Following the destructive damage inflicted on residents of the United States Gulf Coast in Texas and Louisiana, President Donald Trump declared a National Day of Prayer. The last time a U.S. President declared such a day following a national tragedy was President George W. Bush in 2001 following the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centers, The Pentagon and Flight 93 in Pennsylvania on September 11.
President Trump wrote that “”We are deeply grateful for those performing acts of service, and we pray for healing and comfort for those in need.” Many of us attended prayer services asking our Lord to help us rebuild buildings, restore houses, heal those injured and comfort the bereaved.
Days like this prompt me to wonder, “What would it look like if we made everyday our personal National Day of Prayer?” Reflections in my journal:
- We would pray for those going through intense tragedy. Jesus declared in the most famous sermon ever preached, “Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted.” We fulfill our duty to neighbors when we are more alert to those going through pain.
- We would pray for government and community leaders (see 1 Timothy 2:2). We recognize those entrusted with decision-making when resources need to be deployed in our community at 3 a.m. when tragedy strikes. Wise leaders will do all they can to prepare for emergencies. We are wise to vote for competent leaders with character and support them with daily prayer for wisdom and discernment.
- We would pray for each other to persevere in the midst of life’s daily struggles. Pray for followers of Jesus to receive His loving grace daily and live out his admonition, “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
- We would pray for every family to live out the principles of biblical stewardship. Despite teaching from such Christian leaders as Dave Ramsey and Rick Warren, seventy-eight percent of full-time workers in the U.S. said they live paycheck to paycheck. This is a great challenge for Hurricane Harvey survivors. Personally, as a Board member of the National Center for Stewardship and Generosity I want to promote the many resources available along with an encouragement to accountability.
- We would regularly use our talents to help those in need. I love the example of musical artists Jon Foreman of Switchfoot and Jason Wade of Lighthouse, who released a special song, Shine Like Gold to raise money for Hurricane Harvey survivors. All proceeds from the single will be donated to aid Houston’s recovery in partnership with Food for the Hungry. Click here to download the song (give what you can) with all proceeds going toward flood relief initiatives in Houston.
How about you? Ready to establish a daily prayer habit?
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