today is the ‘national day of prayer’ in these united states. hmmmmm.
as people gather across our country to beseech our God, i wonder what they’ll pray for?
i’ve spent some time this morning skimming through blog posts and tweets, facebook statuses and other methods of online communication to see what seems to be most pressing to the believers of our nation.
for many, the biggest issues needing prayer today are summed up in the manhattan declaration, released in november of 2009 by some highly respected religious leaders at a press conference in washington, DC. i wrote about it a month later here.
end abortion. stop gay marriage. don’t take away our religious liberties. and a few add, give our troops victory as we kill other people.
same old, same old.
so, what should we pray for? thus far, the words that resonate most with my own heart are these ::
‘may we embrace the responsibility we have to each other…let us be humble in our convictions, and courageous in our virtue. let us pray for those who are suffering around the world, and let us be open to opportunities to ease that suffering.’
what are some prayers that you’ve read or heard today (both good and bad)? what are some of the things that you think we should pray for, as christians who live in america?