The Most Holy Day in America’s Recent History

Christians gathered all over America on the first of May in honor of the National Day of Prayer. According to the organization’s website, leaders throughout the centuries have called for days of prayer, but this particular annual event began in 1952 after it was signed into law by President Harry S. Truman.

In the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, many responded to the call to prayer and met with other believers at school campuses, churches and convention centers.10155006_10202509337747719_8525732048342236571_n

One Hampton Convention Center attendee observed that no one seemed to be in a hurry to leave. “The worship of God went long into the night as people continued to pray,” she said.

The opening remarks by Hampton’s event coordinator included a charge to not rush God on this day. She recognized that while people had work schedules to adhere to, still, the National Day of Prayer should take precedence.

“Let us wait and experience His presence, because when we do, His hand will be heavy upon us and we will be broken. This is where the rebuilding of our country begins.”

When asked for the expected result of today’s gathering of prayer intercessors, one event attendee commented on the need for America’s restoration. “Our nation’s moral decline is alarming,” he said. “We, the Church, claim responsibility and know that with the Holy Spirit’s empowerment, we can again see goodness restored in the land. Where the family is fractured, the Church will seek to instill and strengthen values that support the growth of healthy relationships. Where despair over financial ruin runs rampantly, the Church will invigorate its community with heavenly wisdom for the purposeful and gainful employment and money management. Where culture glorifies all things depicting death or sexualization of women and children, the Church will raise a standard of holiness and open the way for young and old to be introduced to the One who alone can cleanse them from all their sin, the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Christians who view their communities as their mission fields have their work cut out for them. The 2014 National Day of Prayer theme declares the desperation fueling their passion: One voice, united in prayer.

“So that with one mind and one voice you may glory the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 15:6).

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