The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people to pray for the nation. It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. The National Day of Prayer has great significance for us as a nation as it enables us to recall and to teach the way in which our founding fathers sought the wisdom of God when faced with critical decisions. It stands as a call for us to humbly come before God, seeking His guidance for our leaders and His grace upon us as a people.
In the midst of this pandemic, we are reminded again of our great calling to be a people of prayer. Because of this, we are encouraging all those who are able to both fast and pray on Thursday, May 7.
A DAY OF PRAYER
Every Member Pray: Together as a church and school, we are committing ourselves to praying for our country, community, the sick, and all who serve us as essential workers. We will pray for God’s grace and that His Gospel will shine brightly in these dark times. Watch for a separate email that will include Bible Verses and a Prayer List to help you pray.
Prayer Vigil: From 6am to 6pm, the sanctuary will be filled with prayer as members from our church and school come in to pray. We are adhering to social distancing regulations by offering 30-minute time slots. Please sign up for a time to pray during the day – we’ll have a prayer guide to help you as you sit, meditate, read, and pray. To sign up, click on this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0B49A9AE229-ilcs
Fasting has its roots in the Old Testament, and was recommended by Jesus both in example and teaching (Luke 4:2, Matt.6:16-18, Mark 2:20). At times of great trial, God’s people often fasted and prayed. They earnestly prayed for God to intervene and save them. They prayed for wisdom and understanding to know His will. Nehemiah, for instance, in hearing of the poor state of Jerusalem, “sat down and wept. For some days (he) mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven.” (Nehemiah 1:4) Fasting and prayer is a reminder of our complete dependence on God. If you are healthy, we suggest you not eat from 6am to 6pm on May 7 as you pray throughout the day on behalf of the church and our nation. You could also observe a Technology Fast to focus on God’s Word and His promises.