2009 Prayer for Our Nation
Father in Heaven,
We lift our eyes toward Your Throne, where You reign in righteousness.
Your Word assures us that when Your people cry out in sincerity and humility, You will never turn a deaf ear to us.
We call upon You now, seeking Your forgiveness and favor.
Look over this fevered landscape and heal us, Lord.
Drop knees to the floor and raise eyes to the sky, for we know where our help comes from.
Unite these States again in devotion to You, and blur every dividing line.
Do not give us over to our sins. Give us, instead, over to passionate prayer that moves Your heart.
“May Your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord, even as we put our hope in You.”
In the Name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ
Bush 'Day of Prayer' Tradition to End with Obama
The White House said it will issue a proclamation to observe the National Day of Prayer on May 7, but will stop short of holding an official White House event.
Mon, May. 04, 2009 Posted: 04:53 PM EDT
With the annual National Day of Prayer just days away, signs indicate that the White House will not hold a formal event to mark the day.
According to Dan Gilgoff of U.S. News & World Report, the White House said it will issue a proclamation to observe the National Day of Prayer on May 7, but will stop short of holding an official White House event.
An official schedule released by The White House for this week shows that President Obama is only scheduled to sign a proclamation on Thursday and then attend meetings.
This marks a departure from the Bush administration, which annually invited National Day of Prayer Task Force chairman Shirley Dobson and her husband, Dr. James Dobson, founder of the conservative ministry Focus on the Family, to the White House to observe the day of prayer.
Notably, however, Obama is returning to the conventional practice of past administrations besides that of George W. Bush’s. Former presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush had only signed a proclamation to mark the National Day of Prayer without holding an event in the White House.
The annual event was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. In 1983, the National Day of Prayer Task Force was founded to express the Judeo-Christian view. Shirley Dobson became chairman of the NDP Task Force in 1991 and has held the position ever since. Vonette Bright, co-founder of Campus Crusade for Christ with her husband Bill Bright, was the NDP Task Force’s first chairman, and remains the co-chairman.
In recent years, the Task Force has come under attack by atheist groups who argue that the National Day of Prayer is unconstitutional because it violates the Establishment Clause’s separation of church and state.
Last year, a Wisconsin-based atheist and agnostic group filed a lawsuit against President Bush, the governor of Wisconsin, Shirley and James Dobson, and other officials over the federal law designating a National Day of Prayer.
The Alliance Defense Fund has said it will defend the National Day of Prayer Task Force should the case be accepted by the District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin. The legal group argues that public prayer is part of the history and tradition of the country and Americans should be allowed to freely pray without people threatening to silence them.
Millions of Americans are expected to participate in prayer events nationwide for the National Day of Prayer on Thursday. Along with local events, a live webcast of the National Observance in Washington D.C. is scheduled for Thursday morning.
Michelle A. Vu
Christian Post Reporter
Why? Why would our new president, who appears to be a Christian person, NOT want to take the time, for this day? I don't get it. With our Country the way it is and our economy, WHY would you NOT take the time to Pray for us? To me, as a Christian, it is the MOST IMPORTANT thing to Thank GOD for us. To PRAY for us. To continue to PROVIDE for us. and to WATCH over us!
I don't know.
So, I ask you, from one Christian to another, PRAY! Continue to pray. Because in the end, it is all that matters. We are living for God, in God and by God. He should come first and foremost.
If you would like to follow what may be happening in your area on this day, go to this link, National Day of Prayer Task Force.
In other news, my son's school is hosting a traveling wall. The Vietnam Wall. It is such an honor to be doing this. I plan on going either today or tomorrow to visit. I will take pictures to post. It is here until Saturday. They have set it up on the football field. It stands almost 6 feet tall and 50 yards wide. His school hosted an "Opening Ceremony" for it. Little American Flags were set up along the rode on either side leading to the school. It really is an honor!
Well, I guess this is enough for today. Didn't mean to be so "heavy." I apologize if I've offended anyone. It was not my intention.
Go out. Enjoy your day. Enjoy your life. I will. God bless.