Disappointing crowd at Day of Prayer


To the editor,

Although days of prayer have been observed since the founding of our nation, it was on April 17, 1952, that President Harry Truman signed a bill proclaiming a National Day of Prayer.

That law was amended in 1988 by President Ronald Reagan, designating the first Thursday of May for the National Day of Prayer to be observed.

This was a day that our highest government leader, other national, state and local officials and all individuals could meet in groups to pray for God’s guidance in dealing with our nation’s challenges and to thaink him for his blessings on this nation.

Our nation is certainly facing very difficult times as we continue to be involved in international wars, strife within our country as well as disunity, moral and spiritual decline and so many other things that our young people have to deal with on a day-to-day basis such as school shootings, drugs, gangs and violence, just to name a few. God’s word says in 2 Chronicles 7:14 “If my people, who are called by my name will humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

Notice the words “pray” and “heal their land.” If we want conditions to improve in our nation, then God’s word tells us to pray.

I know that, all over our nation, people were gathered together in prayer on May 2 of this year, but as there are 73 churches listed online in Person County, there were not even 73 people gathered at Merritt Commons that day for prayer. Maybe many of you were praying in your homes, in schools or at work, but it grieved me and I’m sure, God’s heart, too, at the small number of people at Merritt Commons for Person County’s observance of National Day of Prayer. In previous years that I have been able to attend, there have been much larger groups in attendance consisting of many elected officials as well as church leaders.

Christians complain about their rights being taken from them, but thankfully, this designated time of prayer is one right we still have. When we see thousands of people gathered all over our nation for many other causes, don’t you believe it would bring glory to our God to see more people with heads bowed, huddled together in prayer, praising him and seeking his wisdom and guidance for our nation, especially on this designated day of prayer.

Even though Christians can pray everyday for our country, there seems to be strength in numbers. It is for this reason that I encourage us all to mark the first Thursday of May on our calendares each year to observe the National Day of Prayer. Those of you who use calendars on your phones or tablets can mark May 7, 2020.

I just did.

Kathy Oakley



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