A Call to Our National Day of Prayer

We have a God who is able to do exceedingly, abundantly, above all that we can ask or think!
When we pray, remember: 1) The love of God that wants the best for us. 2) The wisdom of God that knows what is best for us. 3) The power of God that can accomplish it.
Since the first national call to prayer in 1775 when the Continental Congress asked the colonies to pray for wisdom and guidance in forming our nation, our country has come together numerous times to seek divine guidance and help. In 1952, a joint resolution by Congress declared an annual National Day of Prayer. In 1988, the National Day of Prayer was officially set as the first Thursday of May.
This year, on May 2, people will come together in communities all across America at noontime to unite in prayer for our troops, our leaders, and our nation. In Monticello, we are gathering at noon in the parking lot across from the courthouse. If you don’t have other plans, we would love to have you join us!
With us or not, please take a moment to break from whatever you are doing at mid-day on May 2 to turn your heart to our Lord. Prayer works, and when God’s people come together in prayer, great things happen for God’s kingdom.
From our Nation's humble beginnings, prayer has guided our leaders and played a vital role in the life and history of the United States. Americans of many different faiths share the profound conviction that God listens to the voice of His children and pours His grace upon those who seek Him in prayer.
On this National Day of Prayer in 2019, we ask God's continued blessings on our homes, communities, and country. This year's theme: “Love One Another,” is based upon the words of Jesus in John 13:34, which challenges believers to come together in unity and Christian love to “love one another as I (Jesus) have loved you.”
“Love can change America,” Dr. Ronnie Floyd, president of the National Day of Prayer said in announcing the theme to a gathering of leaders from across the country.
“We need a baptism of love by the Holy Spirit that will immerse the entire Church of Jesus Christ in America and a baptism of love that will immerse all of America today,” he added later. “From the church house to the state house and all the way to the White House, we need to learn to love one another.”
On this day, we pray for the safety of our brave men and women in uniform, and for their families. We pray for the future of our nation. We pray for integrity in our elected officials. We pray for the economy and what the future may hold. We pray for our communities, our neighbors, our families, and ourselves.
Let prayer be our passion. Let prayer be our practice.