Today is the National Day of Prayer.
If you’re not familiar with it, this annual observance is held on the first Thursday of May and invites people of all faiths 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.
I hope you’ll take some time today to pray on your own and perhaps to represent the Christian faith in your community. Many cities organize events in local churches or city parks.
To help you get in the spirit, we’re airing a message on our broadcast by Senate Chaplain retired U.S. Rear Admiral Barry Black at the National Prayer Breakfast this past February in Washington, D.C.
His remarks were delivered to the President of the United States, more than 4,000 government, business, and religious leaders from all over our nation and 160 countries around the world, and to Republicans, Democrats, and Independents.
I was privileged to have the opportunity to attend as well. It was an experience I’ll never forget. I won’t soon forget Chaplain Black’s comments, either. He shared the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a winsome but compelling way that I believe you’ll find inspiring.
As much as Christians have the constitutional right – and on some issues, the duty – to make our voices heard in the public square, we have a higher and much more sacred call. “Far more important than letting our voices be heard on earth,” Chaplain Black said, “is the opportunity to make our voices heard in heaven.”
The Bible exhorts Christians to pray for “kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity ” (1 Tim. 2:2). Chaplain Black will share how believers can come together for that purpose and do so in a way that honors God and demonstrates our trust, not in kings, but in the King of kings.