Today is the official National Day of Prayer, so I want to invite you to take a moment right now to pray for our nation, community and church.
Throughout the United States’ history, there have been many times when the President or Congress called for times of prayer and fasting. But it was in 1952 that President Harry Truman signed a bill establishing a National Day of Prayer as an annual event. That law was amended in 1988 to make it the first Thursday in May.
From the government’s perspective, they won’t endorse one religious faith more than another. The language from the legislature invites “people of all faiths to pray for the nation.”
But for Christians, it is an opportunity pray as Jesus taught for our Heavenly Father’s kingdom to come and His will to be done, on earth as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6:9-13)
It’s a good reminder to unite in prayer with other Christians, even though we can (and should) pray daily. What a blessing that God promises to hear our prayers!
Not sure where to start? Here are a few ways you can pray:
For government leaders (1 Timothy 2:1-2)
For your community (Jeremiah 29:7)
For other believers in Christ (Ephesians 6:18)
For God’s mercy (Psalm 4:1)
For your personal requests (Philippians 4:6-7)
For the Holy Spirit (Luke 11:13)
There are many more bible passages about prayer, but I hope these encourage and empower you today.
If you or your kids haven’t been baptized, I encourage you to register here.
The Lord makes some incredible promises in baptism that are life-changing. If you want to learn more, check out Summit’s Baptism FAQ document.
Around 40 people are planning to participate. Encourage others you know to be baptized or reaffirm their faith as we celebrate new life that can only be found in Christ!
You’re in My Prayers,
P.S. Let us know if you want to nominate someone to serve as a potential leader on Summit’s Board of Directors. Names should be provided to Jason Van Der Toorn by Friday, May 12th.