Why is the National Day of Prayer so important for our nation? Why is it important to take time to bow to or Lord in humble submission? Benjamin Franklin rebuked the assembly during the constitutional convention for lack of prayer, “…how has it happened, Sir, that we have not hitherto once thought of humbly applying to the Father of lights to illuminate our understandings? …In the beginning of the contest with G. Britain, when we were sensible of danger we had daily prayer in this room for the divine protection… our prayers, Sir, were heard, and they were graciously answered.” Why do we need God?
Why do we need to pray? Every civilization in history that progressed in sophistication grew away from deity. When a nation does so, it ultimately sees itself as self-determinate. The people have said, “I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God.” Like Lucifer in Isaiah 14:13, the people have said they are their own gods and need no other. The people of these “advanced,” “progressive” or “secular” societies essentially say, “I will be like the most High.” (Isaiah 14:14) The leadership believes they are smarter than their predecessors, their ability to reason is paramount and above the founder’s, even that of the Creator’s. Every nation that out grew God and evolved into secularism failed.
Why do we need God? The answer is quite simple actually. We need God because we recognize who He is if we say, “I will be like the most High.” We are saying we recognize a superior being exists. As Charles Caleb Colton said, “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” Wanting to be like the most high, we confess we believe in God. Wisdom dictates that when we leave this material world and become spirit, we enter God’s kingdom as a comparative babe, a little humility may be in order. “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord and the people whom He hath chosen for His own inheritance.” (Psalm 33:12) That is why we need to pray for our nation May 2nd.
Why else do we pray for America? Because our founding fathers did so regularly in Government while assembled for business and they were brilliant enough to engineer our freedom; we have trouble just keeping it. Our leaders used to regularly beseech our Creator for strength, guidance and wisdom, so many today believe they know all the answers and do not need God. As Jonathan Edwards wrote, “if such proud contemptuous reproaches are cast upon you, merely because you rely more on God’s testimony than the dictates of your own reason, the time will soon come when they will be whipped away.” Our nation stands on the brink of God’s judgment, like Israel and every other nation in history that has “progressed” into humanism and materialism. National judgment means national failure. National failure means subordination. Subordination means we suffer tyranny, despotism, domination, captivity or destruction. When we get to big for our britches, God puts us on a national timeout.
We need prayer because we kill the innocent. It is now very much in vogue to abort an unwanted child conceived in immorality. We need prayer because more adults are abandoning geriatric parents in need of care for careers. We need prayer because we do not elect Christians to lead us any more.
We need prayer because our nation is deprived of our true national history. A reporter asking a presidential candidate the question, “Do you believe you can lead our country while you believe in the Bible?” should be laughed off the stage. Such a question shows complete ignorance of American History and heritage, a level of incompetence so deep it is arrogant. According to John Jay, “Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is their duty – as well as privilege and interest – of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.” Noah Webster said, “It is alleged by men of loose principles, or defective views of the subject, that religion and morality are not necessary or important qualifications for political stations. But the Scriptures teach a different doctrine. They direct that rulers should be men who rule in the fear of God, able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness…”
We need prayer today as we needed prayer during the first fight for our freedom. The founding fathers were victorious over an oppressor because they regularly sought God’s power, regularly worshipped Him in prayer. Our American Congress called 15 times for a national, “day of public humiliation, fasting and prayer.” Those dates are: June 12, 1775, March 16, 1776, December 11, 1776, November 1, 1777, March 7, 1778, November 17, 1778, March 20, 1779, October 20, 1779, March 11, 1780, October 18, 1780, and March 20, 1781. On October 19, 1781, Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown. On October 26, 1781, our Congress issued these petitions for the entire nation to pray and fast in a day of public humiliation. The House of Commons voted to end all hostilities against the colonies in February of 1782 yet on March 19, 1782 and October 11, 1782, the congress issued public proclamations for prayer, fasting and humiliation. The Treaty of Paris was signed September 3, 1783. Yet, again on October 18, 1783 even after we had become victorious over Great Britain, other nations had recognized our sovereignty, and we were free our congress issued another proclamation for national fasting and prayer.
We need prayer today to free us from the satanic oppressive influences just as we needed prayer to defeat the oppression of Great Britain. He that is in us is greater than he that opposes us. God promises to heal our land, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14) May 2nd, pray the people will humble themselves, seek His face and turn from wickedness and God will heal America.
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