National Day of Prayer

  • May 6, 2010
  • #7309

It's great to know that Christians across our nation are praying today! 

Hi, I'm Joni Eareckson Tada and this is "Joni and Friends" and we're hoping that you'll be attending some special prayer event at your church or in your community - I mean come on, our nation needs prayer more than ever, right?  I was talking to a friend the other day about prayer, and he posed a question that many of us wrestle with at one time or another.  He said, "Joni, if things will be as they're going to be anyway, why pray?!"

You know, I used to worry over that question when I was first injured, lying in the hospital.  Christian friends assured me that my injury was no accident, that it was part of his perfect plan.  Now that idea did provide comfort, but late at night I would think, If God had all this in mind for me from the very beginning, then what's the use in praying about my future?  What will be, will be.  I felt as though I had no part in helping to shape God's will - He was in the driver's seat and I was simply along for the ride.  Ever felt that way?  When I got out of the hospital, I discovered several key insights that really helped answer that challenge!  First, we should pray because God has commanded us to pray.  Whether or not we understand how prayer fits into God's grand scheme for the world, or for our nation is not the point.  The point is, He told us to pray, and pray we should. 

Also, we pray because Jesus prayed.  Sometimes people will say the only reason for prayer is that we need to be changed.  Well, yeah, that's true, but that's not the only reason.  Jesus did not need to be changed or to be made more holy - when He prayed, He was communing with His Father.  He thanked God, He praised Him.  He asked for things.  He requested power.  He requested that the devil be bridled.  He asked His Father to prevent what was about to take place.  He interceded on behalf of others.  And more to the point of this National Day of Prayer, He told us to pray for those in government, people in authority over us.  You can see that Jesus prayed as though His petitions had a definite effect on the Father's design.  And when it comes to prayer, we are to follow in the footsteps of our Savior - asking and requesting, petitioning and interceding, praising and blessing, and praying as though what we say will have a definite effect on God's design. 

And when it comes to praying for America and the many challenges we are facing as a nation, we should follow Luke 18 where it says, "You should pray and never give up."  Wow!  Oh, and isn't it true that sometimes we are so tempted to give up.  We look at the way, the course, that things are taking in this country   and we think that it is just going further down the tubes and not looking up.  Well, friend, don't give up.  Luke 18 says that you should pray and never give up.  God does not want us to think what will be, will be. Friend, if something is to "be," if God intends to do something great in our nation... then His Spirit will move upon your heart, guiding you and others not to give up but to confess sin and to pray in the Father's will.  And it'll happen... a revival in our country?  Will we see in our time this great nation exalt the righteousness of God?  Hey, it'll come to pass if it be in His design.  So always pray... and never give up.  That's reason enough to go to your knees on this National Day of Prayer.  Oh, and don't forget to join me in prayer today at - just click on the video and intercede along with me on this National Day of Prayer.  See you later, friend, until next time on Joni and Friends.

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