One Thing You Must Pray For On May 1st


By Eric Porteous, Director of Digital Marketing

If you watch the news regularly, you know there is plenty to pray for.

How about the overall well-being of America?

Or what about our national, church, and educational leaders?

Of course, we can’t forget the need to pray for an end to violence, sexual immorality, and broken homes.

And while the stories on the news can point to the things of this world we need to pray for, it can be easy to forget arguably the most important reason to pray.

We need to pray for ourselves.

Not selfishly.

Not that we can be better than others. No, just the opposite.

We need to pray for our own growth in humility. The only way our nation can grow closer to God collectively, is if we grow closer to him individually. And that starts with humbly coming before our God, praising Him for His many blessings, and repenting of the many ways each of us has sinned against Him.

This year, on May 1st, we have an opportunity to do exactly that. With a theme of One Voice, United in Prayer, the National Day of Prayer can bring our country together more than just about anything else throughout the year. First established by Congress in 1952, the National Day of Prayer was signed into law by President Harry Truman. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed an amendment to the law, designating the first Thursday in May of each year as the official National Day of Prayer.

Could you pray on any other day?

Yes. Please do.

Will God look at our prayer on May 1st as better than other times we pray throughout the year?

Probably not.

But the National Day of Prayer is our chance to come together as one voice, in a spirit of humility, to inspire our nation to return to its foundation. As we read in Romans 15:6, “So that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

As one voice, let us come together in prayer. As one voice, let us glorify God. And as one voice, let us build the Kingdom for our generation and the generations to come.

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Author: Alliance Defending Freedom