Today has been designated by Congress as the National Day of Prayer. From what I understand, this day has been officially observed since 1952 and each year it falls on the 1st Thursday in the month of May.
As I reflect on this observance, I get a great sense of gratitude that in this country I still have the freedom to pray on my own and in group settings with other believers.
It is very easy to get caught up in the fast-paced, technology-driven society that we live in and to neglect simple blessings such as prayer, but we don't have to.
1 Thessalonians 5 encourages us to "rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and to give thanks in everything".
I believe we often make prayer more complicated than it has to be. We may think of the long, lofty prayers that some people offer up or the stories that we hear of people praying for hours at a time.
That may all be fine, but I believe if we are to pray without ceasing, it means we should continually have a mindset of prayer, or speaking to and thanking God.
We can look for every opportunity during our day to pray and then we'll never forget.
The following situations might give you a few ideas:
- Waking up in the morning – Thank God that you are still alive and have the opportunity to be with your family, to be a blessing to others, etc
- Eating breakfast – Thank God that you have something to eat
- Getting dressed – Thank God that you have clothing to wear
- Leaving for work – Thank God for a way to get to work/school. Ask God to help you get there safely
- Arrived at work – Thank God that you made it there safely and that you are able to work
- Got paid – Thank God for provision
- Going to a meeting/test – Ask God for wisdom in the meeting/test
The list could go on and on, but as you can imagine, we could have dozens of reasons to pray and hundreds of situations to pray about each and every day. Maybe we didn't have an hour to do a formal prayer with God this morning, but could we spare 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 15 minutes?
Can we remember to pray for a few seconds for the person that just passed us in the hallway? We probably can.
I have heard it said hundreds of times and I believe it to be true – "Prayer changes things".
We live in a world that is full of people who are hurting, confused, and suffering. Our need for prayer doesn't discriminate. It doesn't matter who we are, what we drive, or where we live, we need prayer. <Tweet This>
Lastly, I encourage you to do what it takes to remember to pray and you won't regret it. Set a reminder on your calendar. Add it to your to-do list. Make a sticky-note for your monitor. It's up to you.
Questions: What are some ways you remember to pray? Are you participating in some sort of event associated with the National Day of Prayer?