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Hope in the Heartland

National Day of Prayer is Thursday

Pastor, Gracepoint Church

Thursday is the 60th observance of the National Day of Prayer. In honor of the many prayer gatherings that will take place, following is a quote from the 2011 honorary chairman of this event, Joni Eareckson Tada:

“It is a different world than the one in which I grew up. Schools, courts, and communities are bitterly divided by an entrenched partisanship, both personal and political. Our national identity is as unsecured as our borders, and we can’t even agree as to who are our enemies. We happily embrace diversity in the name of tolerance, while scoffing at the very Judeo-Christian foundations on which our country was founded. Nothing is safe — not even the Pledge of Allegiance. During this time of great uncertainty and turmoil, we must enjoin our neighbors, coworkers, and friends to lay aside differences and come together for a day of prayer for our nation. Neither political nor partisan, the Nation Day of Prayer is a solemn occasion to seek the favor or Almighty God on behalf of the United States of America.”

I accept Tada’s challenge, will you?

I encourage you to find where the community gathering near you will be Thursday and to take a few minutes to gather with other concerned citizens and pray. Turning America back to God must begin with a renewed commitment to prayer and a humble recognition that our only hope is found in the hands — and mercy — of almighty God.

Last modified May 4, 2011

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