Today is the National Day of Prayer

By: Tammy Holton, Edenton, NC

Psalm 33:12 says: “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord”. Lord, I lift all nations up to You. I ask that You continue to have mercy on the nations, of the world. In Jesus Name, Amen

.544516_329568267166608_677682154_ncross art by Dawn Collins

6 thoughts on “Today is the National Day of Prayer

  1. Thank you, Tammy, for reminding us of this most important but so often forgotten day. So many of us go about our day, including me, without even giving a thought to something as important as The National Day of Prayer! This day set apart for all of us as a gift to have opportunity to include others in our prayers in community and family. It is a real blessing to have you as a friend and prayer partner.

    Thank you for always answering texts, emails, etc. and pausing and praying even if you had/have worked 12 long hours in and on difficult situations but yet always time to pray. Always alert to prayer for our nation, families and communities.

    In my journal, just yesterday, I wrote and prayed that I and those in my prayer group would not be so self-absorb that our vision would be blurred by a veil of self-absorption. Thank you for removing veils by action and prayer with your beautiful gift of encouragement!

  2. Yesterday as I prayed I asked for veils of self-absorption to be removed from my eyes so I could see vision. Which also included bringing about broken relationships as well as healing the wounds of some, if needed to be. When I opened one of my morning devotions today, (Upper Room)I found a prayer of help. I think this is a great prayer and meditation to prepare hearts to pray for Our Nation on this special day:
    “When a Relationship Breaks Down
    I’ve tried everything, Lord Jesus.
    I’ve tried reaching out. I’ve tried drawing back.
    I’ve tried talking. I’ve tried silence.
    I’ve cried, pleaded, yelled, and whispered.
    I’ve prayed.
    I can’t think of anything else to do.

    So I give this relationship to you. I ask for nothing—no special favors, no divine interventions, no sudden revelations. I simply place the relationship in your hands.

    And in giving it to you, I feel great relief. It is done. I have finally given up and accepted this ending. I know that from this moment on, my life will be different, and I accept this beginning as well.

    Give me the strength to let all else go. Keep me from returning to my strivings to maintain this relationship. Remind me that I have given it to you.

    Lead me to the higher ground, dear Jesus, where I can leave behind any bitterness, accusations, anger, sorrow, and pain. Fill me instead with your peace and the knowledge that you are with me.

    Be in this space between the ending and the beginning. It is a scary place for me as I begin to work through my life without this relationship in it. Be between what was—the memories, the dreams, and the hopes—and what is to come.

    Draw me closer to you in this time between the ending and the beginning. Let me see the place ahead not as a place to be feared but as a place you have prepared for me.”

    – Patricia Wilson
    Quiet Spaces

  3. Lord we give thanks that we can come together and thank you for the gift of life and gift of life as a nation. We thank you God that you are God Almighty, Awesome God, Healing God, God of Love. You are in the very fibers of our day and fibers of our being. You weave the threads of our lives together to create a nation. We hopefully will become a tapestry of ONE NATION UNDER GOD. You watch over each one of us no matter which nation or tapestry we are in. You LOVE diversity and YOUR WORLD is full of it. Thank you God! Thank you God for guiding each step of each person and each nation as they call upon you. Lord we thank you that you are the LEADER OF ALL NATIONS. We thank you for the resources that you hold in your hand to give to individuals and nations to those who ask. We thank you for the leaders you have placed in nations for your purpose and ultimate plan. Lord may your grace be upon those who call upon your name. May each recognize you as savior and redeemer. Lord it is only your grace that saves us. The bible says GOD’S WORD® Translation (©1995)
    All the nations that you have made will bow in your presence, O Lord. They will honor you. We pray that we will be one of the nations that will bow down and serve you. What an honor and privilege to serve a God who has only GOOD of the people on his HEART. We cry out for this nation that we come again and sit at your feet and learn to walk in obedience, integrity, love. May many hearts be turned to you as the threads are woven this day. May we in the United States be found to serve you. May the tapestry of this nation be displayed by God as one who served him and not folded and put aside.

    1. Rena, do you know what this means in the middle of your well said prayer “The bible says GOD’S WORD® Translation (©1995)” I read your prayer a number of times and can’t figure it out.

  4. As I look at Dawn Collins beautiful artwork of the cross, I see: the four corners of the world represented, each with its own complexity, uniqueness and backgrounds. True unitedness comes through the centrality of the Cross and its message of Hope that transcends all barriers and difficulties. Hope and true Love and the future of a better tomorrow is woven only in the Cross and reaches to all Nations.
    May the Lord hear our prayers as we lift up the nations today.

  5. The more I studied Dawn Collin’s art of the Cross the more Biblical symbols I see. I see The Book open; I see the Dove..the Spirit; I see the angels’ wings. I see the candles of the Tabernacle and I see the weaving of God’s people together. The Cross is the culmination of creation, finished before the world began.
    So I say with T.H. and her Psalm….how blessed and fortunate are the people whose God is THE LORD! For the Lord is the Cross. And the Cross is the only salvation for a nation.

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