Thursday, May 7, is the 2015 National Day of Prayer. The theme verse for this year is 1 Kings 8:28: “Nevertheless, listen to my prayer and my plea, O Lord my God. Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is making to you today” (NLT). This was part of Solomon’s prayer to the Lord at the dedication of the temple.
We are all familiar with God’s response to Solomon’s prayer: “Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land” (2 Chron. 7:14, NLT).
Our nation and our world are desperately in need of God’s forgiveness and restoration. He has given each of us a part in helping to bring this to pass. We must proactively humble ourselves, pray, seek His face and turn from our wicked ways. We each have an individual responsibility to turn our hearts toward the Lord and find our place in His plan. And He has given us each a sphere of influence to help encourage others on their journey.
There is power in unified prayer. We are blessed to live in a country where we can openly pray and have a day specifically set aside for prayer. Let’s use this time as a reminder to do what Jesus has called us to do.
Jesus said: “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask Him to send more workers into his fields” (Matt. 9:37-38, NLT). As we approach this year’s National Day of Prayer, let’s pray as Jesus instructed us. But let’s take our praying a bit further by being open to go where He sends us to reap the harvest of souls He has prepared to enter into His kingdom.
The Lord asked Isaiah: “‘Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?’ Isaiah responded, ‘Here I am. Send me'” (Isa. 6:8, NLT).
Will you pray? Will you go?
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