Today is the 65th annual National Day of Prayer and it is a wonderful opportunity to see the healing and renewing power of God made manifest through the citizens of Hays who will be gathered from noon to 1pm at the Ellis County Courthouse.
The theme for 2016 is Wake Up America, emphasizing the need for individuals, corporately and individually, to return to the God of our Fathers in reverence for His Holy Name. The scripture verse chosen by the national organizers is from Isaiah 58:1 “Shout it aloud, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet.”
Dr. Tony Evans, the 2016 Honorary Chairman, wrote a special prayer that will be read by local participants throughout our nation at all of the gatherings. Millions of people will come together from coast to coast to pray at thousands of events facilitated by groups like the Ellis County Ministerial Alliance and people just like you!
As your pastor and partner in ministry I am always SO proud of all of the C3 folks who show up each year to pray.
Below is the prayer written by Dr Tony Evans. If you cannot attend the event today I encourage you to join millions of Christians throughout our nation in praying this prayer sometime during the noon hour.
Dear heavenly Father, we come to You today as a humble people desperate for Your supernatural intervention on behalf of our beloved nation. First, we thank You for all the blessings You have bestowed on our land, blessings that have allowed us to bring so much good and benefit to not only our own citizens but also to the rest of the world. The very ideals upon which this country was founded were based on biblical truths, no matter how some try to rewrite history to deny that very fact today.
It is why our hearts are so broken over how You continue to be marginalized and dismissed by both our people and institutions. We are also saddened by the fact that Your people have contributed greatly to the spiritual apathy that now engulfs us. Our satisfaction in remaining religious without being fully committed to living out the truths of Your Word has caused us to become co-conspirators with the forces of evil that are destroying us as a society.
It is for this reason that we personally and collectively repent of our carnality and recommit ourselves to becoming visible and verbal disciples of Jesus Christ. Enable us, by Your Spirit, to no longer be secret agent Christians but rather to publicly declare and live out Your truth in a spirit of love so that You feel welcome in our country once again.
Thank You for Your promise to hear our prayers when we call to You with hearts of repentance and obedience, which is how we are appealing to You today, Father. On behalf of Your church, we affirm afresh the priority You are to us that You would fill every dimension of our lives as we seek to bring You glory through the advancement of Your kingdom in our personal lives, our family lives, and in the lives of our churches and our government leaders. We confidently invite heaven’s intervention into all the affairs of our nation and we praise You in advance for Your answer.
In Jesus’ name we pray.
If you are able please join me at the corner of 8th and Fort today (Thursday May 5th) as we exercise our Constitutional right to assemble to give praise and thanks to the Lord as we intercede and petition God to continue to Bless America!
Your pastor and partner in ministry,