My heart aches for our world today and as I have been grasping at what we can all do to make a difference, I found these words by Ronald Reagan, “It is not enough to depend on our own courage and goodness; we must also seek help from God, our Father and Preserver.” These words were spoken in a National Day of Prayer Proclamation, May 6, 1982.
It is my humble opinion that our nation needs to join together in fasting and prayer to call on our God to help us. In a world where God is no longer allowed in schools and His words have been removed from our capital buildings, let us not remove God from our hearts.
America's founding fathers believed strongly in the providence of God and founded our country with the motto, “In God we trust.” These men understood the need to cry out to God in prayer to seek His will and help. Over 1300 Fast and Thanksgiving Days were proclaimed by the government in the first 200 years of our country’s history. They witnessed God’s miraculous answer to their prayers time and time again.
One such event occurred in 1746, when after a day of fasting and prayer, an entire French fleet, on their way to attack America, was stopped in their attempt. A heavy storm sunk several ships while others were destroyed through disease. With a mighty storm and pestilence, America was saved at the hands of God, just like the children of Israel were saved at the time of Moses. In 1746, Americans knew God answered prayers, and they looked to Him to help them in their times of trouble.
America has a rich history of seeing God’s miracles, and we can see them again if we choose to turn our hearts to Him. We all know America is in trouble. We can see it in the mass shootings, the corrupt government, and the rising protests. We can see the anger and hate raging across our country and it is time we stand together and do something to fight the darkness. Martin Luther King said, “Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
God is the author of love and light and it is through prayer that He will send it to us. God respects our free agency and He will not force Himself upon us. But when we ask for His help, through honest prayer, God will come to our aid. In light of everything that is taking place in America right now, and before our current election takes place, we must declare a day of prayer. We the people of The United States must take a stand and make the declaration for the good of our country, for our children, and our God. God will help us to claim back our nation, just as He did for our forefathers and the children of Israel. Prayer is a powerful weapon and it is time we use it for the betterment of our country. God will poor down miracles on our behalf if we join together to call on His divine aid.
On October 16, 1746, God sent miracles to the American people and rescued them from their enemies because of their national day of fasting and prayer. Let’s join our country together again Sunday, October 16, 2016, 270 years later, for a day of prayer and fasting for today’s American people. Let’s pray that God will vanquish today’s enemies and strengthen our country from within. Let’s pray for unity and love. Just as Martin Luther King said, the only way to drive out the hate and darkness in our country is through love and light. Let’s pray to God for His love and light to shine down upon us and drive out our enemies.
If you believe in God and understand the power of prayer, if you agree that this country needs a day of prayer and fasting, if you believe in miracles, please share this message with everyone you know. One person kneeling in prayer is powerful, but an entire nation kneeling in prayer can change the world. Let’s fight this war in our country the best way we know how, on our knees.
I originally intended this message to be for those in the United States, but after pondering more upon it, it is my opinion that we need to make it a day of prayer for not just America, but for the world. It is time we invite God back into the world He created, We are His children. Let's welcome Him home. :)
International Day of Prayer: October 16, 2016