Day of Prayer

Dear Editor,

I’d like to take this opportunity to speak about a matter that is crucial to the future of our nation Prayer! In 2 Chronicles 7:14, the Lord proclaims, “If my people, who call on My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, I will forgive their sins, and I will heal their land.” This verse makes it clear that God cares about and responds to the attitudes and actions of His people. The continuing moral decline in our nation and the battle over the definition of traditional marriage is a troubling indicator that the most fundamental pillars of our society are hanging in the balance. This serves as an urgent wake-up call that we cannot become complacent in striving to uphold the beliefs that provide the very framework upon which our beloved country was established.

Our founding fathers intended the U.S. to be a haven for those dedicated to biblical truth. Daniel Webster said it this way: “To preserve the government we must also preserve morals. Morality rests on religion. If you destroy the foundation, the superstructure must fall. When the public mind becomes corrupt laws are a nullity and constitutions are waste paper.” WHAT A CHILLING DESCRIPTION OF WHERE WE ARE TODAY!

The 2014 National Day of Prayer theme is “ONE VOICE, UNITED IN PRAYER”, based on Romans 15:6: “So that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” This is undoubtedly a time of desperate need for the United States. The virtue that once defined our country is deteriorating rapidly and is being invaded by evils such as pornography, abortion, infidelity, same-sex marriage and an extreme agenda of some. We must humble ourselves before Almighty God and seek His forgiveness and restoration.

While America’s present depravity often seems irreversible, Scripture assures us that it is never too late for repentance. Thankfully we serve a God who stands ready to work in ways that exceed all of our expectations. His Word offers this encouraging reminder: “Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor His ear too dull to hear.” (Isaiah 59:1).

In these few remaining days leading up to the 2014 NDP on May 1 and on that day, in particular it is my prayer that the Body of Christ will recommit itself to vigilant and unceasing intercession. If we do not tire in this, there’s no telling how powerfully God will answer!

My prayer is “For the glory of Your Name, dear God, hear our prayers, forgive our sin, and heal our land. In the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ who offers us salvation from Your judgment, forgiveness for our sin, and reconciliation with You through His own blood shed on the Cross. AMEN

Nancy Williams,

St. Clairsville,

Belmont Co.

NDP Coordinator