«««America’s 59th Annual«««
Thursday, May 6, 2010
"The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him" (Nahum 1:7).
Each year, the Honorary Chairman of the National Day of Prayer Task Force writes a prayer that can be prayed by millions of Americans simultaneously. The prayer for 2010 was written by Franklin Graham:
Lord,We are thankful for the abundant blessings You have bestowed on America. Our forefathers looked to you as Protector, Provider, and the Promise of hope. But we have wandered far from that firm foundation. May we repent for turning our backs on Your faithfulness.
We pray that this great nation will be restored by Your forgiveness.
From bondage, You grant freedom. Through Your own sacrifice, You offer salvation. From the state of despair, You offer peace. From the bounties of Heaven, You have blessed – not because of our goodness – but by Your grace.
You have given us freedom to worship You in spirit and in truth as Your holy Word instructs. May our lives honor You in word and deed. May our nation acknowledge that all good things come from the Father above.
President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed that our nation should set apart a day for national prayer to confess our sins and transgressions in sorrow, "yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon...announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord.
"We have vainly imagined in the deceitfulness of our own hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own...we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God who made us! It behooves us then...to confess our national sins and to pray for clemency and forgiveness."
Help us to pray earnestly for our president and leaders who govern, that they will humble themselves and seek Your guidance so that everything we do will shine the light of Your glory in a darkened world.
May our prayers as a people and a nation be heard and blessed for such a time as this. We make this plea in faith, believing in the mighty name of Jesus our Lord. Amen.
If your community or your church has no observance of the National Day of Prayer, pray at home alone or with your family or friends. For information and resources you may contact the following:National Day of Prayer Task Force
Phone: (719) 531-3379
Fax: (719) 548-4520
Order Line: (800) 444-8828
Please refer to your March 2010 Herald of His Coming for information for participating in the . . .
Ten Days of Prayer, May 13-22 and the Global Day of Prayer, May 23
You may write or phone to Herald of His Coming for the March 2010 Herald of His Coming paper if you lack one, or you may access it on the Herald website: www.heraldofhiscoming.com