Today, May 7, is the National Day of Prayer. It is an official acknowledgment that this singular, exceptional country was birthed in prayer and reverence for God. But for decades, our country has turned its back on God. We have pushed him out of the public square and believed the lie that our successes and blessings are a result of our own efforts and ingenuity.
Now, economic uncertainty looms, health and safety are at the forefront of our minds and challenges to our biblical values and fundamental Constitutional rights are increasing. This novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic reminds us that we are not in control and that we need God’s wisdom for our lives and for our nation.
Abraham Lincoln, our nation’s 16th president, found himself facing a crisis of a similar magnitude during the American Civil War, which to this day remains the bloodiest conflict in U.S. history. On March 30, 1863, at the height of the war, President Lincoln called for “a day for national humiliation, fasting and prayer,” saying,
“We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God.
“We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us!”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jason Yates