Thursday was the National Day of Prayer. On April 17th, 1952 Harry S. Truman signed a bill into law declaring this day as the National Day of Prayer for the United States of America. However, in 1988 President Ronald Reagan ammended this law. Part of a simplification process, Reagan decreed the first Thursday in May as the National Day of Prayer.
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way, 1 Timothy 2:1-2.
Anyone with a busy schedule may be caught off guard by this special day. I didn’t realize this until late last night. Thus, I was compelled to ascertain what could I do with the little time that was left. In a letter to a young pastor, who happened to be a teenager, the apostle Paul encouraged his pupil to pray for everyone. Since America does not have a king, the president and civil servants in high positions should be included within your daily prayers.
But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, Matthew 5:44.
However, skeptics may reply, “what if I don’t like the president?” Political enemies may come to the conclusion, “surely I can’t pray for someone that I detest.” Perhaps this explains Jesus’ words above, urging his followers during the Sermon on the Mount to love and pray for your enemies. Granted, democrats, liberals and progressives will have a tougher time adhering to this call. Nonetheless, if you want to be a doer of God’s Word, pray for president Trump no matter what your political leanings may be. As you pray, the Holy Spirit will either change your heart or his. Regardless, a simply prayer can make a difference. May the National Day of Prayer become a 365 day practice.
by Jay Mankus