(Orange, Texas)

May 11, 2013

Thoughts on the National Day of Prayer

Charles Holt
The Orange Leader

ORANGE — On Thursday, May 2, I attended two separate events marking the National Day of Prayer. One was held at 9 a.m. At the City Hall in Vinton, Louisiana and the other was at noon in front of the Courthouse in Orange. I went to these events as a participant and as an observer. I have participated in the National Day of Prayer at both locations in past years because I am fully persuaded of the value of people coming together for earnest pleading for Heaven’s blessing upon us as individuals and as a Nation.

I found it interesting that the meeting in Vinton (population 3,000 +/-) attracted, more or less, 50 people of different ages. The meeting in Orange (population 20,000 +/-) attracted, more or less, 50 people mostly of the older generation. I was surprised by what I considered to be the lack of interest that these numbers reveal inasmuch as both communities have very strong churches with great pastoral leadership.

It was easy, in both instances, to quickly hear a theme expressed. There were several expressions of the moral decline throughout our Nation and specific prayer asking God’s forgiveness and guidance in days ahead. A verse of Scripture was very prominent in both gatherings. As one might expect, we heard quoted directly or alluded to in prayers the famous passage from 2 Chronicles 7:14 – “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.”

My observations at these prayer events has left me with the strong conviction that many believers are aware that our Nation needs the strong arm of the Lord to help us in this day of spiritual decline. It seems that people from different denominations agree in this feeling. I think we should earnestly pray for a great spiritual awakening as has happened at previous times in the United States.

The Apostle Paul expressly urges everyone to pray for local and national leaders. He says: “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; for kings, (I.e., President, Governors, etc.) and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty” (1 Timothy 2:1,2 KJV).