1Ti 2:1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
1Ti 2:2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. (KJV)
1Ti 2:1 First of all, I encourage you to make petitions, prayers, intercessions, and prayers of thanks for all people,
1Ti 2:2 for rulers, and for everyone who has authority over us. Pray for these people so that we can have a quiet and peaceful life always lived in a godly and reverent way. (GW)
1Ti 2:1 First of all, I ask you to pray for everyone. Ask God to help and bless them all, and tell God how thankful you are for each of them.
1Ti 2:2 Pray for kings and others in power, so that we may live quiet and peaceful lives as we worship and honor God. (CEV)
I think it is a very good thing to observe a National Day of Prayer. I believe our country and the whole world situation needs even more than just a single day of prayer.
The Bible tells us to pray for the peace of Jerusalem (Psalm 122:6) with a promise attached.
The Bible encourages us to pray for one another to receive healing (James 5:16).
There is much more in the Bible about prayer.
In the United States of America our First Amendment guarantees freedom of speech and freedom of religion. There are many today who seem not to believe in freedom and liberty except for themselves. In the news most recently and now before the United States Supreme Court is the case of a football coach who prayed after each game had ended to thank the Lord for the safety of the players. No students were required to stay for prayer after the game. No one was pressured to take part in a religious act against their will. But from what I have read, school administrators insisted that the coach stop this practice. The coach disagreed and refused to follow the directive of the school administration.
On this National Day of Prayer I think it would be wise to pray for our schools, our students, our teachers, and our administrators that they would exercise greater wisdom in respecting the free speech rights and religious freedom rights of both staff and students. It is nonsense to suppose that the Founding Fathers who wrote the Bill of Rights and the Constitution would have objected in their day to a school staff member praying silently by himself after a game at a public school after all had left the field before re-entering the school.
Some might object and say such prayer activity on the part of a public school employee amounts to proselytizing. Again, I would say nonsense. I object to the proselytizing going on daily in many schools with regard to the so-called gay agenda. I object firmly against any instruction in public schools about the so-called “critical race theory.” Instructional time is and has already been in short supply. When two-thirds of students cannot meet the reading standards of the National Assessment of Educational Progress we need to get back to teaching what really matters–Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic.