National Day of Prayer

All of us, especially those who have an interest in the Bible, need to be thankful that we have a National Day of Prayer.

The National Day of Prayer has considerable history behind it. I won’t discuss that in depth here. But I will say that it is good to pray every day.

Following what the Bible teaches (1 Timothy 2:1, 2, 3, 4), we surely must keep our President and the many others that “are in authority” regularly in our prayers.

I remember when I was attending Cass Technical High School in the 1950s that we students who were active in the VCY Club (Voice of Christian Youth) had prayer twice a week after school in the principal’s office as we sat around the conference table to pray. That was an encouragement to my spiritual life as a teenager to have such close fellowship with other Christian students at school.

During my teaching career I recall that students were encouraged “to meet me at the pole,” an expression that referred to students meeting outside of school before the school day to gather around the flag pole for a time of prayer. I was never privileged myself to participate in this activity, but I am thankful for the students who met for prayer.

Now that I am retired from teaching, I am very thankful to be in touch with some of my former students. I still keep them all by name in prayer nearly every day. I think we should uphold the teachers and administrators as well as the students in prayer regularly. God really does enjoy hearing from us (Proverbs 15:8). Has He heard from you lately?

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