So, how can you observe this special day?
Well, there’s always the Apostle Paul’s advice in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 — “Pray without ceasing.” But how can anybody do that without becoming some kind of monk or a cloistered nun — living a life devoted entirely to prayer?
Famous preacher Charles H. Spurgeon had the solution: “It was never the design of the Lord Jesus that our throats, lungs, and tongues should be forever at work,” he told his congregation on March 10, 1872.
“In the book of Exodus,” he recalled, ”God is represented as saying to Moses, ‘Why criest thou unto me?’ And yet it is not recorded that Moses had uttered so much as a single syllable.”
So, of course, we all know that silent prayer works. It’s been a big part of our lives — starting in the second grade when when we silently pleaded with the Lord to help us pass the spelling test even though we had blown off studying the list the teacher had sent home.
Nor is it necessary to pray on our knees or with hands clasped together, eyes gripped shut. ”If it were necessary that we should pray on our knees, we could not pray without ceasing,” notes Spurgeon. ”The posture would become painful and injurious.”
“If there were only certain holy places where prayer was acceptable, and we had to pray without ceasing,” he noted, ”our churches ought to be extremely large, that we might always live in them.”
Paul on Mars Hill declared to the Greek scholars that the God he served, “dwelleth not in temples made with hands.”
“If I am to pray without ceasing,” observes Spurgeon, ”then every second must be suitable for prayer.”
In other words, today as you pray for America, yes, you can be completely effective at your desk or waiting on customers or babysitting the kids. Just remember the Creator of All Things, and talk to him — silently. Thank Him for His incredible goodness to all of us. His blessings. His provision. His protection.
Pray for the thousands fighting to preserve our right to pray however we wish.
On the National Day of Prayer, citizens will gather at national monuments, military bases, stadiums, nursing homes, schools, town squares, churches and other venues to pray. Events are planned in prisons, state capitols, homeless shelters and even on airplanes. Participants will pray not only for their local and national leaders, but also for America’s military, media, businesses, education system, churches and families.
And you can join them — right where you are.