“I suppose the only thing we can do now is pray.”
For many people, Christians included, prayer is often seen as the last resort, the thing we do when nothing else works, when all other hope is exhausted. But, that is most certainly not what God’s Word says, nor is it the way our country was founded. For that matter, it wasn’t the way Kinship Christian Radio was founded either.
This is the prayer said every day at Mount Vernon, the home of President George Washington. It is taken from a letter he wrote to all the governors of all the states on June 8, 1783:
“I now make it my earnest prayer, that God would have the United States in his holy protection, that he would incline the hearts of the Citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to Government, to entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another, for their fellow citizens of the United States at large, and particularly for their brethren who have served in the Field, and finally, that he would most graciously be pleased to dispose us all, to do Justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that Charity, humility and pacific temper of mind, which were the Characteristicks of the Devine Author of our blessed Religion, and without an humble imitation of whose example in these things, we can never hope to be a happy Nation. Amen”
I have been to Mount Vernon and I have seen the verse from John 11:25-26 engraved on the door of his tomb.
“I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.”
Kinship Radio came into being because a man had a vision of a radio station with a tower proclaiming the words, “JESUS IS LORD.” The first thing he and his brothers and sisters in Christ did was pray about that vision and it is because of those prayers that God’s word and praise and worship and teaching go out over the airwaves night and day all year long.
No, prayer should never be the last resort. It should be the first step, the foundation on which all ministry, on which all our lives should be established and anchored in.
The National Day of Prayer was signed into being by President Harry Truman in 1952. It’s being observed this year on Thursday, May 5 and the theme is, “Exalt the Lord, who has established us.” It’s taken from Colossians 2:6-7:
“Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.”
It’s a glorious way to live, with every step we take originating in, with, through, and for Jesus Christ as we overflow with praise and thanksgiving.
People are gathering together to pray on this day throughout the Kinship listening area in many locations. Here’s a link to those events: https://kinshipradio.org/home/national-day-of-prayer-2022/
Throughout the day, Kinship Radio listeners will have an opportunity to text or call us with their prayers. There will be interviews with national and area event organizers on the importance of National Day of Prayer. You’ll find NDOP info on our social media pages as well and we will be airing the prayers of staff members throughout the day.
The National Day of Prayer website is here: https://www.nationaldayofprayer.org/
LORD, we thank you and praise you for all the many blessings you have poured out on us.
We thank you for this country, founded on your Word, your goodness, your mercy, and your grace. We ask that you would forgive us our sins and all the times we have strayed from your truth that is in Jesus Christ.
Help us, LORD, to be better, to follow Jesus wherever He leads us, to love you with all that we are, to love our neighbors as we love ourselves, to seek justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with you. Help us to live lives of gratitude and praise, to take delight in you, to shine with the love of Jesus that we as a nation would be as a city on a hill.
We ask that you bless all in positions of power and authority, that you would direct their hearts like streams of water in your hand to do your will, to the praise of your glory!
We ask that you would bless and protect, lead and guide, all those who serve in the military that they would be instruments of your mercy.
We ask that you would strengthen and build families to be models of your love for us –protecting fathers and mothers and sons and daughters and all family members throughout out nation.
We pray for all those who earn an honest living serving others. We ask that you would prosper them and help them and grant that our current problems with our economy would be solved without undue suffering.
We pray for our churches, asking that all who preach the true Gospel of Jesus Christ would be strengthened and encouraged and granted divine wisdom, favor, and ability in bringing the love of Jesus Christ to all. We ask that all who preach to itching ears would listen to and heed your loving rebuke and correction.
We pray the truth, your truth and nothing but the truth into all the schools and all the media.
AMEN and HALLELUJAH! AMEN!
1 John 5:14&15
“And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for.” (NLT)