As far back as I can remember, I learned to pray and find my hope in God. In my youth, I solved my academic and social problems by prayer. Then, in my young adulthood, I solved my career and relationship problems by prayer. You see, I found out early in life that the solution to all my challenges could be handled by praying to God and expecting good to come from my prayers. Now, later in life, I am confident that still God hears me. I go to Him not only for some of those same issues that I prayed about in my youth, but also for needs concerning my life and health.
Today, our nation faces many struggles – some of them economic and some of them health-related. Other struggles are of a fearful nature….like crime and terrorism on our own land. On this National Day of Prayer, many, of all different faiths, will join together and pray for the needs of this nation and for our fellow citizens. We will pray for those who lead and protect this country and other countries so that they make wise decisions. We will pray for some who are ill, hurting, searching….or just because we love them. The common thread today is that we will pray.
This year’s theme is “Pray for America” and it comes from Mathew 12:21. The general message from several Bible translations is that “in His name the nations will put their hope.” So many issues facing our nation today seem truly hopeless. Psalms 25:5 reads “for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.” As we unite today in prayer and hope, let’s see our challenges not as hopeless, but as opportunities to give them to God and expect them to be healed.
Many years of hope and reliance on God to meet my own personal needs has never let me down. I have seen health restored, lives regenerated, families reunited, broken hearts mended, friendships renewed, and careers saved by turning humbly to God for guidance and thereby acknowledging that He is in control of every circumstance. Prayer is powerful and I am grateful that we can turn to God in prayer to supply all our human needs, not only on this National Day of Prayer, but every day. God bless America.
Debra Chew writes about the connection between thought, spirituality and health. She is the media and legislative liaison for Christian Science in Tennessee.