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Your view: Let us pray

Thursday, April 26, 2007

America, Unite in Prayer

As American troops wage the War on Terror, fighting for democracy and liberty around the globe, citizens of the United States are preparing to celebrate their freedom to gather, worship and pray.

Millions will answer the call to prayer on May 3rd in observance of the 56th annual National Day of Prayer (NDP). Organized events will be held in thousands of public venues where intercession will be made for our nation, government leaders, media, schools, churches and families.

This year's theme, "America, Unite in Prayer," is based on 2 Chronicles 7:15, "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, will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."

National Day of Prayer Task Force Chairman Shirley Dobson, wife of Focus on the Family founder and chairman Dr. James Dobson, said, "At this crucial time in history, with our armed forces engaged in a desperate struggle in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere, we encourage all people of faith to set aside their differences and publicly seek God's wisdom and direction for those in harm's way and for our homes, communities and country. Our founding fathers recognized the power of prayer and gathered regularly to ask for God's blessing. We can do no less."

As the theme for the National Day of Prayer was announced, my thoughts have turned toward that theme for the city of Sikeston. "America, Unite in Prayer." Could we, who live in the community, unite in prayer not only for the nation, but for Sikeston?

I was thankful for the response that was give to "Seek God for the City." Yet, the challenge before us remains: people still need prayer.

Let's come together as a community and unite our hearts on May 3, for the National Day of Prayer.

Larry Smith

Associate Pastor

Tanner Street Church of God