Pastor has hopes for 'one nation under God'

"Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD." Psalm 33:12

Thursday is the 50th anniversary of The National Day of Prayer. Thousands of Christians across the country will join together to pray for our nation.

Why pray? We need to pray because the Bible commands us to pray and prayer is how we communicate with God and participate in His work.

Why pray for our nation, leaders and communities? Intercessory prayer has the power to bring change. The Bible instructs us to pray for our leaders and God answers prayer.

Why pray for families? The family is an institution ordained by God. A healthy family should be a place of love, support, spiritual growth, and of course, prayer. Pray for blessings and prosperity for the family.

Why pray for our youth? The youth of today will grow up to lead 21st century America. Each day they are bombarded by conflicting moral standards, violence, and the latest media scandals. In the midst of this turmoil, God is raising up an army of young people. The face of prayer has changed. The need for prayer has not.

We are also have the privilege to pray for:

Churches and ministry organizations to have courage and strength.

Those in prison and persecuted to have protection and unity.

Wisdom and knowledge for mass media, cultural and social services

Personal renewal and moral awakeningreverence and humility

One option during the noon hour on Thursday you can join with others to pray at the flag pole in front of the Moffat County Courthouse.

First Baptist Church will be hosting an evening of prayer from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday. We will be broadcasting the national concert of prayer live in the sanctuary. Join with Kay Arthur, Tony Campolo, Joni Erickson Tada, Fernando Ortega, Bill & Yvonette Bright, Henry Blackaby, Twila Paris, Carmen, Maranatha Praise Band, Leith Anderson and your church friends and family.

The public is invited to come and participate at the time that works for you. Bring a friend. If you would like more information about the National Day of Prayer call 1-800-444-8828 or log on to www.ndptf.org. (Brian K. Haynes is the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Craig.)

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