Mrs. Dobson is focused on building into our lives an understanding of the importance of prayer well beyond what she does to promote Thursday's event. Her book on prayer, Certain Peace in Uncertain Times, has had a tremendous impact on my own life in helping me to understand the importance of meeting God throughout my day.
As Mrs. Dobson points out so well, prayer is intensely personal, and in America, our constitution protects the opportunity to pray in the public square too. The National Day of Prayer provides a forum for the community of faith to take advantage of our freedom to worship together in a collective statement of our belief in God and His standards, wisdom, love and forgiveness.
It was President Ronald Reagan who said, " If we forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a Nation gone under."
And, it was John Adams who declared, "Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other."
Read the statements by Shirley Dobson, Ronald Reagan and John Adams again, and think about what they mean – about how they reflect the truth of the verses in Chronicles and Proverbs quoted above. The importance of our nation joining in prayer becomes very clear if you set aside the distractions of life and focus on the simple truth.
People of faith are gathering by the millions all around the country this Thursday in churches, stadiums, homes and parks to pray for our nation. A simple visit to the website of the National Day of Prayer will provide you with details of events and gatherings in your area. If you don't see information online for your town, call 1-719-531-3379 for details. And if by chance your town is not listed, why not call a few of your friends together for a time of prayer?
If you can't physically join others this Thursday in prayer, then take a few minutes wherever you are and remember to call on God on behalf of our nation. As we gather in His name – no matter where we may be – our prayers will be heard.