Day of Prayer 2010 is an annual day of observance held on the first Thursday of May, designated by the United States Congress, when people are asked “to turn to God in prayer and meditation”. The law formalizing its annual observance was enacted in 1952..
As the National Day of Prayer site says, “Prayer has always been used in this country for guidance, protection and strength-even before we were a nation or a handful of colonies. The Pilgrims at Plymouth relied on prayer during their first and darkest winter. Our founding fathers also called for prayer during the Constitutional Congress. In their eyes, our recently created nation and freedoms were a direct gift from God. And being a gift from God, there was only one way to insure protection-through prayer.”
The site also gives an informative instruction on how to pray on the National Day of Prayer 2010 and in your daily life.
“If you are not sure how to pray, don’t despair! Everyone had to begin sometime. Just talk with God respectfully but openly. Talk with Him as your Father. Jesus taught us to pray, “Our Father …”. Recognize God as a loving Father. Recognize Jesus as a Friend and a Brother. Recognize the Holy Spirit as your Comforter and Guide. Come to the Father in Jesus’ name (John 14:6; Hebrews 10:19). Begin your prayer with confession of your unconfessed sins. In this way the blood of Jesus cleanses us and prepares us to really relate to God. “Enter his gates with thanksgiving…” (Psalm 100:4). Thank God for forgiving your sins, for coming into your life, for making you His child. Then just talk with God, asking Him for whatever you need. Thank Him and praise Him for His answer. Spend time also asking for His Spirit to help you to pray. Talk to the Holy Spirit. Tell Him you want to know Him. “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us…” (Romans 8:26). The Holy Spirit will guide you into all the truth (John 16:13) and He will teach you to pray. ”
So what’s happening today at the National Day of Prayer 2010:
6:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. EST National Prayer Call: You can join in a nationwide conference call to pray with others across America on Thursday, May 6th. Simply dial (712)432-0232 and when prompted, type in the access code 7729# (pray). You will be placed in a conference room with anywhere from 2 to 96 people.
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon EST Watch the National Observance LIVE from Washington D.C. via webcast or Direct TV channel 365.
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EST Join the Young Adult Prayer for the Nation, (live with Lou Engle) via webcast.
8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. EST Watch a National Day of Prayer Observance LIVE from Nashville at the First Baptist Church of Hendersonville – featuring Ricky Skaggs and friends. www.ctntv.orgwww.ctnonline.com Direct TV ch. 376 Dish Network TV ch. 267 & 9399 WHTN Channel 38.1 (Nashville TN) WRXY Channel 49 (Ft Myers Florida)
National Day of Prayer gives everyone in a particular country the chance to unite in thanksgiving and praise to the Almighty God. Also, it serves as a unifying factor for the citizens. Common format of National Day of Prayer are ecumenical and considers interfaith diversity.