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Pray for our nation during National Day of Prayer

Posted on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 5:00 am

To the Editor:

The theme of the 2017 National Day of Prayer is “For Your Great Name’s Sake!  Hear Us…Forgive Us…Heal Us!”

Many Americans are unaware that they live in a nation that has a law in place requiring our president to proclaim a National Day of Prayer each year on the first Thursday in May. Public Law 105-225 states, “The president shall issue each year a proclamation designating the first Thursday in May as a National Day of Prayer on which the people of the United States may turn to God in prayer and meditation at churches, in groups and as individuals.”

As citizens and residents of the United States, we have a civic duty to stand in the gap for our nation through prayer.  For people of faith, it is also our spiritual responsibility to pray for our nation and for those in authority.

According to I Timothy 2:1-2, “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.”

Scripture tells us that our fervent prayer is powerful and effective, and that God responds to His peoples’ earnest pleas in mighty ways that ultimately determine the course of history.

I want to take this opportunity to invite you, your staff and the citizens of Louisa to participate in our nation’s 66th consecutive observance of the annual National Day of Prayer.  On Thursday, May 4, a community prayer service will take place at noon on the Louisa courthouse lawn.

Program participants include local officials, business owners, pastors and ministry leaders. In the event of rain, the service will be held inside Louisa United Methodist Church, across from the courthouse.

I urge you to consider being among the millions of Americans who will humble themselves before almighty God in prayer for our nation and her leaders on Thursday, May 4.  At this crucial time in America’s history, we can do nothing more important than pray.

Terry Detrick